First DUI in Indiana? You may need an ignition interlock.

There's no such thing as a mulligan when it comes to ignition interlock devices and DUI convictions in Indiana anymore. Indiana Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill that requires the installation of ignition interlock devices into the vehicles of those convicted of a first driving under the influence (DU...

What post conviction relief remedies are there in Indiana?

For many people, facing the criminal justice system is a daunting event which might result in life-changing consequences. A conviction can mean incarceration, fines, restitution or community service. It is not uncommon for people to pursue an appeal to change a negative outcome. For many, however, a...

Nun’s DWI/DUI case noteworthy for myriad reasons

Some of our readers across Indiana might find the above blog post headline to be a bit jarring, given the immediate disconnect that logically seems to exist between nuns and drunk driving charges. We submit that any such discordance serves well to underscore an initial and fundamental point about d...

A movement to end solitary confinement for juveniles

Stop Solitary for Kids is a campaign that focuses on alternatives for children and teenagers housed in juvenile detention centers. Through public awareness, staff training, and local, state and federal policy and legislation models, the initiative's goal is to end solitary confinement for incarcerat...

Topical look: drug courts as alternatives to incarceration

As noted in a recent media story, Indiana officials have been long-time adherents of drug courts, with the state first establishing such entities a generation ago, back in 1996. Unfortunately, one of those courts is now scheduled to close. The rationale behind drug courts is direct and simple, and...