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New law: Inmates trade snail mail for email and video chat

Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Modern ways of communication might save the Department of Corrections money thanks to a new bill that is expanding the ways inmates are allowed to communicate with people outside of their cells. The DOC has spent about $345,000 annually on first class stamps in past years. Senate Bill 285 allows […]

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New law: Good Samaritan law aims to help kids stuck in cars

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new law will protect a person who breaks into a locked vehicle to save a child in danger. “You shouldn’t be afraid of liability if a child’s life is at stake,” said Amber Rollins, director of KidsandCars.org. House Bill 1161 provides that a “child” is any individual under […]

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New law: Sawed-off shotguns no longer outlawed

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Manufacturing, importing, selling and owning a sawed-off shotgun will be legal in the Hoosier state beginning on July 1. Indiana currently prohibits these firearms, but Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, authored Senate Bill 433, which the General Assembly approved this session. “The state discontinued to transfer federal approvals and all of […]

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Team to review handling of unrepresented litigants

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A team will review how Indiana courts handle unrepresented litigants. An ad hoc assessment team, facilitated by Carol Adinamis, will review the three Supreme Court entities that predominantly focus on cases with unrepresented litigation. Adinamis is the incoming president of the Indiana State Bar Association. The assessment team will focus […]

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Grants available to benefit juvenile justice system

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The application process for the 2015 Juvenile Accountability Block Grant is now open. JABG was created in 1998 to promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system. Funds are provided to reduce juvenile delinquency, improve the juvenile justice system and increase the accountability of juvenile offenders and the systems that serve them. […]

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New law: Juvenile delinquents will be screened for abuse, neglect

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Kids who are abused and neglected are significantly more likely to be convicted of a crime as a juvenile. That’s why a new state law will require that minors in criminal detention are screened to see if they are victims as well. “After 20 years working with children, I […]

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New law aims to help minors pulled into sex trafficking

By Amanda Creech TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new law could mean young prostitutes are treated more like victims than criminals in an effort to save some from exploitation. House Bill 1216 – passed in April – provides a defense to the crime of prostitution if the victim was under 18 and is found to be […]

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Lawmakers close to deal to allow more needle exchanges

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers say they’re close to reaching a deal about a proposal to legalize needle exchange programs in Indiana. Rep. Ed Clere, a key negotiator on the legislation and advocate of needle exchange, said the new proposal could allow programs in counties that are deemed high risk based on […]

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Eight attorneys apply for position with appeals court

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Eight attorneys have applied for a position on the Indiana Court of Appeals that will open when Judge Ezra Friedlander retires this summer. The state’s Judicial Nominating Commission will interview the candidates and review the applications before choosing three finalists to forward to Gov. Mike Pence, who will make the […]

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EMS workers would get death benefit under bill headed to governor

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that provides payments to the families of emergency medical responders who die in the line of the duty is headed to Gov. Mike Pence for approval. The House approved the bill 85-0 on Thursday. The bill by Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, establishes the Public Safety Officer Special Death Benefit […]

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