Indianapolis To Lobby State For Stricter Minimum Sentences

Indianapolis safety officials say people who commit crimes with guns have not faced long enough jail time.

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Prisoners at the Branchville Correctional Facility walk in the prison's courtyard.

Indianapolis Public Safety officials plan to lobby the Indiana General Assembly on mandatory minimum sentences come January.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite say some of the suspects in the recent, brutal robberies on the city‘s far northside have extensive criminal records and haven‘t served enough jail time for their offenses. Hite says at least one of the suspects shouldn‘t have been out of jail at the time of the robbery at 79th & College.

And Riggs says the city needs to have such laws for people who use guns while committing crimes.

“We think that if a gun’s used that needs to be taken seriously,” Riggs says. “We’ve lost too many people to gun violence.”

Riggs says he supports the right to bear arms and that mandatory minimum sentencing does not interfere with the second amendment.

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