Spotlight on prisoner commutations in select federal cases

Indiana's federal prisons are hardly distinguishable from their peer facilities across the country when it comes to this commonplace: a high percentage of the inmate population is comprised of individuals serving lengthy terms following their conviction on drug charges. And, notably, many of those...

Indiana police agencies busy in mass drug enforcement campaigns

Although Operation Blue Thunder might sound like a promising summer adventure movie, it actually signified something quite different last month in Indiana. Ditto Operation First Step. Those dual designations applied to massive drug enforcement campaigns in different parts of the state, respectivel...

Defending the rights of Indiana criminal defendants

Getting arrested and accused of committing a crime is frightening and demeaning on a very human level. First, accused persons are put into handcuffs, made to feel like criminals, and then they're taken to jail, where they will be subjected to invasive searches and may even have to spend the night th...

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...

Criminal law reform group to give Indiana some Twitter love

Thanks to the U.S. Justice Action Network (JAN), Indiana is in for a bit of warm fuzzies this month, as the reform group has recognized the state for its efforts to improve criminal sentencing and outcomes. That warmth might just morph into a bit of heat for the state's national legislators represe...