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Booker, Paul team up to scrub criminal records

KEANSBURG, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are teaming up on a bill aimed at helping low-level offenders wipe their criminal records clean.

The Democrat and Republican odd couple introduced legislation Tuesday that would encourage states to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 18.

The Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment — or “REDEEM Act — would automatically expunge the records of juveniles who commit nonviolent crimes before they turn 15 and automatically seal the records of those who commit them after.

It also would create a broad-based federal path for sealing criminal records for adults, with nonviolent offenders able to petition courts to make their case.

The pair previously teamed up on an amendment aimed at banning action against state medical marijuana laws.

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