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U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

Booker slams Biden as ‘proud architect of a failed system’

On criminal justice reform, New Jersey Senator says ‘Biden had 40 years to get this right’

By David Wildstein, July 23 2019 12:42 pm

Cory Booker took a shot at front-runner Joe Biden today after the former vice president released his new comprehensive criminal justice plan to reduce mass incarceration and lessen racial and income-based disparities.

“Joe Biden had more than 40 years to get this right,” Booker said. “The proud architect of a failed system is not the right person to fix it.”

Booker said that the 1994 crime bill originally written in the Senate by Biden “ accelerated mass incarceration and inflicted immeasurable harm on Black, Brown, and low-income communities.”

“While it’s encouraging to see Vice President Biden finally come around to supporting many of the ideas I and others have proposed, his plan falls short of the transformative change our broken criminal justice system needs,” said Booker, a two-term U.S. Senator and former Mayor of Newark.

Booker called for the dismantling of a criminal justice system he says is broken and said that any real plan needs to include the legalization of marijuana.

“Our next president must both heal our country from decades of racist and unjust policy, and put forward a sweeping vision for how we can rise together,” said Booker. “Any comprehensive plan simply must include the legalization of marijuana, an overhaul of policing practices, ambitious use of presidential clemency power to right past wrongs, and reinvestment in the communities that have borne the costs of mass incarceration. Joe Biden’s plan doesn’t do that.”

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