In early 2010, Governor Mitch Daniels, Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, Attorney General Gregory Zoeller, House Speaker Patrick Bauer, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long asked outside researchers to study ways to lower the cost and increase the performance of their corrections system.i

Indiana’s prison population increased 47% between FY 2000 and FY 2010, from 19,309 to 28,389.ii Corrections costs have grown 76 percent in the last decade.iii

If existing policies remain unchanged, the prison population is projected to continue to grow, and the state will need to expand prison capacity at a significant cost to taxpayers. Between 2010 and 2017, the Indiana Department of Corrections projects that the prison population will increase 21%, from 28,474 to 34,794.iv Increasing the capacity of the prison system to absorb the additional people incarcerated is estimated to cost the state approximately $1.2 billion between 2010 and 2017, which includes construction costs and annual operating costs.v

To guide the analysis of the state’s criminal justice system and the development of policy options, Indiana has established a Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee. This bipartisan group includes the designees of the governor, chief justice, and House and Senate leadership.

In November 2010, Governor Daniels cited reforming sentencing laws to be more cost-effective as one of his key priorities for the upcoming legislative session.vi

i Dan Carden, Northwest Indiana Times, “Daniels unveils wide-ranging agenda,” 5 Nov. 2010.

ii Ibid.

iii Ibid.

iv Ibid.

v Bill Ruthhar, “State review of criminal code aims to reduce recidivism,” Indiana Star, 29 June 2010.

vi Indiana Justice Reinvestment Profile, Council of State Governments Justice Center.

A New Push for Sentencing Reform in Indiana

Right on Crime | January 21, 2013
An Indiana legislative committee has unanimously approved a bill that would reform criminal sentencing in that state. With a 13-0 vote, the bill moved out of the House Courts…

The HOPE Court Model is Spreading

Right on Crime | December 15, 2011
Right on Crime has previously discussed Fort Worth’s adoption of the HOPE Court model. HOPE is a Hawaii program centered on immediate—and tough—sanctions for probation violations, rather than far-off…

Daily Beast Highlights Right On Crime’s Efforts

Right on Crime | July 11, 2011
Last week, The Daily Beast published an article highlighting the recent shift in criminal justice policy among conservatives, pointing out several successful initiatives including Right On Crime. The story…

Blow-up Bandit Faces Felony Charges

Right on Crime | July 11, 2011
Last month, Right On Crime highlighted the story of Tyell Morton, an Indiana high school student who placed an inflatable blow up doll in the women’s restroom as a…

Blow Up Doll Leads to Arrest and Possible Prison Time

Right on Crime | June 14, 2011
Senior pranks. The thought conjures up memories of water balloons, bathroom sabotage operations, and other innocuous (albeit idiotic) activities. Above the Law recently highlighted the story (potentially NSFW) of…

Mitch Daniels Blogs about Criminal Justice Reform at The Corner

Right on Crime | January 20, 2011
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels took some time yesterday to do a little blogging. He put up a post at The Corner -- National Review's widely-read blog -- about his…

Indiana Rethinks its Sentencing Policies for Drug and Property Offenses

Right on Crime | December 20, 2010
Some bizarre statistics about Indiana emerged from a joint study that was released last week by the Council of State Governments (CSG) and the Pew Center on the States.…

Indiana’s 107 Amendments

Right on Crime | December 4, 2010
According to this article in Business Week, the Indiana Code has been amended 107 times in the past twenty years "to either add new crimes or lengthen the prison…
Connect With Right on Crime
STAY Informed: