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Harris says she disagrees with Biden on crime bill's impact

FILE - In a Wednesday, May 1, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., center, listen as Attorney General William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the Mueller Report. The Democrats who want to be president are swarming California, competing for campaign cash and media attention while courting longtime allies of home-state Sen. Kamala Harris on their rival's own turf.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

NASHUA, N.H. — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she disagrees with 2020 rival Joe Biden’s assertion that the 1994 crime bill he supported did not lead to mass incarceration.

The senator from California said Wednesday during a campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire: “That 1994 crime bill, it did contribute to mass incarceration in our country. It encouraged and was the first time that we had a federal three strikes law.”

She says, “It funded the building of more prisons in the states. So I disagree, sadly.”

Her comments came a day after Biden strongly defended his earlier support as a senator from Delaware for the crime bill.

Biden lays the blame for mass incarcerations not on the crime bill or choices made on the federal level, but on states.

Hunter Woodall, The Associated Press