Biden: ‘Nobody Should be in Jail for a Nonviolent Crime’ – But, Dems Outraged by Reduced Roger Stone Sentence

Craig Bannister | February 12, 2020 | 3:31pm EST
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Democrats are demanding an investigation into the Justice Department’s recommendation that Trump associate Roger Stone be sentenced to less prison time than the 7-9 year sentence prosecutors sought – but, Joe Biden declared in a Democrat presidential debate that nonviolent criminals should not face any jail time at all.

As reported Wednesday, Democrats are charging “improper interference in a criminal prosecution” in the reduced-sentence recommendation for Stone for his conviction on charges of nonviolent crimes:

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are among the first Democrats to demand an investigation into the Justice Department’s recommendation that Trump associate Roger Stone face fewer years in prison than career prosecutors wanted.”


“Stone was convicted in federal court in November of obstructing a congressional investigation, making false statements to Congress, and witness tampering. Career prosecutors recommended a prison sentence of 7 to 9 years.”

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is also calling for an investigation, accusing Pres. Trump of  accused President Trump of engaging in “political interference in the sentencing.”

But, “Nobody should be in jail for a nonviolent crime,” former Vice President Joe Biden declared at the Democrat presidential debate in Houston hosted by ABC/Univision last September:

“Nobody should be in jail for a nonviolent crime. As — when we were in the White House, we released 36,000 people from the federal prison system.

“Nobody should be in jail for a drug problem. They should be going directly to a rehabilitation. We build more rehabilitation centers, not prisons. We — I'm the guy that put in the drug courts to divert people from the criminal justice system. And so we have to change the whole way we look at this.”

In the same debate, both Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) also advocated reducing sentences and releasing prisoners from jail.

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