The Children's Policy & Law Initiative of Indiana

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


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.


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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Please consider an online donation using PayPal! Or if you would like to contribute financially to CPLI in another way, please contact us by phone or email. As a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, our organization your donation will be tax deductible to the extent allowable under state and federal laws. We welcome and thank you for your support!

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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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CPLI Presents A Forum On: Human Trafficking

August 25, 2016, 5:30pm - August 25, 2016, 7:00pm

Join The Children's Policy and Law Initiative for an evening of dinner and discussion with the hope of bringing awareness to the trafficking of minors within Indiana. The featured speaker will be Tracy McDaniel, MSW the Founder and CEO of Restored. A representative from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General will also join the discussion. Tickets are $50.00. All proceeds from this event will support CPLI's Annual Fund Campaign. Schedule: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Social Hour and Appetizers 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Speaker and Dinner Cash Bar Available For ticket information please visit our eventbrite page:

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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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