Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Sunday it’s not “thoughtful public policy” to send children to prison for marijuana use.
“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.”