INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana judges will start handing down stronger sentences. Starting Tuesday anyone convicted of committing a violent crime must serve 75 percent of their sentence. In the past, most inmates were only required to serve 50 percent.
The State of Indiana changed the law after hearing testimonies from law enforcement agencies across the state.
In Indianapolis the new sentencing could help police get more information from victims who are too afraid to talk.
“That’s huge, that determines a lot of factors,” said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite. “If the judge is willing to go ahead with the sentencing guidelines, it will determine where they will serve their time.”
According to IMPD, 60 percent of witnesses or victims do not cooperate with detectives.
IMPD discovered that 15 murders that happened in 2013 would not have happened if those convicted in those cases were given longer sentences for previous crimes.
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs adds his department will monitor the impact the new sentences will have in Indy.
” We are cautiously optimistic,” said Riggs.