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Henryville Correctional Facility to close July 1

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – By early next month, 140 inmates will be moving from the Henryville Correctional Facility to the Branchville, Edinburgh or Madison correctional facilities. Bruce Lemmon, the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC), announced Monday the agency will close the Henryville Correction Facility in Clark County on July 1. […]

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New law: Inmates to go off site for career training

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State prisons can now take inmates off site for career training meant to ensure they can earn a living wage once released. Starting July 1, Senate Bill 173 authored by Sen. Michael Young, R–Indianapolis, will allow minimum security inmates to be eligible for offsite training by the DOC. Offenders […]

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Legislative leaders say no to prison expansions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leaders of the Indiana House and Senate said Thursday they are skeptical of Pence administration claims that the state needs more prison space to accommodate a projected increase in inmates. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said he doesn’t believe that sentencing changes the General Assembly […]

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Senate approves bill to train minimum security inmates

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow the Department of Corrections to establish a specialized vocational program to train minimum-security inmates in various trades passed the Senate on Tuesday. Senate Bill 173, authored by Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, passed 49-1. The bill is meant to help minimum security inmates get back […]

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Prison inmates will no longer make license plates

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana prison inmates will no longer be a part of the license plate production process as of May 1. The Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles ended its contract with a company earlier this month that had worked with Prison Enterprises Network, which employed the state prison inmates. PEN is […]

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Video & story: First lady visits moms, babies at Indiana Women’s Prison

First Lady visits Indiana State Women’s Prison on Vimeo. By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In an effort to protect the bond children have with their mothers, the Indiana Women’s Prison has taken steps to continue that bond while mothers are incarcerated. First Lady Karen Pence visited the Indiana Women’s Prison on Wednesday to get […]

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Inmates could get truck driving, trades training under bill headed to Senate

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to help prisoners get training in truck driving, plumbing and other trades is now headed to the full Senate for consideration. Senate Bill 173, authored by Sen. R Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, requires the Indiana Department of Correction to establish a specialized vocational program to train minimum-security inmates […]

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First-time inmates to get special programming at revamped Plainfield prison

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Gov. Mike Pence is seeking to reduce recidivism rates that now top 35 percent with a new program designed specially for inmates new to the prison system. Pence said the First Time Offender Program will be the only one of its kind in the nation and will segregate up […]

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Criminal code legislation makes prosecutors happy, public defenders nervous

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed an update Wednesday to last year’s massive criminal code reform, a measure Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, called a “culmination of one of the largest collaborations on one bill in Indiana history.” The Senate is expected to vote on the measure Thursday, the last day legislators […]

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Expert: 1 percent cut in recidivism could save state millions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state could save millions of dollars simply by reducing recidivism rates by 1 percent, a public policy expert told lawmakers Thursday. That’s money that could be used for mental health, addiction and education programs that could help inmates when they are released from prison into communities, said Roger […]

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