Gov Pence Signs Steele’s Criminal Code Overhaul Bill: Pictured, from left to right at desk: Sen. Steele, Gov. Pence.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed the first full-scale update to our state’s felony code in more than thirty years. House Enrolled Act 1006 requires offenders to serve at least 75 percent of their sentence as opposed to 50 percent under previous law. The measure also establishes a new sentencing system that divides felonies into six levels instead of four. “Our criminal justice system cannot work effectively if it is not equitable and balanced, with prison resources focused on our most dangerous criminals,” said Bedord State Senator Brent Steele, a practicing attorney in Bedford. “I thank Gov. Pence for his support of the first full-scale update to our state’s felony code since the 1970s.”