Repeat child support offenders face more jail time

Repeat child support offenders face more jail time

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 4:38 PM

   INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Repeat offenders who don't pay child support will face greater penalties in Indiana.
 
   Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation this week to make repeated criminal nonsupport of a child punishable by two to eight years in prison.
 
   Previous law only allowed such sentences for those owing more than $15,000 in back child support.
 
   Other changes give judges more flexibility in lowering sentences if offenders pay their overdue support and serve probation. A lesser sentence also means judges have the option to clear offenders' records.
 
   Attorneys who specialize in family law say keeping a felony charge off someone's record could help offenders find jobs and ultimately provide reliable support for their children.
 

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