Eric Holcomb on Crime
Training programs for felons reduced recidivism
I challenged our Department of Correction to graduate 1,000 inmates annually in certified programs that lead to good jobs when they get out--both to boost our economy and because they are less likely to return to prison. I'm happy to report,
that as of today the DOC has graduated more than 3,000 inmates in just two year. Because of these new programs and opportunities, our state recidivism rate has dropped 4 percent.
Source: 2020 Indiana State of the State address
, Jan 14, 2020
Signs victims' rights law, tightening criminal penalties
Holcomb has signed a victims' rights bill into law, Senate Enrolled Act 551, which addresses several areas dealing with crime victims [such as] a gap in the current kidnapping and criminal confinement laws by creating an offense when the
kidnapping or criminal confinement results in moderate bodily injury to the victim. The legislation does away with the current practice of offenders having the opportunity to have their felony domestic battery conviction to a misdemeanor.
Source: Eagle Country 99.3FM on 2020 Indiana gubernatorial race
, Mar 31, 2019
Train prisoners to reduce recidivism
In 2018, we began enrolling Department of Correction offenders in programs to train them for high-wage, high-demand jobs everything from welding to computer coding. I said last year we'd graduate 1,000 by 2020 and we're already there, a year ahead of
schedule. In less than a year, we already have coding programs in two of our facilities, and Google.org recently announced it would invest $2 million into this proven program that has a zero percent recidivism rate.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Indiana legislature
, Jan 15, 2019
Give prosecutors resources to protect vulnerable seniors
Q: How will you strengthen laws to protect seniors from abuse and financial exploitation?
Eric J. Holcomb: My administration will support county prosecutors by giving them the tools and resources they need to protect vulnerable adults at the local
level, while at the same time directing the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) to work alongside those prosecutors to collaboratively develop best practices for the Adult Protective Services (APS) program. I will also instruct
FSSA to work with Indiana's Prosecuting Attorneys to define the appropriate staff levels needed to protect endangered adults and support legislation to meet those staffing levels.
John R. Gregg: Our APS system is underfunded and understaffed.
I've also pledged to examine and review all state law enforcement agencies. As we conduct these reviews we'll make sure that FSSA, our prosecutors, and law enforcement are working together to properly protect our seniors.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Indiana Gubernatorial race
, Oct 31, 2016
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