Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to release a criminal justice reform plan “in the coming weeks,” reported CNN.
Biden’s plan will focus on a number of key areas, including overcriminalization, lowering recidivism and crafting sentencing guidelines that provide alternatives to prison, said CNN.
The policies will be based on work made by Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries and Bobby Scott, D-New York and D-Virginia respectively. Biden met with both of them to help with his plan.
According to CNN sources, a Biden campaign adviser described the plan as research-based and predicted it would be “among the most progressive of all the 2020 candidates.”
The 2020 presidential candidate’s webpage sought to communicate a committed desire to crime reduction.
It discussed Biden’s call for Congress to pass Rep. Scott’s Safe Justice Act and add more provisions.
Biden was a proponent of tough-on-crime measures during the 1990s, and his webpage still noted his support for the 1994 Crime Bill, which authorized $9.7 billion to increase the number of prison bed nationwide among other things. But it also noted his support for the Violence Against Women Act and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
However, Biden’s support for the bill failed to substantially reverse increases in incarceration in the U.S. over the late 20th century, reported PolitiFact. The incarceration rate only slowed or flattened.
The African-American incarceration rate rose from 1,200 per 100,000 people (for both men and women), in 1985 to approximately 2,450 per 100,000 in 2000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.