House approves Steuerwald's bill promoting alternatives to incarceration

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Tuesday, January 26, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 26, 2016) – The House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Greg Steuerwald’s (R-Avon) proposal reducing recidivism by addressing mental health and addiction issues. 

 “When looking at ways to reduce recidivism, it is crucial to incorporate mental health and addiction treatment into the conversation,” Steuerwald said. “More than 75 percent of repeat offenders have some sort of addiction disorder or mental health issues. My goal is to get those individuals the treatment they need in order to be productive members of society.”

House Bill (HB) 1102 is designed to increase collaboration, not only between probation departments and community correction agencies, but also all local criminal justice agencies that receive any funding from the Department of Correction for community supervision of adult offenders. HB 1102 expands the eligibility for mental health and addiction forensic treatment services to include persons in a pre-trial services program, a prosecutor’s diversion program or jail.

Steuerwald’s legislation will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

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Rep. Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents portions Hendricks County.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a photo of Rep. Steuerwald presenting HB 1102 on the House floor.