Indiana Black caucus pushes to cut jail population

Posted at 2:05 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 14:05:19-05

INDIANAPOLIS — As the legislative session moves forward, Indiana's African-American lawmakers are working on several issues they say will benefit all Hoosiers.

Tuesday, the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus talked about four main priorities for the current session, which included a push to help tackle overcrowding in the state's jails.

A bill from Rep. Cherish Pryor, D-Indianapolis, would let police issues a summons to appear in court to certain offenders instead of taking them to be booked into jail.

"We did house bill 10-06 several years ago — allow us to alleviate some of that jail overcrowding," Representative Pryor said.

The Black caucus also says it wants to end predatory lending in the state that disproportionately impacts people of color.

They are also hoping to get more funding for the environmental cleanup of old industrial sites, where many low-income families now live.