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.