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Proposed POPAI Bylaws Revisions

on 07/13/2018 by Troy Hatfield

Greetings POPAI Membership:

According to the POPAI Bylaws, Article XIV AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by the membership if a quorum is present at any regular or special meeting. Written notice of any proposed alteration to the bylaws shall be submitted to the President of the Executive Board at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual business meeting after approval by a majority vote of the Executive Board. Written notice of that proposed change shall be submitted to the membership thirty (30) days prior to the annual business meeting for action at the annual meeting.

The POPAI Executive Board approved proposed changes on June 13, 2018 and submitted the changes to the POPAI President.  The President of the Executive Board is now submitting the proposed bylaw changes to the Association membership.  The membership will be asked to vote on these bylaw revisions at the POPAI annual meeting September 6, 2018 in French Lick, Indiana. 

Due to the volume of the proposed changes, the Executive Board approved a written summary of the major changes be distributed to the membership.  The summary does not include all of the changes.  The Board recommends that each member read all the proposed changes to the bylaws which can be found on the Association’s website prior to voting.

POPAI members may submit feedback regarding these proposed bylaw changes to their District Reps or any member of the POPAI Board.

Link to draft POPAI Bylaws Revisions and Summary:

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (PPPS Week) July 15 – 21

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The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) recognizes the nearly 100,000-strong members of the community corrections/supervision workforce for your dedication to and influence on the justice system. Each year during Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (PPPS Week), we make an extra effort to acknowledge your compassion, strength, and determination. You make a difference, even though over the past two decades, caseloads have grown exponentially, exceeding five million people at their peak; and resources are still minimal.

There does appear to be a great deal of attention and focus on our industry, and there is a move afoot to shift the way others – policymakers and the public alike – think about the best ways to enhance public safety and improve justice system outcomes.

Public safety is important to everyone! As an industry, we must be more visible so people will recognize the significant role pretrial, probation, and parole practitioners play to enhance the safety of our communities. APPA is working to ensure all our external stakeholders are aware of the valuable contribution our industry makes in this area. We hope you are also ensuring the voice of our industry is heard!

For far too long, community corrections/supervision professionals have been relatively quiet, fearing we would do more harm than good to our work if we spoke about our occupation externally. We now know it is our responsibility to speak up about what is needed or required to make progress that will make a difference for every American.

As noted in APPA’s Call for Workshops for the 43rd Annual Training Institute which will be held in Philadelphia, July 29 – August 1, the 2018 PPPS Week theme, “Restoring Trust and Creating Hope” speaks to how communities are experiencing emotionally turbulent times where trust and hope have been replaced with fear and polarization. It implores justice system professionals to engage with their local communities around challenging issues such as victimization, racial and ethnic disparities, and gender inequalities. During PPPS Week, you are urged to celebrate the amazing work you are doing to support efforts to make our neighborhoods whole. After the celebrations, I implore you to continue developing and strengthening community collaborative strategies and programs that offer solutions to societal issues. We want you to speak up and speak out about our successes.

You are urged to reflect on your daily charge to play a major role in the reintegration of individuals released back into society. Think outside the box about ways to use all available resources to help individuals under supervision as well as the community. There is so much more we can do to change lives and make a difference. Find a platform to let everybody know of your work. For example, at APPA, we believe individuals should be able to vote after the completion of their sentences. APPA recently filed an amicus brief and joined with other organizations in their fight to secure the right to vote in Louisiana for individuals on probation and parole. We believe that providing human beings the right to vote gives them an important stake in their communities, treats them as full-fledged members of our society, and allows them to teach their children the importance of voting. Disenfranchising any citizen does not serve any legitimate government interests.

What can you do to restore trust and create hope to make our communities healthier? Remember, every success, at some level, equates to a reduction in recidivism which enhances public safety. Get in there, do the work and accept the credit for your contribution to restoring trust and creating hope.

During PPPS Week, we would love to hear about both your celebrations and your work to reinforce effective frameworks/models for changing lives and community building. You know what is at stake, let’s all ensure others do as well.

It is an honor to watch the progress that is being made across jurisdictions and to acknowledge your commitment in the name of public safety! Thank you for the time, energy, earnestness, perseverance and competencies you bring to a crucial undertaking.

On behalf of the staff of APPA and its Board of Directors, thank you. APPA is here today and tomorrow. Let us be a resource to you as you stand up to promote community corrections/supervision done the right way – working to significantly reduce the footprint of probation and parole and improve outcomes and public safety. Be a force for positive change!

Starke Co. community corrections merges with probation dpt.

