06/29/2010 - Indiana officials hope a new comprehensive review of the state's criminal code and sentencing policies will help save taxpayer money and keep former inmates from returning to prison.
The state is working with the Pew Center on the States and the Council of State Governments' Justice Center to find ways to better manage Indiana's prison population. Gov. Mitch Daniels, Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard and Republican and Democratic legislators gathered Monday to announce the project -- the first such study since 1976.
"The fundamental premise here is that prisons are government spending programs," said Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States. "Just like any government spending program, be it education or health care, it needs to be put to the cost-benefit test. Are we getting the best return possible on our public safety dollars?"
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