Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana
410 North Audubon Road
Indianapolis, IN 46219
JauNae Hanger, President
Brandie Oliver, Board of Directors Chair
Joshua Sprunger, Board of Directors Vice-Chair
Sandy Runkle, Public Policy Committee Chair, Education
Valerie Boots, Decriminalization of Youth Work Group Co-Chair
Fran Watson, Decriminalization of Youth Work Group Co-Chair
CPLI seeks to reform the culture and public policy surrounding children in Indiana to be age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate and respectful of civil and human rights.
Additional Material from CPLI:
- CPLI Newsletter, Fall 2013
- Decriminalization of Youth Work Group: Draft Recommendations
- Equitable School Discipline Work Group: Draft Recommendations
- Indiana Court Times:Juvenile Law Edition
- Program Agenda: Summit on Equitable School Discipline and Decriminalizaton of Children
YOUTH JUSTICE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE ALUMNI MEMBERS
LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center
Areas of Expertise: juvenile detention reform, racial/ethnic disparities (i.e., disproportionate minority contact).
Bio: Ms. Erika C. Stallworth is currently the executive director of the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center (JSC), a 36 bed shelter care and detention facility for at-risk and children in need of services. Prior to this, Ms. Stallworth served as assistant director, counseling supervisor, caseworker, and youth specialist worker; all within the JSC. Ms. Stallworth holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Spelman College, a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has a certificate in child and family law and is licensed to practice law in the state of Indiana. Ms. Stallworth serves on several community boards, including Family Advocates, Inc. (formerly LaPorte County Harmony House/Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)), and the LaPorte County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Steering Committee. She is an alumni Fellow of the National Juvenile Justice Network's Youth Leadership Institute and serves on NJJN's advisory committee. She is a founding board member of the Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana (see above), a non-profit dedicated to protecting the rights of children. In 2008, Ms. Stallworth was appointed by the Indiana Speaker of the House of Representatives to serve on the Governor's Commission on Disproportionality in Youth Services. In addition to her role at the JSC and practicing law, Ms. Stallworth is also a part-time photographer, something that brings her great joy.
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An article about the shift in American juvenile Justices systems as child advocates calls for restorative justice to better keep children out of the adult system. This includes the passage of Paul's Law.
Report on the Evaluation of Judicially Led Responses to Eliminate School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System
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Report on judicially-led collaboratives to reduce stringent school discipline and referrals of youth to juvenile courts for school-based behaviors. Discusses findings and some lessons learned. (Copyright 2015, released in June 2016.)
Indiana recently passed a bill into law (S.B. 160) that creates a “reverse transfer” mechanism for adult courts to return youth charged as adults pursuant to Indiana’s Direct File Statute to the youth justice system.
News, resources, and opportunities in the field of youth justice reform - November, 2015.
News story on efforts to address Indiana's school-to-prison pipeline. NJJN member, Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana, interviewed.
Agenda for the Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana's Summit on Equitable School Discipline and Decriminalization of Children.
The Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana's Decriminalization of Youth Workgroup penned this document highlighting key issues and recommendations to reform the youth justice system in Indiana.
The Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana's School Discipline Workgroup summarized central issues and recommendations for reforming school discipline policy in Indiana.
Data on school discipline collected by member organization the Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana.
Interview with Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana board chair JauNae Hanger about the organization's recent and upcoming reform work.
Children's Policy and Law Initiative (NJJN's Indiana member) Spring Newsletter 2014
Children's Policy and Law Initiative (NJJN's Indiana member) Summer Newsletter 2014.
The Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana (CPLI) held a summit on equitable school discipline last month. This article summarizes the primary speakers and panels, and directs readers to more information at CPLI's website.
Under a new Indiana law, individuals can petition to have their juvenile records sealed if the arrest did not result in an adjudication or if the adjudication was overturned on appeal. If these criteria are met and the individual has no pending charges, the court must seal the records. H.E.A 1482/P.L. 159-2013, signed into law May 6, 2013; effective July 1, 2013.
The Indiana General Assembly established the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana (CISC), charged with studying and evaluating services for vulnerable youth, promoting information-sharing and best practices, and reviewing and making recommendations concerning pending legislation. The 18-member commission consists of leadership from all three branches of government and includes representatives from the juvenile justice system. Its stated priorities include expanding juvenile justice reform and improving data sharing, communication, and collaboration across child-serving agencies. The commission’s Cross-System Youth Task Force is working to expand JDAI, increase alternatives to detention for youth with mental health issues, improve transitions for youth leaving the juvenile justice system, and improve coordination and develop polices to better meet the needs of dually-adjudicated youth. S.E.A. 125/P.L. 119-2013, signed into law April 30, 2013; effective July 1, 2013.
