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2016 Indiana Probation Fall Training Postponed

on December 2, 2016 by Linda Brady, POPAI President

As some of you are aware, the Probation Officers Advisory Board had discussed an online training event for December 2016.

Angie Hensley-Langrel, Indiana Office of Court Services, sent an email to the PO Advisory Board and POPAI stating, “We have had to postpone that training and will notify everyone once the new date is finalized.  If your department or those in your district need additional training before the end of the year, there are options for training opportunities on our website under Training and Professional Development.”

http://www.in.gov/judiciary/center/2441.htm

 

Technology Bridges Distances for a Reentry Program in Western Wisconsin

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CSG Justice Center on 11/8/2016 by Maureen Richey

workforce-connections_capture3This is the second feature in Tech and Reentry, a series profiling organizations in the field of corrections and reentry that are using various forms of technology to improve participant engagement, streamline service delivery, and enlist volunteers.

Low recruitment numbers. Poor attendance. Lackluster quarterly reports. These are concerns that burden many nonprofit, community-based outreach programs around the country. However, for Workforce Connections Inc., an organization that serves people returning to their communities from incarceration in western Wisconsin, these problems were heightened by the rural and semi-rural environments from which the organization draws both participants and volunteers. Workforce Connections found ways to tackle these issues specifically in the delivery of their mentoring services. Continue reading →

GPS ‘Spoofing’ is No Joke: Dangers of GPS Data Hacking Realized

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Government Technology on 11/28/2016 by Shusuke Murai, Japan Times, Tokyo

Flickr/Louise PalankerGlobal Positioning System data can be used to create serious problems — even life-threatening ones — if control falls into the wrong hands, experts warn.

(TNS) — With a plethora of location-based services hitting the market, GPS appears to be an essential feature in today’s digitally driven world.

But Global Positioning System data can be used to create serious problems — even life-threatening ones — if control falls into the wrong hands, an expert warns.

“From car navigation systems to ‘Pokemon Go’ … too many things today use GPS as a reliable source of location information,” Dinesh Manandhar, a project associate professor at the University of Tokyo, said in a recent interview. “People trust the location information from GPS satellites like God.”

Manandhar is developing systems to prevent what’s called GPS spoofing — the falsification of location data. Continue reading →

Probation Statistics available from Indiana Supreme Court

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on November 10, 2016

Indiana Judicial Service Report

Over 1.3 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts in 2015. Details on court operations at the county and appellate level for 2015 are available in the Indiana Judicial Service Report and the Indiana Probation Report which can be found online at courts.in.gov/admin/3520.htm.

The following is just some of the information available (calendar year 2015):

  • 1,054,153 new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts – Courts of Record – 307,634 – filed in city/town/small claims courts
  • 1,160 civil and criminal jury trials were held statewide
  • 218,845 cases included an individual who went to court without a lawyer
  • 232 murder cases were filed in trial courts
  • 19,023 mortgage foreclosures were filed in the state
  • 17,491 Child In Need of Services (CHINS) cases were filed
  • An interpreter was used in 13,747 trial court cases
  • 3,732 cases were referred to Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 116,045 adults were under supervision by court probation departments (as of December 31, 2015)
  • Cities, towns, townships, counties, and the state spent $473 million to operate the courts
  • Filing fees, court costs, user fees, and fines generated $175 million in revenue

The Indiana Judicial Service Report and Indiana Probation Report are produced annually by the Indiana Office of Court Services as required by Indiana statute (IC-33-24-6-3) and Supreme Court administrative rules.

 

Judiciary addressing rising number of CHINS cases around state

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The Indiana Lawyer on 11/21/2016 by Olivia Covington

A sharp increase in the number of case filings involving children in need of services comes as the number of juvenile delinquencies across Indiana is decreasing, which Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush attributes to the state court system’s focus on increasing resources to juvenile courts and assigning appropriate punishments to juvenile offenders.

In 2015, 17,491 CHINS cases were filed in Indiana courts of record, up from 14,227 in 2014, a 22.9 percent increase, according to the 2015 Indiana Judicial Service Report. Over the 10-year period between 2006 and 2015, CHINS filings increased by 97.4 percent.

