INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A major overhaul of Indiana’s criminal sentencing laws
aimed at sending fewer non-violent offenders to prison has been approved by
the state Senate.
The Senate voted 46-4 in favor of the bill Wednesday. It now goes back to
the House, which earlier approved a different version.
Supporters hope changes to sentencing laws will direct more people convicted
of low-level felonies to work release and other local programs. It also
would require those convicted of the most-serious crimes to spend more time
The overhaul wouldn’t take effect until July 2014 and Republican Sen. Brent
Steele says he expects the Legislature will consider many changes on
specific crimes next year.
A state analysis projects the overhaul will prevent the need for more state
prison space for at least a decade.