EPD Prepared for Indiana's Criminal Sentencing Reform

Indiana's criminal sentencing reform, set to take effect July 1, will bring some changes especially for offenders caught dealing drugs near safe havens like schools.
Indiana's criminal sentencing reform, set to take effect July 1, will bring some changes especially for offenders caught dealing drugs near safe havens like schools.

Under current state law, anyone caught dealing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school can have their charges enhanced. But the new reforms limit that area to only 500 feet.

It also requires students to be expected to be there. Something Evansville Police say they already practice.

"The spirit of the law once again is to protect the children," said Sgt. Jason Cullum. "If you have a drug offense when someone's driving by a school zone at 3 a.m., that's not in the spirit of the law."

The new limitations police say will take some getting used to but shouldn't have a huge impact. State lawmakers are in the process of making other changes to the new sentencing guidelines. So, more changes could be coming.
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