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Michael Farmer: More children are being taken into care. All too often that means being put on a conveyer belt to crime.

Lord Farmer is a former Treasurer of the Conservative Party.

With the word Brexit banished from the lips of those who work in and around Downing Street, the Government is, at last, turning its full attention to the domestic agenda.

A radical shake-up of the Civil Service is on the cards, and other mooted reforms aim to make the Government less London-centric, improve military procurement, introduce tougher sentences for criminals, and boost NHS spending.

These are all important, but I would also urge Mr Johnson to press ahead with a big R-review of Children in Care as a priority. The system he has inherited is at breaking point. It needs to be looked at, root and branch – and through a relational lens. Does the system ensure our most vulnerable children have the relationships which are, for all of us, the very essence of life?

The Review also needs to address the fact that the number of children being drawn into it is growing: between 2009/10 and 2016/17, the total number of “looked-after children” increased by 17 per cent, from 64,460 to 75,420. The number of local authority court applications to take children into care rose by over a fifth (22 per cent) and the number of children on a child protection plan increased by 38 per cent, from 39,100 to 53,790.

At the same time, the profile of those taken into care has changed dramatically, driven by a growing share of older children and teenage care entrants, many of whom have more complex needs.

Some of the change in the profile of those in care is down to unaccompanied children arriving in the UK, but equally, there has been a significant rise in Section 20 applications, where parents effectively hand over their children to social services because they can no longer cope – a harrowing decision for any parent to have to take.

Worse still are the outcomes of those children and young people in the state’s charge. In 2017, just 2.7 per cent of children who had been looked after for 12 months or more achieved GCSEs in English language and literature, maths, science, geography or history, and a language, compared to 21.9 per cent of the general population

It is not just in the field of education that we are failing these vulnerable children. On average those in care have worse mental and emotional wellbeing, are more vulnerable to poor physical health, substance misuse, early pregnancies and are more likely to be known to the criminal justice system.

Now, this might seem like an unlikely subject for a former metal trader and Treasurer of the Conservative Party to champion, but I speak from a childhood lived under the dark cloud of parental alcoholism with all the stigma of neglect, shame and poverty this entails. If I had not been sent to a state boarding school and experienced stable relationships, I would likely have ended up in care myself.

I have also conducted two reviews for the Ministry of Justice on the importance of family and other relational ties to reduce reoffending and the intergenerational transmission of crime. The first looked at male prisoners, the second more broadly at female offenders. My primary recommendation was that the importance of relationships should be the golden thread running through the criminal justice system. This has been accepted by the Government not least because their own research found that prisoners who receive family visits are 39 per cent less likely to reoffend than those who do not.

So the broadly acknowledged failure of the current care system is also not simply a question of money, even if some claim it is. Local authorities in England spent nearly £8 billion in 2017/18, indeed many overspent. If the Review is limited to bickering about resources, it will fail. It must be far more ambitious in scope than a focus on resources – or on those already in the system.

We have to do far more to prevent children from coming into care in the first place, where possible. The answer to our high levels of fractured family relationships is not to sever existing ties but to do more, earlier, to strengthen families. Hence my strong support for the Conservative manifesto commitment to champion Family Hubs.

We must also prevent the care system from being a conveyor belt into crime, or other highly detrimental outcomes. Just this week, the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall said that young boys caught up in county lines drugs gangs should be seen as victims, not criminals. He points to the gap in family support as a root cause and he is right. Dysfunctional homes and the lack of family security in these children’s lives drives them into these gangs.

Currently, relationships are either treated as disposable or are under-exploited. My two prison reviews and a lifetime of experience have taught me the paramount importance of children finding a connection. Someone who is irrationally committed to you, who will support and guide you, and provide the unconditional love so many of us take for granted. The Government is alive to this and has developed the Lifelong Links programme through its Innovation Fund, but this programme’s DNA has to be replicated throughout the care system – and in the lives of care leavers in prison.

