One major challenge that has plagued the bill: No one really knows how much the sweeping changes proposed in House Bill 1006 will cost local communities.
A fiscal impact statement by the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency estimates about 1,100 offenders a year would end up in local corrections programs rather than state prison. The Association of Indiana Counties believes the extra costs to local probation departments, jails and community corrections programs could run anywhere from $13 million to $42 million a year.
Larry Landis, executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council, said funding for community-based corrections and treatment programs is critical.
“I think everybody understands you’ve got to have more resources at the local level for this to work,” Landis said.
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at email@example.com