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Access to APPA Library: Several 2019 Resources are free in April

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As the lives of community corrections professionals have been upended by the threat of coronavirus, the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has received numerous requests for online training resources that officers may access while working from home.

First, we’re proud to announce that beginning in late April, APPA will host a series of brand-new webinars for a nominal fee. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting development.

Until then, APPA has several 2019 resources available in our library that we are offering immediately. Due to the unique situation brought on by COVID-19, we are announcing that, for the month of April only, these webinars will be made available to all members and non-members alike free of charge. For your information, these webinars are typically offered for individual members only.

Webinars available in the library:

• Going Mobile: A “How To” for Mobile Offender Management
• The Probation Poster Child
• You Can’t Read the Label from Inside the Jar. Disruptive Truth Bombs about Criminology, Implementation Science, and Real-World
• Does Intensity of Community Supervision Matter: The Latest Research Evidence
• Opioid Abuse and Evidence-Based Treatment
• Do You Know Your ABC’s? Achieving Work-Balance
• Substance Abuse Disorder in Community Corrections
• New Approach to the Supervision of Domestic Violence Offenders-The Development and Implementation of the DVRNA Tool
• Treatment Mandates, Diversion Programs, and Drug Courts
• The Marijuana Experiment – Colorado Probation after Legalization
• Adolescent Brain Development: Research Implications for Community Corrections

To access, go to https://connect.appa-net.org, click the “Resources” tab, then “Libraries.” Premium Webinar Recordings is a category in this folder. To access the webinar page directly, go to: https://connect.appa-net.org/communities/community-home/librarydocuments?LibraryKey=ad033c20-d6ef-485b-8754-5a96a4f53889&ssoToken=cb6635ec-bd86-4900-9271-82edf9c27097&Site=APPA-3.

While we would like to make these webinars available to all indefinitely, that is simply not possible at this time. Our organization, as so many others, faces uncertainty due to the economic upheaval caused by COVID-19. Nonetheless, we will continue to expand our resources available to you and your peers in the weeks ahead.


Veronica Cunningham
APPA Executive Director

COVID-19 Community Corrections Resources from APPA

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APPA Connect

In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19, APPA will regularly share our resources, updates from the CDC and WHO, as well as material specific to our industry. We will overcome this challenging situation through continued education and collaboration with our members, colleagues, and friends.

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Free Webinar: Community Corrections Virtual Roundtable on the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Wed, Apr 8, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow, more and more community corrections professionals have concerns about how this is currently impacting their work and questions about how it will shape their future. To address those concerns, APPA will host a virtual roundtable facilitated by Dr. Brian Lovins and joined by leading community correction panelists.

During this important hour-long session, community corrections specialists and leaders will listen to your concerns and challenges. They will also share their thoughts, strategies, and resources on this pandemic. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions during the Q&A portion of this virtual discussion.

You’ll hear responses to these questions and more:
– How valuable is current contact with individuals on your caseload?
– Is equipment available to maintain the appropriate level of internal and external contacts?
– How are formerly incarcerated individuals with high risk/high needs being supported?
– How important is technology during this period of isolation?
– Should leading or working on a remote team become the norm?
– What are the key resources needed to successfully contribute to public safety during this time of uncertainty?
– How has this interruption impacted learning and training opportunities in your agency?


COVID-19 Response and Statement from EXiT

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Executives Transforming Probation & Parole

On this page, the Justice Lab will gather and share examples of measures that probation and parole agencies are taking to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is designed as a growing resource for executives actively managing the crisis.

Read the Statement from community supervision executives on the importance of using best practices during the COVID-19 crisis. The Statement’s recommendations include:

  • Immediately limit office visits for people on parole and probation.
  • Suspend or severely limit technical violations for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.
  • Reduce intake onto probation and parole to only those who absolutely need to be under supervision.
  • Reduce the terms of probation and parole to only as long as necessary to achieve the goals of supervision.
  • Train staff to provide clear, accurate and understandable information to probation and parole clients.


The Future Of Recovery Support Part II (Bill White And Mike Collins)

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Selected Papers William L. White on 4/6/2018 by Bill White

“Disruptive innovation, a term coined by Clayton Christensen, describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors.”

