Legislation & Advocacy

Our advocacy work is just one of the ways that we advance civil liberties in our state. We spend a significant amount of time engaging in the legislative process, monitoring key civil liberty issues and talking with Indiana legislators to ensure the protection of Hoosiers' rights. We aim to support bills that strengthen our rights guaranteed under the Constitution and defeat bills that threaten them. But we cannot do this work without you. Please use the tools and resources below to engage in the 2020 legislative session and to help us defend civil liberties!
 
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FETAL REMAINS SB 299

SB 299 requires the state department of health to include on a form that after a medication abortion (common during the first trimester), a pregnant woman may place remains in a sealed container and return to the health care provider or abortion clinic for disposition by interment or cremation. 

January 21, 2020 Reproductive Freedom & Women's Rights

JAIL OVERCROWDING HB 1346

The pattern of county jail overcrowding in Indiana raises serious concerns regarding the need for larger mass incarceration policy reform. Overcrowding inherently leads to conditions that the Supreme Court has found unconstitutional.

January 21, 2020 Smart Justice

REVIEW OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES DURING THE INTERIM SB 14

While the national state imprisonment rate dropped 8 percent between 2000 and 2016, Indiana’s imprisonment rate grew 18 percent. We believe the Indiana Legislature must stop expanding the criminal code and stop broadening the net of criminalization.

January 21, 2020 Smart Justice

JUVENILES SB 449

Senate Bill 449 would reduce the minimum age for committing children to the adult criminal legal system to 12 years old, for certain serious offenses in Indiana. Young people should remain in the juvenile justice system, regardless of their crim

January 16, 2020 Smart Justice

RESIDENCY STATUS OF PRISONERS SB 196

SB 196 would require sheriffs to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to determine the legal residency status of a prisoner. Local law enforcement should not do ICE’s bidding. 

January 16, 2020 Immigrants' Rights

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