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Rand Paul Wants Non-Violent Offenders to Get Fines, Not Jail Time

His media "walk-out," explained.
: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) talks with reporters as Senate Republicans and Democrats head to their weekly policy luncheon on March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) talks with reporters as Senate Republicans and Democrats head to their weekly policy luncheon on March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

IOWA CITY, Iowa–Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's first speech in Iowa as a presidential candidate was thick with talk of criminal justice reform. He talked about his bill with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker–a name that sparked off applause in the largely young, largely white crowd–that would give states incentives to reduce sentences for young offenders.

"I have bills to make many non-violent drug offenses misdemeanors so as not to permanently damage a kid's work potential," said Paul. "I have a bill with Senator Harry Reid to allow people to get their voting rights back. I have a bill that will guarantee that the government can't take your property without first convicting you of a crime."