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To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests

CHICAGO | Desperate to curb the gun violence wracking their city, Chicago lawmakers are leading the way toward a counterintuitive idea — fighting crime by making it easier for young people to wipe away minor arrest records.

July 22, 2014 1:51 pm
Appeals court: No judicial discretion in some expungement cases

Appeals court: No judicial discretion in some expungement cases

INDIANAPOLIS | Judges do not have discretion to deny a valid request for expungement of a low-level felony or misdemeanor criminal record, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

April 17, 2014 6:00 pm Related

State lawmakers send more measures to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House and Senate met briefly Thursday to give final approval to another batch of legislation that now goes to Republican Gov. Mike Pence for his signature or veto.

March 06, 2014 6:15 pm

Child tan ban, cursive writing mandate approved by Senate

INDIANAPOLIS | More than two dozen legislative proposals were separately approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled House and Senate, sending them across the Statehouse rotunda and into the opposite chamber.

January 23, 2014 3:39 pm Related

State develops sample petitions to guide expungement requests

INDIANAPOLIS | State court officials released sample petitions Friday that Hoosiers can follow to begin the process of expunging their criminal records, though consulting an attorney before submitting the documents is still recommended.

August 16, 2013 11:35 am Related

Indiana's two-year budget, plethora of new laws take effect July 1

INDIANAPOLIS | Happy fiscal new year, Hoosiers!

June 30, 2013 7:00 pm

EDITORIAL: Rehabilitated criminals need second chance

Getting and keeping a job can help keep reformed criminals out of prison. The honest income makes a difference. But a criminal record can be a barrier to employment. Some employers are naturally skittish about hiring ex-convicts.

June 17, 2013 12:00 am

Pence OKs new criminal code, expungement law

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has approved two of the most significant changes to Indiana's criminal law in decades.

May 06, 2013 5:47 pm Related

Plan for unlicensed school chiefs heads to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 55-40 Monday to allow school corporations to hire any person as superintendent so long as he or she has a master's degree in any subject.

April 22, 2013 4:06 pm Related

Texting while driving ban, other new laws take effect Friday

INDIANAPOLIS | Text messaging for some Hoosiers may get very expensive starting Friday when a new state law banning texting while driving takes effect.

June 30, 2011 6:00 pm

Law may help offender clean slate

GARY | William Bolden said he has been crack-free for 11 years, and now he wants to be a drug counselor for those struggling with addiction.

June 18, 2011 6:45 pm
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