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Technology led parole officer to a Jacksonville victim’s grave and police to a suspect

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The Florida Times on June 23, 2015 by Dan Scanlan

Clyde Matthew King’s killer buried his body about 2  1/2 miles from his Southside business in early December, the last time evidence showed the 72-year-old was alive, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

His lone employee, Richard Greene, ran King’s Lawn Service “business as usual,” unaware the tracking device he wore for being a convicted sexual predator would lead his probation officer to the grave.

E-filing pilot begins in Indiana

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The Indiana Lawyer on 07/01/2015 by Dave Stafford

Lawyers will have to file electronically in all Indiana state courts by the end of 2018, according to a plan overseen by Supreme Court Justice Steven David and Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias. Hamilton County will get the ball rolling in a few weeks.

Mathias said the response from attorneys has largely been, “Why hasn’t this happened before? What’s taken so long?”

Indiana Justice Steven David, left, and Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias pose with a display of timelines for e-filing in state courts.

“This is a big leap,” David said. “But if someone’s able to use Facebook, this should be a piece of cake.”

And in a Facebook world, Mathias said, court information should be online, accessible and free. But that free information comes at a price: Effective July 1, civil filing fees will increase by $14 to support court technology upgrades, including e-filing.

“It’s an extremely huge responsibility to get this into all the courts by 2018,” David said.

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Meeting Minutes July 1, 2015

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council
Meeting Minutes
July 1, 2015
The Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council met for its inaugural meeting at the Indiana Judicial Center in the 8th Floor Conference Center at 30 South Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 1, 2015. The Advisory Council met 11:00 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

Link to meting Minutes.   July 1 2015 JRAC meeting minutes

Heroin-related overdose deaths quadruple since 2002

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CNN News on July 7, 2015 by Sandee LaMotte

Heroin use is increasing rapidly across the United States among all age, race, income and ethnic groups, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. And the increase comes with a devastating price: Deaths from heroin-related overdoses nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.

Heroin use doubled among women and young adults ages 18 to 25, and more than doubled among non-Hispanic whites. Some of the highest increases were in groups with historically low rates of abuse: women, people with higher incomes and people who are privately insured.

“What is causing the increase? Our best information suggests two main reasons,” CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden told CNN. “First, more and more people are susceptible to heroin because they have been prescribed prescription opiates, like OxyContin. And the second reason is that heroin itself seems to be cheaper and more widely available.”