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A New Law Could Allow Younger Felons To Serve Less Time


A new law in Indiana could allow younger convicted felons to serve less time in prison.

Work towards this new law started when a 12-year-old boy from northern Indiana was charged and convicted of murder and then sentenced to 50 years in prison.

The main concern is putting a young child in the federal state prison system with adults that are 2-3 times there size and much older.

The new law says that judges can use what's being called dual sentencing, meaning one sentence would be given as a juvenile and the other as an adult.

There is one problem though, when a 17 year old is convicted they will sentence him as a juvenile and then one year later when the child turns 18 that person will go through the same sentencing process as an adult.  The question is when it should be used and how to avoid unnecessary work and court costs.

Before the law was passed earlier this month Indiana was one of four states without the law on its books.