Citations Affected: IC 11-10-13.
Synopsis: Indiana learning and family center. Requires the department
of correction to establish an Indiana learning and family center.
Provides that the center's purpose is to offer family and educational
services to criminal offenders and their families and the community in
an effort to curtail criminal behavior that is perpetuated by poor
education and lack of services and resources. Requires the center to
establish numerous programs, including: (1) a community based
literacy program; (2) a workplace skills enhancement program; (3) a
summer enrichment program; and (4) a youth opportunity task force
program. Provides that the center is comprised of both a learning center
and a family center. Requires the learning center instructors and the
family center advocates to cooperate to assist clients in accessing
services most appropriate to their needs and goals. Requires the
learning center to offer classes in the following areas: (1) Literacy. (2)
Adult basic education. (3) General educational development. Requires
the center to collect certain data relating to the center's performance.
Effective: July 1, 2000.
January 10, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal and
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2000]:
Chapter 13. Indiana Learning and Family Center
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "center" refers to the Indiana learning and family center.
Sec. 2. The department shall implement a plan to establish the Indiana learning and family center. The department shall select the site for the center's location.
Sec. 3. The department may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to carry out this chapter.
Sec. 4. The purpose of the center is to provide family and educational services to:
(1) criminal offenders and their families; and
(2) the community;
in an effort to curtail criminal behavior that is perpetuated by poor education and lack of services and resources.
related lessons with job specific materials and situations, providing
both theoretical and vocational training. Other classes must allow
employed persons to improve basic skills in reading, writing, and
mathematics and prepare for general educational development
Sec. 10. (a) The center must establish a summer enrichment program.
(b) The program must offer:
(1) youth workplace training;
(2) part-time employment; and
(3) half day educational instruction in reading and mathematics.
Sec. 11. (a) The center must establish a youth opportunity task force program.
(b) The purpose of the program includes the following:
(1) Decreasing the crime rate of youthful offenders by twenty-five percent (25%).
(2) Decreasing gang activity by twenty percent (20%).
(3) Increasing community involvement with youths through participation in community service projects.
Sec. 12. The program must provide intervention services to first time juvenile offenders.
Sec. 13. The center shall collect data on the following:
(1) Number of offenders diverted to the program.
(2) Number of citizens in the area using the program's resources.
(3) Number of referrals made by the center.
(4) Number of placements in service and follow-up programs.
(5) Average increase in the learning center participants' achievement levels.
(6) Number of participants receiving general educational development (GED) diplomas or completing educational programming.
(7) The learning center's effect on illiteracy and the local crime rate.
(8) The level of community support for the center.