STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2017) — The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that aims to keep felons who continuously violate community supervision off the streets, according to the bill’s author, State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon).
House Bill 1010 establishes that a person convicted of a Level 6 felony who violates their probation, parole or community corrections can be committed to the Department of Correction.
“Those who continue to violate their probation pose a serious public safety threat to Hoosier families,” Steuerwald said. “Reintegration of low-level offenders into our communities is important and this bipartisan bill helps ensure the terms of probation, parole and community corrections are being enforced.”
Steuerwald also said some of the most common violations committed by Level 6 felons pertain to drug and alcohol use.
In 2014, sweeping criminal code reforms, also authored by Steuerwald, required Level 6 felony offenders serve their sentences under community supervision. Using evidence-based practices, these low-level offenders are receiving services such as addiction treatment and parole within their community. Steuerwald said that the system is most effective for reducing recidivism and saving taxpayer dollars.
The bill will now move on to the full House for further consideration.
State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents House District 40, which is a portion of Hendricks County.
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