New Indiana Criminal Code Goes Into Effect Tuesday
The top-to-bottom rewrite of Indiana‘s criminal code takes effect tomorrow with the start of July.
The revised criminal code creates seven classes of felony instead of five, allowing finer distinctions between sentencing ranges. Legislators reviewed the appropriate category for each crime, moving several nonviolent crimes lower on the sentencing scale.
Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council executive director David Powell says prosecutors are as ready as they can get for the transition. He says they‘ve undergone hours of training over the last couple of months, including a review of the final tweaks legislators made in a one-day cleanup session two weeks ago. Police have been undergoing training too, to make sure they‘re familiar with changes in the paperwork they fill out when they arrest someone.
The new code applies to crimes committed after July first. Crimes committed before then will still be prosecuted under the laws in effect at the time.