INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A legislative study committee will take another look at
overhauling Indiana’s criminal sentencing laws this summer.
A similar effort focused on relieving prison crowding bogged down this
legislative session when county prosecutors said the proposal was soft on
Gov. Mitch Daniels endorsed the proposal after two national think tanks said
failure to act could cost the state more than $1 billion in increased prison
costs. The proposal would have shifted low-level drug and theft offenders
into community-based programs.
Prosecutors argued that should be balanced by tougher sentences on violent
crimes such as murder. The amended bill died after Daniels said he would
veto it as too costly.
Daniels tells the Evansville Courier & Press he thinks the summer will give
both sides a chance to smooth out their differences.