CSG Research & Expertise in the News: MN Shutdown; IN sentencing & corrections

CSG Research & Expertise in the News: 7/10-7/16, 2011

The following compilation features published news stories during the week of July 10-16 that highlight experts and/or research from The Council of State Governments. For more information about any of the experts or programs discussed, please contact CSG at (800) 800-1910 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff.  Members of the press should call (859) 244-8246.

Drug prohibitionists need fiscal fix
Indiana Daily Student
July 18, 2011

After gaining support from Gov. Mitch Daniels in December, 2010, an important sentencing reform effort was derailed in March when Indiana’s county prosecutors accused supporters of being soft on crime.

SB 561, which passed the senate 46-3 but died in a house committee, would have sought to fix an Indiana sentencing and corrections system that has spiraled out of control. More...

Hoosier lawmakers considering revamping criminal sentences
Evansville Courier & Press
July 13, 2011

Before Indiana lawmakers can overhaul the state's criminal sentencing guidelines, they must first decide whether ambiguity is a feature or a bug in the current system.

An out-of-session legislative panel met Wednesday to talk about how to overhaul Indiana's theft laws. The problem, as many legislators put it, is that current statutes make no distinction between the theft something as small as a candy bar or as large as a vehicle. More...

Minnesota shutdown longest in recent history, no new talks
July 11, 2012

The Minnesota state government shutdown, now the longest in recent memory in the United States, reached its eleventh day on Monday with no new talks planned between the political leaders.

The state's new fiscal year began on July 1 without a budget in place to close a projected $5 billion two-year deficit or a temporary spending plan, leading to the second Minnesota state government shutdown in six years. More...