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Pence returns to Indiana to applaud anti-violence organization

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence praised the Ten Point Coalition for leading the nation in finding peaceable solutions in violent neighborhoods. Pence applauded these initiatives during the faith-based coalition’s annual luncheon Friday in Indianapolis. The Ten Point Coalition, known for its work in combatting gun violence in the state’s capital, […]

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Attorney general wants to cut crime by spreading coalition’s model

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In an effort to reduce crime across the state, Attorney General Curtis Hill is launching a program to help cities replicate a successful crime-reduction model. Hill is partnering the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, a faith-based organization geared toward fighting crime. Members of the coalition take part in peace walks […]

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Criminal use of drones penalties fly to governor

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The General Assembly is working to keep up with drone technology. Senate Bill 299, which creates penalties for Hoosiers who fly drones and knowingly violate a person’s privacy, is headed to the governor’s desk for his consideration. Under this legislation, misuse of a drone includes the following: a sex offender […]

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Measure to collect DNA upon arrest returns to the Statehouse

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After several years of debate, lawmakers are once again discussing allowing police to collect a DNA sample from people arrested for a felony. “Which will enable us to hopefully catch more felons and serial rapist and murders,” the bill’s author, Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, said. Under current Indiana law […]

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New hope for DNA collection after felony arrest

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators will once again try to pass a law that would allow police to collect DNA from people arrested on a felony charge. Currently Indiana collects DNA samples from convicted felons for use in the DNA database. That law has been in effect for almost 11 years. “Keeping our […]

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Beware of “free” trips and other security advice for summer travel

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ ­— Summer is finally here, which means flights are being booked and destinations are being decided on for family trips. In order to plan a safe and stress-free vacation, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s Office released tips to make sure fraud and criminal activity do not make the trip with you. […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Impersonating a veteran to be a misdemeanor

By Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 18th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS ­­— Impersonating a veteran in order to receive a discount or any other benefit is soon to become a crime. “It is sad to know that […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Meth fires to be considered a crime

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 17th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1.  INDIANAPOLIS – Currently in Indiana starting a meth-related fire is not a crime, but that’s about to change. Indiana repeatedly has ranked first in the nation for […]

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Campaign to curb sex trafficking during Memorial Weekend launches in Indy

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With less than two weeks until the 100th running of the Indiaapolis 500, the state is taking steps to curb sex trafficking with an effort called Not Buying It. “Indiana’s Not Buying It shares the message that commercial sex is not harmless; it is serious, dangerous and leads to the […]

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Bill to strengthen penalties against child porn convicts moves to full Senate

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- A bill to strengthen punishments for certain child pornography convictions passed unanimously through the Corrections and Criminal Law committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 14 focuses on increasing the felonies penalties for child pornography and child exploitation, a technical term for producing child pornography. The bill, authored by Sen. Randy Head, […]

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