The changes include how crimes are classified. A class D felony will now be called a class six felony. Criminals charged with those crimes will be sent to community corrections programs including house arrest and therapy. Drug and theft crimes will also be based on price.
Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing says his department has already worked with the community corrections programs in Vigo County due to their previous overcrowding issues.
"There's a good working relationship there but I think that when we start seeing more of a thrust of these class six that are no longer going to the Department of Correction, it's like anything else. There will be some rocky road and we're going to have to work in that and making sure we get the flow," Sheriff Ewing said.
The Vigo County Sheriff's Department still houses around 20 inmates in other county jails.
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