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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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