Statewide— State Rep. Randy Frye’s legislation to allow Indiana’s jails to report population data to a new statewide database could soon become state law. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, 77% of Indiana jails are either overcrowded or at maximum capacity. Frye stated this put strains on staff and local budgets, and poses security risks.Frye said the Indiana Sheriff’s Association is creating a statewide database with the capability to produce real-time data on who is in jail, why they are in jail and how long they have been or will be behind bars. Frye’s legislation would require all Indiana jails to use the database. “We found a number of differences among Indiana counties as to why jails are overcrowded,” Frye said. “With real-time data, leaders in criminal justice and legislators can identify problem areas and trends, and make data-driven decisions to address this statewide issue.”According to Frye, this legislation stems from a report written by the Indiana Jail Overcrowding Task Force, which he created to study jail overcrowding before the end of 2019. Going forward, the Indiana Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council would have the responsibility of studying jail overcrowding.The database will also be used to notify victims of crimes about an offender’s release, booking or transfer to another facility. The database is paid for by a grant from the Victims of Crime Act through the ICJI. House Enrolled Act 1346 now heads to the governor for consideration as a new law.
… GDF, Western Tigers play to tame drawFRUTA Conquerors needled newcomers New Amsterdam United (1-0) for a positive start in the third installation of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Elite League, while Western Tigers rallied to a draw against title-holders Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on opening night at the Leonora Track and Field Facility on Sunday.Boasting a very youthful squad, Fruta Conquerors, who finished second in the league last year, picked up an important three points, thanks to their best player, Eon Alleyne, who netted the game’s lone goal in the 78th minute.In the other clash, newcomers Western Tigers showed promise of being serious contenders, after coming from a goal down to pick up a point against the league’s title-holders, the GDF.Thirteen minutes into the highly anticipated clash, Carlos Adams put the Army in command with his goal, but Western Tigers kept up the pressure and finally picked up the equaliser through Andrew Murray in the 27th minute.Both teams failed to capitalise on their chances at goal, and settled for the entertaining draw.The Elite League will now head to Linden for another double-header at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground on Friday.In the opening game, Buxton United and Ann’s Grove will collide at 18:00hrs, and the home side Milerock will tackle Victoria Kings at 20:00hrs.This year, the winners will receive $5M, second-placers $2M, third-placers and fourth-placers will pocket $1M and $500 000 respectively.E.C Vieira Investments, Camex Restaurants, Impression’s Branding, Marics (Honda) and Automobile Power Products are the league’s sponsors. All games will attract a $500 entry fee.