In a 1976 speech in Idaho, then-Sen. Joe Biden stated the U.S. prison justice system ought to stress punishment fairly than rehabilitation — a direct contradiction to his present platform, which focuses on rehabilitation, based on a report.
“Why ought to we liberals, why ought to we Democrats, apologize for saying a prison justice system has implicit in it the concept a criminal offense must be met with a punishment? What’s fallacious with that?” the senator from Delaware stated on the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Boise, Idaho, in audio reportedly obtained by the Washington Examiner.
“Why ought to we liberals, why ought to we Democrats, apologize for saying a prison justice system has implicit in it the concept a criminal offense must be met with a punishment? What’s fallacious with that?”
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Within the speech, Biden additionally stated that liberals declare convicts should be rehabilitated however there’s a recognition that “We’ve got not discovered a option to rehabilitate.”
He added if Democrats didn’t get more durable on criminals voters would begin to help politicians like Alabama segregationist George Wallace, who was strict on crime.
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“Once we don’t reply,” he stated, based on the Examiner, “we permit males like [Wallace] to run across the nation speaking about ‘pointy-headed federal judges’ and about the truth that we’d like extra extreme penalties within the authorities for crime, and other people start to imagine him.”
Biden additionally stated that range strengthening America is “poppycock,” including that individuals “worry variations.”
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Biden has confronted scrutiny from his 2020 presidential rivals over his help for the 1994 crime invoice and different previous positions over his decades-long profession.