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Indiana pushes for longer sentences for violent crimes

INDIANAPOLIS -- Several political leaders were at the state house in Indianapolis to fight for longer prison sentences for violent criminals.

The mayor of Indy testified in court earlier this year endorsing the bill that calls for prison inmates to serve 75-percent of their sentences instead of 50-percent.

"It will allow us to get tougher on our most violent criminals. This bill has been described as fair to the people who disappoint us and harsh to the people who scare us," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

It also includes minimum sentences and increased penalties for the most serious crimes including drug crimes.

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