Adopting this relational lens will fundamentally reset the care system and thereby enable a generation of children, tens of thousands of lives, to escape the trap of low expectations, poverty and crime.

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A $2 Drug Test Identified Bird Poop as Cocaine. But Law Enforcement Continues to Use it, and People are Being Wrongly Imprisoned

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Do you need a hit?

Of that white powder?

That Columbian booger sugar?

I’m talking, of course, about bird poop (they have lots of birds in Columbia).

If so, you might get arrested — for possession of cocaine.

According to a Vice report, cops across America have been using the same type of $2 test to determine whether any given suspicious substance is the ol’ 80’s standby or other illegal doorways to euphoria.

And that test has come up positive when supplied with bird droppings.

Additionally, it’s interpreted doughnut crumbs as meth and vitamins as oxycodone.

Man — that’s making want a dozen glazed meth.

In every case known to Vice, drug trafficking charges were eventually dropped, thanks to further testing by a state lab.

But the initial tests — known as “presumptive field tests” — have, as stated by Vice, “a history of being almost laughably wrong — if they weren’t putting people behind bars, even temporarily. And the follow-up lab tests that eventually clear people’s names can take weeks, if not months.”

During that interim, the article asserts, some who are innocent may be scared into accepting a plea deal rather than risking worse at trial.

Furthermore, those who can’t afford bail are stuck in jail as they decide which to do.

The article spotlights Cody Gregg, a homeless Oklahoma City man. He pleaded guilty, purportedly to get out of the city’s terrible lockup. He was charged with possession after a janky test identified powdered milk as Satan’s Snow.

The guy was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

It took nearly two months of jail time before he was cleared.

Claflin University Biology Professor Omar Bagasra insists, “You cannot indict somebody — put somebody in jail — over something you know has a very high rate of false positives.”

He knows a thing or two about it — he once partook in a Marijuana Policy Project study that determined a common field test wrongly identified spearmint, eucalyptus, and patchouli as the Devil’s Lettuce.

His research team pinpointed “the serious possibility of tens of thousands of wrongful drug convictions.”

To stress their point, the group repeatedly produced false positives before the National Press Club — from common substances such as chocolate bars.

As per a 2016 ProPublica investigation, the cheapo tests lead to thousands of arrests each year.

Fortunately, they’re frequently inadmissible in court, hence the follow-up in a proper lab.

But here’s how the little critters work: An officer drops a sample of something into a small pouch, then he breaks a capsule containing compounds which ignite a chemical reaction. A few moments later, your Kool-Aid Pixie Stick may have just snagged you a deuce in the joint.

The problems with the tests aren’t unknown to the powers that be, but they don’t always trickle down:

In 2000, the Justice Department issued guidelines requesting the tests’ manufacturers include warning labels telling cops that the tests could produce false positives and therefore require appropriate training. But ProPublica’s investigation found those guidelines were largely ignored. Newer, more accurate tests are available, but police departments don’t typically buy them because they can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

“If officers are not trained to get the message that a positive drug test is more equivocal than the label would make you think, you’ll have police officers thinking, ‘Positive means it’s definitely drugs,’” said Carl Takei, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality. Instead, a positive result means that the presence of drugs can’t be ruled out but should be weighed with plenty of other evidence before officers proceed.

The pouches’ flaws were considered — to a degree — amid the arrest of aforementioned homeless Cody Gregg:

Oklahoma City Police told VICE News that the officers did weigh other evidence in Gregg’s August arrest for possessing the powdered milk that tested positive for cocaine.

For example, Gregg had a prior history of drug convictions and ran from police when they attempted to stop him for a missing taillight on his bicycle. Once they retrieved the backpack he was carrying, they found the clear bag of a “white powdery substance” and a scale, too. All of those things factored into his arrest — not just the presumptive drug test.

Tulsa County public defender Natalie Leone claims she handles a drug case with false positives about once a month.

