The Children's Policy & Law Initiative of Indiana

Seeking to reform laws & practices that contribute to the criminalization of children

Mission:

CPLI advocates for systemic changes in laws and governmental responses so that they promote healthy outcomes and ensure that the treatment of children is just and age-appropriate.

Vision:

Our state’s laws, policies, and programs for children are developmentally appropriate, equitably administered, and fair; they provide the necessary support for a child’s successful transition to adulthood.

Focus of Advocacy and Reform:

  • Change laws, policies, practices, and culture to keep children in schools and out of the juvenile and criminal justice systems
  • Reform school discipline laws and reduce the exclusionary practices of suspensions and expulsions of children from schools
  • Ensure fairness and equity for court-involved youth
  • Advocate for age-appropriate, research-based continuum of services for troubled or court-involved children
  • Promote public policies and practices that embrace positive, strength-based youth development approaches, and advocate for laws that invest in Indiana’s children

CPLI is registered 501(c)(3) and a member of the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN), a network of state-based juvenile justice advocacy groups.

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Welcome to the website of the CPLI of Indiana. We look forward to your support in our efforts to achieve justice and reform policies that criminalize our state’s children. Please check back regularly to learn more about our organization and current topics facing Indiana kids.

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Paper Tigers Premiers tonight at the IUPUI Campus Center Theater. Show starts at 5:30 so allow time to get signed in and seated. Hope to see everyone there ... See MoreSee Less

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Paper Tigers Film Premier and Panel Discussion Lawrence North H.S.

May 12, 2016, 5:30pm - May 12, 2016, 7:00pm

The Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana announces that in May it will be hosting a screening of Paper Tigers, a film that captures the pain, danger, beauty and hopes of struggling teens—and the teachers armed with new science and fresh approaches that is changing lives for the better. May 12th Screening The May 12th Screening will be hosted by the Lawrence Township M.S.D. Paper Tigers will be shown at the Lawrence North High School Auditorium from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm on May 12th, 2016 and is open to the public and highly recommended to anyone that works with children, please RSVP to jhanger@wapleshanger.com to ensure your seat at this event, space is limited. Paper Tigers is ideal viewing for educators, administrators, health-care staff, parents, social workers, mentors, and social justice advocates. Paper Tigers is designed to spark dialogue and offer hope to school workers and support staff that are working with youth struggling with dropout rates, truancy, violence, abuse and drug use. Following the screening a panel of experts will convene to discuss Trauma Informed Care and how it could be utilized in Indiana schools. Moderator Dr. Brandie Oliver, Associate Professor of the College of Education at Butler University will lead panelist Christy Gauss from the Indiana Department of Education, Mandy Scott from the Lawrence Township M.S.D., and Kimble Richardson from the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addictions.

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Paper Tigers Film Premier and Panel Discussion IUPUI

May 5, 2016, 5:30pm - May 5, 2016, 7:00pm

The Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana announces that in May it will be hosting a screening of Paper Tigers, a film that captures the pain, danger, beauty and hopes of struggling teens—and the teachers armed with new science and fresh approaches that is changing lives for the better. May 5th Screening The documentary film, directed by James Redford and Executive Produced by Karen Pritzker, will be first screened on May 5th, 2016. Hosted by the BSW Student Association from the IU School of Social Work (IUPUI) the film will be shown at the IUPUI Campus Center Theater from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, and is open to the public and highly recommended to anyone that works with children, please RSVP to jhanger@wapleshanger.com to ensure your seat at this event, space is limited. Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Walla Walla, WA, that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, and in the process has become a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. A panel of experts will convene for discussion about Trauma Informed Care and how it could be utilized in Indiana Schools. Moderator Sheila Dennis, Senior Faculty at the IU School of Social Work, IUPUI will lead panelist Dr. Lori Desaultels, Assistant Professor from the School of Education at Marian University, Terri Miller, Assistant Director of Special Services for Hamilton County Schools, Teacher Denna Nibarger, Washington Township M.S.D., and Jamie Whitacker from the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addictions in the discussion.

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