The worlds of addiction treatment and recovery mutual aid are on the brink of being radically disrupted and transformed. New recovery support institutions and bold innovations in how, when, and where recovery supports are delivered will pose unprecedented threats and opportunities for established players within the treatment and mutual aid arenas.

In our last blog, we offered five predictions about the future of recovery support in the United States.

1. Transformative innovations in recovery support will encompass high and low tech platforms and a dramatically broadened menu of products, services, and support activities.

2. An ecumenical culture of recovery will spread through new recovery support institutions. Continue reading →

‘I don’t get an extra check for locking you up’: a week with an LA probation officer

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The Guardian on 3/5/2020 by Lauren Lee White (text) and Joseph Rodriguez (photos)

Working for the county probation department, the largest in the nation, means being equal parts social worker and law enforcement

On a Tuesday morning in October, Los Angeles deputy probation officer Booker Waugh made his way down a nearly sheer hillside, just a few feet from the entrance to the 10 freeway heading east.

Waugh, 48, was conducting a field visit to one of his probationers, a man named Joshua Bey. Bey lives in the affluent neighborhood of Cheviot Hills – not in a stately colonial house but in an orange tent, pitched between the freeway and a retaining wall, buffeted by old window blinds and a blanket decorated with kittens.

Hidden from the cars racing by below and the $2m homes above, Bey’s world is invisible unless you know where to look.

Waugh cruising the Skid Row area of Downtown Los Angeles. There are more than 36,000 people experiencing homelessness in the city of Los Angeles; more than half of Waugh’s probation clients are homeless.
Waugh cruises the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles.

Booker Waugh does. Waugh is an officer with the Los Angeles county probation department, the largest agency of its kind in the nation. It oversees more than 35,000 adults under “community supervision”, meaning probation or parole.

Twenty of Waugh’s 38 clients are homeless. “We do this every day,” Waugh says about the challenges of his work. “You can’t let hopelessness get the best of you.”

More than 4.5 million people in the US were under community supervision in 2016, the last year for which the justice department has released data. That’s twice as many people as the number of people incarcerated, and a 239% increase since 1980, according to a study from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

There isn’t enough data on probation to determine the cause of this explosive growth with certainty, but we do know that the increase in probation has far outpaced any increase in crime. That suggests that departments have become more liberal with their use of probation. In the past few years, those liberal policies have been challenged by activists, scholars, and a remarkable number of top brass probation officials who aim to revamp what they view as a bloated, ineffective system. Continue reading →

Opinion – Eric Hoffman: Truancy cannot go unaddressed

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Star Press on 3/14/2020 by Eric Hoffman

Some say that well over 200 years ago, Sir William Curtis coined the phrase “the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic,” which are the basic skills that should be taught in schools. To this day, I can still hear my grandmother talking about the importance of reading, writing and arithmetic.

It has been said that “education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” However, in order for a child to receive that passport, they must regularly attend school. Truancy can result in damaging and far-reaching consequences that can harm our youth in ways that they and we may not yet fully comprehend.

Many research studies indicate that habitual truancy is a significant multifaceted social problem with an equally diverse array of consequences including school failure, dropout, involvement in criminal activity and even development of chronic disease. Truancy often serves as a bridge to juvenile delinquency and future criminal behavior. Failing to address truancy will have negative repercussions throughout the child’s life and on society as a whole. I cannot underscore how important it is for children to attend school.

In Indiana, a statute called the Compulsory School Attendance Law requires children to attend school. If they fail to do so, the law provides two separate, yet similar, enforcement mechanisms based upon the fact scenario.

In the first scenario, the child fails to attend school despite the parent or guardian’s best efforts. If a child refuses to go to school or skips school and the parent or guardian has exhausted all efforts, there is help available. The parent or guardian must contact the school and the juvenile probation department for help.

In this instance, the child will receive a referral to juvenile probation. I will file a delinquency petition in juvenile court which will require the child and the parent or guardian to appear in juvenile court where the truancy issue will be addressed by the judge with the ultimate goal of getting the child to get back into school to receive the education that they desperately need. The bottom line is that the child can go to school voluntarily or I will seek the coercive intervention of the juvenile court to force them to go to school.

