NPR on November 3, 2015 by Carrie Johnson
El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma. Thousands of prisoners nationally were just released as a result of changes to sentencing guidelines for drug-related crimes.Over the past few days, thousands of federal prisoners have been leaving confinement early and returning to their communities — the result of changes to sentencing guidelines for drug-related crimes.
Over the past few days, thousands of federal prisoners have been leaving confinement early and returning to their communities — the result of changes to sentencing guidelines for drug-related crimes.
And who will be monitoring those former inmates?
In some ways, the buck stops with Matthew Rowland. He’s the chief of the probation and pretrial services office at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Rowland worked as a federal probation officer in his native New York for 15 years. Now he’s responsible for a nationwide team that supervises about 225,000 people accused or convicted of federal crimes every year.
Rowland told NPR he’s been able to hire a net 150 new officers to help deal with the big release of drug offenders. The officers started working with many of those criminals a year ago, even before they left prison.
“The officer is required to interact with them not only in the office but go out into the community and see where they’re living, see who they’re hanging around with, see the level of family support they have and then take that information into account in developing a supervision plan that tries to produce the best possible result,” Rowland said.
Indiana Judicial Center on 11/22/2015
At the Probation Officer Regional Meetings this year, the Indiana Judicial Center (IJC) presented information on HEA 1006 grant funding.
The attached Power Point presented by IJC includes highlights, application tips, collaboration examples, and information about the grant requests coming out very shortly.
Any questions should be directed to Jane Seigel, Jenny Bauer, and/or Mary Kay Hudson.
HEA 1006 grant funding
IndianaLawyer.com on November 4, 2015 by Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Department of Correction has begun disbursing $5 million in new state funding meant to help local communities provide treatment and rehabilitation programs for low-risk offenders.
Kokomo Tribune on 11/17/2015 by George Myers
The Howard County Commissioners approved a grant Monday from the Indiana Department of Correction that will increase staffing in Community Corrections and adult probation.
Overall, the county will receive $124,422 from IDOC, with $65,000 going to adult probation, and $51,000 to Community Corrections.
The remaining $8,422 will be granted as a bonus to Community Corrections for reaching performance goals instituted by the IDOC.
Community Corrections will use the larger sum to hire an additional case manager and a part-time field officer, while adult probation will hire another full-time probation officer, according to Community Corrections Director Ray Tetrault.
The Elkhart Truth on 11/08/2015 by Rick Callahan
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s first statewide program that pays for addiction and mental health treatment for convicted felons sent to community corrections instead of jail or prison is now underway in a push that’s targeting uninsured offenders.
Courts, probation and parole officers and community correction managers on could begin referring eligible felons on Nov. 1 to designated drug and mental health treatment centers instead of to jail or prison.
Family and Social Services Administration spokeswoman Marni Lemons said it’s too early to know how many were referred since the initiative began or how many will eventually take part, but it’s expected to number in the thousands.
The new initiative, called Recovery Works, follows sweeping changes to Indiana’s criminal code which took effect last year that are sending more low-level, nonviolent felony criminals to community corrections and jails.