Indiana Attorney General Hill: ACLU petition “ignores Indiana Constitution”

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INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT)- Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says he opposes efforts from the American Civil Liberties Union to reduce the number of inmates in Indiana prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a petition filed in March, the ACLU said the Indiana Supreme Court should start “emergency rulemaking” to let certain inmates leave correctional facilities and shelter at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hill says that under the Indiana Constitution, the Indiana Department of Correction operates within the executive branch, not the judicial. Therefore, Hill argues that the petition filed by the ACLU is “constitutionally and procedurally improper.”

Hill added that the Indiana Department of Correction has been following guidelines set out by the CDC and “has remained vigilant.”

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(This story was originally published on April 7, 2020)

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