All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne, and along the way, meeting the people working to make a change. We’re calling the project “The Difference.”
According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, nearly half of African-American ex-offenders in Allen County will make it back into the prison system within just a few years. And for some, breaking that cycle can be nearly impossible without help.
Lawmakers will attempt the first comprehensive reform of Indiana’s criminal code in 30 years next session after legislation prepared over the last three years by a legislative study committee was approved Tuesday. But some state criminal justice organizations say the reform package will still require significant work before it can garner their support.
A huge portion of the criminal code overhaul will be put in one piece of legislation next session, something Indiana Public Defender Council executive director Larry Landis says may not work.