SENATE BILL No. 574
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 35-33-3.5; IC 35-38-8.
Synopsis: Innocence review commission; interrogations. Requires
state and local law enforcement agencies to electronically record
custodial interrogations of suspects during felony investigations.
Requires the agencies to retain copies of custodial interrogations for
certain periods. Provides that any statements made by a suspect that are
in violation of the custodial interrogation requirements are inadmissible
in a felony prosecution against the suspect. Provides for certain
exceptions. Establishes the innocence review commission
("commission") to consider claims of individuals convicted of a felony
who assert: (1) complete innocence of criminal responsibility for the
felony; and (2) credible, verifiable evidence of innocence that was not
previously considered at trial or in a hearing for post-conviction relief.
Provides that if the commission votes that an individual has a claim of
factual innocence, the state public defender shall file a petition for
post-conviction relief on the individual's behalf.
Effective: July 1, 2007.
January 23, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and
First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)
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SENATE BILL No. 574
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
criminal law and procedure.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 35-33-3.5; (07)IN0574.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 35-33-3.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2007]:
Chapter 3.5. Recording of Custodial Interrogations
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "custodial interrogation" means
an interrogation conducted by a law enforcement agency during
(1) a reasonable person being interrogated would consider
himself or herself to be in custody; and
(2) a question is asked that is reasonably likely to elicit an
incriminating response from the person.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "electronically record" means to
make a record of:
(1) sounds by using audio electronic equipment; or
(2) visual images and sounds by using video and audio
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "law enforcement agency" means
an agency or a department of any level of state or local government
whose principal function is the apprehension of criminal offenders.
Sec. 4. A law enforcement agency shall electronically record all
(1) of suspects involved in felony investigations; and
(2) that occur at:
(A) a law enforcement agency station house; or
(B) any other building owned or operated by the law
at which persons are detained in connection with criminal
Sec. 5. A law enforcement agency shall retain a copy of a
custodial interrogation of a person electronically recorded under
this chapter until:
(1) if the person is convicted of a felony, the:
(A) person's conviction is final; and
(B) person has exhausted all direct and habeas corpus
appeals related to the conviction; or
(2) a prosecution of the person for a felony for which the
person was interrogated is barred by law.
Sec. 6. (a) A custodial interrogation electronically recorded
under this chapter is:
(1) confidential; and
(2) exempt from disclosure under IC 5-14-3.
(b) This section does not preclude:
(1) the state or a defendant in a criminal action from
obtaining a copy of a custodial interrogation electronically
recorded under this chapter for use in:
(A) a criminal action; or
(B) an appeal related to the criminal action; or
(2) a party in a civil suit from obtaining a copy of a custodial
interrogation electronically recorded under this chapter for
(A) a civil suit; or
(B) an appeal related to a civil suit.
Sec. 7. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), if a court finds
by a preponderance of the evidence that a suspect in a felony was
subjected to a custodial interrogation in violation of this chapter,
any statements made by the suspect during or following the
interrogation are inadmissible in a felony prosecution against the
(b) This chapter does not preclude the admission in any action
of the following statements:
(1) A statement made by a defendant:
(A) in open court at the defendant's trial;
(B) before a grand jury; or
(C) at a preliminary hearing.
(2) A statement made during a custodial interrogation that
was not recorded as required by this chapter because
electronic recording was not feasible.
(3) A voluntary statement, whether or not the result of a
custodial interrogation, that has a bearing on the credibility
of a person as a witness.
(4) A spontaneous statement that is not made in response to a
(5) A statement made after questioning that is routinely asked
during the processing of the arrest of a suspect.
(6) A statement made during a custodial interrogation by a
suspect who requests, before making a statement, that the
statement not be electronically recorded. However, the
suspect's request under this subdivision must be electronically
(7) A statement made during a custodial interrogation that is
conducted outside Indiana.
(8) A statement given at a time when the interrogator is not
aware that a murder has occurred.
(9) Any other statement that may be admissible under law.
The state has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the
evidence that a statement is admissible under this subsection.
SOURCE: IC 35-38-8; (07)IN0574.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 35-38-8 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 8. Innocence Review Commission
Sec. 1. The following definitions apply throughout this chapter:
(1) "Claim of factual innocence" means a claim on behalf of
a living individual convicted of a felony in an Indiana court
(A) complete innocence of any criminal responsibility for
the felony for which the person was convicted; and
(B) credible, verifiable evidence of innocence that has not
previously been presented at trial or considered at a
hearing granted through post-conviction relief.
(2) "Commission" means the innocence review commission
established by section 2 of this chapter.
(3) "Director" means the director of the commission.
(4) "Victim" means the victim of the crime, or if the victim of
the crime is deceased, the next of kin of the victim.
Sec. 2. The innocence review commission is established.
Sec. 3. (a) The criminal justice institute shall provide staff to
support the commission.
