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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How has discipline in U.S. Schools changed over time? Indiana University Associate Professor of Sociology Brea L. Perry told attendees at CPLI’s Annual Public Policy Summit at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on October 7, 2016, in Indianapolis, that the last three decades have emphasized a “culture of control” in schools - crime control, surveillance and exclusionary punishment. Exclusionary forms of punishment marked by out of school suspensions have risen dramatically in recent years.

1 in 9 students in 2012-2013 were suspended in Indiana. The students most at risk are those most vulnerable and who face the greatest challenges outside of school.

Zero tolerance practices are creating a growing pool of young adults who are uneducated and unemployable. According to a five-year estimate released by the U.S. Census Bureau in December 2015, 21.53%, or 119,075 young people, between the ages of 18-24 in Indiana are without a high school diploma or G.E.D.

CPLI is working to shrink that pool of young people by changing the culture in school to embrace positive approaches to learning and discipline. Check Leaders Collaborating to Advance Positive School Discipline in Indiana Report and Recommendations (2016) here: drive.google.com/file/d/0B_6cMZrnuSXgaWJkY01Pc0Utd0k/view

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Come join us on October 7, 2016, at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, 46202, for CPLI’s Annual Summit! We are excited to announce that the law school is co-sponsoring this year’s event! This year’s theme is: Moving Forward with Positive Learning Environments in Indiana. The impact of school suspensions on the academic success of all students, strategies to advance positive learning environments for all children, and the legal rights of students interrogated at school—will be explored by a diverse group of summit speakers and panelists, bringing together key stakeholders, educators, best practice experts, juvenile justice officials and public policy makers. Please join in this opportunity to examine critical legal and education issues for children with diverse perspectives involved, and help shape a common policy agenda that promotes the academic success of all children. The summit has been approved for 3 Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE), and an application for 3 Continuing Education Units (CEU) is pending. Details are included in the attached agenda. To register: www.eventbrite.com/e/moving-forward-with-positive-learning-environments-in-indiana-tickets-269532.... What: The CPLI 2016 Summit When: October 7, 2016 Location: IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, 46202 No charge for the general public and students to attend.

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Come join us on October 7, 2016, at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, 46202, for CPLI’s Annual Summit! We are excited to announce that the law school is co-sponsoring this year’s event!

This year’s theme is: Moving Forward with Positive Learning Environments in Indiana. The impact of school suspensions on the academic success of all students, strategies to advance positive learning environments for all children, and the legal rights of students interrogated at school—will be explored by a diverse group of summit speakers and panelists, bringing together key stakeholders, educators, best practice experts, juvenile justice officials and public policy makers.

Please join in this opportunity to examine critical legal and education issues for children with diverse perspectives involved, and help shape a common policy agenda that promotes the academic success of all children.

The summit has been approved for 3 Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE), and an application for 3 Continuing Education Units (CEU) is pending. Details are included in the attached agenda. To register: www.eventbrite.com/e/moving-forward-with-positive-learning-environments-in-indiana-tickets-269532....

What: The CPLI 2016 Summit
When: October 7, 2016
Location: IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, 46202
No charge for the general public and students to attend.
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