Known as the "Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana" the city of Bloomington was established in 1818 by settlers from Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. These settlers were so impressed with what they described as "a haven of blooms" that they named in Bloomington. Today it is one of the larger cities in Indiana with a population of 83 thousand.
Bloomington is home to several professional amateur theater companies that offer visitors and citizens a very pleasant alternative to movie theaters and also hold regular concerts. These theater companies include:
- The Indiana University Dept. of Theatre and Drama
- Cardinal Stage Company
- The Bloomington Playwrights Project
- Theatre of the People
- The Indiana University Auditorium
They also are home to some wonderful museums and galleries. The Indiana University Art Museum allows visitors to experience everything from world renowned architect I.M. Pei's soaring triangular atrium to galleries filled with extraordinary works of art from all corners of the globe. The Mathers Museum of World Cultures consists of over 20 thousand objects and 10 thousand photographs representing cultures from each of the world's inhabited continents. They have been collected and curated to serve their primary mission as a teach museum within a university setting. The Lilly Rare Books and Manuscripts Library is an internationally known rare book library containing more than 400 thousand books, more than seven million manuscripts and 100 thousand pieces of sheet music. They also have the Gutenberg Bible on permanent exhibit which was printed before 1456 as well as John James Audubon's Birds of America prints.
New Bill to Focus on Community Correction Program on Addiction
Lower level felons may be able to get assistance with drug addiction in Bloomington communities under new legislation that was approved by the Indiana House. The bill has now moved to the Senate and is a follow up to a law passed in 2013 and amended in 2014.
House Bill 1006 permits the department of correction to:
- Provide funding to a court for a court supervised recidivism reduction program.
- Provides that the Indiana judicial center shall develop and administer the program.
- Provides that the board of directors of the judicial conference shall promulgate rules for the program.
- Specifies standards for treatment funded under the program.
- Establishes the justice reinvestment advisory council to make a recommendation concerning the awarding of a grant.
- Provides that the Indiana judicial center shall award grants:
(1) to assist with the establishment and maintenance of community corrections programs in each county by 2020;
(2) to assist communities and counties to develop and maintain alternatives to incarceration that are needed in the applicable community or county; and
(3) to reduce recidivism.
- Provides that the Indiana judicial center shall monitor other state programs that provide funding to programs that are alternatives to incarceration.
- Requires the Indiana judicial center to create reports on the program and other state funding of programs that are alternatives to incarceration.
- Requires the department of correction to make a monthly report to the budget committee concerning the number of persons committed to the department.
- Provides that after January 1, 2016, a court may not commit a person convicted of a Level 6 felony to the department of correction, with certain exceptions.
What this means is that it is an overhaul to the state's felony sentencing structure and that low level felons, being those that have committed a level 6 felony (a felony charge that usually carries with it a sentence of 6 months to 2.5 years), will no longer always be sent to prison but may be eligible to serve in community based programs that focus on substance abuse problems.
If a drug addict commits a non-violent felony and it is ruled as a level 6 felony by the courts, he may be able to go into a drug rehabilitation program instead of prison with this new law. The program will receive 80 million dollars in funding over the next two years and 75 percent of it must be spent on community based treatment programs. The local governments are prohibited from using the money to construct new jails or other buildings for programs.
People who are addicted to drugs and alcohol will often turn to crime to support their habit, or even when finances are not an incentive, they may still commit crimes simply because the drugs are preventing them from thinking clearly. For violent offenders and more serious felonies, prison sentencing will still be in use to protect the community from them. However for non-violent smaller level felonies, the goal instead becomes to get them through their addiction and see if they can once more be a contributing member of society.
Participants in the community treatment programs who do not adhere to the rules and do not pass the classes may be required to serve out their original sentence in prison however. Because of this, it is not a free ticket out of jail for felony offenders, but instead is a second chance to turn their lives around.
Bloomington Drug Rehab
Although HB 1006 can give some felony offenders a second chance, it will not apply to the majority of felony crimes committed. If a friend or family member of yours is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the time to act is now. You need to speak to them about getting help before crime enters into the situation.
Bloomington has 7 rehab centers, plenty of which also offer specialty programs for people who are in a particular situation in addition to the drug addiction. These programs include special care for pregnant or postpartum women, programs for adolescents or teens, people with HIV or AIDS, people who have received a DUI or DWI and several others.
Many of the programs accept medicaid, medicare, state financed insurance, military insurance and private insurance and for those that don't yet have insurance some programs, some centers have sliding scale fees that change the cost of the program depending on your income level and other factors.