STATEHOUSE – “We do our best to get things right during the legislative session. However, occasionally, technical errors are made, and it is important that we act to resolve them. While most technical corrections can wait until the following legislative session to be resolved, since a majority of the technical fixes addressed the criminal code reform legislation, we felt these changes needed to be addressed before the bill went into effect on July 1.
“Reforming our criminal code was one of the largest legislative undertakings in recent history. There have been thousands of hours invested, strong bipartisan support and countless organizations involved since we began our work five years ago. By passing HEA 1448, we are keeping the original intent of the bill intact which included; reserving our prison space for the worst offenders, increasing certainty in sentencing and making sentences more proportionate to fit the crime.
“Our work to redefine, rebalance and update Indiana’s sentencing guidelines required vast cooperation from both sides of the aisle, and after meeting with the lawmakers that worked on these bills, we all wanted to see these issues resolved before they went into effect. I am pleased that HEA 1448 passed ensuring that the intent of the original legislation, which was to help make Indiana a safer place to live, work and raise a family, remains in place.”