One such was that of Calamitous Carl:

This past May, Tulsa police found one of her clients, Carl Fisher, with a glass container of liquid that tested positive for meth in the field. Fisher, who’s homeless, was asleep in a car in a residential parking lot when officers approached him with guns drawn because they considered the car stolen. They tased him multiple times and dragged him out of the car, body-camera footage shows.

Fisher was arrested on drug charges, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer. He was behind bars for nearly two months on what was initially a $160,000 bail before state lab results cleared him. He then remained in jail until October, when he agreed to plead no contest to the charge of resisting arrest.

So we’ve learned a few things: Firstly, don’t sleep in strange cars.

And as for your wacky substances, you’re out of luck initially, if a cheap test points the wrong way.

You may need to bolster your case to the popo. So maybe keep those vitamin bottles. And candy bar wrappers. And that doughnut box.

As it turns out, Mitch Hedberg was wrong:



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Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Abolish Prisons Now Because Why Not?

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At this point, I’m just assuming the left is fully aware that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is extremely ignorant, crazy, or both because every time she opens her mouth or tweets something out, ridiculousness comes spewing forth like an exorcist scene.

Take this tweet from AOC about how we should start seriously considering shutting down prisons because they’re leftover remnants of a racist America.

“Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery,” tweeted AOC. “To end it, we have to change. That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country.”

Let’s get the obvious facts out of the way. Yes, we could use some criminal justice reform and our prison systems are far from perfect.

Should they be completely eliminated?

In order for that to happen, I’m wondering what kind of solution AOC has for serial murderers and rapists. How does she intend to punish child abusers or those who beat their wives and girlfriends? What about those who intentionally cheat the people out of money through scams.

I doubt the left would get behind this either. Where would they put Donald Trump in their weird fantasies after the law comes and gets him for being a big meanie? Where would Bill Nye put the people who deny climate change? What would they do if they don’t have a place to send people who say things like “men are not women?”

Once again, AOC is suggesting things that have zero sense behind them and no explanation as to how they’re going to work.

I’m under the impression that Ocasio-Cortez seems to think that everyone is a good soul underneath and with a little time and effort, anyone can be rehabilitated. Again, I agree that when it comes to many people in prison, rehabilitation, education, and no shortage of the love of God can bring anyone back from the darkness and turn their life around.

However, some people just can’t be saved due to one reason or another, and they’re going to do bad things that hurt a lot of people. They can’t help themselves, maybe because they’re mentally ill or their childhoods were so damaging that their psychological trauma has them almost programmed to act a certain way.

It’s clear that it’s all unicorns and rainbows to AOC and that she lives in some sort of fantasy land where socialism works, there is no social conflict, and anyone who makes mistakes is just a misunderstood person who we should all feel sorry for like some Disney villain in her own movie.

Heck, we even have the money to take in and give welfare to everyone who immigrates here illegally according to her proposals.

(READ: Watch: Ocasio-Cortez Proposes New Act That Gives Welfare To Illegal Immigrants)

I present to you, the unofficial leader of the Democrat party.

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Ukraine Isn’t the Only Country Hunter Biden Had Extremely Sketchy Dealings With

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Given his drug addiction and getting kicked out of the military, I could be just talking about his dealings in the United States, but Hunter Biden gets around.

Somehow a guy with no experience doing anything has managed to land several lucrative gigs in foreign countries, making more in a month than most people make in a year. I wonder what could possibly be behind the stroke of luck the drug addled, womanizing Hunter Biden found himself on over the past five years?

Although most of the smoke surrounding the former VP’s son has revolved around getting paid $50,000 a month by a corrupt Ukrainian oil company, he’s also found himself tied up in dealings with the Chinese. Ironically, it looks like a mistaken phone call to the wrong Biden family member exposed the whole thing.

The Washington Examiner shares the details.

A high-ranking Chinese businessman was charged by the Justice Department with global corruption and bribery in 2017, and the first call he made after his arrest was to Vice President Joe Biden’s brother, James Biden, who thinks the call was meant for Joe’s son, Hunter.

