Joe Biden

Joe Biden Wants To Reform the Criminal Justice System He Helped Create

The presidential candidate deserves praise for retreating from his tough-on-crime stance. But let's not forget that his policies contributed to mass incarceration and the police misconduct that people are protesting today.

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During a week of protests, looting, and violence ignited by the murder of George Floyd, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden pledged his support for meaningful criminal justice reform and doing more to prevent police abuses.

Biden deserves praise for getting behind vital reforms as he campaigns for president in 2020, but it's worth remembering that the former senator from Delaware is partly responsible for some of the worst aspects of today's criminal justice system.

From the crack crackdown of the 1980s to the crime legislation of the 1990s to the post-9/11 war on terror, Biden throughout his career has represented the Democratic Party consensus, shifting his views to fit whatever best serves his own political career. Over his 44 years in the Senate and then as vice president, Biden was a leading architect of the modern criminal justice system, contributing to mass incarceration and the police misconduct that people are protesting today.

Click here to watch the full documentary on Joe Biden's record.

Produced, written, and edited by Justin Monticello. Graphics by Lex Villena and Austin Bragg. Research by Regan Taylor. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 

Music: Cooper Cannell, Futuremono, and Lex Villena.

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  1. doesn’t this make him the best person for the job?

    1. Nixon and China. Carter and trucking/airline deregulation. Biden and …. nope.

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  2. “I’m the one who put it together. Only I can take it down!”

    Biden 2: This Time, It’s Personal.

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  4. He deserves no praise. He saw which way the wind was
    blowing and changed course. He is what he always was.

    1. To be fair, the mentality at the time was the start of gang violence, that whole bank robbery with body armor in Cali, and, at least per the news reports, call from the black community to DO SOMETHING.

      So something was done.

      The whole ordeal was a shock to the system, and at least in one narrative, Biden was just being responsive to the concerns of the black community.

      Now it is seen as a huge mistake, and I can’t help but wonder which mistakes we are making now.

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  5. Biden deserves praise

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  6. “Joe Biden Wants To Reform the Criminal Justice System He Helped Create”

    That’s actually an argument in his favor. If he didn’t want to reform the system he helped create, that would be bad. The good reasons to oppose Joe Biden include his support for the Green New Deal, his continued support for ObamaCare, and his contempt for both our First Amendment rights and our Second Amendment rights.

    If it’s absolutely necessary to get distracted from those issues, maybe focus on Biden’s support, to whatever extent, for the lock-downs. Focusing on the murder of George Floyd is just a distraction from the issues because neither President Trump nor anyone else in the Republican party is supporting the police who murdered George Floyd or is supportive of racist murder in any way, shape, or form.

    If there’s a better definition of a non-issue that something that is universally accepted by both Democrats and Republicans, I can’t imagine what that would be. The sooner we get back to thinking about real issues, the better off we’ll be.

  7. “Joe Biden Wants To Reform the Criminal Justice System He Helped Create”

    No. Joe Biden wants to get elected, and will say whatever his minders tell him to say. He has no personal convictions, and no moral compass at all. He is a sexist without doubt.

  8. I work at a company in Fortune’s Top 50 list. Today the call went out *from management* for volunteers with ideas for “dismantling the systems of white supremacy within the company”. It is very quickly getting to the point where failure to act like a Humanities Professor at an ivy league school is harmful for your career.

    The real sad thing is that this isn’t changing anything (much like BLM and the police). Google has been firing people who push back against diversity and calling to break the ceiling for 10 years and their diversity score for women has not changed one bit. My company is similar- lots of white men mouthing words about diversity and systemic racism while collecting their paycheck and promoting their buddies.

    Weinstein and Epstein weren’t a fluke people. Mouth the right words and you can get away with anything.

    1. Make Putney Swope mandatory viewing.

    2. Google has been firing people who push back against diversity and calling to break the ceiling for 10 years and their diversity score for women has not changed one bit. My company is similar- lots of white men mouthing words about diversity and systemic racism while collecting their paycheck and promoting their buddies.

      It’s all just virtue signaling, they don’t really mean any of it. Which is probably a good thing really – if they really meant any of it their companies would probably eventually go under as they promote/ hire unqualified people based on their position on the Progressive Victimhood Stack instead of their actual qualifications.

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      I’m kidding. Mostly.

    4. My company had a “safe space” to discuss what’s been going on. As soon as someone had an opinion that was contrary to the desired narrative it was “that’s wall we have time for today”.

      1. I read that linked-in will now abandon “anonymous chat function”’during Staff town-halls because of “Racist comments.” The comment was something like “am I going to be fired for a less qualified diversity hire?” You would have Thought people were raging all over the chat board with the N word from the headline and the CEO’s reaction. And yet people wonder why there is no honest dialogue on race.

  9. You believe him?

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    1. I know. That’s two article in two days from Reason giving that career public slime bag the benefit of the doubt on his sincerity. He’s had 4 decades of time in the senate and he used almost all of it to ruin peoples lives. He said he changed his mind, let’s give him a parade!!! Millions of people have suffered at the hands of the criminal justice system because “being tough on crime” got him the votes for his prestigious dream job. Bodies in cages are literally a currency to statists and he was one of the worst. To pretend like this man deserves anything less than spending the rest of his days on all fours in a prison shower being personally thanked by each and every life he ruined is to give him more “credit” than he deserves.

      1. Would you mind if I said you’re being too kind?

        1. Nope. I try to keep it civil.

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  10. Still nothing about Rosenstein in the Senate hearing yesterday? After over 2 years of almost daily coverage of Mueller investigation?

    https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/rod-rosenstein-russia-trump-attorney-general-20200603.html

  11. “Joe Biden: because 40 years in government just isn’t nearly enough time to be able to get something done.”

    1. However, 44 (or 48 should he live that long) is juuuuuussst right.

  12. Of course Biden supports reformulating the plan that didn’t work the last time. The coyote always comes up with a new plan to catch that roadrunner. Just because the government fucked up the last 12,000 things it tried to fix is no reason to believe they won’t fix this one. It’s not like there’s some sort of law of nature or anything that might explain why a government bureaucracy is simply incapable of not behaving like a government bureaucracy. Agency self-preservation and self-aggrandizement, the necessity of compromise to achieve consensus, mission creep, regulatory capture, the problem of spending other people’s money, the lack of proper accountability and oversight – all of these things that have plagued government since Noah first planned the dinner menu aboard the Ark and the sheep got curious about where the lamb chops were coming from can just be hand-waved away.

    1. Plus, it helps if you have actually forgotten most of what you have done over the last 40 years .

  13. Joe Biden Wants To Reform the Criminal Justice System He Helped Create

    No, no he doesn’t. He’s just saying what he thinks people want to hear.

  14. let’s not pretend B knows where he is let alone what he wants

  15. Ted Stryker’s record is better than Joe Biden’s.

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