Criminal Justice

Incoming Attorney General Curtis Hill Says State Shouldn’t Abandon Strict Enforcement

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By: Brandon Smith

December 19, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – State officials, health care leaders and lawmakers often use the phrase “can’t arrest our way out” when talking about Indiana’s so-called “drug epidemic.”  Incoming Attorney General Curtis Hill says the state shouldn’t abandon what he calls “strict enforcement.”

The state’s recent criminal code reform was aimed at, in part, keeping low-level, non-violent drug offenders out of prison and into community corrections and treatment.

But Attorney General-elect Curtis Hill, who’s been critical of the reform, rejects that premise; he thinks all drug crimes are violent crimes.

And Hill says for drug users who, in his words, “get caught up in law enforcement,” treatment after incarceration should be available:

Hill says he thinks many people will never seek help without incarceration.


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