Counties worry about costs of sentencing overhaul

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The first significant change in Indiana's criminal sentencing rules in more than 30 years has left many counties worried about how to pay for associated costs.

The Times in Munster reports that the Probation Officers' Professional Association of Indiana predicts as many as 800 more probation officers will be needed statewide under the changes scheduled to take effect July 1, 2014.

The law is designed to ensure that the worst offenders spend more time behind bars and that low-level offenders are sentenced to treatment programs or probation.

Lake County Chief Probation Officer Jan Parsons says any increase in the number of inmates on probation will have a negative effect. She says each of the county's 18 probation officers already has about 240 cases.

Information from: The Times 

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