Patrick Ho, the lieutenant to the founder of the multibillion-dollar Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy, was indicted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the Southern District of New York for his role in a global money laundering and bribery scheme aimed at government officials in Africa. The Justice Department also accused Ho of helping with Iranian sanctions evasion and working to use the Chinese company’s connections to sell weaponry to Chad, Libya, and Qatar.

Ho immediately tried reaching out to the younger Biden for help because that summer, as investigators circled, Hunter agreed to represent Ho as part of Hunter’s efforts to work out a liquefied natural gas deal worth tens of millions of dollars with CEFC China Energy’s leader Ye Jianming.

James Biden gave Ho the details on how to contact Hunter, but why was he calling in the first place? That all comes back to who Ho is and what his company, CEFC China Energy, was doing. Ho was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison for all manner of bad deeds, including money laundering, sanctions evasion, and bribery.

Ho was the right hand man of Ye Jianming. And who just happened to be his right hand man in the United States? That would be Hunter Biden. By comparison, this would be like Donald Trump Jr. being exposed as working directly with a Russian company of which it’s founder was put in prison. Anyone think that’d be a scandal?

Hunter Biden says he met Ye for the first time in Miami and that two of Biden’s associates surprised him when they gave Ye Scotch valued at thousands of dollars. Ye sent a thank-you card and a 2.8-carat diamond to Hunter’s hotel room. Hunter says he handed the diamond off to his associates and doesn’t know what happened with it but denies it was meant as a bribe.

“What would they be bribing me for? My dad wasn’t in office,” Hunter Biden told the New Yorker. “I knew it wasn’t a good idea to take it. I just felt like it was weird.”

Oh, I don’t know Hunter. Perhaps because your father was already flirting with running for President and was seen as the odds on favorite to beat Trump in 2020 by the chattering class? There’s also the fact that Ye would have expected the Bidens to still hold considerable sway in Washington.

This is the same lame line the Clintons used in 2016. Because they were out of power at the time (and remain so), they postured as if it was impossible that anyone could be attempting to buy influence. That was asinine, as many world leaders who were giving them millions saw them as a great bet to regain power after 2016. Obviously, those people gambled and lost, but the thinking was obvious and made more so by the fact that the Clinton Foundation basically went defunct after Hillary lost.

It should also be noted that diamond in question was said to be worth $80,000 by Hunter Biden’s ex-wife in their divorce filings. Someone doesn’t just give another person a rock worth that kind of cheese for no reason, and they certainly don’t do so as a thank you for a glass of scotch. Ye was desperate and he wanted something in return. Biden claims he doesn’t know what happened to the diamond and that he gave it to his associates. He’s obviously lying, because again, his wife knew enough about it to claim it and its value in the divorce filing.

Of course, we actually have a pretty good idea of what Ye wanted in return.

Hunter negotiated a $40 million investment deal with Ye related to a liquefied natural gas project on Monkey Island in Louisiana.

At the same time, Ye told Hunter that one of his business associates, Ho, was being investigated in the U.S., and Hunter agreed to represent him. The deal between Hunter and Ye crashed almost immediately when Ho was arrested by U.S. law enforcement at John F. Kennedy Airport in 2017.

I’m under no illusions that anyone in the media or on the left will be consistent and find this disturbing, but even then, it’s still mind-blowing that this isn’t a big story. Not only was Hunter Biden racking up the cash from corruptocrats in Ukraine, he was getting $80,000 diamonds in an obvious bribery scheme from China. But because Joe Biden has the magic letter next to his name, none of this matters I guess. We all know what the response would be if this were Trump’s kids.

Lastly, recall that Biden got into a bit of a controversy early in the year for hand waving away China as an enemy and threat. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that his son was tied up in dealings with a Chinese company looking to make a lot of cash in the United States.

