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State to host training about teen sex assault and education

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials will host a regional training event Friday about teen dating violence and safety in schools. The event – titled “Teen Dating Violence/Sexual Assault: Creating a Safe Environment at School” – is sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana School Safety Academy. It’s designed to […]

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Video & story: Heroin traps young lives across Indiana

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Heroin use is on the rise – not just in Hollywood or New York, where living fast and dying young can seem a world away – but in less sophisticated cities, towns and suburbs across Indiana and the rest of the nation. Understanding the Heroin Crisis in Indiana 10 […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers make changes, get out of town quickly

Legislators return to the Statehouse for technical corrections session on Vimeo. By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators met for a one-day session on Tuesday – for what most hope will be the only technical corrections day the General Assembly will ever need. Lawmakers used the technical corrections day to tweak some errors in a […]

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30 Laws: Hoosiers will get more privacy protection under new laws

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Police will soon have to get a warrant when attempting to access an individual’s cell phone or when obtaining information using a drone. House Bills 1009 and 1394 – which take effect July 1 – are meant to protect Hoosier privacy and establish limits on what law enforcement officials […]

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More counties joining juvenile justice initiative

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four counties will join the eight currently participating in the Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative when group holds a kick-off meeting in June. The JDAI is a national juvenile justice reform initiative developed 20 years ago by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that aims to improve outcomes for children […]

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Lawmakers to tackle molesting, shoplifting problems at technical corrections day

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators say they will tweak a new sentencing law so that it doesn’t reduce prison terms for some child molesters when they meet for a technical corrections day on Tuesday. The error is one of several lawmakers intend to fix during the one-day session. Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, told […]

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30 Laws: Lifeline law expanded to help protect more kids

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Lifeline law will be expanding to add provisions that will shift it from one focused only on alcohol and drugs to one that focuses as well on those in need of medical attention. Senate Bill 227 adds new provisions to the Lifeline law that Sen. Jim Merritt, […]

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30 Laws: Giving a gun to a felon will be against the law

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com This is the fifth in a series of stories about new state laws, most of which take effect on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – People who knowingly distribute firearms to felons – or to someone else who is ineligible to own one – could be charged with a crime under a law […]

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30 Laws: Victims advocate to be allowed in civil court proceedings

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com This is the second in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – Victims of domestic violence and other crimes will be allowed to have advocates sit with them in civil court under a law that will take effect on July […]

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Indiana’s refusal to comply with federal rape law could cost the state cash

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana risks losing 5 percent of federal grants for corrections because state officials refuse to comply with the federal rape law. Gov. Mike Pence wrote a letter on May 15 informing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that Indiana won’t try to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act – […]

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