On Tuesday former vice president Joe Biden released his plan to overhaul the criminal justice system if he makes it to the White House. However, his new plan stands in direct opposition to the 1994 crime bill he has so devoutly supported over the years, proving once more that he is rather fickle on his policies and may change his views on them at a moment’s notice.

However, the former VP defends himself by saying, “Like every major change, you go back and make it better.” He has decided to stick with certain parts on the bill, such as the ban on assault weapons and the early version of the Violence Against Women Act but plans to make significant changes to other areas. He says, “It worked in some areas, but it failed in others.”

According to many, including his Democratic opponents and President Donald Trump, the 1994 legislation, in partnership with other anti-crime bills of that time, are the main reason we have so many problems with our justice system. While it allowed for crime to dissipate considerably, it also raised mass incarceration, particularly among black men.

Biden claims this is just “another part of my long record that is being grossly misinterpreted.”

So just what does his new plan call for and how does that contrast to the 1994 crime bill?
One of the major components of the “Biden Plan for Strengthening America’s Commitment to Justice” is to cut back on the number of those incarcerated by eliminating the mandatory minimum sentencing for drug charges, something that Biden backed at one time by partnering with the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984.

Biden also supported the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse act, which he is now contesting. The legislation would change how federal crack and powder cocaine charges are distributed.

While most Democrats are in full support of marijuana’s legalization, Biden’s plan differs slightly as he wants cannabis to be decriminalized in addition to all former marijuana convictions being expunged. He says, “we need more research to study the positive and negative impacts of cannabis use.”

When it comes to federal charges, Biden wants to get rid of the death penalty. Again, this is something he supported under the 1994 crime bill. He reasons that most death penalties take place at the state level, leaving federal executions rarely handed out and therefore, unnecessary.

In addition, Biden is seeking to end the use of all private prisons on the federal level as well as almost entirely getting rid of solitary confinement.

The new plan would give states $20 billion in grants to increase the reduction of crime in cities and counties, therefore also reducing the number of incarcerations. However, to receive such funding, the state or local government will need to get rid of the mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent crimes.

According to Biden’s campaign official, he would also “continue the tradition” of using clemency power to reduce incarcerations for certain non-violent and drug-related crimes. This is something Obama used extensively and, as such, his biggest fan would like to continue it.

A growing concern for many is to “address systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ offices.” Biden’s plan will implement more demands on consent decrees, allow for the expanding of Department of Justice investigations, and give more resources to public defenders’ offices. In addition, he will create a task force outside of the Justice Department that will examine and offer recommendations to address possible discrimination in the justice system.

One of the significant divergences from many of his opponents’ criminal justice overhaul plans is Biden’s $1 billion annual investment for “juvenile justice.” According to campaign officials, this will be used to care for and serve juvenile offenders held at the state level.

Biden claims these changes are a way to make up for the “big mistake” of putting the 1994 crime bill into effect that “trapped an entire generation.” However, many see this as last chance effort to win more African American votes and that it’s too little, too late. Biden’s opponent, Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey, is one of those. One of his substantial grievances against Biden is that it has taken him too long to apologize for the 1994 legislation that he so ardently pushed for in the past.

44 thoughts on “Biden Unveils New Criminal Justice System Plan

  1. So if your a criminal you get a pass because of your skin color. Hard drugs are what is destroying our youth. So now just let’s give everyone who commit crimes a slap on the wrist. Joe Biden is a total douche bag. As no idea what he is doing but kissing butt for votes.

  2. Biden is such a moron ! Omg I would be embarrassed by him . The democrats do Not have anyone with half a brain ! And they’re men are all Creepy !

  3. Ha. Just another reason 20/20 looks great for president Trump
    Democrats have lost touch with the average American and have always realized illegal immigrants coming in by the thousands is their new base.

  4. Isn’t being “Fickle” the same as “Flip Flop? Isn’t that what ALL Democrats do to “fit the situation”?!? Why don’t we go back to good old COMMON SENSE legislation and put CRIMINALS behind bars and put them to work (especially the dangerous ones on a “Chain Gang”) and QUIT putting law breakers in “hotels” and instead IN PRISON or JAIL? . . .Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  5. Horny joe. you have been one hella idiotic puppet for 8 years and i don’t suspect you will ever change. You joey, cannot think without your puppeteer and i say god help us if you win at which point i do not believe you have a dying chance.

  6. Again, Biden proves how out of touch he is with what the world is like in 2019 instead of 1994. EVERY ISSUE HE TALKS about, he has flipped and flopped several times. He does it to fit the mood of the people he is talking to. The biggest mistake our country could make would be to elect Biden. He lives in the past, he has too many skeletons in the closet and his memopry is terrible. The same for Sanders, he’s constantly changing course. There are not any more I CAN SEE THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO CONTINUE ON WITH THE POLICIES IN PLACE. TO CHANGE OR. TAKEAWAY WOULD SET OUR COUNTRY BACK 25 YEARS. THE WORST YEAERS WERE THE CLINTONS AND THE OBAMAS. WE ALMOST LOST OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE OF MISDEEDS THEY DID. CLINTON WAS TOO BUSY KEEPING HIS MISTRESSES STRAIGHT AND FOR KEEPING THEM SEPARATE. HE NEEDED A SECRETARY TO KEEP THEM STRIGHT. MAYBE HELLERY COULD OF BEEN THE SECRETARY!

  7. Why doesn’t this dufus just go away.How much longer are we going to be subjected to all 20 + of these whackjobs

  8. I believe that Biden will do anything for Votes,he could care less how it will affect the American Citizens.He is part of the Corrupt Swamp in DC.

  9. Well here we have a career politician that continually flip flops on issues . You see whatever works to get him elected he will do & say !!! One thing about this that would scare me is him & his form boss is there efforts to criminalize the Intelligence & Justice Department !!! IF they can do this to a political opponent they can do it to anyone !!! Sorry Biden not my choice for sure !!! I will Stick with the Republican Party & President Trump !!!

  10. If Biden’s plan is to give states $20 billion, that is a lot more than President Trump asked for to build the Southern border wall. Build the wall and that would cut crime by a large margin, saving several billion $ in the process.

  11. DOES BIDENS NEW LAW EXEMPT HIM FROM HIS CRIMES AGAINST WE THE PEOPLE ?DOES HE THINK HE CAN SQUASH HIS SEALED INDICTMENTS–HE KNOWS HE CAN RUN AND HE KNOWS HE CANT HIDE UNLESS HE LEAVES THE PLANET WHICH HE CANT —THESE CHANGES HE WANTS TO WRITE INTO LAW WONT WORK EITHER –AND YOU MY FRIENDS ARE RIDING A DEAD HORSE –HE WONT BE ELECTED SO HE CANT WRITE THESE LAWS LIKE HE WANTS .SO YOUR TIME IS A WASTED EFFORT –WHY NOT COME ON OVER TO THE TRAIN –WE HAVE A NICE WINDOW SEAT JUST FOR YOU AND YOU CAN WATCH THE SHOW IN COMFORT AT OUR EXPENSE WHILE THE JACKASS PARTY GOES DOWN IN FLAMES LIKE THEY DID IN THE LAST ELECTION –OH YEAH YOU REMEMBER –HILLARY WHATS HER NAME –THE STINKY BITCH WITH MURDER ON HER MINE YOU ALLS HERO

  12. To Biden”s credit the 1994 crime bill was a huge factor in the decrease of crime across the country. I wish he was not so wishy washy on his legacy bills.

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