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[r26] Bill aiming to curb gang activity passes the House, heads to governor’s desk
Start Date: 4/2/2013Start Time: 10:00 AM
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STATEHOUSE - Senate Bill 352, sponsored by State Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette), passed in the House today with a vote of 95-0. The bill addresses school policies on gang activities.

The bill would allow the Indiana Safe Schools Fund to be used to provide educational outreach and training to school personnel to prepare for the identification and prevention of (and intervention in) criminal gang activity in schools.

“Unfortunately, gangs continue to be a problem in our schools,” said Rep. Truitt. “Security in our schools is an issue that we need to view as high priority. There is nothing more important than the safety of our students as they continue their education, and I am very pleased that the House passed this bill with bipartisanship support, just as the Senate did.”

Senate Bill 352 requires the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) to develop model educational materials and a model policy concerning criminal gang activity. The bill would also require the DOE to collaborate with other organizations with expertise in criminal gang education, prevention and intervention.  They will identify and develop materials and policies to address criminal gangs and criminal gang activity in schools.

According to the National Youth Gang Survey, state and local law enforcement jurisdictions indicated a 25 percent increase in the number of jurisdictions reporting gang problems from 2002 to 2007.  That includes a 12 percent increase in larger cities, a 33 percent increase in suburban counties, a 27 percent increase in smaller cities and a 24 percent increase rural counties.

The bill requires schools to develop policies to deal with criminal gangs so that every school will have a plan in place to handle this issue.  By requiring the DOE to develop model policies, this bill will allow schools to use best practices in dealing with gang activities. 

“By allowing schools to use the Indiana Safe School Fund to deal with this issue, we’re empowering them to devote resources to this issue. Educators need training on how to identify risks in schools. This isn’t an issue that can be left alone – we owe it to our children to be proactive about their safety,” said Rep. Truitt.

Senate Bill 352 originally passed in the Senate in February with a vote 50-0. For more information about this bill and others, log on to www.in.gov/legislative and search for the bill number.

 

 

 

Contact Information:
Name: Ali Norman
Phone: 317-232-9824
Email: anorman@iga.in.gov
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