Indiana panel backs changes to early release law - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Indiana panel backs changes to early release law

Posted: Updated:
  • HeadlinesHeadlinesMore>>

  • Indiana man arrested for allegedly attacking boy

    Indiana man arrested for allegedly attacking boy

    A northern Indiana man faces battery and intimidation charges for allegedly attacking a 4-year-old boy who was shopping at a grocery store with his father.More >>
    A northern Indiana man faces battery and intimidation charges for allegedly attacking a 4-year-old boy who was shopping at a grocery store with his father.More >>
  • One dead & two houses burn in two alarm fire

    One dead & two houses burn in two alarm fire

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:47:46 GMT
    Photo courtesy of Lasley familyPhoto courtesy of Lasley family
    The Indianapolis Fire department confirms that one person died in a two alarm fire on the near northwest side early Sunday morning.More >>
    The Indianapolis Fire department confirms that one person died in a two alarm fire on the near northwest side early Sunday morning.More >>
  • Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

    Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:13:45 GMT
    After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale fracking boom.More >>
    After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale fracking boom.More >>
INDIANAPOLIS -

People sent to prison for sex offenses couldn't receive credit toward an early release by earning college degrees under a proposal supported by an Indiana Senate committee.

The Senate's corrections committee voted 8-1 to advance the bill on Tuesday.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis cited the case of a former high school swim coach who was released after serving less than two years of an eight-year sentence for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he coached. Merritt says that coach and other convicted sex offenders have "gamed the system" to gain early release.

Merritt says he doesn't want to stop inmates from being able to earn college degrees, but that sex offenders shouldn't use them for early release.

Justin Suits was released after serving just five and a half years of a 24-year prison term for murder. Suits was convicted of killing Don and Sharon Strasser's daughter Marva Rae.

"You think the system would take care of it when somebody kills another person and we felt like it really let us down. The system did not do what should have been done," Don Strasser said.

Read more about the bill.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Powered by WorldNow