INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers want to triple the minimum amount of time people arrested for domestic violence are kept in jail.
Currently, people arrested for domestic violence in Indiana are often allowed to post bail after spending eight hours in jail. Senate Bill 158 would triple that mandatory holding period to 24 hours.
Advocates say the proposal would benefit law enforcement officers and domestic violence survivors.
According to the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, 28 other states already have mandatory holding periods of at least 24 hours following domestic violence arrests.
The bill passed in the Senate with almost unanimous support on a 47-2 vote.
The bill now heads to the House floor after receiving unanimous support from a House committee.
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