Tommy Rieman is a decorated Army Veteran, Silver Star Recipient, AND a member of the first graduating class of a Veteran’s Treatment Court in North Carolina. Tommy served 15 years in the US Army as an infantryman and was deployed three times. His favorite job in the Army was his time on a LRS (Long Range Surveillance) Team. Tommy is a Silver Star & Purple Heart recipient. He was featured as a guest in President George Bush’s 2007 State of the Union Address.
He is a video game character, action figure, and the key cast member in the documentary Halfway Home. Upon returning home, Tommy struggled with addiction until he was given a chance to participate in a Veteran’s Treatment Court. His story of rehabilitation is truly inspiring. Tommy currently serves as the Director of Philanthropy for Veterans Bridge Home in North Carolina.
The first time Lori Tipton tried MDMA, she was skeptical it would make a difference.
“I really was, at the beginning, very nervous,” Tipton remembers.
MDMA is the main ingredient in club drugs ecstasy or molly. But Tipton wasn’t taking pills sold on the street to get high at a party.
She was trying to treat her post-traumatic stress disorder, with the help of licensed therapists.
Tipton was given a dose of pure MDMA. Then she lay down in a quiet room with two specially-trained psychotherapists, one woman and one man.
They sat next to Tipton as she recalled some of her deepest traumas, like discovering her mother’s body after a murder-suicide.
“In the embrace of MDMA,” as she describes it, Tipton could revisit this moment without the usual terror and panic.
“I was able to find such empathy for myself. I realized how much I was thinking this was my fault,” she says.
Thesynthetic psychoactive chemical MDMA is emerging as a promising — if unconventional — treatment for PTSD.
Scientists are testing how pharmaceutical-grade MDMA can be used in combination with psychotherapy to help patients who have a severe form of PTSD that has not responded to other treatments.Unlike street drugs which may be adulterated and unsafe, researchers use a pure, precisely dosed form of the drug.
It’s not yet available as a treatment for PTSD outside of clinical trials, but the success of early trials has proponents hopeful that the therapy could be available to more people in coming years. They’re aiming for approval by the Food and Drug Administration, which granted breakthrough therapy status to MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in 2017.
Electronic filing is available in each of Indiana’s 92 counties now that Sullivan County rolled out voluntary e-filing this month.
Sullivan Circuit and Superior Courts were the last to make the e-filing transition across Indiana’s 92 counties, implementing voluntary e-filing Friday and concluding the statewide rollout in county courts.
E-filing will become mandatory in Sullivan County on Oct. 8. Preceding Sullivan County in making the transition to e-filing were Clinton and Pike counties, who implemented mandatory e-filing July 16.
The statewide digital switch, introduced by the Indiana Supreme Court in 2015, was initially set for completion by the end of 2018. But seven counties – Wayne, Putnam, Miami, Howard, Clinton, Pike and Sullivan – pushed their e-filing rollouts to 2019 to accommodate their transition to the Odyssey online case management system.
As of January, only Pike and Sullivan counties had not yet deployed Odyssey but were set to do so before making the switch to e-filing.
Now, only one court – the Hobart City Court in Lake County – is scheduled to make the e-filing transition. The city court will move to voluntary e-filing Sept. 27 and mandatory e-filing Nov. 26.
Louis Morano knows what he needs, and he knows where to get it.
Morano, 29, has done seven stints in rehab for opioid addiction in the past 15 years. So, he has come to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city’s overdose crisis. People call the mobile clinic the “bupe bus.”
Buprenorphine is a drug, also known by its brand name, Suboxone, that curbs cravings and treats the symptoms of withdrawal from opioid addiction. Combined with cognitive behavioral therapy, it is one of the three FDA-approved medicines considered the gold standard for opioid-addiction treatment.
Morano has tried Suboxone before — he used to buy it from a street dealer to help him get through his workday when he couldn’t use heroin. It kept the sick feelings of withdrawal at bay. So he has a sense of how it will make him feel, though he has never been prescribed it. He used to think of it as a crutch. But now, he is committed to his recovery, and buprenorphine is key.
