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Lawmakers honored for public safety work

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council has recognized state Rep. B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, and Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, for their work in getting a felony DNA law enacted. Bauer and Houchin received the Legislative Excellence Awards for their work on the bill in the 2017 legislative session which requires […]

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2,500 rape exam kits never processed statewide

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com More than 2,500 rape kits from potentially viable cases currently sit unprocessed in police and sheriff evidence rooms across Indiana, a review of the untested kits has revealed. The statewide county-by-county count of the number of untested rape kits took place over the summer and early fall through the combined […]

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U.S. Attorney General heard how Indy faith group fights violent crime

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Growing up on the west side of Indianapolis, Darryl Jones could either be found on the streets getting into trouble or in jail. “Once upon a time, I was one of these kids, never doing the right things,” Jones said. “So I want to help.” Jones can still be […]

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Condemned killer challenges state’s execution process

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A death row inmate is challenging the state’s current method of execution on the grounds that the public should have had a chance to comment on the process put in place three years ago. The Indiana Supreme Court considered the fate of the state’s death penalty protocol Thursday after […]

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Indiana courts to be all digital as soon as 2018

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court justices envision a future where accessing most court records can be as easy as opening a laptop. E-filing is expected to be used by every county in Indiana by the end of next year or by the beginning of 2019. According to the Indiana Supreme Court’s […]

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More funds needed to help elderly, committee told

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Karen Richards is almost 65-years-old and she often sees people her age taken advantage of by both family members and strangers. “I feel passionate about this because we need to protect these people, and more serious problems will occur if a change isn’t made,” she told the Interim Study […]

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Goff joins Indiana Supreme Court as 110th justice

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Growing up, Justice Christopher Goff didn’t have much, but he did have was lofty goals. “We are gathered to celebrate the fact that someone born to teenage parents, married the daughter of migrant workers and is from the rural part of the state has been selected to serve on […]

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Keep gun license laws, police groups tell lawmakers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana law enforcement officials are standing against a proposed measure that would eliminate the current handgun licensing process for Hoosier gun owners. Representatives from the Indiana State Police, the Indiana State Police Alliance and district departments asked lawmakers Tuesday to consider keeping the law in place at the first […]

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New database to track hate based-incidents and crimes

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A project has been launched to create a database to track hate crimes and hate-based incidents across Indiana. The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate announced the new Tracking Hate Database on Thursday morning at the inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference. The event, attended by around 200 people, focused on combatting and addressing […]

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Study committee is revisiting Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Senate committee is taking up the issue of when and how the government can seize an individual’s property under state forfeiture laws. Dozens packed into the Senate Finance Committee room at the Statehouse Wednesday to hear testimony about the state’s forfeiture laws, which allow the seizure of […]

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