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New foreclosure-prevention initiative announced

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To encourage more eligible Hoosiers to participate in settlement conferences when facing mortgage foreclosures, a new program involving the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network was announced today in Fort Wayne.

Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced the partnership that implements new procedures with the hope there will be more settlement conferences and more success stories, which could include the homeowner keeping the house, a short sale, or a deed transfer.

For instance, in Fort Wayne, Allen Superior Judge Nancy E. Boyer started a pilot program in February. Instead of only receiving a number of documents from the court that include information about how to participate in a settlement conference, a facilitator will call the homeowners to explain what they need to know and answer any questions they might have at that time.

A coordinator has been helping courts around the state to set up programs that vary by county, based on specific needs. Courts in other counties, including St. Joseph and Marion, have or soon will start similar programs in April, followed by Monroe County this summer. The program will add other counties in the next few months.

Last summer, the Supreme Court and Indiana Pro Bono Commission worked with plan administrators to train about 1,000 attorneys, mediators, and judges on how mortgage foreclosure settlement conferences work, but there has been a low participation rate among homeowners.

An in-depth article about the new program will be in the April 28-May 11, 2010, edition of Indiana Lawyer.

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  1. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  2. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

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  4. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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