Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., on Tuesday criticized former Vice President Joe Biden’s criminal justice reform plan, saying “it’s not enough to tell us what you’re going to do for our communities.”
Booker tweeted on Tuesday, after Biden announced his plan: “It’s not enough to tell us what you’re going to do for our communities, show us what you’ve done for the last 40 years. You created this system. We’ll dismantle it.”
Biden has come under criticism from Booker and others for his role in leading the passing of a 1994 crime bill that imposed stricter sentencing provisions, allocated funds for state prison construction, and incentivized arrests related to drugs.
The former vice president’s plan, which he announced Tuesday morning, would end private prisons, mandatory minimum sentences, incarcerating people for drug use, and “take other steps to reduce incarceration rates without impacting public safety.”
Booker previously released his own plan for criminal justice reform, and once described the 1994 legislation as “a horrific bill that has led to the reality right now that is indefensible, where we have more African Americans under criminal supervision in America than all the slaves in 1850.”
A Biden campaign official told ABC News early Tuesday morning, before Booker’s tweet, that Biden “knows that a number of people are going to try to weaponize his services in Congress against him, and I know some people in this race would like to believe he never served as the vice president to President Obama. But he’s proud of his record.”