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Legislators to take 2nd look at shorter sentences to cut prison costs

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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 crime.

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.


Posted 6/9/2011




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