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Sen. Head Reinstates Stricter Maximum Penalties to Criminal Law Bill

STATEHOUSE (March 6, 2014) — The Indiana Senate recently approved an amendment by State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) to House Bill 1006, reinstating stricter maximum penalties for Indiana’s dangerous criminals.

House Bill 1006 would make improvements to the 2013 comprehensive overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code ensuring the penalty for each crime is fair and consistent.

A previous version of the bill reduced maximum sentences as a cost-saving measure. Head’s amendment restores sentencing maximums to where they currently stand in statute for criminals that commit felonies like child molestation, burglary and arson.

“It is necessary to take action against the reduction of maximum sentences. Indiana cannot be lax in handling dangerous criminals,” Head said. “These are the last people that we should be giving ‘breaks’ to, and we must seek to ensure the punishment fits their crime.”

 HB 1006 is currently under legislative review by a conference committee of legislators from the Senate and House of Representatives.