Longer sentences for violent criminals approved

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The state Senate gave final approval Thursday to a bill that means longer prison sentences for violent criminals.

There was a unanimous vote for the measure that is also designed to reduce the prison population in Indiana.

It calls for new community corrections programs to deal with people convicted of minor crimes. But it also dictates that criminals serve 75 percent of their sentences as opposed to the current 50 percent and reduces the amount of good time available for inmates who advance their education.

“There is no one, I don’t think, that is really a bad criminal, at least I can’t think of a scenario right now that would actually serve less time,” said Sen. Mike Young (R-Indianapolis.)

“The lower levels will because we’re not afraid of them,” he said. “People we’re afraid of actually will serve more of the time.”

The Indiana House approved the sentencing bill Wednesday night.

It is now on its way to the governor to be signed into law.

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