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Does Donald Trump or Joe Biden have the better approach to Policing? Show more Show less
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As Black Lives Matter #BLM protests shook the US in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May 2020, the issue of police reform surged to the top of the political agenda. Policing will be a central debate in the upcoming US Election. Who has the better approach?

Joe Biden has the better approach to Policing Show more Show less

Once a supporter of traditional policing, Joe Biden 's position has shifted in favour of community policing, funding reviews and an explicit acceptance of 'systemic racism' within the police force.
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Biden believes in shrinking the US prison population

Joe Biden would reduce the number of prisoners and reduce federal spending on incarceration. "These savings should be reinvested in the communities impacted by mass incarceration."

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Joe Biden believes that there are many people in prisons and jail today that do not belong there. Furthermore, he believes that no one should be incarcerated for a nonviolent crime, such as nonviolent drug crimes. In fact, he wants anyone arrested for a drug problem to go straight to a rehabilitation center, not a prison cell.[1]However, he has stated that there are people that should stay behind bars as they committed horrible crimes, and are a threat to society.[2] This position may come from the fact that there has been a steep rise in incarceration in recent decades. Right now, The United States has more prisoners than any other country in the world, as well as the highest incarceration rate.[3] There are about 2.3 million people in prisons and jails in the U.S. right now. This is more than a 500% increase over the last 40 years.[4]This is due in large part to the types of crime people are being convicted of. Today, there are more people behind bars for drug-related offenses, than the number of people incarcerated for any crime in 1980.[4]

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Biden says that he will shrink the US prison population, but Biden is just catering to the leftist political movement for abolishing prisons, and it’s unclear how he would actually implement this plan.

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  1. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/joe-biden-nobody-should-be-in-jail-for-a-non-violent-crime
  2. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/biden-says-he-would-slash-incarceration-by-more-than-50
  3. https://sites.northwestern.edu/npep/background-on-mass-incarceration/
  4. https://www.sentencingproject.org/criminal-justice-facts/
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