Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Annual Evaluation of Indiana’s Criminal Code Reform

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Indiana Criminal Justice Institute on 12/01/2017

House Enrolled Act 1006 (HEA1006; July 1, 2014), also known as Public Law 168, mandates that the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) provide a comprehensive annual report of HEA1006’s impact on the Indiana criminal justice system. Annual reports in 2015 and 2016 were completed by the Sagamore Institute.  ICJI sought to build on the Sagamore Institute’s impressive body of knowledge from the previous two years. This report represents the year three evaluation of HEA1006.

Pursuant to HEA1006, ICJI gathered and analyzed data from the Department of  Correction and Community Corrections, courts, probation, and county jails. Further, ICJI sought out the voices of criminal justice, mental health, and addictions practitioners at local and state levels in public and private agencies to contextualize the story of Indiana criminal code reform through surveys and focus groups.

This report has four main goals. First, ICJI wanted to continue to build on the body of knowledge created by the Sagamore Institute. As was noted by Sagamore, these reports can only provide  information on preliminary trends due to considerable and ongoing legislative changes.  Second, ICJI sought to provide information gleaned from criminal justice stakeholders by engaging criminal justice practitioners working at every stage of the criminal process. These stakeholders include, but are not limited to, sheriff’s departments and county jails, Department of Correction (DOC), Community Corrections, county probation departments, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Department of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), and mental health and addictions service providers. Third, this report aims to make recommendations for change through identifying key strengths and ongoing challenges from HEA1006 felt at all levels of the criminal justice system. Finally, this report builds on previously documented limitations and identifies new limitations in evaluating criminal justice reform in Indiana.