Indiana

NYTimes editorial supports Indiana sentencing reforms

BY Jon Mosher on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Last week, we noted an important effort to keep non-violent offenders out of Indiana's prisons system as a solution to the state's budget woes. On Monday, the New York Times published an editorial supporting those reforms, and praised Gov. Mitch Daniels' leadership in this effort. Well worth the read.

Indiana Chief Justice supports state's reclassification efforts

BY Jon Mosher on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Indiana's chief justice during his annual State of the Judiciary Speech backs criminal justice reforms that propose to keep non-violent offenders out of the prisons system, reports the Indianapolis Star.  "Making good decisions about which offenders are so risky that a prison bed is the only sound solution and which ones can be treated adequately through local alternatives makes all the difference in the world for public safety, recidivism rates, employability of offenders and the dollars we spend on corrections."

Gideon Alert: The “Indiana Model” creates unequal representation

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Indiana has a strong home-rule tradition, favoring local autonomy over state control in many governmental facets. Indigent defense in the state is organized at the county level, and historically representation has been provided most typically by part-time public defenders operating under contract.