“We didn’t lose sight of the ones who had missed their chance at a better life, or maybe even lost their way and landed in jail. In Florida, we didn’t want to fill prisons with non-violent offenders. So we expanded drug courts and prevention programs. I took the view—as I would as president—that real justice in America has got to include restorative justice."
On Friday, July 31, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the National Urban League Conference
Sources: C-Span, Jeb Bush Campaign Website with a transcript of his remarks, The Tampa Bay Times summarizes his speech
The Context: Speaking before the National Urban League, Bush focused most of his remarks to issues seen as particularly urban in nature including anti-poverty programs, drug offenses and use, and opportunities for minorities—centering his remarks around policies implemented in Florida during his governorship. Many of them converge in this statement on rethinking how drug-related offenses are prosecuted and considered within the criminal justice system.
In light of a growing national discussion on (urban) policing reform and criminal justice more generally, many candidates are staking their claim to different aspects of the question. Last month, we mapped the relative numbers of nonviolent versus violent offenses in response to a similar comment by Rand Paul. With Bush's comment on specifically drug-related arrests, we asked