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Curtis Hill Releases Second TV Ad Defining Priorities

Curtis Hill Releases Second TV Ad Defining Priorities

ELKHART, Ind. – As the November 8th election quickly approaches, Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Attorney General of Indiana, released his second TV ad today, titled “Meet Curtis Hill.”

The ad will run in multiple media markets across Indiana on broadcast and cable networks. The ad begins by asking “Who’s Curtis Hill?” and then explaining that “He’s an experienced trusted prosecutor. He’s a public servant who has dedicated his career to seeking justice for victims and accountability for violent criminals. A husband, father of five, lifelong Hoosier.”

The ad continues by stating Hill’s priorities as Indiana’s Attorney General, saying that he’s committed to “Defeating the drug crisis. Stopping the horror of human trafficking. Guarding our seniors against scams and fraud. And inspiring solutions.”

According to Hill, the ad clearly and concisely states why he is the most qualified candidate for Attorney General. “I’ve had a successful career in my four terms as Elkhart County Prosecutor. I’ve always worked for the people and been tough on criminals,” he says. “Indiana is my home. It’s where my wife and I chose to raise our children. We need a better, safer Indiana that holds criminals accountable and provides justice for victims.”

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

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Curtis Hill Releases First TV Ad

Curtis Hill Releases First TV Ad

ELKHART, Ind. – Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Attorney General of Indiana, released his first TV ad today, titled “Priorities.” The ad will run in multiple media markets across Indiana on broadcast and cable networks.

In the ad, Hill describes his priorities for the Attorney General’s office, saying, “I’ll stand for freedom, fighting Washington’s overreach. I’ll fight for Hoosier families, keeping them safe from violent crime and drugs. I’ll target those who prey on women and children through human trafficking. Our kids are the best hope for Indiana’s future – let’s inspire them.”

During his four terms as Elkhart County Prosecutor, Hill has transformed the office from a parttime office to a full-time law enforcement operation. He has the experience necessary and the courage to lead as Attorney General for the state of Indiana. Hill has worked with prosecutors and other law enforcement officers around the state as the former president of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, and with leaders from around the nation as a member of the Advisory Board for the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. He has been endorsed by the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, the Indiana State Police Alliance, and Indiana Right to Life.

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

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Curtis Hill Issues Statement on Indiana Supreme Court Rule 26

Curtis Hill Issues Statement on Indiana Supreme Court Rule 26

As a career prosecutor, I am dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims and keeping people safe. When I file criminal charges, I consider the safety of victims and the community. When the judge determines bail, that decision should strike a balance between the presumption of innocence of the accused, the rights of the victim to see justice done, and the protection of the community from further harm.

The newly announced rule by the Indiana Supreme Court is a departure from that balance which may be bad for victims and dangerous for the community.  The policy reason for the rule appears to be an effort to reduce jail populations. However, such an effort should require a comprehensive legislative review of Indiana’s bail procedures along with broad public input.

Essentially, Rule 26 creates a new standard: the presumption of release. Current Indiana law sets forth a careful process for trial court judges to evaluate conditions for release, including bail. With Rule 26, the Court restricts the discretion of experienced judges by implementing a model risk assessment. The risk assessment relies on a staff decision based on unsworn, largely self-serving information from defendants. The process is believed to be the basis for lowering jail populations so it stands to reason that many of the defendants will be categorized as "low risk" or "moderate risk".

The presumption of release without posting a bond will result in violent criminals, such as rapists and child molesters, who are determined "low risk" based on their answers, walking out of jail. With no bond, a criminal may see no reason to stick around for trial. When criminals fail to appear for trial, victims see justice delayed or denied.  The community will experience an increase in crime due to this "catch and release" revolving door.

Prosecutors throughout the state have experienced horrifying results from the model risk assessment. According to the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney Council, in one instance, a young man helped to lure a young girl into a car to rape and murder her. He ultimately choked the life out of her and then threw her into a lake. He was found to be "low risk". In another instance a twice convicted rapist who was charged with a third rape was categorized as "moderate risk". The presumption of release combined with a defective risk assessment process will lead to an increase in crime and as a result more crime victims.

To be clear, the current statute allows trial judges to use their discretion in determining whether or not bail is appropriate and setting of conditions. In many instances, low bond or no posting of bond releases occur daily as do the setting of no bond holds for murder and high bonds for violent and chronic offenders. This process works and there is no reliable data that demonstrates otherwise. Before the Court moves further on in the implementation of its Rule 26, I’m hopeful that the Court will work with prosecutors, crime victims, law enforcement officers and the Indiana legislature to study the current process and accumulate sufficient data to clearly determine that there is a problem that needs fixing, and to determine that a new process considers not only the presumption of innocence, but also is sensitive to the impact on crime victims and the threat to public safety.

Curtis Hill Officially Files for Attorney General

Curtis Hill Officially Files for Attorney General

Elkhart County Prosecutor files paperwork with Indiana Republican Party

ELKHART- Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill officially filed his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Indiana Attorney General. The filing was made at the Indiana Republican Party Headquarters. The nominee will be chosen by delegates at the Indiana Republican Party Convention in June in Indianapolis. 

Shortly before Hill filed his candidacy he to spoke to the Indiana Drug Enforcement Association at their Annual Training Conference. 

Hill stated, “It is fitting that I would officially file my candidacy for Indiana Attorney General on the same day that I spoke to a gathering of Indiana Drug Enforcement Association members. If I am entrusted with the responsibility to serve our state as Attorney General, I will work tirelessly to enforce our drug laws while also creating programs to prevent pathways to drug use and related crime.” 

The Indiana Drug Enforcement Association was founded in 1986 with the four following principles:

  • To encourage a high standard of enforcement of federal and state narcotics laws through training, education, and discipline.
  • To participate in programs to educate the public concerning the hazards of drug abuse.
  • To promote improved laws aimed at more effective drug enforcement.
  • To foster a spirit of trust and cooperation among all police officers and law enforcement agencies — federal, state, and local.

Contact: Pete Seat,  Pete@AFHathaway.com

Prosecutor Curtis Hill Considers Run for Indiana Attorney General

Posted: WNDU Mon 12:23 PM, Nov 23, 2015

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill is considering a run for Indiana attorney general in 2016.

He hopes to succeed current Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who has said he will not seek re-election.

Hill was born in Elkhart County and has served four terms as the prosecuting attorney for Elkhart County.


ELKHART PROSECTOR HILL FORMS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE FOR STATE AG

From The Englehart Group:

ELKHART, Ind. – Four-term Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney Curtis Hill announced today that he has formed a campaign committee as he considers a run for Indiana Attorney General in 2016.

“My experience and my dedication to public service have led me to consider this next step in my career,” said Hill. “Already, I have been humbled by the outpouring of support and confidence from so many Hoosiers around our state.”

With the formation of the Curtis Hill for Indiana committee, Hill can begin raising money for a potential race to succeed Republican Greg Zoeller as Indiana’s Attorney General. Zoeller announced earlier this year that he would not seek reelection.

Curtis Hill is a native of Elkhart County, Indiana. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law in 1987. As Elkhart County’s Prosecuting Attorney since 2003, he has been committed to enhancing the county’s criminal justice system through advances in technology and training, which has resulted in statewide recognition for successfully prosecuting serious and violent offenders.