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Senate passes crime fighting pilot legislation

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that creates a crime fighting pilot project that would benefit Marion, Lake and Allen counties. The bill moves to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 551, authored by Sen. Brent Waltz, R-Greenwood, would increase the amount of on-duty officers in the three […]

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Commit a drug felony? Bill says no Sudafed for you without a prescription

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would make it more difficult for criminals to purchase products used in the production of meth. The bill moves to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 536, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, requires individuals convicted of drug-related felonies to obtain […]

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Bill would focus community corrections programs on addiction, mental health treatment

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lower level felons would get mental health and addiction help in their home communities under legislation the Indiana House approved unanimously Monday. House Bill 1006 – which now moves to the Senate – creates a structure through which millions of dollars are expected to flow to community corrections and […]

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Senate approves bill to help human trafficking victims

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that creates a fund to prevent human trafficking and help its victims. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 532, authored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, establishes the human trafficking prevention and victim assistance fund. Head said the […]

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Senate passes bill meant to deter human trafficking

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com Members of the Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that is designed to give law enforcement the right to seize property of anyone with suspected ties to human trafficking. Author Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, spoke before the vote and said Senate Bill 375 “gets our state law in line with our […]

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Video & story: Committee approves bill to fund criminal justice programs

Committee approves funding for community-based corrections programs from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee passed a bill on Monday that would provide $50 million annually to be used by local governments for community-based rehabilitation programs for criminal offenders. HB 1006 received support from judges, sheriffs and others throughout the […]

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Legislative leaders say no to prison expansions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leaders of the Indiana House and Senate said Thursday they are skeptical of Pence administration claims that the state needs more prison space to accommodate a projected increase in inmates. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said he doesn’t believe that sentencing changes the General Assembly […]

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Court costs could increase to pay for more technology

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could see a slight increase in court costs to pay for new technology if legislation passed by the Indiana House Courts and Criminal Code Committee on Wednesday becomes law. House Bill 1425, authored by Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, proposes a $4 increase in automated record keeping fees and […]

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Video & story: Funding for domestic violence programs would double under legislation

Lawmakers request funding for domestic violence and sexual assault treatments from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Funding for domestic violence treatment and shelters would double over the next two years and rape crisis centers would get new money as well under legislation approved Wednesday by a House committee. The Family, Children […]

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Indiana Supreme Court requests funding for technology advances

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court presented its proposed budget Tuesday to the House Ways and Means Committee, requesting nearly $98 million in funds for the next biennium – including $24.4 million to increase court technology. Chief Justice Loretta Rush, accompanied by other high-ranking judiciary officials, told the committee about the […]

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