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Sentencing reforms come with a price

May 1, 2014

    Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Monday afternoon to update the board on House Bill 1006 and the “affect it will have on Adams County and the jail,” he stated.
    Passed last year by the state legislature, H.B. 1006 amends the Indiana criminal code. The bill eliminates a four-tier system of classifying criminal offenders as either class A, B, C or D felons and replaces it with a six-tier system ranging from Level 1 felonies (the most serious) to Level 6 felonies (the least serious). The amendment also alters current sentencing guidelines for most drug offenses and returns some prisoners to county facilities rather than housing them in the state’s penal system.
    Rekeweg noted he had recently met with members of the Indiana Department of Corrections to discuss legislation that will affect his office. The sheriff said sentencing reforms connected with House Bill 1006 will result in state “prison populations going up, with county jail populations increasing as well.” He explained the new legislation, to take effect July 1, “reduces the amount of credit time given (to inmates) from what they currently do.”
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