Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Corrections Coming for Criminal Code Update

Ind. Reps. Greg Steuerwald and Matt Pierce speaking about the coming technical corrections to the Indiana criminal code.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The full General Assembly will meet at the Statehouse Tuesday to make changes to the state’s criminal code overhaul before the law takes effect July first.

The bulk of Indiana’s overhaul of the criminal code was passed in 2013.  But lawmakers put off its effective date until this summer so they could make further changes during the 2014 legislative session. 

In the wake of this year’s session, legislators and prosecutors have identified a few issues, mostly involving technical errors within the more than four hundred page bill. 

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Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Criminal Code Grant Plan Heads to Full Senate

Follow-up legislation to last year’s criminal code overhaul bill is headed to the Senate floor after a committee Thursday added potential funding help for local communities.

The purpose behind the state’s criminal code overhaul was in part to divert low-level offenders away from prison and into local community corrections programs.  But so far, the General Assembly hasn’t done much to provide those local programs more money. 

Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says, for now, the legislature can begin to address local needs by creating a grant program.

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3:22 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Zoeller to Push for More Officers in Hoosier Schools

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

Indiana’s attorney general will work with the state’s congressional delegation in the new year to try to secure more federal funding for police officers in schools.  But some criminal justice advocates say hiring new school resource officers won’t necessarily make schools safer.

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6:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Change To Indiana's Criminal Code Could Increase Prison Population

Applied Research Services analyst John Speir
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Independent analysts say the overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code will increase the prison population unless the law also pushes prosecutors and judges to direct more offenders into community corrections programs.

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Politics & Government
2:17 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Optimism despite hurdles around criminal code overhaul

Bedford Republican Senator Brent Steele says he remains confident the legislature will pass a bill overhauling the state’s criminal code, despite Governor Mike Pence voicing concerns about the measure’s impact.

Gov. Pence’s main issue with the bill is its reduction of penalties for low-level drug offenders.  Those behind the criminal code reform effort want to focus more on rehabilitation.  But Pence says the state must remain tough on drugs and work to reduce crime, not penalties. 

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Politics & Government
3:03 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Daniels names Rush to Indiana Supreme Court

Governor Mitch Daniels named Loretta Rush to the Indiana Supreme Court Friday. Rush is only the second woman ever to serve on the court.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge Loretta Rush is Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice – and the second woman to ever sit on the state’s high court.

Governor Mitch Daniels named Rush as his pick Friday.  Hamilton County judge Steven Nation and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter were the other two finalists.  Many in the legal community urged the governor to name a woman to the bench.  

While Daniels says he wasn’t oblivious to those calls, quality was his first concern.

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9:09 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Lindh prayer trial continues with chaplain, imam testimonies

Witnesses on behalf of the federal prison in Terre Haute got their say in federal court Tuesday over whether Muslims at the prison are being unfairly denied the right to pray daily as a group.

Attorneys for the government called two witnesses Tuesday: David Holston, the prison’s supervisory chaplain, and imam Ammar Amonette, the head of the Islamic Center of Virginia. 

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