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Bill Could Change Sentencing in Drug Crimes

 
Bill Could Change Sentencing in Drug Crimes
Posted Thursday, September 5th 2013 @ 11am  by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

SACRAMENTO -- A bill that would change to the way drug crimes are sentenced has made its way through the state legislature.

Democratic Senator Mark Leno wants to give county prosecutors the option of charging non-violent drug offenders with misdemeanors instead of felonies. He says the flexibility will reduce incarceration costs and save the state money, but the idea has plenty of opponents.

"We have never had such a rush to diminish consequences for offenders and offenses," Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said.

Jones says he isn't going to keep misdemeanor drug offenders in his jail.

And he says that means there's no incentive for them to get rehab.

The bill, which would apply to simple possession crimes, will soon be before Governor Brown. It's unclear how he feels on the issue.

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