When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced he didn't plan to spend the money to meet federal standards for prisons, I was surprised. Lake County is spending millions to get out from under the federal consent decree requiring improvements at the Lake County Jail.
A panel that looked at sentencing reform this month was advised that if judges and prosecutors seek lengthy prison terms, Indiana's prison population won't drop.
When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the new criminal code bill (HEA 1006) and the expungement bill (HEA 1482), he said he wanted Indiana "to be the worst place in America to commit a serious crime and the best place, once you've done your time, to get a second chance."
Indiana's criminal code, no less than any other mechanism, requires periodic maintenance.
If you think sentencing reform is all about making the punishment fit the crime, you're not quite right. It's about making sure the criminal changes bad behavior, too.
CROWN POINT | A statewide public safety group has recognized two officials of the Lake County Community Corrections staff for professional excellence.
Officials in Indiana and Illinois are rethinking capital punishment, but the way they're framing the discussion could be missing the chief argument for or against it.
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