The Indiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges says the state needs to put more money into providing public defenders for juveniles.
Sen. Jim Merritt plans to pursue gun violence legislation in response to what he calls a “crisis” in Indiana’s urban areas.
The Indiana General Assembly passed 224 laws this year, including a pre-k pilot program and changes to the state's criminal code.
The legislature met today to make technical corrections to bills that it passed earlier this year.
Indiana's General Assembly will meet June 17 to change the state's criminal code.
Proponents of the criminal code overhaul say more resources need to be allocated to lower recidivism rates.
Sponsors of the legislation say the key is to avoid amendments that enhance criminal penalties.
The proposal would require Indiana study the factors causing the state's high rate of sexual assault.
The top stories of 2013 include tornadoes that swept through the state and a new governor's first year in office.
Sen. Jim Merritt wants synthetic drug penalties on par with cocaine and heroin offenses.