(b) The staff shall carry out the directives of the commission
described in section 5 of this chapter.
(c) The staff must include a director to assist the commission in
carrying out its duties.
Sec. 4. (a) The commission consists of seven (7) members as
(1) four (4) voting members appointed as follows by the chief
justice of the supreme court:
(A) a judge who exercises criminal jurisdiction;
(B) a prosecuting attorney;
(C) a criminal defense attorney;
(D) a judge of the court of appeals;
(2) the director of the Indiana criminal justice institute or the
(3) the director of the prosecuting attorneys council of
Indiana or the executive director's designee; and
(4) the executive director of the public defender council of
Indiana or the executive director's designee.
(b) The chief justice of the supreme court shall appoint a
member of the committee to serve as chair of the committee.
(c) A vacancy on the commission shall be filled by the
Sec. 5. The commission has the following duties and powers:
(1) To establish criteria and screening processes used to
determine which cases will be accepted for review.
(2) To conduct inquiries into claims of factual innocence, with
priority given to cases in which the convicted person is
currently incarcerated solely for the crime for which the
person claims factual innocence.
(3) To coordinate the investigation of cases accepted for
(4) To maintain records of all case investigations.
(5) To prepare a report outlining the commission's
investigation and recommendations to the criminal court that
tried and sentenced the individual bringing a claim of factual
(6) To apply for and accept funds that may become available
for the commission's work from government grants, gifts,
donations, or bequests.
Sec. 6. (a) A claim of factual innocence may be referred to the
commission by any court, person, or agency after the defendant
has exhausted direct appeals.
(b) The determination whether to grant a formal inquiry
regarding a claim of factual innocence is at the discretion of the
(c) The commission may informally or formally screen a case
and dismiss a case summarily.
(d) The commission shall not begin an inquiry regarding a claim
of factual innocence until the director or the director's designee
obtains a signed agreement from the defendant in which the
(1) waives the defendant's procedural safeguards and
(2) agrees to cooperate with the commission; and
(3) agrees to provide full disclosure regarding all of the
commission's inquiry requirements.
(e) A defendant has the right:
(1) to the advice of an attorney before the execution of; and
(2) to have an attorney present when the defendant signs;
an agreement required under subsection (d).
(f) If a defendant does not have an attorney before signing an
agreement required under subsection (d), the chair of the
committee may appoint an attorney to represent the defendant to
advise the defendant regarding the agreement required under
(g) If the commission grants a request for a formal inquiry
regarding a claim of factual innocence, the director shall:
(1) notify the victim of the case;
(2) explain the inquiry process; and
(3) inform the victim that the victim may present views and
concerns to the commission regarding the inquiry.
(h) As part of an investigation, the commission may:
(1) administer oaths;
(2) examine witnesses under oath;
(3) issue subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum; and
(4) review any evidence presented at trial.
(i) If at any point during an inquiry the defendant refuses to
comply with requests of the commission or is considered
uncooperative by the commission, the commission shall discontinue
Sec. 7. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), at the
completion of a formal inquiry, all relevant evidence shall be
presented to the full commission in a public hearing.
(b) The commission may close all or part of a hearing to the
public if the commission determines the hearing could interfere
with an investigation.
Sec. 8. (a) The director shall notify the victim at least thirty (30)
days before any proceeding of the full commission regarding the
(b) A victim may attend a closed hearing described in section
7(b) of this chapter at the commission's discretion.
Sec. 9. (a) After hearing the evidence presented to the full
commission, the full commission shall vote to establish further case
(b) If at least five (5) members of the commission vote that there
is sufficient evidence of factual innocence to merit further review,
the case shall be referred to a state public defender to file a petition
for post-conviction relief.
(c) If less than five (5) members of the commission vote that
there is sufficient evidence of factual innocense to merit judicial
review, the commission shall conclude that there is insufficient
evidence of factual innocence to merit judicial review.
(d) For a determination under subsection (b) or (c), the
(1) document the opinion with supporting findings of fact;
(2) file the opinion and supporting findings of fact with the
clerk of the supreme court;
(3) send copies of the opinion and supporting findings of fact
(C) court that heard the original case;
(D) attorneys representing the:
(ii) victim; and
(E) parole board so the parole board can consider making
pardon, clemency, reprieve, or remission recommendations
to the governor under IC 11-9-2; and
(F) state public defender.
(e) If the commission determines that anyone involved in a
criminal case being reviewed committed a crime, the commission
shall inform a local law enforcement agency.
Sec. 10. (a) All proceedings of the commission shall be recorded
and transcribed as part of the record.
(b) All commission votes shall be recorded.
(c) Except for an opinion and findings of fact under section 9 of
this chapter, all records and proceedings of the commission are
confidential and are exempt from public record and public meeting
laws under IC 5-14.