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ABC 57 on 7/11/2018 by Jess Arnold

KNOX, Ind. — After receiving board approval at the end of June, Starke County Community Corrections is merging with the probation department. The director of the new Court Services department says the move should reduce caseloads while saving the county big bucks.

The director says putting only one person in charge (instead of one leader for Community Corrections and one for Probation) gives the county general fund an extra $45,000 and leaves $30,000 from the Indiana Department of Corrections grant to devote to other services.

The most important impact, they say though, is on the people.

Now, files and stacks of names sit on the desks of case managers and probation officers.

They’re all people whose lives they have to help get on track.

“That’s a pretty big chunk of change we deal with right now,” said Supervising Officer of the Probation Department, Chuck Phillips.

Starke’s four probation officers are currently covering about 400 cases.

The sole Community Corrections supervisor is managing around 40.

The department just hired another case manager to help out.

“When case load numbers get that high, it becomes an issue of being reactive to a violation as opposed to proactive and having a conversation, a development of a case plan, and trying to impact and effect change in your offenders,” said Director of Court Services, Shawn Mattraw.

Now that probation and community corrections are becoming one Court Services department, the hope is to gradually shift over some of the load.

To facilitate the shift, the current corrections case managers will test to become licensed probation officers in Indiana.

“It’ll help me see my participants all the way through their entire sentence…When you put all that work into them, and then you have to say bye and send them over to probation, so it will be much much nicer for me and for them to stick with that person that they already built rapport with, so I’m really excited about that,” said Kolleen Woods, the Supervisor of the Community Corrections division.

“You know the whole thought process on the merger was to increase public safety and to increase accountability…Anytime you can increase the safety of your community, you can’t never go wrong there,” said Chuck.

The director says they hope to use some of the IDOC money to provide in-house counseling and other services instead of outsourcing to other agencies.

One county commissioner said they don’t have a specific use for the money yet, but the county definitely has needs to be fulfilled.

With the merge, Starke County becomes the 18th county in Indiana to combine the two departments.

Residents glad to have new Community Justice Center as neighbor

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WTHR13 on 7/12/2018 by Mary Milz

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – City and neighborhood leaders took part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for Marion County’s new Community Justice Campus Thursday morning.

The $571 million project is going to be built on at the site of the former Citizens Energy coke plant on the southeast side of Indianapolis. The campus will house a 3,000-bed jail, a new courthouse, the sheriff’s office and an Assessment and Intervention Center.

Brenda McAtee, president of the Twin Aire Neighborhood Coalition, was among those who spoke at the groundbreaking. McAtee, who has been a neighborhood advocate for years, said she was “proud to be part of the festivities and eager to see the investment” in the area.

Eyewitness News later joined McAtee and two other longtime residents at McAtee’s home just a few blocks from the construction site.

They all stressed the project wasn’t a shoe-in, that the neighborhood approved it by a single vote.

“When you put ‘criminal’ on it, everyone says, ‘Oh no! A jail! But it’s not just a jail’,” McAtee said.

Flinore Frazier, 89, who was born and raised in the neighborhood, was among those who initially opposed the justice center.

“I’m not sure sure what changed my mind but comparing the negative to the positive, the positive won out,” Frazier said.

A large part of that? The assessment and intervention center aimed at helping those with mental illness and addictions, issues that have challenged the Twin Aire neighborhood and so many others.

“So many people don’t belong in jail. They need a chance… see what’s wrong with them. Maybe we don’t know everything they’re going through,” McAtee said.

“You see the need and we need the supply,” Frazier said of places to assess and treat people with mental health issues and/or addictions.

The women are also glad to see the 140-acre plot, fenced off for more than a decade, put back in use.

“As the Community Justice Campus develops, businesses around it will develop and that means lots of jobs,” said Ann Holy.

“I think it’s good for the community and the whole southeast side. It’s going to be a beautiful thing for everybody. It’s a win win,” McAtee said.

The center is expected to open in 2021, but the transition, getting people moved in, could continue into 2022.

Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives

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USA Today on 07/08/2018 by Mike Feibus, Special for USA Today

As many as one in four Americans are afraid of needles. That’s led a handful of start-ups to develop alternatives to hypodermic syringes.

This would be good news for health care: While needles provide an effective tool for vaccinations and treatments that the stomach’s digestive juices would neutralize if taken orally, needle phobia keeps many from getting the care they need.

