Criminal Code Overhaul Still A Work-In-Progress
September 12, 2013 — Lawmakers won’t have more information about how the state’s criminal code overhaul will affect local community corrections funding until at least December. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:
Last session, the General Assembly passed a massive criminal code revision bill. It doesn’t take effect until next year, leaving lawmakers time to complete the comprehensive effort, work that includes developing sentencing guidelines and reclassifying some criminal offenses. The biggest unfinished portion is funding – the measure’s authors say the bill should shift more offenders away from prisons into local community corrections programs…meaning those programs will need more money. But the Department of Correction and the General Assembly’s research agency can’t agree on the bill’s impact. Indianapolis Republican Senator Mike Young says two studies are now underway to help develop an answer:
“One of them’s going to take 14 counties and try to replicate this bill, what would happen, to get us those costs that would occur to the locals. That will come sometime in December.”
Young says the goal is to prepare legislation needed to complete the overhaul in time for the General Assembly to pass it after the session begins in January. For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.