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Department Of Corrections Plans To Reduce Prison Population

The Indiana Department of Corrections developed a plan to reduce prison overpopulation by not accepting short term prisoners.

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The Indiana Department of Corrections plans to reduce overcrowding in its prisons by no longer accepting people who have commited crimes carrying sentences of 90 days or less after July 1.

The Indiana Department of Corrections has a plan to reduce overcrowding in prisons.

Prisons will stop accepting prisoners who would serve 90 days in prison.

These short terms sentences used to be labeled D-felonies, now the IDOC will call them Level 6 felonies. These felonies include assaults, drug violations, and property claims.

The minimum sentence prisons can now accept is a year. This new policy goes into effect July 1, 2015.

DOC spokesman Doug Garrison says the intent of the law is to keep some offenders away from an environment that may do them more harm than good.

“The theory behind all this is to check on the rising prison population,” Garrison said. “The belief, that there are those sentenced to lesser periods of incarceration that would do better not coming to prison.”

That means someone could be sentenced to two years in prison for a crime committed after July 1, 2015, and because of “good time credit” that would halve that sentence, that person would the become the problem of local law enforcement.

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