Sponsors of the legislation say the key is to avoid amendments that enhance criminal penalties.
The proposal would require Indiana study the factors causing the state's high rate of sexual assault.
The top stories of 2013 include tornadoes that swept through the state and a new governor's first year in office.
Sen. Jim Merritt wants synthetic drug penalties on par with cocaine and heroin offenses.
A panel that would increase the recommended penalties for half of the new felony levels in Indiana’s criminal code overhaul bill.
An analyst informed a legislative committee today that the state would need to allocate $10.5 million to enhance rehabilitation and probation services.
Legislators heard from rehabilitation center officials and ex-convicts on how best to reduce recidivism as they overhaul the state's criminal code.
Lawmakers won’t have more information about how the state’s criminal code overhaul will affect local community corrections funding until at least December.
State legislators are bringing in a third party to analyze what impact the criminal code overhaul will have on prison populations.
The U.S. Attorney General's proposal seeks to reduce sentences for low-level drug offenses and place people in rehabilitation facilities instead of prisons.