LOCATION ‘IS EVERYTHING’: Clark County juvenile probation program gets new home

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News and Tribune on 11/17/2017 by Elizabeth DePompei

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Director Angela Ray said having a separate space could be a game changer for the program that serves court-involved and neglected and abused youth.

JEFFERSONVILLE — Olivia Hilton, a 17-year-old high school junior, sometimes thinks about where she might be if it weren’t for Family Time, a social service agency that helps hundreds of families across Southern Indiana.

About two years ago, Hilton was charged as a runaway and placed on probation. As part of the terms of probation, she was referred to a day reporting program at Family Time. After school, Hilton would go to the Community Action of Southern Indiana building in Jeffersonville where Family Time operates. The program — much like an after school program — gave her structure, support and responsibilities. It changed her life, she said.

“It helped me greatly, because I needed a good influence in my life and good advice,” Hilton said. “Plus, the people there, I think that was the key to me was having people there to support me so I didn’t feel so alone. It changed my life greatly, honestly.”

Family Time is hoping to keep changing lives. Last week, the Jeffersonville Board of Zoning Appeals approved the organization’s plans to run its day reporting program out of a small home on Penn Street. Family Time Director Angela Ray said the new space could be a game changer. Confined to the CASI building, the capacity of the program was more limited, and participants often had to go outside the building to places like the library.

“This [new location] is everything, because they didn’t have a home otherwise,” Ray said. “So without this, the program would be dead in the water really. So then those kids, what happens if the kids don’t have anywhere to go, they get locked up, basically.”

The walls inside the Penn Street house are freshly painted, with colors chosen by some of its current program participants. The room with the bright green walls will be the homework room, Ray said, and the blue room will be the “chill room.” There’s an office space for the program manager, a bathroom, a front living room for group meetings and a kitchen where participants can cook and eat together. Out back, there’s a small yard and two buildings that could be used for storage or workshops.

Family Time will still have an office in the CASI building, but the new location could help expand the day reporting program. It is now the only program of its kind in Clark County since Family Ark ceased its juvenile day reporting program earlier this year. Ray said Family Time’s program has had as many as eight juveniles at once, but could possibly hold up to 20. Since it began in 2014, it has served around 50 juveniles.

Beyond providing a safe, supportive environment, Family Time also aims to take juveniles in the criminal justice system and put them to work in their community through volunteering. The idea, Ray said, is to get the youth invested in their community and to stop a cycle of crime before it starts.

Henry Ford, Clark County’s assistant chief probation officer, oversees juvenile probation. He said his office received around 500 referrals from the Clementine B. Barthold Juvenile Detention Center in 2015. Another 100 to 200 referrals came from police officers coming first to the probation office instead of the detention center.

Unlike with adults, the probation office is involved with juvenile cases from the very beginning, instead of waiting until the case is decided in the courtroom. Juvenile probation officers make recommendations on what should come following the arrest, including whether the prosecutor should file formal charges. Those who are booked into the juvenile detention center are assessed and can be released with certain conditions, like day reporting. Others find their way to day reporting after being sentenced to probation by a judge.

It’s is one of many tools Ford said juvenile probation officers have, and it’s an important one.

“It is very, very important and what we have found [is] that most juveniles referred to day reporting successfully leave that program,” Ford said. “They are not re-arrested while they’re in that program — not always, but it’s had great success.”

Despite the volume of juvenile cases going through the probation office, Ford said getting them into a day reporting program isn’t a problem. In fact, he said, there weren’t enough to fully occupy two programs when Family Ark was still running its own.

Ray said a testament to the day reporting program’s success is if that people come back even after they complete the program. Hilton is one of those people. She now volunteers for Family Time and hopes to help the people who are where she was two years ago.

“It feels actually amazing being able to help people … because when I was in my situation, I didn’t have anybody to help me, anybody to really give me guidance or information or good encouraging words like you can get through this,” Hilton said. “So I just feel honored to be in someone else’s life, being that kind of person, because I didn’t have anybody like that.