Televangelist Pat Robertson, who this week criticized imprisoning people for possession of small amounts of marijuana, “did not call for the decriminalization of marijuana,” his spokesman, Chris Roslan, told the Sentencing Law and Policy blog. Roslan said that in an appearance on his 700 Club, Robertson “was advocating that our government revisit the severity of the existing laws because mandatory drug sentences do harm to many young people who go to prison and come out as hardened criminals. He was also pointing out that these mandatory sentences needlessly cost our government millions of dollars when there are better approaches available. “
Roslan noted that Robertson's comments were made after he saw a news story about a group of conservatives who have proven that faith-based rehabilitation for criminals has resulted in lower repeat offenders and saved the government millions of dollars. The campaign, Right on Crime, was reported earlier in Crime and Justice News. Robertson “unequivocally stated that he is against the use of illegal drugs,” Roslan said.