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Last chance for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award

Its that time of year again to submit your application to be considered for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award which will be given to one lucky person at the 2015 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference May 6 and 7, held in Indianapolis, IN.

The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will be awarded $2,500.00 to help pay for their costs in continuing his or her education pursing a Masters / Doctorate Degree.

All applications are due by 4:00 pm on April 20, 2015.

Good luck to all who apply and if there are any questions or concerns feel free to contact Jim Taylor (District #1 POPAI Rep / Chair of Awards and Recognition Committee) at 219-465-3347. Or you can email at jtaylor@porterco.org.

 

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UPDATED Indiana Bills Followed by POPAI

on April 10, 2015 by Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members:

Our professional organization utilizes the services of an experienced lobbyist, Glenna Shelby of LegisGroup Public Affairs, LLC who provides POPAI with a weekly update regarding all bills that are being followed by POPAI.  This is a benefit of POPAI membership.

I have posted the most recent legislative update in the POPAI “Members Only” area of our website.  There are a number of very important bills that will have significant impact on probation in Indiana.

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to sign up for the POPAI “Members Only” Discussion area which is open to ALL POPAI members.  POPAI Members are welcome to email Karen our website administrator with your name and email address to register.  She will send you an email with a link to get you started right away.  If you tried to contact Karen but haven’t received your password within one working day, please email her so she can follow up on it.  website.administrator@gopopai.org

Questions or concerns about the bills being followed by POPAI?  Contact your POPAI District Rep or email me at lbrady@co.monroe.in.us.

Thank you.

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Work release may address overcrowding

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Kokomo Perspective on April 7, 2015 by Pat Munsey

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The Howard County Jail is facing a crisis. Already housing as many as 400 inmates during the summer when numbers peak, the change in state law regarding felons may push the jail population to its limit and beyond.

Since 1995, Howard County has considered the creation of a work release program which could alleviate a portion of the jail population. According to Community Corrections director Ray Tetrault, the program is long overdue for adoption.

“Work release serves as a bridge between life in prison and life in the community,” said Tetrault.

Smell Leads Police to body found in Indiana Home by Corrections Officer

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CorrectionsOne.com on 3/30/2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Police investigating a report of a smell in a home by a corrections officer led to a body being found in a bedroom closet.

Fort Wayne police spokesman Officer Michael Joyner says the body was found Saturday. No arrests have been made. An autopsy will be performed by the Allen County coroner’s office to determine the cause and manner of death.

Boone working to expand juvenile justice system

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The Lebanon Reporter on March 14, 2015 by Rod Rose

5503cb314a0ae.imageBoone County is moving to address juvenile justice issues with new facilities and new programs.

An open house was held Monday for the new juvenile probation department, which now has an entrance separate from the adult probation and community corrections agencies on the north side of the Key Bank building’s third floor. The juvenile entrance is off the south lobby.

 The renovation brought the three juvenile probation officers into one area. Each officer oversees 250 to 300 juveniles yearly.
The county is also working on a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative that will help reduce the number of juveniles who are sent to detention centers.