Written by: Mindi Goodpaster, MCCOY’s Public Policy & Advocacy Director
Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code
- Alcohol and opioid dependence in criminal justice
- Report concerning the Indiana Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana
- The availability of the juvenile indigent defense
- Concerns relating to racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system
- Juvenile detention issues
o The status of the Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
o Proposed amendments to IC 31-37-22-5 to preclude status offenders from being sent to DOC
o Inappropriate referrals to juvenile justice system
- The use of risk assessment techniques in juvenile delinquency dispositional determinations and case planning
- The application of restorative justice principles in juvenile delinquency cases
o Victim Offender Restoration Program
- Juvenile justice caselaw and statutes
o Recent United States Supreme Court decisions relating to juvenile justice
o Amending statutes regarding juvenile court jurisdiction and waiver of jurisdiction
o Expanding interrogation protections for juveniles (J.D.B. v. North Carolina, 131 S.Ct 2394 (2011))
- Law enforcement training regarding juveniles
- Juvenile justice reform nationally
- Education and training for juvenile court judges
- The Indiana Juvenile Mental Screening, Assessment and Treatment Project
Interim Study Committee on Education
- Discussion of student discipline and the suspension, expulsion, or exclusion of a student from school
- Discussion Prekindergarten and Early Learning
o The feasibility of obtaining a block grant and necessary waivers under the federal Head Start program under 42 U.S.C, 9831 et seq. to establish an early learning scholarship program or another type of alternative program.
o The feasibility of obtaining a Child Care and Development Block Grant under 72 U.S.C. 9858 et seq. or other federal funds to fund prekindergarten or early learning education programs in Indiana.
o Options for funding prekindergarten or early learning programs, including opportunities to partner with business, philanthropic, or community leaders.
o Whether other state have developed rigorous accountability standards for prekindergarten or early education.
o Parental Involvement opportunities to prepare children for education outside the educational environment, including the benefits of reading to a child.
o Opportunities to equip parents with skills necessary to improve the parents’ ability to contribute to their child’s early education.
o The economic benefits of prekindergarten or early learning.
· Next Meeting: October 22, 9 a.m. in Room 404
o Topic: Need for an Early College High School program and the Committee’s final report