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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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

Updating this ILB post from Dec. 9th, Dan Carden of the NWI Times reports on yesterday's meeting of the Committee in a story today headed "Study finds new criminal code may fail to reduce prison population." Some quotes:

INDIANAPOLIS | Major changes to Indiana's criminal code, set to take effect July 1, will increase the state's prison population unless prosecutors and judges apply the new, often reduced, advisory sentences for felonies.

According to a study by legislative consultant John Speir, of Applied Research Services, if prosecutors and judges seek higher prison terms under the revised code to match the lengthier sentences now doled out, some 1,500 additional Hoosiers will be locked up by 2023 compared with estimates under current law.

On the other hand, if the plan to place low-level criminals in county jails, drug-treatment and community-corrections programs is embraced, the state's prison population will drop by some 2,000 felons in the next few years, the study found.

The General Assembly's criminal code study committee will learn next week how much money the state and counties may have to spend to make the new system reduce the state's near-capacity prison population.

The Times also links to the 16-page ARS Report.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 11, 2013 09:00 AM
Posted to Indiana Government