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September 6, 2012

Report on prison inmates may shape next debate on sentence reform

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INDIANAPOLIS —

  • Class D felons sent to state prisons had an average of five prior criminal convictions.
  • Eighty percent of the first-time, class D offenders sent to prison had a violent crime such as battery or domestic violence.
  • More than 25 percent of the class D felons were in prison on charges of theft or receiving stolen property.
  • In about 53 percent of the theft cases, the value of the stolen item was less than $250.
  • Half of the theft cases involved charges of shoplifting.
  • About 25 percent of the class D felons in prison were there on drug possession charges.
  • More than 50 percent of the class D felons in DOC prisons are there because they violated the terms of their probation or parole.

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

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