Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

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Three out of every four Indiana jails are overcrowded, according to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

The majority of sheriffs say their inmate population has increased significantly since the passage of a criminal code revision nearly four years ago. And some are trying to find local solutions before they’re hit with a lawsuit.

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A report from the Governor’s State Highway Association estimating the nation will see a 10 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities between 2014 and 2015 made waves earlier this month.

Data from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute indicates the state saw nearly twice that increase in the same time period.

Richard Retting, who works for Sam Swartz Consulting and served as the lead author of the GSHA fatality report, says one would need to go back nearly 20 years to see similar fatality numbers.

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After a year of struggling to bring an HIV epidemic under control, the Scott County city of Austin is now confronting a problem of police manpower.

Austin has six officers for a city of 4,300. However, police say federal standards suggest the city should have twice that much manpower.

Mayor Doug Campbell says the police force has been undermanned for years, even before the drug problem blamed for the HIV outbreak led to more police calls too.

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Indiana and the U.S. are seeing an uptick in traffic deaths in the first half of the year.

The National Safety Council says fatalities are up 14-percent nationwide. Indiana's 356 deaths represent a 23-percent increase, and the highest six-month total in three years.

Criminal Justice Institute Grants To Quintuple In 2015

Jun 22, 2015
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is giving out five times more funding this year than it did last year.     

The federal government gave the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute $40 million this year -- up from $8 million in 2014.

Criminal justice Institute Spokesman Adam Baker says the institute plans to hand out that money in the form of grants to local organizations around the state.

“A grant like this, let alone an increase of such monumental proportion allows us to even better our relation with our service providers,” Baker says.

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Domestic violence prevention advocates expressed outrage in the last couple of weeks after perceived cuts to domestic violence funding by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the state agency responsible for distributing those dollars.

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Advocates for victims of domestic violence say the state will consider cutting money to programs for those victims. The state agency in charge of the money says it isn‘t true.