The Indiana Department of Correction is nearing the end of a long process that began in September 2012 and will hopefully result in revised juvenile detention standards in Indiana. The proposed rule will repeal 210 Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) 6 and will adopt 210 IAC 8, which consists of 303 standards, including 26 mandatory compliance standards. The biggest changes were to the areas of education, medical care, and mental health care.
In developing the proposed standards, the multidisciplinary advisory committee considered standards recommended by the American Correctional Association, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the Performance-based Standards, and many others.
A public hearing was held on October 31, 2014, to give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed rules and any fiscal impact that may result from implementation of the rules. The only people who were in attendance were members of the advisory committee and related staff. No members of the public appeared.
The next step in the process is to finalize the language and submit the proposed rule to the Attorney General’s Office for review. If approved, the rule will be forwarded to the Governor’s Office. The hope is that this process will move quickly and be completed by the end of 2014.