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February 27, 2014

Judges may exercise more discretion come summer

Legislature leaveslow-level sentencing decisions to courts.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take up the issue Thursday. Reps. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, and Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, are expected to argue for local funding.

Both may cite a recent study that says the new criminal code, once in effect, will drive down the projected state prison population. They’ll argue that the resulting savings should be passed on to communities for programs that offer sentencing alternatives.

“We’re so close to getting this done,” Steuerwald said. “We know there are too many people in prison who don’t need to be there.”

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

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