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August 25, 2008

Will crime and punishment get any attention at the Democratic Convention?

As national thoughts turn from Olympian achievements to political conventions, I continue to keep an eye on matters of crime and punishment.  As noted in this weekend post and by some bloggers, the Biden VP choice has some criminal justice angles.  Moreover, as this WSJ blog post notes, some Obama surrogates on the Sunday morning shows were talking up Joe Biden's purported crime-fighting achievements.  These developments have me now thinking that crime and punishment could get some play in Denver, though I am not sure I will be too keen on the themes that may be stressed.

As regular readers know from a bunch of posts linked below, I am troubled that many issues related to prison nation have gotten no serious attention throughout our seemingly endless 2008 election season.  Though I doubt that either party's convention will change this reality, I will be watching the activities this week in Denver (and next week in Minneapolis) just to see what might be said and what goes unsaid.

Some related posts on Campaign 2008:

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Do any "issues" get attention at party conventions? I thought they were just big pep rallies with confetti and balloons and impassioned speeches about how we're going to win and the other party wants to ruin America.

I'm not sure I see crime and punishment fitting into that.

Posted by: | Aug 25, 2008 5:24:56 PM


Posted by: Stanley Feldman | Aug 26, 2008 9:50:20 AM

At these conventions, detailed issues are rarely discussed. "Tough on crime" and "making our streets safer for our children" will be repeated far too often, but actually discussing how to quell the overpopulation of our prisons or whether or not marijuana should be legalized will never be brought up.

Posted by: JT | Aug 26, 2008 10:36:06 AM

This is always the time for election banners and promises. There no clear road for what steps that should be taken.

Posted by: US Lawyers | Sep 6, 2008 5:24:59 PM

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