Indiana Senate committee approves 4 crime-fighting bills

Indiana Statehouse
(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate committee has approved a Republican-backed package of bills that they say will fight violent crime.

The Corrections and Criminal Law Committee voted to pass the four bills Tuesday, even as the committee’s top Democrat walked out of the hearing saying he had been shut out of the discussions despite representing a high-crime district.

The bills address issues including police funding and harsher sentencing.

Republicans and prosecutors in support of the bills say they will help keep violent and repeat offenders behind bars.

Opponents say harsher sentencing isn’t an effective deterrent to crime. They also fear that the proposals cast too wide of a net, requiring unreasonable prison sentences for lower-level crimes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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