For all the bipartisan support, the nation’s highest level of government has yet to act.
Who is worthy of redemption? Do criminals deserve a second chance? What about murderers?
California is rightly regarded as a progressive beacon. But in this reliably blue, profoundly innovative state, we have witnessed the growth of a massive, inhumane and costly incarceration system. Worst still, people of color bear the brunt of this broken system.
One in three Americans -- as many as 100 million adults -- has a criminal record. Because a criminal history record creates barriers to housing, education and employment, it can often stand between another chance and another visit to prison.
"I think there's a chance here," Rand Paul says.
Every time I thought back to that fateful night, I found myself asking the question, "Why didn't I just walk away?"