“I can’t do this anymore,” Morano says. He wants the medical support.
The bupe bus is a project of Prevention Point, Philadelphia’s only syringe-exchange program, and is part of the city’s efforts to expand access to this particular form of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.
The Fall Conference is just around the corner. Remember to register and book your stay since the hotel fills up quickly.
Plan to arrive around 11 am on Wednesday September 4th so you can check in and attend the Opening Session and Keynote with Harvey Alston at 1 then find a breakout session. On Thursday after morning Plenary and Breakout Sessions enjoy lunch at the POPAI Annual Meeting. More breakout sessions Thursday afternoon end with time to enjoy activities in the area or network. A Professional Development Session is planned for Friday before a closing session with Tommy Rieman.
Breakout Sessions include:
Latest Drug Trends
The 12 Step Program of Recovery
Peer Recovery Specialists
Slips, Slides and Sobriety: Dealing with Relapse
Motivating and Engaging Hard To Reach People in Accountable, Collaborative Treatment.
The denial of a prisoner’s petition for post-conviction relief has been upheld after the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded the man’s guilty plea that included a habitual criminal offender enhancement was not involuntary.
After Alandus James was charged with Class D felony battery on a child, Class D felony strangulation and Class D felony residential entry, a habitual criminal offender enhancement was added based on James’ two prior conviction for sexual misconduct with a minor.
James pleaded guilty to the habitual offender enhancement without a guilty plea agreement upon his conviction of the charges, but subsequently challenged his 30-month and two consecutive 18-month sentences on appeal. In his petition for post-conviction relief, James asserted that his guilty plea was involuntary because the trial court had “failed to advise him that he was waiving his right to confront and cross-examine witnesses and his right against self-incrimination.” Continue reading →
In a published dissent to a denial of transfer, two Indiana Supreme Court justices had sharp words for the Department of Child Services and the lower courts that, according to the dissent, did not take advantage of an opportunity to “make things right” for a father and his two children.
Majority justices Mark Massa, Geoffrey Slaughter and Christopher Goff voted to deny transfer to In Re The Matter of: My.B. and M.Q., Children in Need of Services, M.B. (Father) v. Indiana Department of Child Services, 18A-JC-2159, but Justice Steven David penned a three-page published dissent, joined by Chief Justice Loretta Rush.
In the Marion County children in need of services case, Father M.B. appealed the adjudication of his two children, M.Q. and My.B., as CHINS, arguing there was insufficient evidence to support the finding that his children would not receive the care they needed without court intervention. The dissenting justices agreed with the father.
“While there is no doubt that Mother was incapable of caring for the children without the coercive intervention of the court, there is no evidence to suggest Father is unable to provide the children with necessary food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education or supervision and that the coercive intervention of the court is needed,” David wrote in the Wednesday dissent. “On the contrary, the evidence shows that Father has the ability and means to care for the children, including providing them with needed counseling.” Continue reading →
The Indiana Supreme Court denied transfer of the case on July 25, 2019. The Indiana Court of Appeals opinion (in our favor) was certified on July 29, 2019. Read the Court of Appeals opinion here.
On January 22, 2019, POPAI authorized the filing of an Amicus Curiae brief drafted by counsel hired by the Association in the Indiana Court of Appeals case number 18A-PL-02528.
In the history of the Association, we have found no record of POPAI advocating for the membership in this way. Thus, a great deal of thought and debate occurred before moving in this direction.
An Amicus Curiae is a “friend of the court” who is not a party to an action, but has a strong interest in the matter. The person or association petitions the court for permission to submit a brief with the intent of influencing the court’s decision. On February 1, 2019, the Court of Appeals granted our Motion to Appear as Amicus Curiae, thus allowing our Association to be heard on the issue.