From a purely clinical perspective, at least 10 percent of us exhibit a physiological response to syringes, like fainting. But surveys indicate that the number of needle-averse among us is closer to one in four. In 2001, a Gallup survey pegged the fear of “needles and getting shots” at 21 percent, making it the sixth most prevalent fear in the country, just behind “spiders and insects.” A survey by Harris Interactive for Target in 2012, for example, revealed that 23 percent polled forego a flu shot because they’re afraid of needles.

Failed startup Theranos targeted needle phobia to attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment for needle-free blood-drawing technology. The company’s spectacular rise and fall hasn’t dampened prospects for the drug delivery market, which is forecast to top $14 billion by 2024, according to Grand View Research. Getting the quarter of Americans who avoid treatment because of needles could have an alternative benefit: making a dent in the country’s $3.3 trillion healthcare bill as well.

Family offers $50,000 Reward in Indiana Man’s Murder

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WKRC Cincinnati on 7/3/18 by Angennette Levy

HIDDEN VALLEY, Ind. (WKRC) – Evidence in the murder of Tom Biedenharn suggests more than one person was involved in his death, Indiana State Police said Tuesday. The revelation comes as Biedenharn’s family renewed its plea for information in the case by putting up a $50,000 reward.

Biedenharn was found murdered in his home in Hidden Valley, Indiana on May 28 which was Memorial Day afternoon. Biedenharn, 73, spent his retirement helping people. He volunteered for several years at the Grateful Life Center in Erlanger, Kentucky. The center is a rehabilitation facility for drug addicts. He and Doug Boschert taught life skills classes in finance and communications to recovering addicts.

Suicide rates increase in Indiana, nationwide

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News and Tribune on 6/15/2018 by Brooke McAfee

Three Opportunities to Nominate Your Coworkers for an Award

Nominations are being accepted until August 6, 2018 for three awards presented during our Fall Conference in French Lick.

The Founder’s Award is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general, and specifically to the POPAI organization. The recipient need not be a Probation Officer or POPAI member. The selected person, however, shall be characterized by his/her commitment of influence and promotion of professionalism to Indiana probation.

The “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, show the attitude, aptitude, and the desire to improve themselves and to develop into leaders among their peers.

The Line Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize line probation officers who have performed their duties in an outstanding manner and/or made significant contributions to the field of probation at the local, regional or national level. The recipient may also have brought credit or honor to the profession of probation through participation or involvement in community activities or programs.

Nominees for Line Officer and Rookie Probation Officer shall be current POPAI members.

The recipients of the Rookie of the Year and Line Probation Officer of the Year will win:

  • 2019 Fall Conference Registration Fees
  • Their next year’s POPAI Membership

Nomination forms and supporting documentation must be received by August 6, 2018. Please send nomination forms and support letters via U.S. mail, fax or email to:

Bob Schuster
LaPorte County Adult Probation
809 State Street, Suite 101
LaPorte, IN 46350

Links to Forms:

Any questions, contact Bob at 219-326-6808 Ext. 2511 or your POPAI District Representative

Correctional Trainers’ Conference: Hosted by IACTP and the Tennessee Department of Corrections

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International Association of Correctional Training Personnel

The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP) is a criminal justice association that includes members of the training professions from national, state and local corrections agencies, community corrections, juvenile justice, higher education, academies and commissions, and private corrections. We expect attendance to be from 75-150 participants, with approximately 15-30 participants per workshop. The smaller size of this conference affords exhibitors more personal contact with the conference attendees, all focused on criminal justice training.

The Annual Trainers’ Conference is a unique forum that brings together correctional leaders, training managers, trainers, field instructors, consultants and others interested in both effective corrections practice and exemplary training strategies. It provides attendees with the opportunity to network and share innovative approaches being used within correctional agencies throughout the country. We hope you will have a participatory role in shaping the agenda and future direction of our corrections system.

Full info here. includes a link to register, call for Workshop proposals, and hotel information.

POPAI Fall Conference Registration Open, Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing

The conference will be returning this year to French Lick Springs Resort on September 5, 6, and 7, 2018

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The 2018 POPAI Fall Conference will be returning to the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, The fantastic hotel and conference facility provides the perfect setting for probation professionals to improve themselves in a variety of ways, from the task specific, to the physical being, to the emotional self. This conference is for anyone in the field of probation and probation services. The goal of the conference is to provide another opportunity to assist you in obtaining the required 12 hours of annual continuing education required for Probation Officers in the State of Indiana. Attendance at all sessions will provide 9 hours of continuing education credit.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to gain probation specific knowledge on techniques, services and technology of the future being utilized in Indiana today. Opportunities will also be available for attendees to retreat, share ideas, participate in some outdoor activities and to enjoy an excellent training and networking environment.

