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Sheriff speaks out against drug bill

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LANIER CO., GA (WALB) -

A south Georgia sheriff is speaking out against a bill that could release thousands of imprisoned drug offenders.

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is pending in the U.S. Senate. It would retroactively reduce stiff sentences for many drug offenders in federal prisons.

Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton worries many of the offenders will commit more crimes and end up back in jail.

"Increasing the cost to Sheriff's Offices our jails and of course you as a tax payer because you fund the Sheriff's office and housing inmates. Ultimately what this country is doing with bad legislation like this is destroying ourselves from within by opening these federal prison doors," said Sheriff Norton.

Norton and some law enforcement organizations urge you to contact Senators and ask for them to vote "no" on the bill.

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