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GUEST EDITORIAL: Victims of domestic violence need help, not new barriers

In a strange, somewhat sick way, the huge scandal that's engulfed the National Football League with release of a graphic video of one of the league's stars knocking out his girlfriend (now wife) in an elevator may be saving others from similar abuse.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am
NWI law community remembers O.J. Simpson case

NWI law community remembers O.J. Simpson case

Twenty years ago, the slaying of O.J. Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman sparked a media firestorm that captured the attention of the nation, including Northwest Indiana's legal community. 

June 11, 2014 6:15 pm Related

EDITORIAL: Focus on correction, not punishment

A panel that looked at sentencing reform this month was advised that if judges and prosecutors seek lengthy prison terms, Indiana's prison population won't drop.

December 23, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Criminal code reform on right track, tweaks needed

GUEST COMMENTARY: Criminal code reform on right track, tweaks needed

During the 2013 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly took positive steps in enacting the first comprehensive criminal code reform since 1977 in House Enrolled Act 1006. This was a significant step toward a better criminal justice system in Indiana.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Expand protection against domestic violence

Everyone knows domestic violence is a major problem, but determining the right response requires careful consideration.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am

Man withdraws guilty plea in Hammond bank robbery

HAMMOND | Looking at the fine print of his plea agreement for bank robbery and kidnapping, 61-year-old Ronald Parks decided he’d rather risk trial in federal court than face the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars.

August 22, 2013 7:00 pm

New state commission eyes issues facing at-risk youths

INDIANAPOLIS | Leaders of Indiana's executive, judicial and legislative branches met Wednesday to begin finding ways of working together on behalf of the state's most endangered children.

August 21, 2013 7:15 pm

EDITORIAL: Legislature must focus on unfinished work

On two issues -- sentencing reform and local government reform -- the Indiana General Assembly took a step in the right direction this year, but not far enough.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am

GSU sponsors criminal jusice and public administration career and internship fair

UNIVERSITY PARK | The Office of Career Services at Governors State University is sponsoring an employment and internship fair for people interested in positions in criminal justice, public administration, and related fields.

April 01, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: A rewrite of Indiana’s criminal code

GUEST COMMENTARY: A rewrite of Indiana’s criminal code

For the past several years, state legislators from both parties have been working with prosecutors, judges, public defenders and many other experts to reduce recidivism - the number of repeat offenders - in Indiana by overhauling the laws governing our criminal justice system. The end result…

March 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos


EDITORIAL: Senate must recalibrate scales of justice

Indiana's criminal code, no less than any other mechanism, requires periodic maintenance.

March 04, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Balance Indiana's scales of justice

Indiana needs sentencing reform to restore balance to the criminal justice system. House Bill 1006 offers the right road map for change.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am

Region's black lawmakers propose expansive agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | With just 44 Democrats serving in the House and Senate this year, the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is poised to be the idea factory driving the Democratic legislative agenda.

January 08, 2013 5:45 pm

EDITORIAL: Ridge communities' interlocal agreement to fight gangs, drugs is the right approach

Nearly seven years after the Good Government initiative outlined a study and recommendations for cost savings and consolidation of government resources among the region's municipalities, it is encouraging to see the spirit of the study at play in 2013.

January 02, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Save prison for serious offenses

A recent Indiana Department of Correction report shows Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties are to be commended for their community corrections programs. We concur.

November 26, 2012 12:00 am

HILLARY SMITH: Hammond's Scott comes home with new perspective

DaLita Scott saw athlete after athlete declare criminal justice as a college major, and thought it was too easy.

November 25, 2012 8:00 pm

PSC hosts community criminal justice summit

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Prairie State College is hosting a Community Criminal Justice Summit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10. 

October 25, 2012 12:00 am

Lake Central student arrested on suspicion of dealing pot

SCHERERVILLE | Police arrested a Lake Central High student at the school Friday on suspicion of marijuana possession and dealing.

September 21, 2012 10:15 pm
Public safety administration in Camden, N.J. questioned as crime embattles cops, residents

Public safety administration in Camden, N.J. questioned as crime embattles cops, residents

CAMDEN, N.J. | Jan. 18, 2011. John Williamson said he can point to that day as a one of several reasons why the Camden, N.J. is continuing to struggle with high crime rates.

August 06, 2012 12:00 am Photos


GUEST COMMENTARY: Criminal justice must remain nonpartisan

GUEST COMMENTARY: Criminal justice must remain nonpartisan

During the primary election season there was much discussion regarding whether bipartisanship is a positive or negative attribute as it relates to the work of the U.S. Congress.

May 17, 2012 12:00 am
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