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November 30, 2010

"Indiana budget leaders target prison population reductions"

The title of this post is the headline of this local article from Indiana, which gets started this way:

State budget leaders appear ready to make big changes in Indiana’s criminal sentencing system to try to stymie or even reduce the growth in the prison population.

But members of the State Budget Committee said Monday the General Assembly will need more detailed data and lots of political courage to make changes that save money and better serve inmates and the public.

The data should come in December, when the Pew Center on the States and the Council of State Governments Justice Center finishes an intensive study of the state’s criminal justice system and makes recommendations for a sentencing overhaul.  The latter could be more difficult. State lawmakers have made a habit, in reacting to crimes, of passing laws that create new felonies or lengthen sentences.

“This is going to be a big issue in the 2011 session,” said Rep. Peggy Welch, D-Bloomington, a member of the State Budget Committee and the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee. “I challenge all of us to have the courage to do what needs to be done.”

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Because this will be intentional, the future victims of crimes by the prematurely released should qualify for exemplary damages from the legislators, individually. The legislature should lose its self-dealt immunity. To deter.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Dec 1, 2010 12:12:39 AM

this seems like it would be a very good issue, honestly you should start looking in places like clay county, the judge throughs the book at people for small crimes, but i think its a very good idea to look at things like this thank you

Posted by: angie | Jan 6, 2011 9:36:06 AM

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