Beau Biden's first year wins positive reviews
Attorney general usually stays behind the scenes
By ESTEBAN PARRA, The News Journal
Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Attorney General Beau Biden's first year in office has been greeted with positive feedback, though some critics say he
should take more of a public role. (Buy photo) The News Journal/FRED COMEGYS
Born from Beau Biden's chief campaign issue, his special unit focusing on child predators has netted 20 convictions so
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During his campaign for attorney general two years ago, Beau Biden promised to be more proactive. He said he didn't want to just prosecute
criminals; he wanted to aggressively work to reduce crime.
That is what brought residents of Wilmington's Southbridge neighborhood together with city and police officials and a deputy attorney general last
Their conversation, held at the Neighborhood House, touched on everything from crime to area nuisances to speeding. They talked about the
problems and what could be done.
As part of his Community Prosecution program, Biden assigned prosecutors to geographic zones. Southbridge was one of the first areas identified.
Wilmington public safety director, James Mosley, said he likes that the program gives the Attorney General's Office a face and is encouraged
Biden is willing to try new ideas.
"I'm not going to tell you that this is a silver bullet," Mosley said. But "this shows his willingness to be innovative. He has not come forward and
said, 'This is the one and only answer.' What he says is, 'I will join with you in fighting this.' "
Starting the Community Prosecution effort was one of the promises Biden has kept since taking office last year, a year in which he's generally
received good reviews after creating a child predator unit and starting a family division to tackle juvenile issues.
But he also said he would push for open government reforms, a promise that seems to have died shortly after he supported a bill authorizing his