Indiana’s Justice Agenda: Second Chances in the Hoosier State

Indiana’s state constitution calls for incarceration to “attempt to reform persons and not punish them vindictively,” a promise that is a marked departure from commonplace “tough-on-crime” rhetoric. Recent criminal justice reforms have made inroads on this promise: The state’s recidivism rates are tracking downwards and remain below the national average.

Yet there is still work to be done. The state estimates that over the next two years the prison population will increase by nearly 20 percent, reaching more than 34,000 inmates by 2017. While this stands as a bleak prospect, the Hoosier State is ready to take an honest look at its criminal justice system to ensure that future changes center on rehabilitation, human dignity, and public safety.

How can Indiana realize the ideal proposed by Governor Mike Pence that “Indiana should be the worst place in the nation to commit a crime and the best place to get a second chance once you’ve done your time”?

Please join the Charles Koch Institute as it hosts a panel discussion with criminal justice experts and featured keynote remarks from Governor Pence.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Indiana Governor Mike Pence
Governor Pence is a lifelong Hoosier and Indiana’s 50th Governor. Governor Pence wants Indiana to be the worst place in America to commit a crime, and the best place to get a second chance once you’ve served your time. One priority of his administration is to offer strong, effective, and proven programs that encourage rehabilitation and decrease recidivism. In 2014, he announced Indiana’s first-ever program to provide holistic, individualized programming to offenders incarcerated within the Indiana Department of Correction. His administration has also made a priority of faith-based and character programs in other prisons around the state.

MODERATOR

Vikrant Reddy, Senior Research Fellow, Charles Koch Institute
Before joining the Institute in 2015, Reddy spent nearly five years at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he most recently served as a senior policy analyst at the Center for Effective Justice and was the original manager of the Right on Crime initiative. Reddy has published numerous articles, contributed amicus briefs and testimony, and is a frequent media commentator on criminal justice issues. He testified before administrative boards and legislative committees more than 30 times during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session alone and has presented invited testimony before the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

PANELISTS

Deborah Daniels, Managing Partner, Krieg DeVault LLP
Daniels is a former prosecutor at both the state and federal levels. She served as United States attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. She is a signatory of the Right On Crime organization, and was integral to Indiana’s recent criminal code revision effort. As assistant attorney general, Daniels focused on prisoner re-entry, tools for more effective policing, DNA analysis, and anti-terrorism. She received a bachelor’s, with honors, from DePauw University, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Indiana University.

Lauren Galik, Director of Criminal Justice Reform, Reason Foundation
Galik focuses on a variety of criminal justice issues, including sentencing reform, prison reform, drug policy and police reform—particularly at the state level. She is the author of the 2013 Reason Foundation study, “Smart on Sentencing, Smart on Crime: Reforming Louisiana’s Determinate Sentencing Laws” and the 2015 study, “The High Cost of Incarceration in Florida: Recommendations for Reform.” Lauren graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s in political science and international relations.

Troy Riggs, Director of Public Safety Outreach, Indiana University Policy Institute
Riggs is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of public safety, whose work as a police chief was studied for a report by the Police Executive Research Forum. He has submitted testimony to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Attorney General, served as a guest instructor for the Canadian Police Association and Southern Police Institute, assisted with a successful police merger referendum in Louisville, Kentucky, and established national best practices in community policing. Riggs has also established effective business models in government that have reduced crime, saved millions of taxpayer dollars, and received recognition by the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens. In 2012, Riggs was selected by the mayor of Indianapolis to be the city’s director of public safety.

Colette Tvedt, Director of Indigent Defense Training and Reform, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Tvedt has organized training programs for hundreds of defense lawyers and served as a clinical professor of law and the director of the Suffolk Defenders Clinical Program at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Tvedt practiced with the Seattle law firm, Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender where she represented the indigent by court appointment in state and federal court, in addition to serving on the board of one of Seattle’s public defender providers. Previously, Tvedt was a public defender in Massachusetts and Washington State and served as professor of advanced trial advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law and at Seattle University School of Law. She is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. Tvedt is an honors graduate of Rutgers University, where she also attended law school.

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