Biden may end collapsing in the Democratic primary anyway, making all this moot, but as long as he’s still in the race, this stuff is going to hang over him like a dark cloud. Anyone think Trump will be too bashful to bring this stuff up in a debate? Yeah, didn’t think so. If Biden survives the primary, it’s going to get really dirty.

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Maxine Waters: Trump must stop calling for violence against his enemies. Also, he should be locked up in solitary confinement.

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We must end Trump’s assault on norms of political civility by … assaulting the hell out of those same norms?

Don’t worry, I’m sure Waters believes he’s entitled to a criminal trial before he’s thrown in a dungeon.

We’re about 10 days into this Ukraine business and already we have the president demanding that the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee be arrested for treason and Waters insisting that Trump himself be sent to the hole. What are the tweets going to look like after he’s actually impeached?

“The people who talk this way about Trump wouldn’t stop at Trump,” says Tim Carney. Indeed. This isn’t the first time she’s fantasized about locking Trump up either, notes The Hill. I can’t help but suspect that boasting to Republican voters that their favorite politician will lose not just office but his freedom if Democrats have their way isn’t the best pitch to win over righties troubled by the Ukraine business.

Meanwhile:

Hopefully someone’s explained to him by now that misleading the public about a conversation the president had, as Schiff did at last week’s hearing, is douchey and unfair but it isn’t “treason.” Next that person can explain to him why it’s not a crime of any sort. You don’t need to be a lawyer to be a good president but restraining your impulses to arrest your political opponents will at least get you in the ballpark of respecting the Constitution. To borrow Carney’s line, a person who talks this way about Schiff wouldn’t stop at Schiff.

One other wrinkle to Waters’s tweet. It’s basically Democratic boilerplate at this point that Trump deserves prison but claiming that he deserves solitary confinement is a strange flourish. I don’t know why Waters thought of that; all I can guess is that she wanted to suggest that Trump should be tortured, that “mere” prison is too good for him, and settled on solitary confinement as the most politically correct way to make that point. The irony is that that’s not really politically correct anymore among supporters of criminal justice reform. Paul Manafort’s stint in solitary confinement this past summer inspired a brief wave of commentary about how SC is in fact a form of torture, especially when it’s accompanied by draconian conditions like total darkness for most or all of the day. Waters is actually catching some flak from progressives for endorsing it on social media this afternoon. You have to go pretty far in insulting Trump for lefties to say, “Too far.”

Here’s Colbert last night with Hillary Clinton kicking off a “Lock! Him! Up!” chant among the faithful.

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L.A. business owner gets 4 months in Varsity Blues scandal

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Although his name isn’t as recognizable as some of the celebrities caught up in the Varsity Blues scandal, Deven Sloane was certainly wealthy enough to take part in the scam. As the owner of the Los Angeles water systems company AquaTecture, Sloane was able to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars to a fixer to get his son into USC on a water polo athletic scholarship, though apparently the boy had no idea how to play water polo. Now the judge has wrapped up the case, sentencing the father to four months in prison and various additional penalties. (Associated Press)

A Los Angeles business executive was sentenced Tuesday to four months in prison for paying $250,000 to get his son admitted to the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit.

Devin Sloane, 53, pleaded guilty in May to a single count of fraud and conspiracy. He is the second parent sentenced in a sweeping college admissions scandal that has ensnared dozens of wealthy mothers and fathers.

U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani also ordered Sloane to perform 500 hours of community service over two years of supervised release and pay a fine of $95,000.

Authorities say Sloane helped fabricate documents depicting his son as an international water polo star even though he had never played the sport. He bought water polo gear online, investigators found, and staged action photos of his son in the family’s swimming pool.

The prosecutors had been asking for one year in jail, but none of the defendants thus far seem to be taking the heaviest fall they might. While four months may seem like a long time for those not accustomed to life behind bars, given his lack of priors, with good behavior he might be out in eight to ten weeks.

But on top of that, he’ll need to pay a nearly $100K fine and do 500 hours of community service over two years of probation. One assumes he will have learned his lesson.

