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Prosecutors: Expungement law has good, bad sides

July 20, 2014
Associated Press
An Indiana law allowing some criminals to have their records expunged is drawing mixed reviews from judges and attorneys, who say parts of the law don't make sense.
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Expert: 1-percent cut in recidivism could save state millions

September 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana lawmakers are studying the impact of a sentencing reform law the General Assembly approved earlier this year.
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ACLU says prisons not complying with court order

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
A federal judge has ordered the Indiana Department of Correction to come to her courtroom Wednesday and explain its "precise plans" for improving the treatment of mentally ill prisoners.
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Counties worry about cost of sentencing overhaul

May 18, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana counties could be forced to pay some of the costs of a change in the state's criminal code that is designed to keep low-level offenders out of prison while ensuring the worst serve more of their sentences.
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Low-level felons could get less prison time under plan

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have reached a compromise that would direct more non-violent, low-level felons to work release and other local programs rather than sending them to prison.
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Senate passes new criminal sentencing rules

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
Supporters hope changes to sentencing laws will direct more people convicted of low-level felonies to work release and other local programs. It also would require those convicted of the most-serious crimes to spend more time in prison.
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Cost concerns linger for state sentencing overhaul

February 23, 2013
Associated Press
A plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing laws is moving through the Legislature with broad bipartisan support, although some county officials are worried it will shift costs to the local level.
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Indiana House panel backs sentencing-laws overhaul

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
A sweeping plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing laws cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Wednesday with the support of law-enforcement groups that had scuttled similar efforts the past two years.
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Council mulls axing applications' prior-conviction box

July 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Councilor Vop Osili thinks the city could level the job-seeking playing field for ex-offenders by eliminating the question of past convictions on job applications.
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State sentencing overhaul to take another year

January 14, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators stung last year by county prosecutors who opposed a sweeping plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing scheme won't push the issue this year. Sheriffs now are worried that an attempt to reduce crowding in state prisons could aggravate overpopulation in their jails.
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SHELLA: Indiana Legislature likely to deliver the unexpected

December 17, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
If you want to know what really matters in the upcoming legislative session it’s likely impossible to find out now.
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Critics: City's effort to help ex-offenders ineffectiveRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Three years after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard launched a city office designed to help ex-offenders avoid a repeat prison visit, some of those original supporters say the city’s Office of Re-Entry Initiatives not only has fallen short of that goal but has accomplished little else.
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Budget cuts will limit Indiana inmate education

May 29, 2011
Associated Press
ndiana lawmakers' decision to cut off grants to state prison inmates attending college could make it harder for prisoners to find employment when they're released, supporters of the program fear.
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Prescription drug abuse growing problem in Indiana

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
Prescription drugs are playing an increasing role in the drug-related crimes that are filling up Indiana's prisons, prison officials and prosecutors said.
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Daniels' plan on sentencing changes appears dead

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Daniels had made revamping of the criminal sentencing laws one of his top priorities for this year's legislative session, but lawmakers handling the bill said Tuesday they hadn't been able to reach a compromise and didn't expect more action before the General Assembly's April 29 adjournment deadline.
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Senate committee passes sentencing-reform bill

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has passed a plan that would keep violent felons in prison longer and reduce punishments for many thefts and drug crimes.
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Indiana chief justice endorses sentencing changes

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
A report suggests allowing judges to sentence people convicted of lesser felonies to community corrections, which would help free up prison space for the state's worst offenders and potentially saving more than $1 billion that would otherwise go toward building new prisons.
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Indiana prisons chief heading to Florida

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott, who takes office on Jan. 4, on Tuesday named Indiana corrections chief Ed Buss to run Florida's massive prison system.
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State lawmakers face tough choices over prison costs

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will swim rough political waters next year when deciding whether to spend millions more on overcrowded prisons or reducing prison sentences and being seen as soft on crime.
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City program gives firms incentive to hire ex-offendersRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A pilot project is providing jobs for 70 ex-convicts, with their $10-an-hour wages covered by Uncle Sam for six months. City officials hope they can then transition into other jobs or receive recommendations that help them to find other work.
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Column was disrespectful of Americans who support marijuana's legalizationRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Marijuana legalization deserves a thoughtful debate, not ridicule from Morton Marcus.
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$40M prison work program helps inmates, businessesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee

If you've ever cooked a hamburger over a grill at Shakamak State Park, sat in a hospital waiting room chair, or sipped from a water fountain, you may have used products made by Indiana convicts. Although offender work programs have been around since the 1920s, most Hoosiers know little about the Indiana Department of Correction's prison-based industries, which generate $40 million a year in revenue.

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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