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Have a question about the Department? These are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you don't see your question here, contact us.
1. How much does it cost to keep an offender in prison?
As of July 1,Currently it costs an average of $54.28 per day to keep an adult inmate incarcerated in the State of Indiana.
2. What is the Department's annual budget?
The Department's general fund budget for 2009-2010 is $677.3 million
The Department's general fund budget for 2010-2011 is $691.6 million
3. How many inmates are currently sentenced to death under Indiana law?
There are currently 18 offenders under the sentence of death in the State of Indiana. This includes 17 males housed at the Indiana State Prison (Michigan City, IN) and one female currently serving a life sentence at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (Marysville, OH).
4. What method of execution is used in Indiana?
Since July 1, 1995 , the method of execution is by lethal injection. Prior to that time electrocution was the method of execution.
5. If people are sent to prison for punishment, why should they be allowed televisions, radios, free education and access to gymnasiums, and libraries, as well as medical and dental care?
The State Constitution states the penal code shall be founded on the principles of reformation, and not of vindictive justice. The Department is required to provide medical and dental services to inmates as well as access to law libraries and educational programs. However, if an inmate wants to pursue post secondary education, the cost is the inmate's responsibility. Idle prisoners would require more supervision and could be a threat to the security of the facility. Therefore, it is important to not only provide programming and employment to the inmates, but allow them recreational time as well. It should be noted that most of the inmates currently incarcerated will be returning to society, and hopefully will be prepared when they do so.
6. Is Indiana's recidivism rate going down?
Indiana’s recidivism rate has continually declined for the past 3 consecutive years. IDOC defines recidivism as a return to incarceration within three years of the offender’s date of release from a state correctional institution.
7. What are the levels of security in Indiana 's prison system?
The levels of security in the prison system are minimum, low medium, high medium, and maximum. The three main considerations in assigning an offender to a security level are the committing offense, the length of sentence, and prior criminal history.
8. Can I communicate with an offender over the internet?
No. Offenders are not permitted access to the internet, nor can they have personal computers in their cells. Offenders may use computers if their educational program merits it in a supervised lab.
9. What items can I mail to an offender?
Offenders may receive correspondence, legal mail, and publications from publishers only, which are reviewed to determine whether they are obscene or constitute a danger to safety and security.
Beginning August 15, 2011 IDOC will no longer accept money orders at correctional facilities. Click here for full details, addresses and directions on how to use the JPay/IDOC Lockbox. Friends and Family of IDOC can also send money electronically without the use of money orders through JPay.com. Visit JPay.com for your free account and get your loved one the money they need in as little as 24 hours.
* Inmates may only receive money from people on their approved visitor list. If you are a friend or family member of an inmate and do not know if you are on their visitor list, please call JPay at 866-333-5729.
10. What is the procedure for assigning adult offenders to facilities when they begin to serve their sentence?
Offenders are assessed at the Reception Diagnostic Center and the Rockville Correctional Facility. Each offender is scored on the Classification Designation Instrument. Points are assessed according to length of sentence, seriousness of the offense, violence in the offense, escape histories, substance abuse problems, conduct while incarcerated, etc. At that point, the score is calculated (minimum, medium and maximum). The score is then measured against security level criteria, such as sex and violent offenders not eligible for minimum security.