IN House to consider new rules for sentencing minors

FILE - In this June 12, 2014, file photo, Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long welcomes delegates meeting to set up the framework for states to amend the U.S. Constitution, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The 2016 November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around the country, a level of power that gives the party an unprecedented opportunity: change the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

A bill before the Indiana House of Representatives would change the way minors are sentenced in the state.

The bill would change the age for children to be sent to an adult facility from 13, to 12. It would allow attempted crimes to be considered for sending a minor to an adult facility, and extend the age that a minor can exist within the juvenile system to 24.

The bill follows the 2018 school shooting in Noblesville, where the 13 year-old shooter could only be held in juvenile court until he turns 18 because no one died in the shooting.

Opponents are concerned the bill will put 12 year-olds into the adult system too early.


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