Slayings in Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are becoming concentrated into small areas where people are dying at a pace not seen in years, if ever. Around them, much of the rest of the city is growing more peaceful, even as the total number of homicides rises.
Indianapolis officials say they’ll continue boosting the size of the city’s police force and expanding support for neighborhood anti-crime efforts in response to a seven-year trend of increasing homicides.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the Violent Crime Reduction Coordinating Committee during a meeting Monday in Indianapolis with the Ten Point Coalition.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Tuesday that he directed the Office of Finance and Management to identify the funds as a method of strengthening trust between the Indianapolis community and local law enforcement.
The City-County Council approved the award to not-for-profit organizations that patrol the city’s high-crime neighborhoods with a 22-1 vote Monday.
The state audit says the department didn’t have sufficient internal policies to ensure funds used for confidential drug buys were secure from loss.
Mayor Joe Hogsett and his task force are examining potential locations that former Mayor Greg Ballard identified for a criminal justice complex, projected to cost $500 million to $600 million to construct.
The first pieces of the new initiative involving businesses, social-service groups and the police are launching this month.
The city plans to end a moratorium on new streetlights by installing 100 lights in areas with high accident and crime rates, and in growing neighborhoods, Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Thursday.
In his first State of the City address, Mayor Joe Hogsett said Wednesday that crime problems wouldn’t be solved simply with a new building. A new task force also would focus on issues like mental illness and addiction.
The overcrowding problem at the Marion County Jail stems from rising violent crime in Indianapolis and a state law that sends low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails, according to county officials.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Monday that his “strong bias for the public’s right to know” will weigh heavily as he decides whether to veto a measure that would shelter police departments at Notre Dame and 10 other Indiana private colleges.
But Superintendent Lewis Ferebee also knew about the alleged sexual relationship six days before the district told the state, a district spokeswoman said.
Jim Streitelmeier, the pastor of Neighborhood Fellowship, has a specific year when he thinks Indianapolis’ social problems really took off:1973. That’s when Indianapolis Public Schools began busing black students to predominantly white schools in order to, at long last, integrate them. And it’s also the year Indiana passed a no-fault divorce law.
Of the 65 homicides in 2013, about 73 percent occurred in Marion, Lake and Allen counties, which are the state’s most populous, the report says.
An Indiana University law professor said the school’s delay in turning over evidence in the investigation of former basketball coach Kyle Cox was troubling from a moral and ethical standpoint.
The new tech rapidly analyzes GPS data produced each month by offenders wearing ankle bracelets. It can tip off authorities to potentially criminal behavior and save time with case management.
The court said the law banning K2, Spice and other chemical compounds meant to cause intoxication are not too vague. The law’s author, Sen. Jim Merritt, said the court ruling should help “keep our children safe and stop the spread of these harmful drugs.”
The organizations see the controversial, $1.6 billion project as a catalyst for redevelopment downtown. A City-County Council committee is set to weigh the proposed development deal Tuesday night.
The Indiana House and Senate have each proposed putting at least $80 million more toward county prison diversion programs over the next two years as part of the state's major overhaul of its criminal sentencing guidelines.