Editorial: Possible criminal code revisions up for critical debate

The Tribune

The 118th session of the Indiana General Assembly gets down to serious work next month. And being a budget-writing session, taxes and spending will draw a great deal of attention.

But one legislator is proposing a measure to add some flexibility in Indiana’s legal code and correct some sentencing inequities. We hope lawmakers will give it the attention it deserves.

State Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said he will focus much of his energy in the session on a bill that would revise the state’s criminal code.

While he’s drawn much attention this fall for plans to propose decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, he stressed he will focus on more substantive issues, such as expanding the number of felony levels from four to six, dividing Class A felonies into A1 and A2 classes and Class B felonies into two as well.

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