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Indiana

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Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana (CPLI) advocates for systemic changes in laws and governmental responses so that they promote healthy outcomes and ensure that the treatment of troubled children is just and age-appropriate. CPLI is seeking to reform laws and policies that contribute to the criminalization of children in Indiana.

Primary Contact Name: JauNae Hanger

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Phone: 317-357-0903

Website: www.cpliofindiana.org 


Legislation

  • Bill Number: SB 160

    Type of Reform

    Transfer Reform - Creates a mechanism in the law to return a child who is 16 years or older and is tried unsuccesfully under the direct file statute, back to juvenile court when the child is found guilty on "non-direct: file offenses.

    Year: 2016

  • Bill Number: 1108 – WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Detention Reform - Criminal courts can consider alternative sentencing which allows a judge to send youth convicted as an adult into a state-run juvenile correctional facility for appropriate supervision and rehabilitative treatment until the youth turns 18

    Year: 2013

  • Bill Number: H 1304 – WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Transfer Reform - requires the criminal justice institute to track the number of juveniles in adult court;  If a sixteen or seventeen year old child is arrested for any of the listed crimes, the child is taken to the jail — not the juvenile detention center — and any charges are filed in criminal court and not juvenile court.  The requested data would shed light on the number of children who automatically are treated as adults due to these “direct file” charges. Also modifies the minimum age for certain types of waiver to criminal court.

    Year: 2015

  • Bill Number: SB 42

    Type of Reform

    Prohibits pre-trial detention. Creates criteria for placement in adult facility: youth (1) violates probation; or (2) adjudicated delinquent for three prior unrelated acts that would be crimes if committed by an adult, at least one of which would be a felony. Reporting requirement.

    Year: Introduced in 2016


Reports

  • 2011 Report and Recommendations

    A statewide collaboration to screen and connect youth to mental health care upon entry into Indiana juvenile detention facilities.