INDIANAPOLIS – The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 173, co-authored by State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage), establishing vocational programs for inmates.

“If an opportunity is available to ensure we have prisoners come out of the correctional system as working Hoosiers, why wouldn’t we utilize it?” said Sen. Tallian. “In doing so, we not only help our economy and the inmates themselves, but our state as a whole.”

The Department of Correction (DOC) would work with local businesses to establish a training program for minimum security risk inmates to obtain skills necessary for jobs that hire and pay a sustainable wage to inmates, under SB 173. Offenders with less than 2 years until their release date would receive preference for participation in the program and must not have been disciplined for misconduct within the previous year.

The proposal has already passed the Senate and now the House unanimously and will now move to the Governor’s office for final approval.

Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County and Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit