Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1680

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 11-12-2.

Synopsis: Community corrections programs. Requires the commissioner of the department of correction, in issuing community corrections grants, to give priority to programs that include culturally competent diversion and re-entry programs. Requires community corrections advisory boards to: (1) ensure that community corrections programs include culturally competent diversion and re-entry programs for delinquent children; and (2) evaluate the collection and reporting of disproportionality information concerning community corrections program participants.

Effective: July 1, 2009.





Summers




    January 16, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Policy.







Introduced

First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1680



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning public safety.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 11-12-2-1; (09)IN1680.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 11-12-2-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009]: Sec. 1. (a) For the purpose of encouraging counties to develop a coordinated local corrections-criminal justice system and providing effective alternatives to imprisonment at the state level, the commissioner shall, out of funds appropriated for such purposes, make grants to counties for the establishment and operation of community corrections programs. Appropriations intended for this purpose may not be used by the department for any other purpose. Money appropriated to the department of correction for the purpose of making grants under this chapter, and charges made against a county under section 9 of this chapter, do not revert to the state general fund at the close of any fiscal year, but remain available to the department of correction for its use in making grants under this chapter.
    (b) The commissioner shall give priority in issuing community corrections grants to programs that:
         (1) provide alternative sentencing projects for persons with

mental illness, addictive disorders, mental retardation, and developmental disabilities; or
        (2) provide culturally competent diversion and re-entry programs for delinquent children.

SOURCE: IC 11-12-2-3; (09)IN1680.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 11-12-2-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009]: Sec. 3. (a) A community corrections advisory board shall:
        (1) formulate:
            (A) the community corrections plan and the application for financial aid required by section 4 of this chapter; and
            (B) the forensic diversion program plan under IC 11-12-3.7;
        (2) observe and coordinate community corrections programs in the county;
        (3) make an annual report to the county fiscal body, county executive, or, in a county having a consolidated city, the city-county council, containing:
             (A) an evaluation of the effectiveness of programs receiving financial aid under this chapter;
             (B) an evaluation of the collection and reporting of disproportionality information of community corrections participants, including the race and ethnicity of participants; and
             (C) recommendations for improvement, modification, or discontinuance of these programs;
        (4) ensure that programs receiving financial aid under this chapter comply with the standards adopted by the department under section 5 of this chapter; and
        (5) recommend to the county executive or, in a county having a consolidated city, to the city-county council, the approval or disapproval of contracts with units of local government or nongovernmental agencies that desire to participate in the community corrections plan; and
        (6) ensure that programs include culturally competent diversion and re-entry programs for delinquent children.

Before recommending approval of a contract, the advisory board must determine that a program is capable of meeting the standards adopted by the department under section 5 of this chapter.
    (b) A community corrections advisory board shall do the following:
        (1) Adopt bylaws for the conduct of its own business.
        (2) Hold a regular meeting at least one (1) time every three (3) months and at other times as needed to conduct all necessary business. Dates of regular meetings shall be established at the first

meeting of each year.
        (3) Comply with the public meeting and notice requirements under IC 5-14-1.5.
    (c) A community corrections advisory board may contain an office as designated by the county executive or, in a county having a consolidated city, by the city-county council.
    (d) Notwithstanding subsection (a)(4), the standards applied to a court alcohol and drug program or a drug court that provides services to a forensic diversion program under IC 11-12-3.7 must be the standards established under IC 12-23-14 or IC 12-23-14.5.