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Q&A: Meet Rep. Ryan Hatfield, focused on criminal justice

  By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com  This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. INDIANAPOLIS – Newly-elected Rep. Ryan Hatfield, D-Evansville, wants to be a voice for the people through his economic and criminal justice agendas.  “I was a deputy prosecutor prior to running, prosecuting […]

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Guest column: Addiction and the anonymous people

By Michael Leppert Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Fairbanks held its Fourteenth Annual Circle of Hope Dinner recently.  I am pretty connected around town, so I got to attend for the second year in a row. Last year, NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter shared his personal story of addiction and recovery. It was fascinating and motivational. […]

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Commentary: ‘We can’t arrest our way out of this’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Troy Riggs has a problem and a plan. The problem, the Indianapolis public safety director explains as we talk on the air, is one that’s been in the news. Last year, 135 people were murdered in Indianapolis. That was the highest total in eight years. That is bad, but […]

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Video & story: Committee approves bill to fund criminal justice programs

Committee approves funding for community-based corrections programs from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee passed a bill on Monday that would provide $50 million annually to be used by local governments for community-based rehabilitation programs for criminal offenders. HB 1006 received support from judges, sheriffs and others throughout the […]