A key Indiana state lawmaker wants to dramatically increase penalties for certain drug and gun crimes.
The General Assembly rewrote its criminal code in recent years. Its aim was to drive more nonviolent, mostly drug offenders out of the prison system and into local treatment programs. And part of that was by giving judges more discretion in sentencing – to be able to decide what’s best for an individual offender.
Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) wants to undo some of that.