New bill would prevent violent criminals from changing names

To protect Hoosiers, I co-authored a proposal for a new law that would ensure serious convicted felons are not able to legally change their names to hide their identities. This is especially important as statistics show sex offenders are often repeat criminals.
Under current law, offenders sentenced to a DOC facility prior to 1998 can petition for a name change. This could include those convicted of murder, rape, sexual battery, kidnapping, human trafficking and other heinous crimes.
Victims, families and the community should have the opportunity to track these offenders by their legal names or locate them on available registries.
While violent criminals can change their appearance, residence and job – changing their legal name goes too far.


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