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Biden says nonviolent criminals should not go to prison, drawing ridicule

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Frontrunner Joe Biden continues to lead in the polls but Elizabeth Warren has the gap narrowed; Peter Doocy reports from Houston.

The former Vice-President Joe Biden drew immediate ridicule for a stunning argument during the Thursday night in the debate, that “violent criminals should be free” not in prison — a claim that his campaign had returned later on foot.

The apparent derailment occurred during a heated discussion on the reform of the criminal code.

Biden claims that there are too many people in prison, and the system requires a change. Then he made a bold proclamation.

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“Nobody should be in prison for a nonviolent crime,” Biden.

Social media was soon buzzing about his statement, with commentators focusing on the impact for white-collar criminals.

Some were quick to point out what that would mean for the former-trump-campaign-manager Paul Manafort, who is in prison for a variety of white-collar crimes.

Others focused on the notorious Ponzi-scheme orchestrator Bernie Madoff and “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, to name a couple of offenders that would be affected by such a policy.

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National Journal politics editor Josh Kraushaar predicted that the Biden camp would not stand by this statement.

As it turns out, the curly hair was right. A Biden aide quickly Daily Beast reporter Sam Stein says that Biden “was a crime in talking about the non-violent drug.”

Biden was among the 10 Democratic candidates for participation in the ABC News-sponsored debate in Houston.

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