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Overhaul of sentencing laws heading to governor

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An overhaul of Indiana's criminal sentencing laws aimed at sending fewer nonviolent offenders to prison has been approved by the Legislature.

The Senate voted 34-15 on Friday in favor of the bill that the House approved Thursday.

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 year.

The bill now goes to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration.

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  • Bentley Spelling
    Bentley, looks like you didn't make it to "collage" either, unless you meant grouping a bunch of pictures instead of earning a bachelors degree.
  • fred@indianacollections.com
    The march toward legalization of marijuana is on with 2 states legalizing it and numerous states allowing medical marijuana. The public realizes that it is crazy to lock people up for smoking or possessing marijuana. Check out NORML's cell phone application for detailed information.
  • The Pence Doctrine is in Play
    Today is the first step in Pences social agenda.While the rest of the country is either legalizing pot, we make the law tougher.Now if a teenage gets caught with a joint, he is a felon.No collage,No job, his life is over. his parents will be paying legal fees for a long time. The Pence Social agenda has begun.He will be in our homes next,telling us what he can and cannot do

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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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