Texas Gov. Rick PerryRick PerryNew Energy secretary cancels Paris trip amid mass strikes against Macron proposal Mellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in Overnight Energy: Critics call EPA air guidance 'an industry dream' | New Energy secretary says Trump wants to boost coal | EPA looks to speed approval of disputed industry pollution permits MORE (R) said Sunday it’s not “thoughtful public policy” to send children to prison for marijuana use.

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Speaking on CNN’s "State of the Union," Perry said his state has been looking at adjusting its penalties for criminal use of marijuana. He said prison time for using the drug might not be the best answer for offenders.

“Part of it goes back to making thoughtful decisions who you are sending to prison and what for. The idea that a kid has one marijuana cigarette, you send him to prison where they can learn to really be a hardened criminal is not thoughtful public policy,” Perry said.

Perry said intervention programs might be more helpful than prison to youth who are caught with marijuana.

“Use these drug courts. Put intervention programs into place, shock probation and keep those young people on a track to be productive citizens rather ending up in our prisons.”