McNamara’s legislation to track youth in adult court signed into law

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Monday, June 4, 2018 1:44 pm

STATEHOUSE (June 4, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday signed into law legislation authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) to help address juvenile justice issues more effectively.

McNamara said the new law requires the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to collect accurate and comprehensive information concerning juveniles under the jurisdiction of adult courts.

“Collecting this information will help prevent juveniles charged as adults from falling through the cracks in the court system,” McNamara said. “It can also be used to identify factors associated with repeat offenses, helping to shape future laws to best rehabilitate young Hoosiers and reduce the likelihood they will offend again.”

Under the law, the institute will also monitor information concerning waivers of juvenile court jurisdiction and publish the information annually.

The new law goes into effect on July 1.

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

PHOTO CAPTION: Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, right) signs into law legislation authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) (seated, left) on Monday, June 4, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The new law will help better serve the needs of young Hoosiers by tracking information concerning juveniles under the jurisdiction of adult courts.