Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, plans to sponsor a bill that would boost mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes.
State legislators are bringing in a third party to analyze what impact the criminal code overhaul will have on prison populations.
A judge previously ordered a federal prison in Terre Haute to allow Muslim inmates to participate in daily group prayer.
The ACLU has filed a petition to hold a federal prison in Terre Haute in contempt of court for not allowing Muslim inmates to pray together five times a day.
The ACLU is arguing the Department of Corrections does not provide adequate services for mentally ill people who come under their watch.
Under a proposal presented to the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission, the Department of Corrections would approve which courses inmates can take for credit.
Legislators are considering sentencing people committing low-level felonies to probation rather than prison.
The number of women in Indiana's prisons has risen in recent years. WFIU's three-part series takes a look at the consequences of the increase.
More women than ever are going to prison in Indiana, and because the majority of women serve sentences of between two and 10 years, most of them will get out.
More than two-thirds of women in U.S. prisons are also mothers, and prison time can have devastating impacts on their families.