Public Policy Institute
September 12, 2012
A new report, Review of IDOC Admission Cohort of D Felony and Select C Felony Offenders, summarizes findings of a study conducted by Indiana University Public Policy Institute's Center for Criminal Justice Research (CCJR) in which researchers examined incarceration practices for D and C felony offenders. In 2011, the Indiana State Legislature's Criminal Code Evaluation Commission formed a committee, since called the Data Analysis Work Group (DAWG), led by Representative Ralph Foley and consisting of members from the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC), the Indiana State Legislature, and the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council (IPAC). One goal of this group was to examine why certain low-level and nonviolent felony offenders spend very short periods of incarceration (often less than 365 days) in IDOC.
The DAWG committee, with support from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, contracted with CCJR to conduct a study to better understand the processes that ultimately result in offenders sentenced to IDOC where the most serious conviction offense is a D felony or selected nonviolent C felonies. CCJR's goal for the study was to provide rich case-level data on all D felony cases and the eligible nonviolent C felonies that were admitted to the IDOC for a three-month period in 2011 to inform policy discussions surrounding efforts to change incarceration practices in the state of Indiana.