Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 Indiana House Bill 1132 - Juvenile Justice Evaluation Commission

Indiana HB1132 has been introduced by Representative Cherrish Pryor to create the Juvenile Justice Evaluation Commission. The first section of this bill would amend IC 2-5-2.1-1 by adding the Juvenile Justice Evaluation Commission to the list of committees established under IC 2-5 which also include the Youth Advisory Council [IC 2-5-29] and the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana [IC 2-5-36]. The Juvenile Justice Evaluation Commission would be established under a new section, IC 2-5-37, which is the second section of the bill.

The purpose of the Juvenile Justice Evaluation Commission is to evaluate the juvenile justice laws of Indiana and make recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly for modification of the juvenile justice laws, if the commission determines that changes are necessary or appropriate.

The progenitor for the proposed commission is the Children's Policy and Law Initiative. This is a collective of individuals, policy-makers, and various stakeholders associated with juvenile justice and well-being matters. The commission would be similar in structure and process to the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana but is attuned to the etiology of children entering the juvenile justice system. As will be possible, and as I have done with the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana, the proposed Juvenile Justice Evaluation Commission will provide opportunities for members of the public to provide their input. Although not provided for in the rubric of the commissions, attendance at the commission meetings provides the atmosphere for informal discussion on relevant issues.

I laud Representative Pryor for her past efforts to ameliorate the adversities youth in Indiana face and support this legislation which she has proposed.

The commission shall submit a final report of the results of its study to the legislative council before November 1, 2016. The sunset clause in this bill provides that this chapter expires December 31, 2016.

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