INDIANAPOLIS – The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 173 today, co-authored by State Senator Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis), establishing vocational programs for inmates.

“Prisoners with a low-security risk should be afforded an opportunity to better themselves,” said Sen. Taylor. “If we allow inmates to improve upon themselves while imprisoned, we will have more responsible citizens coming out of correctional facilities.”

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 DOC currently has six facilities with established training programs with work crews spread across the state.

The proposal previously passed the Senate 49-1 and gained unanimous approval in the House of Representatives. The bill will now go to the governor for final approval.

Taylor represents Senate District 33 which includes portions of Wayne, Pike, Washington and Center townships in Marion County. For more information on Sen. Taylor, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s33.

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