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Pence signs criminal code update, mental health witness bills into law

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Gov. Mike Pence this week has signed numerous bills into law, including the legislation that reconciles conflicts between HEA 1006-2013, which reformed the state’s criminal code, and other bills touching on criminal law.

Legislation Pence has signed include:
•    House Enrolled Act 1006, reconciles the technical and substantive conflicts between the criminal code legislation passed last year and other criminal law bills, as well as HEA 1269, a HEA 1006-2013 follow-up;
•    HEA 1008, publication of list of criminal offenses;
•    HEA 1155, expungement;
•    HEA 1347, Circuit Court clerk administrative matters, which also includes language on Indiana’s small claims courts;
•    Senate Enrolled Act 3, deals with the use and possession of firearms by judicial officers and battery on judicial officers;
•    SEA 36, probate, trust and transfer on death matters;
•    SEA 59, guardian filing for dissolution of marriage, which is a topic the Indiana Court of Appeals has addressed recently;
•    SEA 88, mental health witnesses in criminal cases;
•    SEA 138, victim advocates in civil proceedings; and
•    SEA 235, allows Marion Superior Court to establish a three-year mental health pilot project that requires community corrections to reduce recidivism by using evidence-based services, programs and practices.

The governor has seven days from receiving a bill to sign it or veto it. If he takes no action on it during that time frame, the bill automatically becomes law. A complete list of bills waiting for the governor’s signature is available on his Bill Watch page.
 

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

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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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