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Public News Service - IN: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: The divide between police and their communities, and what can be done about it, is the topic of an expert panel at Indiana University Northwest. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile.

GARY, Ind. - Calls for better accountability among those sworn to protect their communities have followed the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Today in Gary, a panel of Indiana experts and leaders gathers to discuss the tension and controversy - and what could be done about it. Jane

PHOTO: While Indiana is on the forefront of juvenile justice reform, an analysis of efforts to provide mental health screenings to detained youths in the state finds more services and consistency are needed. Photo credit: Skiddie2003/Wikimedia.

INDIANAPOLIS - While Indiana is ahead of the curve when it comes to juvenile justice reform, a new study in the American Journal of Public Health indicates there remains room for improvement. As part of the study, the stays of more than 25,000 juveniles were examined. Indiana is one of only two sta

PHOTO: Indiana is ranked third in the nation for reports of bullying, and experts say both bullies and their targets can face long-term consequences if the problem isn't addressed early on. Photo credit: Anita Peppers/morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS - With students back in class, efforts are ramping up to stop incidents of bullying. Indiana recently was aranked by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the third-worst state for bullying behaviors, with an estimated one in four Indiana children saying he or she h

PHOTO: Those who work to prevent sexual assault in Indiana say they are disappointed that Gov. Mike Pence has chosen not to comply with federal standards to prevent prison rape. Photo credit: Kevin Connors/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Concerns are being raised about Gov. Mike Pence's refusal to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. Indiana's governor has told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that meeting the federal mandate isn't feasible because the standards are too expensive to enforce. But Chri

PHOTO: Sexual violence is a growing problem in Indiana; the state leads the nation in numbers of sexual assaults against teens. Photo by: Anita Peppers.

INDIANAPOLIS - More than one woman in five in Indiana is a rape victim, and more than two in five have been sexually assaulted. Despite the alarming numbers, getting help in recovery can be difficult. According to Anita Carpenter, who heads the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, in nearly hal

PHOTO: A hearing will be held today on Senate Bill 101, which could make felons out of whistleblowers exposing unethical or illegal activities on industrial farms. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Schatzmann.

INDIANAPOLIS - So-called "Ag-gag" legislation is once again on the table at the Indiana State House. A hearing will be held today on Senate Bill 101, which could make felons of whistle-blowers exposing unethical or illegal activities on industrial farms. According to Matthew Dominguez, policy mana

PHOTO: A year after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Indiana mothers continue their work to encourage stronger gun safety laws. Photo courtesy of Moms Demand Action.

INDIANAPOLIS – Moms from Indiana and across the country are marking the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Formed by an Indiana mom in the wake of the mass shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 first graders, Moms Demand Action now has mo

PHOTO: A program that helps to improve outcomes for children in trouble while ensuring public safety is expanding in Indiana. Photo of Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David courtesy of courts.IN.gov.

INDIANAPOLIS - Sometimes children in trouble need secure detention, but other times there are alternatives. In Indiana, The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is helping to ensure that children are placed in the right place for the right reasons and the right amount of time. Develop

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