Indianapolis, Ind. A new report on sweeping changes lawmakers made this year to Indiana's sentencing guidelines in hopes of reducing pressures on the state's prisons concludes that the changes will have the opposite effect.
Atlanta-based consulting firm Applied Research Services Inc. was hired by a legislative panel to analyze the revised sentencing guidelines set to take effect next July.
Its report concludes the sentencing changes will increase Indiana's prison population over the next decade.
Applied Research Services' co-founder, John Speir, told lawmakers Tuesday the new law's requirement that inmates serve at least 75 percent of their sentences will offset changes lawmakers made in reclassifying offenses and setting new sentencing ranges.
Indiana's current law allows most inmates to be released after serving half or less of their sentences for good behavior behind bars.