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Monday, December 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee meets twice this month

Unlike the other interim legislative committees, which wrapped up their work early last month, the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee will be meeting tomorrow and Dec. 19. Tomorrow the agenda shows "Discussion of ARS report concerning costs of HEA 1006-2013."

According to a Sept. story by Maureen Hayden, quoted here in the ILB:

Now, two independent, state-funded studies are underway to provide more information to lawmakers as they move ahead with an ambitious effort to divert more low-level offenders out of the state’s Department of Correction and into community-based programs.

One study — being done by Georgia-based Applied Research Services [ARS] — looks at whether the state’s new felony sentencing structure will reverse the historical trend of a rising prison population, or, as some fear, escalate it dramatically.

The other study underway, done by Indiana University criminal-justice researcher Roger Jarjoura, is looking at the fractured system of local treatment programs aimed at reducing recidivism to determine their costs and benefits.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 9, 2013 09:05 AM
Posted to Indiana Government