INDIANAPOLIS (WHAS11) – A plan to overhaul Indiana’s criminal sentencing laws is moving through the legislature with broad bipartisan support.
The proposal would toughen sentencing for the most serious crimes by requiring inmates to serve at least 75 percent of their sentences.
The proposal would also sentence thousands of non-violent offenders to probation and work release programs.
Supporters say that would delay the need to build a new state prison while opponents say it’s just going to shift the cost from the state to the local level.
Indiana’s state house is scheduled to vote on Monday and then send the bill to the senate.