[r24] Legislation to help Cass County handle challenging cases passes House (4/14/2011)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Start Date: 4/14/2011 All Day
End Date: 4/14/2011

Rep. Rich McClain (R - Logansport) sponsored legislation today to ensure Cass County can keep its deputy prosecuting attorney in order to serve the correctional facilities and mental hospitals within the county. Senate Bill 96 passed out of the House with an unanimous vote.

Currently, state law allows counties with state prison facilities with populations greater than 100 offender or state mental hospitals with populations exceeding 350 patients to appoint one or more additional deputy prosecuting attorneys.

The deputy prosecuting attorneys are paid 75 percent of the salary of the full-time prosecuting attorney. If they elect to work part-time, they receive 66 percent of the salary of a deputy prosecuting attorney who practices full-time.

Cass County is currently the only county that has a deputy prosecuting attorney on the state payroll even though the patient population at Logansport has dropped to under the 350 patient thresholds.

Senate Bill 96 would permit the state to continue to pay the salary for this position.

"The additional prosecutor is essential to helping Cass County complete the very challenging cases and with the increasing number of incidents that occur in the county," said Rep. McClain. "Cass County not only has the Logansport facility but two juvenile facilities with a state diagnostic facility."