Sending Office: Honorable Elijah E. Cummings
Cosponsors (26): Nadler*, Bass*, Norton, Clay, Lee, Cardenas, Cohen, Kelly, Adams, Clarke, Wilson, Johnson, Lewis, Watson Coleman, Payne, Thompson, Richmond, Dean, Schakowsky, Hill, Moore, Lofgren, Butterfield, Pressley, McGovern,
I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2410, the REDEEM Act.
The REDEEM (Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment)
Act will give Americans convicted of non-violent crimes a second chance at the American Dream. The legislation will help keep kids who get into trouble out of a lifetime of crime and help adults who commit non-violent crimes become more self-reliant
and less likely to commit future crimes.
Specifically, the REDEEM Act:
•Incentivizes states to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old: Currently several states have set the original jurisdiction age of adult criminal courts below 18 years old. This sends countless kids into the unforgiving
adult criminal system. The REDEEM Act incentivizes states to change that by offering preference to Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant applicants to those that have set 18 or older as the age of original jurisdiction
for adult criminal courts.
•Allows for sealing and expungement of juvenile records: The bill would provide for the automatic expungement of records for juveniles who committed non-violent crimes before they turned 15 years old and the automatic sealing of records
for juveniles who committed non-violent crimes.
•Restricts use of juvenile solitary confinement: The bill would end the cruel and counterproductive practice of solitary confinement except in the most extreme circumstances in which it is necessary to protect a juvenile detainee or those
around them. When confinement is necessary, the bill places strict time and condition limitations.
•Offers adults a way to seal non-violent criminal records: The bill provides the first broad-based federal path to the sealing of criminal records for adults. Non-violent offenders will be able to petition a court and make their case. Furthermore,
employers requesting FBI background checks will only receive relevant and accurate information – thereby protecting job applicants – because of bill provisions to improve the background check system.
•Lifts ban on SNAP and TANF benefits for low-level drug offenders: The
REDEEM Act restores access to benefits for those who have served their time for use, possession, and distribution crimes.
As taxes on hard-working Americans have increased to help pay for prison spending, there are fewer resources available for law enforcement, rehabilitative programs, and proven investments in children to prevent crime in the first place. The result has been
a cycle of spending and incarceration that led to more than a quarter of a trillion dollars a year drained from our economy going to unproductive uses. This is why I urge my colleagues to cosponsor the
If you have any questions or would like to sign on as a cosponsor of the bill, please contact Yvette Badu-Nimako at
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS
Member of Congress
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