Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden admitted that his 1994 crime bill was a “mistake” during a televised town hall on Thursday.
“In the meantime, an awful lot of people were jailed for an awful lot of minor drug crimes … was it a mistake to support it?” town hall moderator George Stephanopoulos asked.
“Yes it was. But here’s where the mistake came. The mistake came in terms of what the states did locally. What we did federally, we said — and you remember George, it was all about the same time for the same crime,” Biden said, explaining that he “took some really brilliant lawyers working for me in the judiciary” and “did a study and we determined what happens for the first, second, third offense for any crime in the criminal justice system at the federal level.”
“If you’re a black man, it’s the first time you commit robbery, how long