In the second scenario, the parent or guardian allows the child to be truant or looks the other way. Safeguarding the future of our youth requires the cooperation of parents and guardians to ensure consistent school attendance, which is vital to helping students to master the academic skills necessary to succeed in life. Parents and guardians have the absolute legal responsibility to ensure that their children attend school.

If a parent or guardian fails to ensure their child’s school attendance, the parent or guardian may be criminally prosecuted for the crime of Failing to Ensure School Attendance, a Class B misdemeanor. The penalty for a Class B misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If there is evidence that a parent or guardian knowingly deprives the child of an education as required by law, the parent or guardian may be prosecuted for Neglect of a Dependent, a Level 6 felony which carries a penalty of up to two and a half years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. I will not only file a delinquency petition against the truant child, but I will file criminal charges against the parent as well.

I have recently been informed that there is a small segment of high schoolers and some middle schoolers who are habitually truant. As a result, I have recently met with school administrators and concerned parents. The Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office and our local school systems are fully committed to the educational and long-term success of our youth. Therefore, in the coming days I will be taking action by filing documents with the juvenile court to initiate delinquency proceedings against multiple high school and middle school students.

These students have missed a substantial amount of days in school. Some students have missed as many as 67 days. If the evidence indicates that the parent or guardian was complicit with the truancy, I will file criminal charges against them as well. I want to personally thank the administration at Muncie Community Schools for bringing this issue to my attention as well as the parents and guardians for meeting with me and making me aware of your concerns. You have been heard.

As prosecuting attorney of Delaware County, I am committed to enforcing Indiana’s truancy laws. I look forward to working with the various school corporations and the Delaware County Juvenile Probation Department to ensure that the truancy laws are enforced. It is my hope that juvenile probation will diligently work with these children to address their truancy and correct their course of conduct.

I realize that many students do not read the paper. Therefore, to parents, teachers and school administrators: print a copy of this editorial and share it with your child/student. They need to know that I will not hesitate to file charges in these types of cases as the facts warrant.

Attendance in school not only benefits the individual child, but our community as a whole. Let’s strive for reading, writing, and arithmetic and not guns, drugs, and violence. The education of our youth is of great importance and far too much hangs in the balance.

Eric M. Hoffman is the prosecuting attorney for Delaware County.

Coronavirus update: Supreme Court says 26 counties’ courts approved for emergency ops

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The Indiana Lawyer on 3/18/2020 by IL Staff

Updated 9:50 a.m. Friday, March 20 Go to the original article for the latest

The Indiana Supreme Court has approved nearly three-quarters of Indiana trial court petitions to operate under emergency plans in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. About 70 of the state’s 92 counties have been approved to curtail operations per court orders issued through Friday morning.

The Supreme Court also has established a webpage with public information about which county courts are approved for emergency operations.

The page which is being updated as orders are approved for each county, shows counties in which the Supreme Court has issued orders on Administrative Rule 17 petitions. Courts granted emergency operating authorization as of Thursday afternoon include: Continue reading →

Coronavirus update: Marion County Prosecutor’s Office implementing telework

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The Indiana Lawyer on 3/12/2020

Editor’s note: This story is being regularly updated with the latest law-related responses to COVID-19.

POPAI Note: This article was captured on 3/13/2020 and will not be updated. Please see the original article for most up to date edits.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is encouraging its employees to telework beginning Friday in response to the local emergence of the COVID-19 virus.

“The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will maintain services to Marion County residents through this unprecedented situation,” Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said in a statement. “We are encouraging employees to work from home as much as possible as the health and safety of our employees and members of the public is of the utmost importance.”

The prosecutor’s office says it has the capability to perform many of its duties and meet its responsibilities by phone, email and video conferencing.

Individuals with pending criminal matters are advised to reference www.mycase.in.gov to verify upcoming court hearings. Litigants can also contact via email or phone the assigned deputy prosecutor to verify scheduled case-related meetings, depositions and court hearings. Continue reading →

White House Announces Action Guide to Combat Rural Drug Addictions

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Hoosier AG Today on 2/2/2020 by NAFB News Service

The Trump Administration Friday released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to drug addiction.

The Rural Community Action Guide is another tool from the administration to help local leaders address drug addiction in their community.

