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Overcrowded jails bill easily clears Indiana House

from Indiana Public Media

The Indiana House approved legislation whose author says will, as he puts it, "ease the pressure" on overcrowded jails. The bill would allow overcrowded county jails to move low-level, nonviolent felons to regional facilities run by the Department of Correction. About half of the state's county jails are over capacity. But Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says the bill doesn't get to the real problem. more

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