‘The old approach has failed.' Pete Buttigieg talks criminal justice reform on NewsChannel 5

Posted at 8:41 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 09:43:14-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Pete Buttigieg recognized the need for criminal justice reform during an interview with NewsChannel 5 This Morning.

Although Sen. Bernie Sanders narrowly edged Buttigieg in Tuesday night’s New Hampshire primary, the former South Bend, Indiana mayor now has the most delegates so far this primary season. He spoke live via satellite Wednesday morning, saying his campaign felt “fantastic” and touted his vision to “build a different kind of politics to deliver bold, progressive change.”

NewsChannel 5 asked Buttigieg about his view on criminal justice reform, adding that one of Nashville’s zip codes has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country.

“If incarceration made a country safe, we’d be the safest country in the world,” said Buttigieg. “What we’ve learned from mass incarceration, it often does much more harm than whatever offenses it was intended to deal with.”

Buttigieg said his plan would include reform to decarcerate the country, cutting the number of incarcerations by half, and focus on rehabilitation.

Watch the full interview above.