Kelley Paul voices support for criminal justice reform

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Sen. Rand Paul's wife, Kelley, spoke to 13 News about the impact that criminal justice reform would have if the First Step Act is passed.

The support of criminal justice reform has been in the Paul family for years, starting with Sen. Paul's father and former Texas congressman, Ron Paul.

Now, Kelley Paul is pushing the benefits of criminal justice reform in hopes that legislation is finalized.

The bill would change federal sentencing laws, encouraging inmates to participate in incentivized rehabilitation programs that prepare them for their release.

"If we want people to come out of prison ready to join the workforce and become a meaningful member of society, it's in all of our best interest to give them opportunities for redemption and a path forward," Kelley Paul said.

It's a piece of legislation that Paul says is widely supported on both sides of the aisle.

"We have all of these very different people coming at this issue saying 'our criminal justice system is broken and we need to do something about it.' So, it's not often that you get people with different viewpoints agreeing not only on the problem but also on the solution," she added.

The next step to getting the bill passed is for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to present the bill at the next lame duck session.

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