The Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee traditionally has a heavy interim workload, and this year is no exception. Among the topics assigned for review in 2010, the committee is looking at state’s alternative sentencing programs, community corrections and parole and probation matters.
Despite the first decline in nearly 40 years in state prison populations nationwide, Indiana’s prison population increased by 5.3% – more than any other state – from 2008 to 2009. – “Prison Count 2010” by the Pew Center on the States
Watch the video update recorded after the meeting by committee member Sen. Lindel Hume of Princeton:
Also from the committee hearing:
- Kellie Bittorf, Lake Co. Community Corrections Director presented the local program’s 2009-2010 Annual Report, including success statistics.
- The Dept. of Corrections also presented information on the state’s Community Corrections Substance Abuse Programs.
The Criminal Code Evaluation Commission, another group that meets during the legislative interim, will also being playing a similar role as part of a comprehensive review of Indiana’s criminal code and sentencing policies. Announced in June 2010 by Gov. Daniels, the review will be conducted through a partnership with the Pew Center on the States and the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center and is aimed at improving public safety by reducing recidivism and managing the growth of Indiana’s prison population. A steering committee will share proposals with the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission, which will provide recommendations to the General Assembly by November 1, 2011.