Allen County Leaders Concerned About New Law

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP): Officials in northeastern Indiana's Allen County say they're worried a new law revamping the state's criminal code will fill up their local jail with inmates.

The law taking effect July 1 is aimed at sending more low-level, nonviolent offenders to local community corrections programs and jails instead of to state prisons.

Allen County sent 564 low-level felons to the Department of Correction in 2012.

But County Council President Darren Vogt tells The Journal Gazette those inmates would come back to the county under the law. He says the number of inmates who will be returning to the county under the law is “daunting and scary.”

County officials say they'll consider increasing jail space and expanding work release, probation and home detention in response to the law.