Pete Buttigieg on Crime
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
BUTTIGIEG: I would start with nonviolent drug offenders caught up in the racial disparities of the failed war on drugs. I actually think presidential clemency power can be an important part of how we de-carcerate a country that is shockingly over-incarcerated. It's bad enough just by the numbers, but when you add to that the racial disparities of who has been incarcerated often for nonviolent offenses, or those who have aged out of being any threat and could contribute in their communities.
FOUR CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Cory Booker; Andrew Yang; John Hickenlooper; Elizabeth Warren.
TWO CANDIDATES say felons should be allowed to vote WHILE incarcerated: Beto O`Rourke; Bernard Sanders.
A number of Democratic presidential candidates have adopted a more cautious approach, saying that voting rights should be restored after prison.
For instance, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said "I do believe that when you are out, when you have served your sentence, then part of being restored to society is that you're part of the political life of this nation again. And one of those things that needs to be restored is your right to vote."
EIGHT CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Joseph Biden, Jr.; Cory Booker; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; Beto O`Rourke; Bernard Sanders; Elizabeth Warren.
Candidates who advocate ending the cash bail system argue it disproportionately hits low-income Americans.
THREE CANDIDATES say "Reform or reduce it": Kamala Harris; Amy Klobuchar; Andrew Yang.
NINE CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Cory Booker; Julian Castro; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard; Kamala Harris; Bernard Sanders; Elizabeth Warren; Marianne Williamson; Andrew Yang.
Many Democrats have called for ending or not renewing the federal government's contracts with private prison companies. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released a detailed proposal on her plan to abolish private prisons.
13 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Cory Booker; Julian Castro; Bill de Blasio; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; John Hickenlooper; Amy Klobuchar; Beto O`Rourke; Bernard Sanders; Eric Swalwell; Elizabeth Warren; Andrew Yang.
Candidates who have called for abolishing capital punishment altogether say inmates sentenced to death should have their sentences commuted to life without parole.
BUTTIGIEG: Because I couldn't get it done. My community is in anguish right now because of an officer-involved shooting, a black man, Eric Logan, killed by a white officer. And I'm not allowed to take sides until the investigation comes back. It's a mess. And we're hurting. And until we move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism, whatever this particular incident teaches us, we will be left with the bigger problem of the fact that there is a wall of mistrust put up one racist act at a time, not just from what's happened in the past, but from what's happening around the country in the present. I am determined to bring about a day when a white person driving a vehicle and a black person driving a vehicle, when they see a police officer approaching, feels the exact same thing.
BUTTIGIEG: Look, we have taken so many steps toward police accountability that [I've been] denounced for too much accountability. We're obviously not there yet, and I accept responsibility for that because I'm in charge.
Rep. Eric SWALWELL: If the camera wasn't on and that was the policy, you should fire the chief.
BUTTIGIEG: Under Indiana law, this will be investigated and there will be accountability for the officer involved.
SWALWELL: But you're the mayor. You should fire the chief--if that's the policy and someone died.
Buttigieg: The federal government can lead by example with what we're doing in the federal system. We should also be engaging states, pressing them, and helping them get resources to do this the right way. At the federal level, it's going to take a commission gauging how we can best use clemency power to help unwind incarceration that's not meeting the intended goal and doing more harm than good.
The overall message was, "We'll help you if you let us & we'll stop you if you make us," and it was backed by agencies committed to keeping their promises on both enforcement and support. I decided to apply it in South Bend. A violent spring of 2014 gave way to a period of relative peace after the event. It worked.
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