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Monday, June 02, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Pence: Indiana won’t comply with prison rape law"

Nearly two weeks ago, on May 20th, the ILB had a post including Maureen Hayden's CNHI story headed "Pence: Indiana won’t comply with prison rape law." The following day the ILB had a post providing more context, including the text of the Governor's letter, a similar letter from the governor of Texas, and background information.

This morning the ILB was interested to see that the Indianapolis Star's lead story, spread across five columns at the top of the front page, but so short that there is no jump page, was a report by John Tuohy, headed "Indiana won’t comply with prison rape act, will lose federal funding." The only new news in the story may be this line:

Indiana is one of seven states to tell the Department of Justice that it will not follow federal guidelines designed to reduce prison rape and sexual abuse.
Yesterday, Doug Ross of the NWI Times had a Sunday column headlined "Indiana won't free money to protect jailed kids." It begins:
When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced he didn't plan to spend the money to meet federal standards for prisons, I was surprised. Lake County is spending millions to get out from under the federal consent decree requiring improvements at the Lake County Jail.

But what Pence and the federal government are talking about isn't the same as what got Lake County into trouble with the U.S. Justice Department.

It's worse.

Pence is balking at spending money on additional prison guards and other measures to protect prisoners from rape and sexual assault.

Including juveniles.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 2, 2014 08:10 AM
Posted to Indiana Government