Provide treatment to nonviolent drug offenders. Senate Bill 510 authorizes a four-year pilot project to develop a residential treatment facility in Allen County for non-violent drug felons in lieu of prison. The state will provide $1.5 million toward the project given there are local matching funds. The program will measure the recidivism rates of the offenders and cost savings compared to incarceration.
"We'll take what's successful and replicate it to other regions," said state Sen. Jim Merritt, an Indianapolis Republican who authored the bill. "It's all about seeing the data and what works and what doesn't work."