Early Bird (on or before August 10th)

  • $200.00 for POPAI Members
  • $225.00 for non-members (includes 2018 membership Dues if eligible)

After August 10th

  • $225.00 for POPAI Members
  • $250.00 for non-members (includes 2018 membership Dues if eligible)

Keynote Presentation: Enjoying Excellence

Dr. Earl Suttle is the Founder and Chairman of Leadership Success International, LLC, an international training and consulting company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Suttle began his career as an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor and later earned his doctorate in Addiction Studies. He spent many years working in the healthcare profession, including positions in several addiction treatment programs prior to starting his own consulting business. Dr. Suttle is a dynamic and entertaining keynote speaker and best-selling author. His presentations will re-energize you and help you to focus on being your best self.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Manage Your Stress for Better Success
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) Overview
  • INSPECT – Indiana Prescription Monitoring Program
  • FATS Training
  • MAT in Recovery Housing
  • Learning Teams
  • Adolescent Brain Development
  • Grant Writing 101
  • 1006 Grants Update Information
  • New Probation Officer Standards
  • Addiction Treatment in Indiana
  • Chiefs’ Roundtable
    ….and much more!

A group of Corporate Members will again be sponsoring a special dinner and dancing on Wednesday evening. Thursday free time activities will include an Escape Room!

We look forward to seeing you!

The Legacy of Jane Seigel

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Indiana Court Times on 06/21/2018 by Justin P. Forkner

“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.”
—Hamilton: An American Musical, by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Jane Seigel officially retired on April 30, after 19 years of service to the Indiana Supreme Court. To Lin-Manuel Miranda’s point, the garden of reforms, outcomes, and initiatives Jane has planted will doubtless bear fruit and benefit Hoosier courts and citizens for generations to come. And we, as beneficiaries of that garden, must commit ourselves as caretakers to its maintenance and continued growth. But with no disrespect intended to Mr. Miranda, I can also say with absolute confidence that Jane’s legacy is already in full bloom across our state.

Transitional housing a possibility

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Journal Review on 6/26/2018 by Jim Johnson

There’s a significant need for transitional housing in Montgomery County for certain individuals in the criminal justice system. Montgomery Superior Court I Judge Heather Barajas and Chief Probation Officer Andria Geigle addressed county commissioners at the start of Monday’s meeting about the possibility of making such housing available here.

“One of the biggest problems we face, particularly in drug court, is that we have people who qualify for drug court who don’t have a place to live,” Barajas said. “And they can’t go home because either the people who are at home are still using or it’s just chaos. Part of what we’re doing in drug court is we’re trying to get them into a safer situation and we cannot allow them to go home.”

This month the West Central Regional Community Corrections Advisory Board gave WCRCC Director Dani Snider approval to explore transitional housing in the five counties (Parke, Montgomery, Fountain, Warren and Vermillion) that WCRCC serves.

Now, Barajas and Geigle are trying to get the ball rolling in Montgomery County, beginning with making sure the county’s commissioners are on board with the idea.

“It sounds like a good idea,” commission president Jim Fulwider said.

Barajas and Geigle made several things clear. First, they pointed it out the housing would not act as a homeless shelter and would be specifically for qualified individuals transitioning to healthy and sober environments.

“Sometimes they qualify for work release, but right now, for example, our work release program is completely full,” Barajas said. “We try to transition them through work release into drug court if possible, but that’s not always an option. Sometimes their criminal record is so hideous that they don’t qualify for work release. And so they don’t really have a place to go.”

Funding to purchase housing where individuals would be placed on a short-term basis could come from WCRCC. For ongoing costs, such as taxes, insurance and upkeep, Barajas said they would look at fee program for those staying there to cover those expenses.

The project is only in the beginning stages. Geigle said the next step would be looking into other legalities, such as insurance and the cost of purchasing property.

In other business, commissioners:

  •  Introduced an ordinance establishing a fund for a $190,924 grant awarded to the probation department from the Indiana Department of Corrections for the 2019 fiscal year.
  •  Introduced an ordinance amending the county’s employee handbook policy to clarify holiday pay, paid time off and sick leave is only available for full-time employees and not for part-time, temporary or seasonal employees.
  •  Introduced an ordinance to update the county’s FMLA policy in accordance to requirements by the Department of Labor.

Council votes unanimously to create state’s largest needle-exchange program

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WTHR on 6-18-18

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – In a unanimous decision, the Indianapolis City-County council approved a plan to create the largest needle exchange program in the state.

