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 offenders to prison.
The measure calls for most felons to serve at least 75 percent of their sentences. Current law allows most felons with good behavior in prison to be released after serving half of their sentences.
But the overhaul would also direct many people convicted of drug or property offenses to work release or other local programs.
The changes wouldn’t take effect until next year, and could be adjusted during the next General Assembly.
This would be the first major overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code since 1977.
The measure now goes to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration.
Today is the final day of the 2013 Indiana General Assembly.