Editorial: Limit credit toward early release for sex offenders




People sent to prison for sex offenses couldn’t receive credit toward an early release by earning college degrees under a proposal supported by an Indiana Senate committee.

The Senate’s corrections committee voted 8-1 last week to advance the bill.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis cited the case of a former high school swim coach who was released after serving less than two years of an eight-year sentence for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he coached. Merritt said that coach and other convicted sex offenders have “gamed the system” to gain early release.

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