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Problem-solving courts law allows more to use for minor crimes

INDIANAPOLIS - A new law signed last week allows more opportunities for those charged with misdemeanor crimes to participate in problem-solving courts.

House Enrolled Act 1016 would allow those who are either sentenced to a misdemeanor or currently under the jurisdiction of either the Department of Correction or the local sheriff’s office to have the alternative sentence.

Problem solving courts are programs started in the 1990s to help promote solutions for issues like drug addictions and mental illness.

Current law only allows someone who is placed on probation to participate into a problem-solving court.

The law will also allow courts to provide rehabilitative services, like classes or programs, directly to participants.

The Commission on Courts will begin a study on funding a similar program for veterans.



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