INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An overhaul of Indiana's criminal sentencing laws
aimed at sending fewer nonviolent offenders to prison has been approved by
The Senate voted 34-15 on Friday in favor of the bill that the House
Provisions of the bill would require most felons to serve at least 75
percent of their sentences. Current law allows most inmates with good
behavior in prison to be released after serving half their sentence time.
The overhaul includes many penalty changes for many property and drug
offenses, directing many convicted of those crimes to work release and
other local programs. The changes won't take effect until July 2014 and
supporters say they expect the Legislature will make adjustments next
The bill now goes to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration.