Author Archives: Lakisha Fisher

Agreement stops Marion County Sheriff from holding immigrants for ICE

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The Indiana Lawyer

July 12, 2017

Marilyn Odendahl

An agreement between the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis will stop the Marion County Sheriff’s Department from detaining immigrants for the federal government. The stipulated final judgment and order for permanent injunction was filed Monday in the case, Antonio Lopez-Aguilar v. Marion County Sheriff’s Department, et al., 1:16-cv-2457, pending in the U.S. District […]

Indianapolis Hires First Director of Re-entry

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The Indiana Lawyer

06/15/2017

An administrator with the Marion County Public Defender Agency has been named the first director of re-entry for the city of Indianapolis’ Office of Health and Public Safety. Brooke Daunhauer, currently social service administrator with the public defender agency, will fill the new position, Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Thursday. Daunhauer will work to connect those […]

Justices will decide whether sending sexually explicit images to teens is legal

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The Indiana Lawyer

05/08/2017

IL Staff

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to answer the question of whether sending sexually explicit photos to 16- and 17-year-olds is permissible under state law after granting transfer to a case involving that issue last week. In its February opinion in State of Indiana v. Sameer Girish Thakar, 29S02-1705-CR-284, the Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously […]

Appellate Court Affirms Teenager’s Delinquency Adjudication

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The Indiana Lawyer

April 13, 2017

Olivia Covington

The Marion Superior Court properly adjudicated an Indianapolis teenager as a delinquent on theft and trespassing charges, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Thursday, holding the court’s true findings were supported by sufficient evidence. In December 2015, Lashawn Rogers was at an Indianapolis gas station buying cookies for her granddaughter when she tripped over a […]

COA rejects ineffective counsel claim based on judge’s sentencing practices

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The Indiana Lawyer

03/15/2017

Olivia Covington

A man who pleaded guilty to child molesting cannot prove that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday, but the post-conviction court must still address the issue of whether his plea was voluntary. In Gary Hanks v. State of Indiana, 10A01-1604-PC-690, Gary Hanks was charged with one count […]

Link between addiction, criminal justice discussed with legislators

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Indiana Lawyer

1/2/2017

Olivia Covington

In Indianapolis, a person is more likely to die from a drug-related incident than a car crash. Chris Naylor, assistant executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, shared that statistic and other drug-related facts with the members of the Indiana House Courts and Criminal Code Committee at a meeting Wednesday. Representatives from the state’s […]

Southern Indiana jail makes changes after reality show

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Indiana Lawyer

November 14, 2016

A southern Indiana jail has made changes including additional officers and more resources for inmates after letting a cable television program film for four months inside its walls, a sheriff said. The Clark County Jail also has added two body scanners to better detect weapons, drugs and other contraband being smuggled into the jail, Sheriff […]

Justices Say Inmates Can’t Sue Private Employer for Unpaid Wages During Incarceration

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/12/2016

The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer and affirmed Wednesday a trial court’s decision to dismiss a complaint seeking unpaid wages brought by inmates who claim they were underpaid while working for a private company while they were in prison. During their incarceration at the Indiana Department of Correction’s Correctional Industrial Facility, inmates Chuck Adams and […]

Bail Reforms Encourage Risk Assessments In Pretrial Release Decisions

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The Indiana Lawyer

September 7, 2016

As part of an effort to reform the state’s bail system and reduce recidivism rates, the Indiana Supreme Court has adopted a new criminal rule to encourage the prompt release of arrestees who do not pose a significant threat to public safety. Through Criminal Rule 26, which can be read here, the Supreme Court is […]

Thinking For a Change 4.0

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Within the past few months the National Institute of Corrections has released an update to Thinking for a Change, transitioning from 3.1 to 4.0. Webinars will include information about the transition from Thinking for a Change 3.1 to the updated 4.0 materials, as well as a refresher on program standards.  Only those instructors who complete the […]

Can Indiana Trade Overcrowded Jails for Treatment Reform

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Indy Star

July 10, 2016

Madeline Buckley and Kristina Guerra

Two years ago, Ashley Sorrel wore a hospital gown inside the Marion County Jail, with twigs and dirt snarled in her hair and 92 stitches stretched across her body. Hours before, Sorrel, now 29, led Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers on a high-speed chase after she was caught stealing FedEx packages from residential porches to pay for her drug habit. Sorrel crashed, […]

Making an Impact with Justice in Mind

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The Indiana Lawyer

June 15, 2016

Marilyn Odendahl

Perseverance paid off for a group that is teaching children there are better ways to resolve their disputes than by clenching their fist and throwing a punch. The Peace Learning Center, a nonprofit focused on conflict resolution, is the 2015 recipient of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Impact Fund Grant. Since 2011, the grant program has […]

Pilot Evaluating People for Pre-Trial Release Nears Start

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The Indiana Lawyer

April 6, 2016

Marilyn Odendahl

The days of detaining arrestees solely because they cannot afford bail could be coming to an end in Indiana. A pilot project is getting ready to launch that will test the use and effectiveness of a risk-assessment tool in determining which offenders can be released on their own recognizance. Nine counties have been selected as […]

Grant Program Working to Keep Low Level Criminals Out of Prison

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Indiana Court Times

January 25, 2016

Jennifer Bauer

  The Indiana General Assembly focused on criminal code reform during the 2014 and 2015 legislative sessions. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1006, authored both years by Representative Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, rewrote criminal penalties and sentencing statutes to keep low-level offenders in local communities where they will have better access to mental health and substance abuse […]

Senator Merritt Proposes New Bills to Tackle Drug Epidemic

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Indiana Public Media

01/12/2016

Jill Sheridan

Photo: Gretchen Frazee The state voted last year to expand Indiana’s Lifeline Law to include drug overdoses. Six more bills to address drug addiction in Indiana were added to the legislative agenda on Monday. State Sen. Jim Merritt (R- Fall Creek) pointed to the state’s drug epidemic as he announced his proposals. “We all know we […]