Though this case involves a probation officer who was a POPAI member in good standing when they voluntarily left employment, it is important to note that we did not intervene on behalf of this individual member.
We are intervening on behalf of all probation officer members in our Association because we believe the question before the court will have significant impact on the employee-employer relationship we have with the courts. As our brief states, we have “an interest in preserving, protecting, and promoting the close relationship between probation officers and the judicial officers they serve.”
To learn details about the issue and our position in the matter, please read the brief filed by the Association. You can monitor the status of the case via myCase.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to any Executive Board member with questions or comments regarding this matter.
That person will work to break a cycle so many communities are dealing with: addiction, arrest, jail, repeat.
By late winter, getting locked up may help inmates break free of drug addiction in Bartholomew County.
That’s when a brand new program will launch to win that drug battle behind bars.
“We can either keep building prisons or keep building bigger jails, or we can actually try to treat some people for their addictions and hopefully they don’t come back here,” said Chief Deputy Chris Lane.
Lane says more than 90 percent of their 260 or so inmates are dealing with some form of addiction, so getting them treatment on the inside made sense.
The jail staff studied the issue for months, visiting other jail programs and analyzing their own data.
A job search is now underway to find a counselor/coordinator to lead the program.
“We’re searching high and low for that perfect person,” Lane said. “That person that wants to be stepping into a job that they want to help design a program that they can attach themselves to. They’re not coming into an established program. They’re gonna help build this program.”
It’s going to be a program based on a hybrid of what’s worked at three other Indiana jails they visited: Morgan, Monroe and Dearborn counties.
Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America, Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Harvey Alston brings to the finish line.
Harvey Alston has taken his personal proven message – “Be the Best” to literally millions of people. His unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, and changed lives. Harvey’s powerful, soul-searching presentation uplifts people to a higher standard – to a level where people strive only for the BEST.
The Paper of Montgomery County on 8/2/2019 by Joe LaRue
Paper photo by Joe LaRue County Councilman Mark Davidson (and fellow councilman Don Mills) have planted 20 acres of hemp.
This summer and spring have been by all accounts the worst summer and spring for farming in quite a while, and not just here in the county.
Corn and soybean farmers across Indiana, Ohio and Illinois suffered delayed planting caused by record-setting spring rains. Hoping for the wet to recede but not vanish, some farmers have been equally disappointed by the summer weather, as high temps and no rain enveloped large regions of North America for days and weeks at a time.
And while many have seen this spring and summer as a dangerous time for many farmers in both the county and the entire Midwest, some farmers have managed to use it as an opportunity to expand their capabilities. In particular, Mark Davidson has done just that with his hemp growing operation.
Originally approached by fellow county councilman Don Mills about starting a hemp operation, Davidson and Mills initially agreed to plant five acres to limit the potential loss, Davidson explained. But then one day, he says, a new party changed the face of the operation. “We originally only wanted to do five acres because of some of the risks. But the consultant who I had been working with brought this guy in from Australia, and he wanted to invest in hemp and hemp growing because it’s not legal there, and he liked what he saw and upped our acreage to 20 acres.” Continue reading →
Alicia Hampton, a welding instructor at Ivy Tech Community College, talks to boys being held Monday at the Lake County Juvenile Center in Crown Point. “Everything you would do in real life, you do here,” Hampton said. “You see the sparks flying? You just don’t get burned.”
CROWN POINT — Five boys being held at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center listened intently Monday as Ivy Tech Community College instructor Alicia Hampton walked them through the basics of welding.
“I don’t know what to do,” said one boy, the first to try a welding simulator Hampton brought with her.
“I’m going to help you,” Hampton said, placing a welding mask over his face. “I’m going to be right here with you.”
Hampton eventually talked to all of the nearly 30 boys and girls being held Monday at the Juvenile Center as part of a new partnership between the county’s juvenile justice system and Ivy Tech.
Lake Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak recently set a goal of helping 50 children obtain jobs by 2025 as part of the county’s work with the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.
