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In 1976 speech, Biden said US criminal justice should focus on punishment not rehabilitation


Added 08-14-19 02:29:01am EST - “In a 1976 speech in Idaho, then-Sen. Joe Biden said the U.S. criminal justice system should stress punishment rather than rehabilitation -- a? direct contradiction to his current platform, which focuses on rehabilitation, according…” - Foxnews.com

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In a 1976 speech in Idaho, then-Sen. Joe Biden said the U.S. criminal justice system should stress punishment rather than rehabilitation -- a direct contradiction to his current platform, which focuses on rehabilitation, according to a report.

“Why should we liberals, why should we Democrats, apologize for saying a criminal justice system has implicit in it the idea that a crime should be met with a punishment? What is wrong with that?” the senator from Delaware said at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Boise, Idaho, in audio reportedly obtained by the Washington Examiner.

“Why should we liberals, why should we Democrats, apologize for saying a criminal justice system has implicit in it the idea that a crime should be met with a punishment? What is wrong with that?”

In the speech, Biden also said that liberals claim convicts need to be rehabilitated but there’s a recognition that "We have not found a way to rehabilitate.”

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