INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana judges are using a change in state laws to keep juvenile offenders sentenced as adults out of adult prisons.
Paul Gingerich was only 12 when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and he is believed to be the youngest person in Indiana ever sentenced to prison as an adult. Now at age16, he's in a juvenile detention facility, but has since become the de facto face of children sentenced to serve time in adult prisons.
Attorney Monica Foster represented Gingerich's case.
"When we're sending children, babies in some instances, to adult prison, what we're really doing is saying they're throw-away kids; that there's nothing we can do to help them," Foster said.
In 2011, 53 Indiana juveniles were serving time in adult prisons.
The Head of Youth Services for the Indiana Department of Correction said that juveniles don't belong in adult prisons and the state has moved to try to keep them out of the system.
'It gives them the leeway to send kids to juvenile facilities where they're at or least not rubbing elbows with hardened adult criminals," Foster
In many cases, children that commit heinous crimes are given a second chance to avoid spending their early lives in adult prisons.
CALL 6: 'Shatter' drug hitting Central Indiana
It goes by many names like “shatter,” “wax” and ‘dibs,’ and it is a dangerous form of marijuana that is…
Pacers earn Game 7 with 101-83 win over Raptors
Paul George scored 21 points, Myles Turner added 15 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 on Friday night to force a Game 7…
Whitestown: Tornado showed need for more sirens
The community of Whitestown says one good thing came out of the destructive tornado that swept through Boone Co. this week: They realized…
What happens to Indiana's 'Safe Haven' babies?
Since the beginning of the year, three babies have been dropped off at fire stations and hospitals – left by their families with first…
First 'Indy Ultimate' 10K this Saturday
You'll have the chance to compete like a professional athlete Saturday at the "Indy Ultimate" 10k race.