Law and Criminal Justice


While Indiana lawmakers are considering different ways to reduce production of methamphetamine, police officers across the state are doing what they can to get the producers of the highly addictive drug off the streets.

To better understand the problem of policing meth, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Leigh DeNoon takes us on a ride along with an Indiana State Police meth suppression team.

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Soon-to-be Indianapolis Chief of Police Troy Riggs is perfectly aware that his new job is not going to be an easy one, and is prepared to meet Indianapolis' biggest problems head on.

Riggs says his plan will build on what current Chief Rick Hite has started, focusing in on the most troubled areas of Indianapolis and getting the most violent of Indianapolis' criminals off the streets.

Riggs was appointed by mayor-elect Joe Hogsett Tuesday.

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The former face of the Subway sandwich chain will spend 15.5 years in federal prison, ending what was a long-running public persona for Jared Fogle, "The Subway Guy." Read more here.

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Purdue police have erased the search for a missing 12-foot pencil from their to-do list and are crediting the media’s sharp focus for the sculpture’s return.

The 200-pound pencil sculpture was reported missing earlier this week from its pedestal in Pickett Park.

The Purdue University Police Department reports the pencil, undamaged despite its ordeal, was found discarded in the grass next to the Slayter Center for the Performing Arts on the university’s north side Thursday morning.

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Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is due in federal court in Indianapolis Thursday morning for sentencing relating to various sex crimes.

Fogle will plead guilty to possession of child pornography and traveling out of state to have sex with minors. He’ll serve at least five years in prison, but prosecutors are seeking 12. That’s the top end of the plea bargain they struck with defense attorneys in August.

Giant Purdue Pencil Still At Large

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In a crime that’s one part Maltese Falcon and one part School House Rock, Purdue University authorities are looking for a 12-foot pencil reported missing earlier this week.

The sculpture had only been at its new home in Purdue’s Pickett Park for a few months before it was pencil-napped by vandals. Purdue Police say since the pencil was in a somewhat secluded area, there isn’t any video evidence of the heist.

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Federal prosecutors want former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle to be locked up for the maximum amount of time possible. Fogle is pleading guilty to paying for sex with underage girls.

U.S. Attorney Steven DeBrota is asking a federal judge in Indianapolis to sentence Fogle to 12.5 years in prison and then a lifetime of parole, the maximum possible under Fogle’s August guilty plea.

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Dozens of offenders have been freed in Indiana as part of the largest U.S. prison release in history. The massive release comes after a commission overhauled federal drug sentencing guidelines.  

Federal Bureau of Prisons Spokesman Ed Ross says at least 64 offenders have been released in Indiana. While some were serving time at the federal prison in Terre Haute, the majority of all offenders impacted by the new sentencing guidelines were in halfway houses.  

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The Indiana Supreme Court is deciding whether sex offenders from other states should be automatically required to put their names on Indiana's offender registry.

A 2006 law declared any sex offender required to register in another state must register in Indiana if he moves here.

Chief Justice Loretta Rush questions the ramifications of the argument that Indiana shouldn’t blindly follow stricter registry requirements from other states.

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Communities and law enforcement agencies across Indiana are looking to the General Assembly for guidance on police body camera policies.

West Lafayette’s police force has been using body cameras for about a year.  Chief Jason Dombkowski says he used resources from, among others, the Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police when developing a policy for those body cams.  But he says, particularly on privacy concerns and redacting video, he’d like guidance from the legislature: