Category Archives: Crimes

SRO’s and Provocation Infraction Tickets

Kim Kilbride with the South Bend Tribune has written a detailed article about the practice of some South Bend school resource officers who write infraction tickets for Provocation pursuant to I.C. 35-42-2-3.  In Ms. Kilbride’s investigation, the use of these infraction … Continue reading

Posted in Adolescent Development, Crimes, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), Education, Law Enforcement, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Schools/Education | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

I.C. 35-45-4-6 Indecent Display of a Youth

I.C. 35-45-4-6 is a new law to address sexting and other images of children, effective July 1, 2014, that is already causing some confusion amongst the lawyers who are going to be actually dealing with it in criminal and juvenile court. … Continue reading

Posted in Crimes, Legislation, Sex Offender | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

NBOMe and Smiles — Synthetic Drug — Beware

There is unfortunate news that another person in Indiana has died after ingesting a synthetic or “designer” drug called N-bomb, Smiles, 25I-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe, and 25B-NBOMe.  It was classified as a Schedule I hallucinogenic like LSD by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in … Continue reading

Posted in Crimes | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NACDL Champion Magazine Focuses on Juveniles

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) devoted the March 2014 issue of The Champion magazine to juvenile justice issues.  The articles can now be accessed without a membership  here, and include: Skilled Advocates Fighting for Children by Maureen Pacheco Youth … Continue reading

Posted in Confessions, Crimes, Disposition, Right to Counsel | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Indiana Youth and the Superpredator Myth

The unfolding legal issues of Simeon Adams, a sixteen-year-old Indianapolis resident, once again thrusts Indiana into the national and international news cycle.  Paul Henry Gingerich was twelve when he assisted with the murder of a friend’s stepfather and was transferred to … Continue reading

Posted in Adolescent Development, Child Development, Crimes, Waiver/Transfer | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Juvenile Offenders are Often Juvenile Victims Too — Rethinking Juvenile Justice

The National Juvenile Justice Network has published A House Divided No More: Common Cause for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Victim Advocates, and Communities, which details research that many juvenile offenders are also victims of crime.  The paper calls for a broader … Continue reading

Posted in CHINS, Crimes, Crossover Youth | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Less Direct File Cases After HEA 1006 Implementation

Effective July 1, 2014, perhaps the legislative change with the biggest impact on some children was deep within HEA 1006, the criminal code reform bill, which revises IC 31-30-1-4, the so-called “direct file” statute.  Under the amended law, the juvenile … Continue reading

Posted in Crimes, Legislation, Waiver/Transfer | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment