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Senate Passes Bill to Reform Indiana's Criminal Code

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State lawmakers are attempting to reform Indiana's criminal code for the first time since the 1970's. House Bill 10-06 passed the Senate Wednesday, and would change the four classes of felonies into six and change the credit timed-served system, requiring offenders to serve at least 75-percent of their sentence instead of the current 50-percent, with serious offenders required to serve at least 85-percent of their sentence. Those convicted of non-violent property crimes would serve less time under the proposed legislation, and face lower levels of felony or misdemeanor charges. The bill now heads back to the House for final legislative action, and if enacted would begin July 1st, 2014. For a link to view the bill's sentencing reform proportionality chart, visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_republicans/images/photogallery/Steele/Different%20format%20HB%201006%20Proportionality%20Chart.pdf
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