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Young: Remembering US Probation Officer Tom Gahl

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The Indiana on 09/21/2016 by Richard L. Young

Sept. 22, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most tragic day in the history of the Southern District of Indiana. At 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, 1986, United States Probation Officer Thomas E. Gahl went to the Indianapolis home of Michael Wayne Jackson, an offender who had been added to Tom’s list of supervisees just a few days before. After receiving no answer to his knocks at the front door, Tom, an 11-year veteran of the Probation Office, turned around to head back to his car. Jackson then ambushed Tom, who was shot three times at close range and killed. Jackson fled and murdered two other people in the course of a manhunt that lasted 11 days and resulted in his suicide in a Missouri barn.

Tom’s wife, Nancy, and their two sons, Christopher (then 8 years old) and Nicholas (then 4) bore the brunt of Tom’s death, and they were not alone in their grief. Indeed, Tom’s murder left an indelible mark on the entire court family, and in particular on Probation Office staff, both in the Southern District of Indiana and across the country. His sacrifice has resulted in significant changes to how probation officers conduct their business, and Tom’s name has become synonymous with officer safety.

New study: State needs 17 more judicial officers

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Indiana Lawyer on 9/23/2016 by Dave Stafford

The biggest assessment of Indiana trial court caseloads and resources ever conducted reveals state trial courts need 17 more judges, magistrates and judicial officers than currently allocated.

A study conducted for the Indiana judiciary by the National Center for State Courts surveyed judges and judicial officers in every county of the state who tracked the time they spent on cases last October. The report assigned weight to the case types based on time required and complexity.

“Application of the case weights to calendar year 2015 filings results in the need for a total of 467.97 judicial officer full-time equivalents,” the report says. “As of August 31, 2015, Indiana has 450.92 judicial officer FTEs, which results in a need for 16.98 additional judicial officer FTEs.”

The greatest needs among the state’s largest counties are in Vanderburgh, where six more judicial officers are needed to in addition to the 14 current officers; Allen County, which needs 4.6 judicial officers in addition to its 23; Marion County, which needs four more in addition to its 78; and Tippecanoe, which could use another 2.6 judicial officers in addition to its current level of about 8.8 full-time equivalent jurists.

February trial set for Elkhart woman in newborn son’s death

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Indiana Lawyer on 9/23/2016

The trial for a northern Indiana woman accused in her newborn son’s death has been postponed until February.

The Elkhart Truth reports that 21-year-old Mikayla Munn’s trial now is scheduled for Feb. 6 in Wabash Circuit Court. She’s charged with felony counts of murder and child neglect. The former Manchester University student gave birth in the bathtub of her dorm room March 8. First responders found her holding the baby’s body after calling 911.

The baby’s death was ruled a homicide.

Court documents show the Elkhart woman searched online for home abortion methods about three weeks before she gave birth.

Munn faces up to 65 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the murder charge and 40 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the neglect charge.

Regional Stakeholder Training on the IRAS and IYAS

on September 21, 2016 by Vicki Davis, Deputy Director, Indiana Office of Court Services Office of Judicial Administration




Subject: Register for a Regional Stakeholder Training on the Indiana Risk Assessment System and the Indiana Youth Assessment System

The Indiana Office of Court Services (formerly the Indiana Judicial Center) will be conducting regional Stakeholder Trainings on the Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS) and the Indiana Youth Assessment System (IYAS) late October and in November.

Evidence-based practices are critical to each community in working toward better outcomes with criminal and juvenile justice systems.  One of the foundational elements of evidence-based practices is risk assessment.  Validated risk assessments provide information to aid in determining supervision strategies, areas for further assessment, and targeted services and interventions. The Indiana Office of Court Services would like you to join us for these informative sessions to aid you in a better understanding of risk assessment systems and their benefits.

Registration information:

Below is a list of the sessions being offered, the location, and time of the session.  Each session has limited space.  Please register for the session(s) you would like to attend.   If the link you are trying does not work, then that session is full.  After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with full details and location address.  Please check any junk or spam folders if you do not receive your confirmation since they are auto-generated from the registration system.  Lunch will not be provided and travel expenses (mileage and hotel overnight) will not be reimbursed.  If you need to cancel or make a change to your registration, please contact Teri Simmons at


Date and Time Session Title Location Registration link
October 27 – 8:45 AM IRAS (Adult) Session Fort Wayne October 27 Morning Session-Adult
October 27 – 1:15 PM IYAS (Juvenile) Session Fort Wayne October 27 Afternoon Session-Juvenile
October 31 – 8:45 AM IRAS (Adult) Session Plainfield October 31 Morning Session-Adult
October 31 – 1:15 PM IYAS (Juvenile) Session Plainfield October 31 Afternoon Session-Juvenile
November 1 – 8:45 AM IRAS (Adult) Session Muncie November 1 Morning Session-Adult
November 1 – 1:15 PM IYAS (Juvenile) Session Muncie November 1 Afternoon Session-Juvenile
November 7 – 8:45 AM IRAS (Adult) Session Merrillville November 7 Morning Session-Adult
November 7 – 1:15 PM IYAS (Juvenile) Session Merrillville November 7 Afternoon Session-Juvenile
November 14 – 8:45 AM IRAS (Adult) Session French Lick November 14 Morning Session-Adult
November 14 – 1:15 PM IYAS (Juvenile) Session French Lick November 14 Afternoon Session-Juvenile
November 17 – 8:45 AM

IRAS (Adult) Session

Clarksville November 17 Morning Session-Adult
November 17 – 1:15 PM IYAS (Juvenile) Session Clarksville November 17 Afternoon Session-Juvenile

For detailed information on the training curriculum, please see the attached document.  iras-iyas-stakeholder-training-programs

Vicki Davis, Deputy Director

Indiana Office of Court Services

Office of Judicial Administration

30 South Meridian Street, Suite 900

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Tel: 317-232-1313

Fax: 317-233-3367


IACCAC Fall Training Institute November 15-18, 2016

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Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties on 9/21/2016

image001You’re invited to a training opportunity:

2016 IACCAC Fall Training Institute

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis November 16-18

“What Matters Most: Impacting Influences – Research Based Programs, Measurable Results, and Robust Organizations”


  • Wednesday (Opening Session)
    Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Breakthroughs: Reflections on 35 Years of Change in the Field of Corrections Mark Carey, The Carey Group
  • Thursday
    Agency Planning Guide for Developing Staff Interaction/Interviewing Skills Ray Ferns, Restorative Correctional Services

Find the most up to date Conference Schedule and more information on the IACCAC Website.

Find preconference training session documents in a zipped folder “

POPAI Members Only Content: Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council August Proposed Minutes, September Draft Agenda

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The proposed minutes from the August meeting of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) are now posted along with attached documents in our Members Only Area.

  1. You will need to log in first here.
  2. Then find the post under the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Forum, specifically here.

Our Members Only Area requires log in from an account that is free to all POPAI Members. Contact me at and I’ll open up a registration link for you.

Karen Oeding
POPAI Website Administrator

Beber named top probation officer of the year

Full Article on 9/13/2016 by Nicole Minier

WHITLEY COUNTY — Ed Beber is not your average probation officer.

After serving eight years with the Whitley County Probation Office, Beber was named the top probation officer in the state at last week’s conference of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana in French Lick.

Beber was nomiated by Chief Probation Officer Amy Motter, and several letters of reccomendation were submitted by local officials, such as Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, Prosecutor Matt Rentschler, Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Sigler, and staff of Whitley County Corrections.

Motter said Beber is very deserving of the award, and in her letter, especially commended him for the care he takes for each person he works with.