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Prison Over-Crowding: Are low-level felonies to blame

Many of you know that the Indiana Legislature attempted to pass sentencing reform laws to directly confront the overcrowding issues and expenses of running the Indiana Department of Corrections. Unfortunately, the legislature was not able to accomplish any reform to sentences during the 2011 Session. However, hope may not be lost.

Maximum security bed-space at the Indiana Department of Corrections is at a premium due the the high number of offenders serving prison sentences for Class D Felony charges. Class D Felony Charges are the lowest level felony in Indiana, with a sentencing range from six months to three years. Class D Felony charges can include, Theft Crimes, Drug Possession, Drunk Driving (DUI/OWI), Battery and many other non-violent offenses.

According to Indiana Department of Correction statistics, from 2005 to 2010, there was a 31 percent increase in the number of inmates serving prison sentences for Class D Felonies. This far outpaced the overall prison population growth of approximately 6.8 percent during the same period.

Scott Smith of the Kokomo Tribune has a related article here.

For further information on class D Felony charges or other issues contact a Fort Wayne criminal defense attorney and visit: www.fortwaynecriminaldefenselawfirm.com