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30 Laws in 30 Days: Victims to be notified of offender’s changed release date

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 25th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – The state is aiming to keep victims out of the dark when it comes to the release date of their perpetrator. Sen. Randall Head, R-Logansport, and […]

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More than a dozen counties are considering needle exchange

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three Indiana counties – Scott, Madison and Fayette – are taking advantage of needle exchange programs and more than a dozen others are looking to add their names to the list. “I think it’s safe to say that these communities as they move forward they represent a new generation […]

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Grants available to benefit juvenile justice system

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The application process for the 2015 Juvenile Accountability Block Grant is now open. JABG was created in 1998 to promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system. Funds are provided to reduce juvenile delinquency, improve the juvenile justice system and increase the accountability of juvenile offenders and the systems that serve them. […]

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Bills to train inmates for jobs after incarceration moves forward

By Aubrey Helms                                                                                                         […]

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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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Commentary: Good reentry programs save money and help people

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Allen County Superior Court Judge John Surbeck doesn’t mince words. Prisons, the judge says, are not places where people get better. Surbeck is quick to point out that he’s not criticizing corrections officials when he says that. A prison’s first responsibility, he argues, is to make sure that people […]

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Commentary: Warehousing mentally ill in jail is bad public policy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County Sheriff John Layton says it plain. The way we’re dealing with mentally ill people in Indiana and America in many ways is at best short-sighted and at worst dangerous. We’re talking about the connections between mental health and the explosions of violence that have dotted the land. […]