Anne Hazlett, Senior Adviser for Rural Affairs in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and native Hoosier, says the document offers guidelines for rural communities to follow.

“The action guide is one of several tools that we have created specifically for rural leaders that are facing drug addiction in their communities. The guide covers 15 different topics and it includes background information about each of those topics, recommended action steps, and then some promising practices for things that are working on the ground in communities that are tied to each of those issues.”

The Office of National Drug Control Policy, along with rural stakeholders, including the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, developed the guide.

Hazlett says this will help rural communities combat drug addiction through several ways, including addressing the lack of healthcare in rural communities. Continue reading →

Police jail woman who paid bail with marijuana-scented cash

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AP on 3/10/2020

ASHLAND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman was arrested on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate’s bail had a “strong odor of marijuana.”

Authorities began investigating Stormy Lynn Parfait, 33, on Friday, shortly after she showed up at the Ashland jail to pay the bond fee for an inmate being held there on drug charges, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement obtained by news outlets.

After catching a whiff of the cash, a detective searched her car while she was still at the jail and found nearly $40,000 more inside, along with about 100 Klonopin pills and a food stamp card that wasn’t registered to Parfait, according to the sheriff’s statement.

Investigators found hundreds of additional pills and cash as well as marijuana, cocaine and paraphernalia, during a search of Parfait’s home later, news outlets reported. Four unattended children there were turned over to a relative.

Parfait was charged with multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute drugs, four counts of illegal use of a controlled drug in the presence of persons under 17, taking contraband to or into a correctional institution and other related charges, authorities said.

It’s unclear whether she has an attorney who can comment on her behalf.

No visitations at Indiana prisons due to coronavirus concerns, state says

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wane.com on 3/11/2020

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) — The Indiana Department of Correction has suspended visitations at all of its facilities around the state due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The department said Wednesday that visitations would be suspended beginning Thursday and last “at least two weeks.”

The DOC said the decision to suspend visitations was “precautionary,” and made in the interest of the health and safety of staff and offenders. There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 among staff or offenders.

“The decision to extend suspension of visitations to all our correctional facilities was made with the primary concern over the health and safety of each offender and all of our staff,” said IDOC Commissioner Rob Carter. “While we recognize the importance of in-person visits by friends and family, we cannot afford the risk this poses to potentially introduce the COVID-19 virus into our facilities.

“We are working with our partners at the Indiana State Department of Health to monitor this ongoing threat, and when appropriate to do so, visitation restrictions will be lifted.”

Friends and family members can still visit offenders remotely, by video, the DOC said. Video visits must be scheduled in advance and are limited to 20 minutes.


Prior to visiting an IDOC facility, friends and family members should visit the Indiana Department of Correction website and search the ‘Find A Facility’ to locate specific prison facilities. Once on the Facility website, click the ‘Visitation’ tab for current visitation information and see if visitor restrictions are in place.

Hatfield: Vanderburgh County Council must act on jail expansion project

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Courier & Press by John T. Martin

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Vanderburgh County Council was handed jail expansion alternatives about four months ago, and it’s time for the council to act, County Commissioners President Jeff Hatfield said.

Hatfield delivered a letter to councilors Friday saying the county must address its “critically overcrowded” jail. The jail on Harlan Avenue operates above capacity, with overflow inmates held in other counties at local taxpayer expense.

Hatfield’s letter reads:

“The Board of Commissioners was tasked with bringing options for the council to consider and vote on to address the growing problem. We accomplished this and presented the findings in November 2019.

“The extensive research and studies show that the current conditions are unacceptable to the health, welfare and safety of our county employees and members of the Sheriff’s Department working at the jail, as well as the detainees secured there. The analysis also indicate that continuing the status quo comes with a prices to the taxpayer, as the cost of housing Vanderburgh County detainees out-of-county is expected to rise and require more funds from future budgets and the general fund. No solution can be accomplished without funding by the council.  I respectfully request that you schedule a vote on the options that were presented to the council in November 2019, at your earliest possible opportunity.”

Vanderburgh County’s consultants on the jail expansion recommended a $89.1-million, 764-bed addition, which they said would meet the county’s needs for 20 years or so. It was the largest expansion possibility the consultant presented. Continue reading →