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New Ind. program would use cell phones to track, reform offenders

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The News-Sentinel
12/12/14
Author: Kevin Leininger

Does the government use people’s cell phones to track their movements?  For some people in Allen County, that soon could be true–and that’s a good thing, officials say.

The Allen County Commissioners today were expected to approve a pilot program under which the county’s Community Corrections department would monitor the whereabouts of about 70 released offenders using cell phones in addition to traditional ankle bracelets. The $600,000 program would be funded through state grants using equipment and assistance provided by Corrisoft, based in Lexington, Ky.

40 sex offenders to appear on Indy billboards

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WISH TV
12/8/2014
Author: David Barras

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — There are about 1,600 convicted sex offenders in Marion County. Forty of them remain unregistered and missing.

It is those 40 who are the targets of a new effort which began Monday that will take them from the shadows of the streets to the bright lights of big billboards. The hope is to put them back behind bars.

One of the billboards displaying the sex offenders is Indianapolis’ only electronic billboard, located at the state fairgrounds.

 

Indiana Case involving term of probation to “not consume alcohol”

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The Indiana Law Blog
12-8-14

On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, the Indiana Supreme Court had scheduled oral arguments for the case of  Natosha L. Stillions v. State of Indiana (53A01-1311-CR-508) .

After stealing items from her employer, Stillions was convicted of theft, a Class A misdemeanor. As one condition of probation, Stillions was ordered by the Monroe Circuit Court not to consume alcohol. Stillions argued this was not a proper term of probation because there was no evidence that her offense involved alcohol or that alcohol was an issue in her life. The Court of Appeals affirmed in Stillions v. State, No. 53A01-1311-CR-508 (Ind. Ct. App. Jul. 20, 2014)

ILB: This was a July 30, 2014 NFP opinion, concluding:

The propensity of alcohol to impair judgment and reduce inhibition is known. Carswell, 721 N.E.2d at 1265. Besides these general effects of alcohol, Stillions’ medications create additional health concerns for her should she consume alcohol. Therefore, the general need to protect the public as well as the specific need to assist Stillions in staying healthy and finding employment makes this condition of probation a reasonable one in this case.

The Indiana Supreme Court denied the transfer.  The Court of Appeals decision stands.  Trial court’s sentence was AFFIRMED.

See Court of Appeals, July 30, 2014     Natosha Stillions

POPAI “Members Only” Discussion Area Now Open to All Members


December 7, 2014

Dear POPAI Membership:

All POPAI members should have received an email from our website administrator Karen Oeding regarding the POPAI Discussion area.

The POPAI “Members Only” Discussion area is now open to all members.

So far, we have the following topics:

  • Department Policies and Procedures;
  • POPAI Legislative Updates;
  • Question and Answer;
  • Training; and
  • Eventually the POPAI Board Meeting Minutes will be view-able to “members only.”

More topics will be added as our members make suggestions for topics of interest.

If you are not already registered, please register and take part in any of the discussions.  Follow the directions that Karen sent out to the POPAI membership on Monday December 1st.

If you need another copy of that email, contact Karen at website.administrator@gopopai.org

Questions or concerns?  Email me at lbrady@co.monroe.in.us or email Karen.

Welcome to the Discussion!

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Juvenile center unveils new computer lab

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News-Sentinel.com
November 19, 2014

A new multipurpose computer lab aimed at helping young offenders was to open today at the Allen County Juvenile ​Center.

“The computer lab is part of a larger strategy to get kids on juvenile probation back on track, in school and away from crime,” said Judge Dan Heath of the Family Relations Division of the Allen Superior Court and presiding judge of the ACJC, in a statement.

Man in Facebook Threat Case Scrutinized for Note to Prosecutor

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The Wall Street Journal
12/02/2014
Author: Brent Kendall

The man at the center of a Supreme Court case about posting threats on Facebook has caught the attention of U.S. probation officials for more recent comments he allegedly made about cross burning in a prison note to a prosecutor.

The high court heard oral argument Monday on whether to uphold the 2011 conviction of Pennsylvania’s Anthony Elonis for making threats on Facebook against his estranged wife, law enforcement officials and local elementary schools. The case is considered a test of free-speech rights in the age of the Internet.

Mr. Elonis, who said his posts were fictitious rap lyrics and not real threats, served a little more than three years in prison and was released earlier this year. Under the terms of his sentence, he remains under court-ordered supervision and must abide by an array of conditions, such as not using alcohol or possessing firea

APPA Leadership Institute

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APPA Leadership Institute
A Twelve Month Journey of Self Discovery and Organizational Change for Community Corrections Professionals

APPLICATION DEADLINE – April 1, 2015

leadershipAre you concerned about succession planning? Are you seeing many of your senior staff making retirement plans? Are you seeking staff training opportunities to enhance the skills of developing leaders in your agency? The APPA Leadership Institute may be what you are seeking!

The next APPA Leadership Institute will begin July 10, 2015 in conjunction with APPA’s 40th Annual Training Institute in Los Angeles, California. This training provides current and potential supervisors and managers in community supervision the opportunity to develop the knowledge and competencies required of effective leaders. The multi-disciplinary curriculum is a blend of on-site and distance learning. It is intended for professionals from diverse backgrounds and cultures and is applicable to those who have had formal experience exercising leadership and to those who have not.

More Details (PDF Document)

APPLICATION PROCESS – Applicants should submit their documents to the American Probation and Parole Association headquarters postmarked on or before April 1, 2015. Leadership institute Information and application forms can be found on the APPA web-site (www.appa-net.org) under the “Announcements” section on the front page of the website as well as under the “Training” tab. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Ginter, 859-244-8193 or lginter@csg.org.

Applications should be postmarked on or before April 1, 2015

Probation and parole officer honored for stopping teen from leap off bridge

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Lewiston Tribune, re-printed by CorrectionsOne.com
October 19, 2014
Author: By Ralph Bartholdt

LEWISTON, Idaho — A department of probation and parole officer was recognized by the Idaho Department of Correction for preventing a teenager from jumping off the Southway Bridge.  Senior Probation and Parole Officer Clint Hoiland of Clarkston was awarded the Silver Cross by the Board of Correction. The award is earned by corrections officers whose actions result in the saving of a life, prevention of serious injury, or for demonstrating exceptional care for another individual.

Hoiland said he was driving home from the gym last February and heading west across the Southway Bridge when traffic in front of him stopped.  “There were three cars in one lane, and four cars stopped in the opposing lane,” Hoiland said. “I looked to see what was going on and saw a young man trying to get on top of the guardrail.”

The teenager, Hoiland said, was climbing the rail of the bridge directly over the bicycle trail on the Asotin County bank of the Snake River.