In a 1976 speech in Idaho, then-Sen. Joe Biden stated the U.S. felony justice system ought to stress punishment quite than rehabilitation — a direct contradiction to his present platform, which focuses on rehabilitation, in line with a report.
“Why ought to we liberals, why ought to we Democrats, apologize for saying a felony justice system has implicit in it the concept a criminal offense ought to 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 felony justice system has implicit in it the concept a criminal offense ought to be met with a punishment? What’s fallacious with that?”
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Within the speech, Biden additionally stated that liberals declare convicts must be rehabilitated however there’s a recognition that “We’ve not discovered a approach 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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“After we don’t reply,” he stated, in line with the Examiner, “we enable 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 folks start to imagine him.”
Biden additionally stated that variety strengthening America is “poppycock,” including that individuals “concern 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.