A Department of Child Services case manager say she’s handling way too many cases, putting children’s lives at risk, because the agency won’t hire enough people. Now, the ACLU is taking the state to court over the issue.
Indiana law mandates that DCS must have enough caseworkers so that one employee doesn’t supervise more than 17 children at a time. Case manager Mary Price says her caseload is 43 children – too many, she says, to effectively handle.
Indiana’s religious freedom law known as RFRA will be used for the first time in a suit challenging a new state law that bars sex offenders from churches.
A new law that went into effect Wednesday says people convicted of sex offenses against children cannot enter school property. And ACLU-Indiana legal director Ken Falk says because that phrase “school property” is broadly written, it could mean that offenders can’t attend religious services if the church is next to a school.