The vote comes nearly a month after Dr. Virginia Caine, Marion County’s public health director, declared a “public health emergency” over the increase in Hepatitis C cases, which they’re blaming on injection drug use.

With the decision, they’ll be able to hand out clean needles to those in need to combat the spread of the disease.

“Our team is grateful for the council’s approval of this program and wants to get started immediately to implement these services that this community needs and deserves,” said Caine. “The program is more than a safe syringe access program and will aim to address a range of needs necessary to successfully reduce hepatitis C and HIV cases in the county.”

“The City-County Council has shown that it welcomes and supports the implementation of this program knowing it will greatly improve the public health of Marion County at no added cost to taxpayers,” Council president Vop Osili said after the vote.

Caine told a crowd of supporters last month she wants drug addicts to receive new, clean needles in exchange for their used contaminated ones.

“Such a program is medically necessary and it will save lives,” she said.

She received a standing ovation from health care providers, city leaders, first responders, faith groups, community groups and others in the battle of a drug use epidemic.

“That is putting Indianapolis in a public health emergency,” she said.

Last year, according to Caine, Indianapolis hospital emergency rooms treated more than 52,000 drug overdoses. There were 287 overdose deaths.

The increased use of IV drugs and the sharing of dirty needles is blamed for a 1,000 percent increase in hepatitis C cases and an alarming jump in new HIV cases.

Needle exchange programs are controversial. Opponents insist they enable addicts and increase drug use.

“I say they don’t understand,” said Gloria Haynes. She’s a recovering addict, almost 10 years clean. Haynes now works in the Eskenazi Hospital ER, helping overdosing addicts get help and services they need to get clean and get on with their lives.

“If you have a facility or a place people can go to get clean needles, then you also have people there that have resources for housing, transportation and treatment services,” she said.

The proposed program would provide a variety of services including health screenings.

“Syringe programs have been proven to be the most effective method available to reduce the spread of hepatitis C and HIV,” Caine said.

Scott County experienced an HIV outbreak attributed to drug users sharing dirty needles. The health department there responded with a needle exchange program. New HIV cases dropped from 187 in 2015 to 27 the following year. There were just 12 in 2017.

The health department says it can run the needle exchange program at no additional cost to taxpayers. The department plans to target specific neighborhoods with high rates of overdoses and use a mobile clinic to exchange needles and provide services to users.

Family of Indiana couple killed settle for $13M with Seattle

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13 WTHR on 6/27/2018

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — The family of a central Indiana couple who died after a repeat drunk driver struck them in Seattle has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the West Coast city for $13 million.

The family of Dennis and Judy Schulte settled the lawsuit with Seattle in April after an appeals court denied the city’s motion for summary judgment. The lawsuit filed by the family in October 2013 alleged that Mark Mullan wouldn’t have been driving the day he fatally struck the elderly couple if he’d been under proper supervision after violating his probation from a recent drunken driving case, our partners at the Kokomo Tribune reported.

The Schultes had just moved to Seattle from Kokomo, Indiana, to be closer to their children and grandchildren when Mullan hit them as they crossed a street in March 2013. Their daughter-in-law and her 10-day-old son were injured but survived.

Mullan, who has five prior drunken driving arrests, had a blood-alcohol content about three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. He was on probation from a recent case, his license was suspended and he was supposed to have installed an ignition interlock device in his truck.

The family filed a $45 million claim against Seattle before following with the wrongful death suit, alleging gross negligence by the probation officer for failing to supervise Mullan more closely.

The city said it believed its probation counselors acted appropriately in supervising Mullan, but the lawsuit presented significant risk to the city, leading officials to choose a settlement.

Mullan was sentenced to 18 years in prison for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

The case prompted calls for tougher drunk driving laws in Washington, with Gov. Jay Inslee in 2013 signing a law requiring anyone suspected of a second impaired driving offense to face mandatory arrest and have an interlock device installed on their vehicle within five days of being charged.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Indiana Court: Miranda applies in some student interviews

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WTHR on 6-20-18 by The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court says students must be told about their right to remain silent when questioned by police in a custody-type setting at school.

The court ruled Wednesday in the case of a 13-year-old boy suspected of a bomb threat at an Indianapolis school. The court threw out the confession, saying the boy wasn’t advised of his rights while being interrogated by a vice principal in the presence of armed officers.

The court says students must be advised of their rights if they’re being questioned while police are present and they don’t feel free to leave a room.

Chief Justice Loretta Rush says Miranda doesn’t apply if school officials simply are questioning a student, unless they’re acting as agents of the police.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)