The fact that he was willing to plead guilty, acknowledge his crime and apologize probably played into the lighter sentence being handed down. The difference between Sloane and Felicity Huffman, who was previously sentenced to just two weeks, is described as being due to the fact that Huffman hid her scheme from her child. Sloane actively recruited his son into the plot, having him pose for photographs in the pool and pretending to be a water polo athlete.

Does this feel like fitting punishment for the crime? Karen has written a lot more about this scandal than I have, partly because I found the whole thing distasteful, but also not that compelling. I’ll confess that my first reaction was one of… “meh. Just rich people doing rich people stuff.” The only difference here was that they got caught. The wealthy can gain all sort of advantages like this through perfectly legal means just by paying for a new wing on the college library or hospital. Families of more modest means will never be able to compete with that.

That doesn’t mean that Sloane and the others shouldn’t be punished. They “robbed” other students who worked hard to get into that school of a slot. They’re bad actors. But then, we regularly see people committing armed robbery getting roughly the same sentences if it’s their first offense. Sloane likely won’t lose much sleep over the fine and I’m sure they’ll find some “community service” for him that doesn’t involve picking up trash by the highway in an orange jumpsuit. In that regard, I suppose he got off kind of easy, but I just can’t see myself getting terribly upset about it.

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Biden: In prison, your gender should be what you say it is, not what the prison says it is

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A leftover from this past weekend via Red State. Watching the clip below, it made me laugh to think of blue-collar 70s-era Joe Biden time-traveling to 2019 and trying to digest the sort of woke shibboleths he’d occasionally have to mouth during a presidential primary to remain grudgingly, reluctantly acceptable to progressives.

I mean, even 2019 Biden can barely get his scripted lines out here. He all but gives up at the very end. 1975 Biden would be shouting unintelligibly about “malarkey! Malarkey, I tell ya!”

The position he ends up taking has good intentions behind it. Transgender women (i.e. men who present as women) end up being targeted for abuse, sexual and otherwise, much more frequently in men’s prisons than the average inmate is. Put a trans woman in with the male general population and bad things will happen. Last year the Trump administration set new rules, though, that instructed prison officials to “use biological sex as the initial determination for designation” when assigning trans inmates to a men’s or women’s prison, and although the inmate’s safety is also to be considered, the rule goes on to say that “The designation to a facility of the inmate’s identified gender would be appropriate only in rare cases.” That’s the policy Biden is pushing back against here. We need to protect trans inmates from rape, he’s saying.

But of course, there’s a problem too with the blanket rule he suggests about letting inmates decide whether they should be assigned to a men’s or women’s prison. A really, really obvious problem. In fact, the reason the Trump administration changed the rule in the first place is because four evangelical inmates at a women’s prison in Texas sued the federal government, claiming that having transgender women inmates in with them was dangerous.

Which is not a hypothetical. It can in fact be dangerous.

This was an LGBT event, though, so Biden knew what the identity-appropriate position to take was. In fact, his stance on where trans inmates should do their time was barely a footnote in the coverage afterward. Most of the buzz focused on him being the slightest bit rude to the moderator over her challenging questions, setting off a day or so of navel-gazing about sexism. The moderators should revisit this topic at the next presidential primary debate. See if anyone onstage is the least bit concerned about women inmates having to cope with transgender women who may identify as women but are still the size of men.

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Biden: In prison, your gender should be what you say it is, not what the prison says it is

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A leftover from this past weekend via Red State. Watching the clip below, it made me laugh to think of blue-collar 70s-era Joe Biden time-traveling to 2019 and trying to digest the sort of woke shibboleths he’d occasionally have to mouth during a presidential primary to remain grudgingly, reluctantly acceptable to progressives.

I mean, even 2019 Biden can barely get his scripted lines out here. He all but gives up at the very end. 1975 Biden would be shouting unintelligibly about “malarkey! Malarkey, I tell ya!”

