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Sept. 21 Criminal Justice Improvement Meeting
Updated September 19, 2016 6:21 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - A wide-range of organizations and government agencies are meeting September 21 to continue efforts to improve Indiana's criminal justice system.

Police, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, probation officers, corrections officials, mental health experts, and community members are coming together to create a safer and healthier Indiana.

The meeting will be held in the Indiana Judicial Center in Indianapolis at 30 S. Meridian, Suite 900, from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.

The meeting is part of a continued effort by local and state leaders to reduce Indiana's crime rate, reduce recidivism, ensure a fair and just criminal justice system, and ensure decisions are driven by data. A grant from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is paying for the effort. NIC provides assistance to states seeking meaningful reforms to their justice systems.

Six counties (Bartholomew, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jefferson, Porter, and Tipton) volunteered to participate in a study as part of the effort which is nationally known as Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM). EBDM is the practice of using research to guide decisions across the justice system. A state policy team leads the effort and is chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David with vice-chair Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council (IPAC) Executive Director David Powell.

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