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Gov. Pence Signs Steele's Felony Code Overhaul Bill

Last updated on Thursday, May 9, 2013

(STATEHOUSE) - State Sen. Brent Steele’s (R-Bedford) legislation updating Indiana’s felony code for the first time in more than 30 years was signed into law today by Gov. Mike Pence.

Steele said House Enrolled Act 1006 is aimed at ensuring Indiana's criminal sentencing policies are fair and consistent for both victims and offenders.

HEA 1006 establishes a new sentencing system that divides felonies into six levels instead of four. The system also puts tighter restrictions on the worst offenders' ability to get out of prison early. Offenders must now serve at least 75 percent of their sentence as opposed to 50 percent under previous law.

"Our criminal justice system cannot work effectively if it is not equitable and balanced, with prison resources focused on our most dangerous criminals," said Steele, a practicing attorney in Bedford. "I thank Gov. Pence for his support of the first full-scale update to our state's felony code since the 1970s."

Steele advanced several other bills this session to improve Indiana's criminal justice system. Other bills signed by the governor include:

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