4:07 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Bill Would Close Early Release Loophole for Indiana Sex Offenders

People sent to prison for sex offenses couldn't receive credit toward an early release by earning college degrees under a proposal supported by an Indiana Senate committee.

The Indiana Senate's corrections committee voted 8-1 today to advance the measure.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Merritt cited the case of a former high school swim coach who was released after serving less than two years of an eight-year sentence for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he coached.     The man was able to use his education credits to help shorten his time in prison. 

Merritt says that coach and other convicted sex offenders have "gamed the system" to get out of prison early.

He says he doesn't want to stop inmates from being able to earn college degrees, but that sex offenders shouldn't use them for early release.