Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has spent months shoring up a tough-on-crime picture as he weighs a run for the White Home, calling for stronger penalties towards drug traffickers and utilizing $5,000 bonuses to bolster law-enforcement recruitment to his state.

Now, Mr. DeSantis and his allies plan to make use of that picture to attract a distinction with the Republican front-runner within the 2024 race, former President Donald J. Trump.

Mr. DeSantis and his backers see the signature criminal-justice legislation enacted by Mr….

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