Rushville Republican


June 24, 2014

New sentencing laws effective July 1

The Indiana Legislature has enacted sweeping new sentencing laws for criminal cases that take effect July 1 of this year. Crimes committed before July 1, 2014, will be prosecuted and sentenced under the existing Indiana laws, but any crimes committed after June 30 will fall under the new sentencing scheme.

Until now, felonies fell under a sentencing structure of Class A through D Felonies, with Class A being the most severe and Class D being the least. Effective July 1, there will be six levels of felonies in Indiana instead of four, with Level 1 being the most severe and Level 6 the least.

According to Rush County Prosecutor Phil Caviness, some of the most drastic changes in the laws have been to those relating to the illegal possession and dealing of drugs. As an example, Dealing Cocaine has been a Class B Felony, punishable by six to 20 years in prison. Now, Caviness said, that same Dealing Cocaine activity will be a Level 5 felony, punishable by only one to six years in prison.

“Most of the criminal drug statutes have been changed to reduce the length of sentences drug offenders can receive. In the past, there was a wide range of potential sentences available, and it was up to judges, and to a lesser extent, prosecutors, to decide what those sentence could be,” Caviness noted.

Caviness said the rationale for these new changes from the legislature is prison costs and overcrowding, largely due to the number of drug offenders in our prison system.

“They say no one wants to spend taxpayer money on housing prisoners, building new facilities, or paying for drug treatment programs, so basically they are going to limit the sentences drug offenders and other criminals can receive to reduce the prison population.”

Caviness added that “here in Rush County, we have a new Community Corrections program that serves many of our drug offenders, providing monitored home detention, drug testing and treatment, and other services for offenders that give them opportunities to be productive and stay out of prison. Historically, Rush County Judges and prosecutors aren’t known for handing out maximum sentences on every drug case, and we reserve the harshest sentences for our worst offenders. Apparently other counties haven’t acted the way we do and now even the worst offenders will have shorter sentences and less incentive to stop selling drugs in our community.”

The Prosecutor ended by saying that he anticipates that some criminals will commit more crimes knowing that their punishment will be lighter than before, but emphasized that local law enforcement and the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office are prepared to work hard to catch and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

Text Only
  • West Nile virus confirmed in Rushville The City of Rushville is positive for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. No human cases have been confirmed at this time. The disease is one of birds, transmitted by mosquitoes, but can also cause illness in humans and horses. All citizens are

    July 22, 2014

  • What a trip My wife is planning a very exciting vacation to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. This was a big surprise to me. Not the vacation part, but the 35 years. I thought it was 34. Right now she is on the back porch, the patio table stacked high with

    July 22, 2014

  • ent-rv072214-purple xperience pic The Purple Xperience hits Rushville stage RUSHVILLE - The next performance of the 2014 Rushville summer concert series is Minneapolis based The Purple Xperience (featuring two-time Grammy Award winner Matt “Doctor” Fink, former member of Prince and The Revolution) with special guests, The He

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-rv072214-bus crash pic One dead, 50 injured in upstate NY tour bus crash NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. — A teenage girl died and more than 50 people were injured when a Canadian tour bus skidded off Interstate 87, broke through a median guard rail and rolled on its side down a steep embankment in northeastern New York.State Police s

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • St. Mary School golf open turns 25 As a means to generate funding for the continued educational efforts of Rush County’s only parochial school, the 25th annual St. Mary School Golf open is rapidly approaching.This year’s event will be held Aug. 9 at Antler Pointe Golf course, 3510 Nor

    July 22, 2014

  • Briefs ObituariesJames Lee Meyers, 69Winfred “Win” West, 83Thanks!The Rushville Republican thanks the following persons for their subscription to and support of this newspaper:David SheehanTai MorrellRobert PriddyRCHS Class of 1994 ReunionThe RCHS Class of

    July 22, 2014

  • nws-rv072214-kates race pic3 Adventures with Kate: Racing for Riley For those of you who know me, you know that I love to live life and be adventurous. In my opinion, that’s the only way to live. I mean c’mon, you only live once, so you might as well live it up!Last weekend, I had an opportunity to do something I had

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Indiana volunteer flying to Washington State to help with wildfire response INDIANAPOLIS — The American Red Cross is helping people affected by the wildfires in Washington State. Red Cross volunteer and Flora resident Pat Rinehart is scheduled to leave for Washington this afternoon from Indianapolis International Airport to

    July 22, 2014

  • 1 fd comms 072214 pic Jail population shows decrease in inmate total For the first time in a number of months, Rush County Sheriff Jeff Sherwood reported at a recent county commissioner meeting that the inmate total at the Rush County Jail was the lowest it has been since the first of the year. Currently, 35 individua

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-rv072214-state fair logo Purdue to offer Vet Camp at Indiana State Fair WEST LAFAYETTE – The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting Indiana State Fair Vet Camp Aug. 1-10 at the Indiana State Fair.There will be two sections of the camp. Junior Vet Camp will be from 9 a.m. until noon daily for students

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.