Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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March 18, 2014

Curbing the 'tough on crime' mentality

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Steele and Steuerwald have spent years working to rewrite the criminal code, stripping it of bloated language, archaic laws and out-of-whack penalties that made child molesters face less prison time than someone caught with a few grams of cocaine near a park.

They know a politician’s instincts. At a press conference last week on legislation that finalizes the rewrite of the criminal code, supporters hailed the bill as “tough on crime.”

It is – on violent crime. But it also pushes down penalties for myriad drug and property crimes. No one was hailing that.

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana.

She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaureenHayden

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