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.
Everyone knows domestic violence is a major problem, but determining the right response requires careful consideration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Indiana's criminal code, no less than any other mechanism, requires periodic maintenance.
Indiana needs sentencing reform to restore balance to the criminal justice system. House Bill 1006 offers the right road map for change.
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.
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.
A recent Indiana Department of Correction report shows Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties are to be commended for their community corrections programs. We concur.
DaLita Scott saw athlete after athlete declare criminal justice as a college major, and thought it was too easy.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Prairie State College is hosting a Community Criminal Justice Summit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10.
SCHERERVILLE | Police arrested a Lake Central High student at the school Friday on suspicion of marijuana possession and dealing.
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.
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.
CHICAGO | Phyllis Palmer said she feels isolated living in Chicago's Golden Gate neighborhood, which lies 20 miles south of downtown, just six miles from the Indiana border and west of Altgeld Gardens. And the disconnect she senses runs deeper than distance.
Garfield Park, part of the Harrison police district, is one of the neighborhoods receiving more police officers as part of the violence reduction initiative. The initiative is targeting the Englewood and Harrison police districts.
Indiana officials went into this year's session of the Indiana General Assembly with a solid proposal for comprehensive sentencing reform. It is unfortunate that the plan died in the partisan free-for-all.
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