criminal code

Local News
4:51 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Fine-Tuning Changes to State's Criminal Code

A group of state lawmakers and judicial officials continue to work out details of an overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code.

The General Assembly this year approved the first major changes to the law since 1977.

The new code is still a work in progress, and won’t take effect in July of next year.    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.

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Local News
3:04 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Approve Criminal Code Overhaul

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.  

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