The Department of Corrections has increased mental health care for inmates and is building additional housing at the Pendleton Correctional Facility.
The Vera Institute for Justice is studying the effects Indiana's expanded visiting hours are having on incarcerated youth.
The dogs are trained to sniff out cell phone materials, batteries and SIM cards to keep the devices from entering the state's prisons.
The lawsuit is being filed after a judge ruled inmates at a federal prison must be allowed the right to group prayer.
Gov. Mike Pence says if former convicts are employed, they are less likely to return to jail, which saves the state money.
In 2012, 34 percent of juvenile offenders were rearrested within three years, compared to 39.2 percent in 2010.
The ACLU is arguing the Department of Corrections does not provide adequate services for mentally ill people who come under their watch.
The number of prison inmates is actually one percent below its peak in 2010.
Under a proposal presented to the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission, the Department of Corrections would approve which courses inmates can take for credit.
Indiana’s jails have phased out a set of standards that was two decades old.