House Bill 1006 set to drastically improve Indiana’s outdated criminal code
STATEHOUSE — Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) is pleased to announce that House Bill (HB) 1006, a rewrite of Indiana’s Criminal Code, passed out of the House today with a vote of 80-13. The bill is a product of a bipartisan effort to add proportionality in Indiana’s sentencing guidelines. The bill passed unanimously out of the Courts and Criminal Code Committee and the Ways and Means Committee prior to receiving the full chamber’s support.
“This bill will update Indiana’s current criminal code and provide the courts with a sentence grid that applies a more specific sentence to criminal offenses,” said Rep. Steuerwald. “The proposed revisions will provide certainty in sentencing by making offenders serve 75 percent of their sentence instead of the current 50 percent.”
HB 1006 was crafted from the goal of the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission (CCEC), which was to add proportionality to the criminal code and certainty in sentencing. The focus is on breaking the cycle through intensive probation to address the cause of the crime not just the symptoms.
There are four classes of felonies in our current criminal code (Classes A-D). The changes that the CCEC recommended would expand the four classes to six by dividing Class A and Class B into two parts each. Murder will be its own separate classification. As proposed in HB 1006, criminal defendants sentenced to Department of Corrections will serve 75 percent of their sentence as opposed to 50 percent served under the current criminal code.
HB 1006 was recommended by the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission and coauthored by Rep. Judd McMillin (R-Brookville), Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) and Rep. Linda Lawson (D-Hammond). The recommendations from the commission to the General Assembly will become effective July of 2014; a full code rewrite has not been done in over 35 years.
“The proposed legislation will benefit Indiana’s communities and its courts. The sentencing will better suit the crime, keeping violent and sexual offenders behind bars longer, and assists local community corrections in dealing with non-violent offenders,” said Rep. Steuerwald.