The initiative, developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, aims to promote positive youth development and enhance public safety while eliminating unnecessary or inappropriate use of secure detention. Lake County joined in 2009. Continue reading →
Texarkana Gazette on 7/28/2019 by Associated Press
HOUSTON—A settlement that ensures most misdemeanor defendants are quickly released and don’t languish in jail has been reached in a federal lawsuit over the bail system in Texas’ most populous county, officials announced Friday.
The bail system in Harris County, where Houston is located, had been deemed unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal, who said it violated equal protection rights against wealth-based discrimination for misdemeanor defendants.
Rosenthal’s ruling stemmed from a 2016 lawsuit against the county that alleged misdemeanor defendants who were too poor to post bail for release remained jailed because of their poverty.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of several misdemeanor defendants, including a woman who was jailed for two days for driving without a valid license because she couldn’t afford her $2,500 bail.
The settlement’s consent decree is “historic and it’s a huge step forward for the county and the country,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the county’s top administrator. The county had initially fought the lawsuit, but after Hidalgo took office in January, officials worked to settle the case.
The lawsuit is part of a broader push in the U.S. to reform a bail system that civil rights groups say unfairly keeps poor defendants, particularly minorities, locked up and forces many to plead guilty in order to get released.
“This is a watershed moment in the bail reform movement,” said Elizabeth Rossi, an attorney with Civil Rights Corps, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that is among the groups that sued the county.
Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states.
The settlement and its consent decree still have to be approved by county commissioners, who are set to vote on it Tuesday. Rosenthal will also have to approve it, possibly at an Aug. 21 court hearing. The consent decree will be overseen by a monitor for at least seven years.
The agreement will solidify changes Harris County had already put in place after Rosenthal’s ruling.
Those changes stated most misdemeanor defendants would be released within 48 hours on personal recognizance bonds that don’t require any payment. Rossi said that depending on how busy authorities get on a typical day, she expects most misdemeanor defendants can be released within several hours after a case is filed.
Rossi said that some of the issues that have contributed to poor defendants missing court dates are transportation and child care. The county plans to study those factors and provide funding to address them.
County Commissioner Rodney Ellis said he’s optimistic the settlement will be approved and put in place.
“What we’re doing is fixing a broken system that has punished people based on how much money they had before they were ever convicted of a crime and that is simply unfair, unconstitutional and is unsafe,” Ellis said.
The agreement says individuals facing certain types of misdemeanors, including domestic violence and a second or subsequent driving-while-intoxicated charge, will have to appear before a magistrate judge to determine their release.
The county will also be required under the agreement to provide resources to help misdemeanor defendants, including funding for legal representation and a text message reminder system.
“We essentially are going from an unconstitutional two-tiered system of justice to one that is fair and makes people safer, and in the process we’re hopefully setting an example for what communities all across the country can do,” Hidalgo said.
I am pleased to announce that Angie Hensley has been appointed to serve as the IOCS Justice Services Deputy Director.
Angie has worked at IOCS as a program coordinator within the Justice Services Division since 2011. Her duties have included developing and conducting evidence-based practice trainings for probation officers and problem solving courts; developing distance education programs through IOCS’s online learning management system; managing the Justice Services PSC, veterans court, and pretrial grant process; and staffing various agency committees and work groups. Angie has been in a lead position on multiple projects at IOCS, including the probation coaching project, the incentives and sanctions project, and the probation examination update. She is co-chair of the state EBDM Risk Reduction Strategies Work Group, which is currently expanding IOCS’s incentives and sanction project and drafting guidelines for evidence-based prosecutor diversion programs.
We are excited to have Angie serve in her new role, and I know she is looking forward to working with everyone in this new capacity. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Angie for information and assistance.
We look forward to seeing you next week at the Justice Services Conference!
Mary Kay Hudson, Executive Director
Indiana Office of Court Services
Office of Judicial Administration
Indiana Supreme Court
251 North Illinois Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204