HB 1010 would establish a 22-member Juvenile Justice Evaluation Commission that would be charged with evaluating the juvenile justice laws in Indiana. If changes are necessary or appropriate, recommendations would be made to the General Assembly for modifications to the juvenile justice laws.
This commission is needed and mirrors the goals of the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee.
There are currently several committees and commissions that address various aspects of the needs of children and the applicable juvenile laws, but there is nothing that focuses specifically on the juvenile justice laws. Currently, the Commission on Improving the Status of Children is focusing on services for children and children who are found in meth labs. The Department of Child Services Oversight Committee is primarily focused on CHINS cases, and only peripherally delinquency services. Other groups are more specialized, such as the Indiana Commission Developmental Disabilities, the Indiana Commission on Autism, the Commission on Mental Health and Addiction, and the School Safety Interim Study Committee.