Senate Committee Approves Criminal Code Reform Bill

The Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law voted 8-1 Monday to approve a comprehensive reform of Indiana’s felony laws.

A four-year study of the current laws by the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission found that legislation needed to be drafted to change the four classes of felonies into six classes. Felonies are currently classified as A-D and will be revamped to classes 1-6. This better defines the perimeters of the classes of felonies. The legislation also changes the credit time system requiring offenders to serve at least 75 percent of their sentence instead of half of the time under current law.

If this legislation is enacted, the revised criminal code would be effective July 1, 2014. This would give law enforcement and corrections officials one year to prepare for the implementation of the changes.