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Committee talks body cameras for Indiana law enforcement

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Interim Study Committee on Government started the discussion Wednesday on the benefits and ramifications of providing the state’s law enforcement with body cameras. Jim Corridan, Indiana state archivist, said putting body cameras on law enforcement in Indiana could be a costly move. He said the oversight committee adopted […]

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State Police kick off sober driving campaign

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In an effort to curb the number of drunk drivers on the road, the Indiana State Police are participating in an annual enforcement effort that kicked off on Friday. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a national campaign supported by federal funding allocated to Indiana State Police from the […]

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Study reveals lack of data and underreporting make it difficult to stop sexual violence against minors

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new study reveals a shocking number of Hoosier minors will experience sexual assault before they turn 18 and Indiana isn’t equipped to curb the problem thanks to underreporting and a lack of data. “Previous studies have called for creating some process and some repository for aggregating this data […]

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Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges. Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony. Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for […]

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Appeals Court rules former DOC employee can marry inmate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling that prevented a former Indiana Department of Corrections worker to marry an inmate. The American Civil Liberties Union brought the case on behalf of Rebecca Riker, former employee of an Indiana Department of Corrections at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in […]

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Drivers can’t use phones in cars til they turn 21 under new law

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Every day, Marissa Osowski has a 30-minute commute to work. On her drive home, she used to fill that half hour talking on her cell phone to her friends or boyfriend. That made the commute feel a little shorter and less boring. Now, the 18-year-old’s daily phone call is […]

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ACLU: RFRA violates law that keeps sex offenders from attending some churches

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit challenging the law that bans sex offenders from attending church services in facilities that also houses a school. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of two men from Allen and Elkhart counties. The group said this ban violates […]

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New law: Motorists can be ticketed for slow left-lane driving

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Motorists who stay in the left lane when driving may be facing a class C infraction – unless they’re passing another car. House Bill 1305, which will be effective Wednesday, contains a number of new requirements for motorists on the road. One section, however, is catching more attention. “That […]

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

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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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