The Indiana General Assembly established the Commission on Seclusion and Restraint in Schools, charged with adopting rules concerning the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. The legislation required the commission to develop a model restraint and seclusion plan by August 1, 2013. The model plan focuses on prevention, use of positive behavior interventions and supports, teacher training, parental notification, and use of restraints and seclusion only as a last resort and for as short a time as possible. The model plan states that seclusion and restraint must never be used as punishment or discipline, as a means of coercion or retaliation, or as a convenience. All schools were required to adopt a seclusion and restraint plan by July 1, 2014. S.E.A. 345/P.L. 122-2013, signed into law April 30, 2013
Indiana created new sentencing alternatives for youth who have been waived to adult criminal court or who are tried as adults under the direct file statute. The court may now sentence youth in the criminal division, suspend the criminal sentence, and place the youth in the Division of Youth Services, making completion of placement in a juvenile facility a condition of the suspended criminal sentence. Prior to this law, youth transferred to adult court could not be placed in a juvenile facility. After the youth turns 18, the court must hold a review hearing prior to his or her 19th birthday to decide whether to continue the youth in juvenile placement (until age 21 at the latest), discharge the youth because sentencing objectives have been met, carry out the remaining sentence in an adult facility, or place the youth in an alternative sentencing program such as probation, home detention, or community corrections. H.E.A 1108/P.L. 104-2013, signed into law April 29, 2013; effective July 1, 2013.
Indiana Department of Corrections Announces Closure of Northeast Juvenile Correctional Facility, Press Release, May 29, 2010
The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) shut down the Northeast Indiana Juvenile Correctional Facility on May 29, 2010 due to dramatic reductions in commitments to the facility—from a peak of over 100 youth in 2008/2009 to approximately 45 youth in May 2010. IDOC has worked closely with the juvenile courts to establish appropriate community-based diversion programs aimed at reducing commitments to secure confinement. Through these efforts, the overall juvenile population in IDOC facilities has been reduced from over 1,400 youth in July 2004 to approximately 750 youth in May 2010. IDOC estimates that it will realize approximately $4 million in annual savings from the closure of the Northeast Indiana Juvenile Correctional Facility.
The work group will study and recommend training curricula to the Indiana law enforcement academy concerning law enforcement officer interactions with juveniles; study and recommend guidelines for school districts to adopt to reduce juvenile involvement in the juvenile justice system; and study the use of zero tolerance policies by schools and the impact that zero tolerance policies have for youth involvement in the juvenile justice system, among other tasks.
The Indiana General Assembly created the Law Enforcement, School Policing, and Youth Work Group to study and make specific recommendations concerning law enforcement and school policing. The work group must submit an annual report, including recommendations on how law enforcement agencies can improve interactions with youth; how law enforcement agencies and schools can collaborate to reduce youth involvement in the juvenile justice system; use of security guards in schools; and zero tolerance policies. The legislation additionally requires schools to annually report to the state on student arrests; the use of school police departments and security guards; and whether schools have an agreement with a law enforcement agency concerning arresting students on school corporation property.
The Board for the Coordination of Programs Serving Vulnerable Individuals, established by the legislature, will oversee the implementation of the recommendations made by Indiana’s Commission on Disproportionality in Youth Services.
Indiana Provides for Suspension, Rather than Termination, of Medicaid for Incarcerated Youth, H.B. 1536
Prior to the passage of a new law in Indiana, the Division of Family Resources terminated Medicaid eligibility for all youth adjudicated delinquent and placed in confinement, delaying receipt of health services for youth upon reentry. Under the new law, the Division of Family Resources must suspend—not terminate—their Medicaid eligibility during the first six months of confinement, allowing for quicker and easier reenrollment after release.
Breaking the Cycle of Abuse in Juvenile Facilities, Barry Krisberg, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Report focusing on abuse of youth in custody in California, Texas, Florida, and Indiana. Reviews data on abuse of youth in juvenile facilities and calls attention to areas where data is lacking.
Commission on Disproportionality in Youth Services Recommendations, Indiana, Commission on Disproportionality in Youth Services
Report to the governor and general assembly on juvenile justice, mental health, education, and child welfare services. The report contains 74 recommendations, including a call to amend the Indiana Code to have a non-discrimination principle.
Juveniles Escape Trial in Adult Court: Judges Face Quandary in Cases of Young, Violent Offenders, Jon Murray, The Indianapolis Star
Article highlighting the decisions of a Marion County judge, who since 2005 has declined to grant three waivers to prosecutors seeking to try youth charged with murder as adults.
Eliminates Indiana's "once waived, always waived" law for youth charged only with a misdemeanor.
Indiana Limits Definition of Sex Offender to Protect Youth through "Romeo and Juliet" Law, Indiana, H.B. 1386
Protects consenting teenagers by revising the definition of a sex offender to exempt a person convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor as a Class C felony if the person is less than five years older than the victim and the court finds that the person should not be required to register as a sex offender.
Establishes a Juvenile Reentry Court, which will offer a menu of reintegration services that may be required of any juvenile upon release.