Changes To Indiana’s Criminal Code

Some concerned, now stemming from the financial burdens that changes in Indiana's criminal code will cause by sending more low-level offenders to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons. The new guidelines establish six felony ranges for sentencing instead of four. They also decrease minimum sentences for many crimes but also call for the most serious felons to serve 75 percent of their sentences instead of 50 percent. The law allows for $11 million in grants to community corrections and probation departments IF the Department of Correction saves money because of the changes. But if there are no savings, there will be no grants.