Local Judge Says Sentencing Policies Need Revamping

By Scott Sarvay

June 30, 2010 Updated Nov 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - One Allen County criminal judge is convinced that Governor Daniels is on the right track, by demanding a review of sentencing practices in the state's justice system.

Our partner in news, the Journal Gazette, reported earlier this week that Daniels is pushing a comprehensive review of Indiana’s criminal code and sentencing policies, to cut down on prison overcrowding.

Judge Ken Scheibenberger says a new focus on sentencing alternatives could also cut down on recidivism (repeat offenses).

Judge Ken Scheibenberger of the Allen Superior Criminal Division says, “Rehabilitation in prison, in my opinion, is a joke. Prison should be to keep the people there, keep them out of our business and off the streets. Locally, we have good programs to deal with rehabilitation."

Ohio and Michigan are seeing declining prison populations, the exact opposite of what's occurring in Indiana.

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