Reentry Legislation Corner

Check out our Legislative Tracker for a brief overview of the bills MCRC is watching this session. 

2021 Legislatve Session Review

The 2021 Legislative Session was a long and difficult, though MCRC and our partner organizations have experienced a fair amount of successes due to our advocacy, support of partners and stakeholders, and community education initiatives. 

HB1376 was a bill that would have required charitable bail organizations (like The Bail Project) to operate like a for profit bail organization (buying insurance, limiting clients, and limiting bail amounts), severely curtailing their ability to function and serve Marion County. Fortunately, due to advocacy by MCRC, our partner organizations, and other key stakeholders, HB1376 died in committee. However, we may see it again next year.

HB 1376 - Charitable Bail Organizations

This bill established local Justice Reinvestment Advisory Councils for each county in the state of Indiana. These local councils will be staffed by individuals with local knowledge and on the ground expertise in their community's criminal justice system and will report to our state JRAC. 

HB1068 - Local or Regional Justice Reinvestment Advisory Councils

HB1202 was a bill that would bring those sentenced for non violent drug offenses pre-2014 to have their sentences aligned with changes to sentencing that occurred in 2014. This legislation allowed for over 1,XXX people to become eligible to be released from incarceration. This was able to happen due to advanced preparation from MCRC's partner organizations Indiana Public Defender Council and OTHER. 

HB 1202 - Sentencing

Important Legislative Dates and Deadlines

The below dates apply to the 2021 Legislative Session. They will be updated when the 2022 Session dates are announced. 

  • Nov. 17, 2020​

    • Organization Day
  • Jan. 8, 2021​

    • Senate Filing Deadline​

  • Jan. 11, 2021​

    • Session Start Deadline​

  • Jan. 13, 2021​

    • House Filing Deadline​

  • Jan. 15, 2021​

    • Senate Committee Deadline

  • Feb. 23, 2021

    • Deadline for House Bills to be received by the Senate​

  • Apr. 19, 2021

    • Last Day for Bill Readings in House

  • Apr. 20, 2021​

    • Last Day for Bill Reading in Senate​

  • Apr. 29, 2021​

    • Adjournment Deadline​

Immediate Legislative Actions

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