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{OPM Criminal Justice Bulletin}

 January 20, 2011

In this Issue...


Indiana's Answer to Prison Costs

Message from Mike Lawlor

Articles of Interest

In this bulletin I'd like to share a few articles that may be of interest in hopes that it may generate discussion on these topics. Let me know your ideas or any suggestions you may have.


Mike Lawlor
Under Secretary
Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division
State Office of Policy and Management



CSG Justice Center Announces Six Law Enforcement Agencies to Become National Learning Sites on Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses

"There is nothing more tragic than seeing someone with a mental illness become involved with the criminal justice system primarily because he or she has not received adequate treatment in the community,” said Indianapolis Public Safety Director and Justice Center board member Frank Straub. “The learning site project creates a forum for policing officials to learn from one another how to prevent those rare, but horrific encounters that result in injury or death; reduce repeat calls that take officers off the streets for long periods; and better link individuals to services when appropriate."
The six learning sites will host site visits from interested colleagues and other local and state government officials over a two-year period, answer questions from the field, and work with Justice Center staff to develop materials for practitioners and their community partners.

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Indiana Corrections Report Addresses Rising Prison Population

“If we are going to get corrections costs under control and achieve savings, we need to understand what’s at the core of the problem,” said Representative Ralph Foley (R). "This analysis makes it clear that by investing in effective community services and better coordinating our systems, we can safely reduce our prison population and demonstrate fiscal responsibility." The report identifies three key challenges facing Indiana, with supporting data and findings:

1. Indiana’s one---size---fits---all drug sentencing laws have led to even minor, nonviolent drug offenders’ spending more time behind bars than some violent and sex offenders.
2. Probation and parole agencies are not well coordinated; people sentenced to community supervision are routinely monitored by multiple agencies, wasting valuable resources and undercutting public safety goals.

3. People who have committed crimes and have substance use disorders, mental health issues or little education have limited access to programs, outside of the Indiana Department of Correction, that reduce their likelihood of reoffending.

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Indiana’s Answer to Prison Costs - NY Times

Governors seeking wisdom on how to proceed could start by looking at what Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, is trying to accomplish in Indiana. The centerpiece of Mr. Daniels’s approach is a set of reforms governing sentencing and parole. Judges would be allowed to fit sentences to crimes and have the flexibility to impose shorter sentences for nonviolent offenses. A poorly structured parole system would be reorganized to focus on offenders who actually present a risk to public safety.
Addicts would be given drug treatment to try to make them less likely to be rearrested. And there would be incentives for towns to handle low-level offenders instead of sending them into more costly state prisons.
Mr. Daniels devoted the last year to building a wide political consensus behind these ideas, beginning with a study from the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a prison policy group that has helped several states revise their corrections strategies.
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