Rep. Steuerwald: New law addresses probation violators

Posted by: Peter Hoffman and Abigail Campbell  | Thursday, April 13, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 13, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed State Rep. Greg Steuerwald’s (R-Avon) legislation that will help keep felons who continuously violate their probation and community supervision off the streets.

House Enrolled Act 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.

“The reintegration of low-level offenders back into society is crucial for our state but we must verify the terms of probation, parole and community corrections are being followed and enforced,” Steuerwald said. “This bipartisan law will address those who continue to pose public safety threats to Hoosier communities by violating these terms.”

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 for those who don’t violate the terms of their supervision, this system is more effective than traditional incarceration in reducing recidivism and saving taxpayer dollars.

The new law is effective immediately since the governor’s signing. Visit iga.in.gov for more information about this new law. 

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State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents House District 40,

which is a portion of Hendricks County.

A high-resolution photo of Steuerwald can be downloaded by clicking here.