criminal code http://wfpl.org en Indiana Lawmakers Fine-Tuning Changes to State's Criminal Code http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-lawmakers-fine-tuning-changes-states-criminal-code <p>A group of state lawmakers and judicial officials continue to work out details of an overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code.</p><p>The General Assembly this year approved the first major changes to the law since 1977.</p><p>The new code is still a work in progress, and won’t take effect in July of next year.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Lawmakers are now looking at ways to pay for drug treatment and other programs aimed at keeping non-violent, low level offenders out of Indiana’s crowded prison system.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:51:30 +0000 Rick Howlett 7854 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Lawmakers Fine-Tuning Changes to State's Criminal Code Indiana Lawmakers Approve Criminal Code Overhaul http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-lawmakers-approve-criminal-code-overhaul <p></p><p>The Indiana Senate has given final approval to a bill that would overhaul the state’s criminal code, with the aim of sending fewer nonviolent, low-level &nbsp;offenders to prison.&nbsp;</p><p>The measure calls for most felons to serve at least 75 percent of their sentences.&nbsp;&nbsp; Current law allows most felons with good behavior in prison to be released after serving half of their sentences.</p><p>But the overhaul would also direct many people convicted of drug or property offenses to work release or other local programs.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:04:20 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 5157 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Lawmakers Approve Criminal Code Overhaul