The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

January 23, 2014

Editorial: New Indiana criminal code may be off target

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Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings, in an article published recently in The Herald Bulletin (visit www.heraldbulletin.com and search for "Rodney Cummings"), voiced strong opposition to the code revision.

He focused, specifically, on the county's methamphetamine problem and noted that many meth users and dealers could be back out on the street much more quickly if the code is revised.

The state's existing criminal code is, without a doubt, in need of a major overhaul, one that reduces the prison population and our societal reliance on incarceration while seeking to prioritize rehabilitation over punishment.

While the aims of the code revision to take effect are generally on target, there is too much doubt about the new law's practicality and outcomes. Legislators would serve the state well by delaying its implementation and going back to the drawing board.

In summary State legislators would serve citizens well by delaying implementation of a criminal code revision and going back to the drawing board.

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