Criminal Justice

Senate Approves Bill To Train Minimum-Security Inmates

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January 28, 2015 —

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow the Department of Corrections to establish a specialized vocational program to train minimum-security inmates in various trades passed the Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 173, authored by Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, passed 49-1.

The bill is meant to help minimum security inmates get back on their feet after being released from prison. They can be trained in trades such as truck driving, manufacturing, plumbing, construction, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Young said he would rather have these inmates work to make money instead of going back to committing crimes to do so.

Only non-violent offenders in minimum-security facilities will be placed in the training program.

“Whether they go through this program and have a job or not, they are still being released,” Young said. “All we’re trying to do with this bill is give them a chance to get a job on the outside.”

Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, spoke in support of the bill Tuesday, saying it is a good way to help inmates transition back to the real world.

The bill now heads to the House for further consideration.


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