Elected Officials, Urban League Call For Criminal Justice Reform

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Senator Rand Paul is calling on Kentuckians to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on criminal justice reform. 

Officials with the Louisville Urban League were joined by Senator Paul and Congressman John Yarmuth Monday in Louisville to push for action.

They want Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call for a vote on the First Step Act before the 115th Congress wraps up this week.  

Paul believes there is enough bipartisan support to pass the legislation that includes reforming the nation's sentencing laws.

Kentucky's junior senator isn't accusing McConnell of stopping the measure.  He's urging constituents to urge the majority leader to allow a vote.McConnell has cited time constraints as one reason the bill has not received a vote.

The bill would do away with federal mandatory minimums and give prisoners credit for finishing vocational and rehab programs.

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