I was the author of the original Crime Victims Notification Act. This was the Indiana statute which requires the Indiana Department of Corrections to notify victims of certain violent crimes when the offender is released from prison or has escaped from custody.
The late Betty Jane Spencer, the sole survivor of the Hollandsburg murders, took on the cause of passage of the bill as her own.
So, it is with interest I am reading of the case of Danny Rouse, who was arrested in the stabbing death of 16 year-old Stephanie Wagner just a few counties west of here. Mr. Rouse had been convicted in the Kansas murder of a young boy 27 years ago. That boy would be 32 years old tody if he had not been murdered by Danny Rouse.
Mr. Rouse served 25 years in prison in Kansas for that murder and for the brutalization of the boy's mother. He was then paroled by Kansas authorities and came to live in Indiana with his brother and sister-in-law.
Not even the Sheriff of Cass County knew that Mr. Rouse was in his community.
[Indy Undercover] has found out there’s trouble brewing in the Marion County Information Services Agency. Apparently there are some “questionable” activities concerning its spending of taxpayer money and its Application Development contract negotiations. Not to bore you with details (hopefully some enterprising reporter out there will follow up), but a number of employees (about 10) recently took a trip to San Diego, CA, at $2,000 a head, to attend a conference held by Accela, a computer company. Apparently someone wants the city to spend $3 million on a computer system that may not be compatible with the city’s needs for its permit and inspection management activities. Does this sound familiar?
According to our sources assaults on correction officers are on the rise under the Anderson administration. And in an effort to cover up these increases Anderson has decided to only investigated and tracked these incidents based on what occurred in the jail itself. To hide the increased numbers Frank has combined these numbers with those occurring at the Marion County Jail 2 and the APC. By doing so he dilutes the true number of occurances and hides his total lack of concern for the officers who are charged bringing order to disorder.
It is also reported that under Anderson, Corrections Officers are afraid to use physical force to subdue violent inmates. Not only Will Anderson fire the corrections officer, but will seek charges of battery on the corrections officer. Anderson will not allow corrections officers to place inmates in lock down for disruptive behavior.