The position he ends up taking has good intentions behind it. Transgender women (i.e. men who present as women) end up being targeted for abuse, sexual and otherwise, much more frequently in men’s prisons than the average inmate is. Put a trans woman in with the male general population and bad things will happen. Last year the Trump administration set new rules, though, that instructed prison officials to “use biological sex as the initial determination for designation” when assigning trans inmates to a men’s or women’s prison, and although the inmate’s safety is also to be considered, the rule goes on to say that “The designation to a facility of the inmate’s identified gender would be appropriate only in rare cases.” That’s the policy Biden is pushing back against here. We need to protect trans inmates from rape, he’s saying.

But of course, there’s a problem too with the blanket rule he suggests about letting inmates decide whether they should be assigned to a men’s or women’s prison. A really, really obvious problem. In fact, the reason the Trump administration changed the rule in the first place is because four evangelical inmates at a women’s prison in Texas sued the federal government, claiming that having transgender women inmates in with them was dangerous.

Which is not a hypothetical. It can in fact be dangerous.

This was an LGBT event, though, so Biden knew what the identity-appropriate position to take was. In fact, his stance on where trans inmates should do their time was barely a footnote in the coverage afterward. Most of the buzz focused on him being the slightest bit rude to the moderator over her challenging questions, setting off a day or so of navel-gazing about sexism. The moderators should revisit this topic at the next presidential primary debate. See if anyone onstage is the least bit concerned about women inmates having to cope with transgender women who may identify as women but are still the size of men.

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Joe Biden Won the Contest For the Most Ridiculous Statement At Last Night’s Debate

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Dartmouth College, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Hanover, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Last night, two bad teams got together to pillow fight on Thursday Night Football, yet if you decided to watch it instead of the Democratic Primary debate, congratulations. You made the right decision.

It was full cries of racism, lies about socialism, and Trump bashing, and as per usual, lots and lots of crazy policy proposals. On that front, a surprising candidate took home the award for the most ridiculous one. Yes, Beto O’Rourke wants to take your guns and Elizabeth Warren claims her bazillion dollar programs won’t raise taxes on the middle class, but Joe Biden said something last night that eclipses them all in terms of sheer insanity. Given he’s the supposed “moderate” in the race, that’s not a contest he’s supposed to be winning.

This is Joe Biden, so the first thing we have to ask is whether he even knew what he was saying. This is the same guy who can’t remember what day it is half the time and nearly had his eye explode on national TV. In other words, it’s possible he’ll walk this back.

For the time being though, let’s talk about how nonsensical this is.

Imagine world where “non-violent” criminals like drug dealers, financial scammers, and thieves carry no chance of incarceration. Heck, we don’t even have to imagine it. Just take a flight out to California and witness the chaos caused by the fact that shop-lifters aren’t arrested unless they steal over $900 (Prop 47). What’s that led to? People stealing $800 worth of stuff knowing they likely won’t be pursued and certainly won’t be jailed.

Now, take that outcome and multiply it’s effects by a million and you’d get what would happen if we stopped giving jail time to non-violent criminals. There would be zero deterrent to committing robbery, carrying out white collar crime, or bribing someone in power. The drug cartels would explode even more as nearly every part of their apparatus would no longer be subject to imprisonment.

I’m sure Biden will walk this back. Perhaps he already has. But what this shows though is just how bad he is at this. The guy’s teeth nearly fell out of his head last night as he garbled his words. He talked about record players in a bizarre answer at one point. Am I really supposed to believe this is the guy that’s going to out campaign Donald Trump? No doubt, he starts with major advantages which I’ve laid out before. He’s “ole Joe,” the comfortable, safe pick for a lot of moderates. But this campaign has barely started and if Biden somehow stumbles into the nomination, Trump is going to absolutely work him over. Whether that translates into winning in 2020, I don’t know because Trump has his own issues with voters. What I do know is that Democrats should probably be wishing for someone more capable to take on the incumbent.

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