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Allen County magistrate to participate in statewide juvenile justice reform

Rebecca Green

State officials appointed Allen Superior Magistrate Carolyn Foley to help in the state’s juvenile justice system overhaul.

Foley has recently been appointed to serve on Indiana’s Youth Justice Oversight Committee, created by the Indiana Legislature this year in a bipartisan effort to review and reform Indiana’s juvenile justice programs.

The committee has a year to complete a report to the legislature, identifying plans for everything from how to collect and distribute juvenile justice data to how to set up a transitional plan for children in the care of the Indiana Department of Corrections.

"This is actually going to be quite a bit of work that needs to get done," Foley said.

Foley says Indiana is recognized for being in the forefront of juvenile justice work nationally, with many local counties participating in alternatives to juvenile detention.

"I think this is going to be one of the most comprehensive reviews of of our juvenile justice system ever," Foley said. "So this is, I think, a pretty historic moment for those of us who work with youth."

The committee has set a number of goals according to its draft mission statement, including developing a juvenile justice system that improves outcomes for youth.

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.