House passes proposal by Reps. McNamara, Bartels to track youth in adult court

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:11 am

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives yesterday voted unanimously in favor of legislation authored by State Reps. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) to better track youth in adult court.

This proposal would require the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to collect background information, including demographics, logistical factors and charges, concerning juveniles who are under the jurisdiction of adult courts.

“Implementing this legislation will prevent juveniles charged as adults from falling through the cracks when collecting and reporting information,” McNamara said. “Keeping track of this information will provide lawmakers with a set of data to refer to when proposing laws, helping us better serve the needs of Hoosier children and communities.”

Under the legislation, the institute would also be required to monitor information concerning waivers of juvenile court jurisdiction and publish the information annually.

“We want to make sure these juveniles receive the best rehabilitation and treatment to lessen the likelihood they offend again in the future,” Bartels said. “By tracking this information, we will be able to identify the factors that are closely associated with multiple offenses and use those findings to shape future policy decisions that will best help our youth.”

House Bill 1228 can now move to the Senate for consideration. Visit to learn more.


State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76,
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

A high-resolution photo of McNamara can be downloaded by clicking here.

State Rep. Steve Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,

which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

A high resolution photo of Bartels can be downloaded by clicking here.