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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 […]

New law: Inmates trade snail mail for email and video chat

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New law: Inmates trade snail mail for email and video chat

Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Modern ways of communication might save the Department of Corrections money thanks to a new bill that is expanding the ways inmates are allowed to communicate with people outside of their cells. The DOC has spent about $345,000 annually on first class stamps in past years. Senate Bill 285 allows […]

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Bills to train inmates for jobs after incarceration moves forward

By Aubrey Helms                                                                                                         […]

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Bill would focus community corrections programs on addiction, mental health treatment

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lower level felons would get mental health and addiction help in their home communities under legislation the Indiana House approved unanimously Monday. House Bill 1006 – which now moves to the Senate – creates a structure through which millions of dollars are expected to flow to community corrections and […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Department of Corrections seeks prison expansions to house more inmates

Department of Corrections proposes prison expansion on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Corrections presented a budget proposal to the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday that included additional funds to expand housing units at two of the state’s prisons. The DOC is seeking to build two housing units – […]

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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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