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Former convict, Ind. probation officer share unlikely bond

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WHAS11 on 08/18/2015 by Renee Murphy

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Sometimes friendships are found in the most unlikely of places.

For Jared Hinkle and Rupert Strawbridge, their bond was formed at the courthouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Hinkle is a convicted felon and Strawbridge is the probation officer who handles his case.

Smiles and laughs now between two men that get each other.

“He kept coming in proving everything he said and doing everything he said,” Strawbridge, a probation officer in Clark County, Indiana said.

Second Chances: Indiana’s Evolving Expungement Law

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Indiana Court Times on 07/14/2015 by Libby Milliken

While still a subject of some controversy, expungement, the process by which an Indiana citizen can seal past criminal records, has undergone significant revision since its inception. In 2012, Indiana lawmakers enacted legislation popularly known as the “Second Chance Law.” Under the 2012 procedure, only those convicted of misdemeanors and non-violent class D felonies were eligible, and the remedy resulted in an order to non-law enforcement agencies prohibiting disclosure of the criminal records.

In 2013, the General Assembly repealed the original provisions and replaced them with a new set of “expungement” statutes codified under I.C. 35-38-9. While, like the original “Second Chance” legislation, the 2013 procedure did not result in the actual destruction of the criminal records, it did expand the pool of eligible convicted offenders. Additionally, while not all expunged records were removed from public access, all successful petitioners earned the right to be treated as though they had never been convicted of the expunged offense. In 2014, and again this year, the Indiana General Assembly refined the expungement statutes to clarify legislative intent and remove barriers that inadvertently prevented some reformed offenders from benefitting from the remedy.

Last Chance To Submit Applications For 2015 Rookie Probation Officer of the Year and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

on 8-17-15 by Jim Taylor

Just a reminder to all Probation Officers (Juvenile and Adult) across the State, the last date to submit Applications for “Line Probation Officer of the Year” and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year” is fast approaching!! The last date for applications to be accepted is 8-24-15. So get your applications in as soon as possible!

The Awards will be presented on 9-17-15, during the Lunch / Business Meeting at this years POPAI Conference at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN.

Winners of the “Probation Line Officer of the Year” and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year” will be presented a Plaque, their 2016 POPAI Conference Registration Fees and their POPAI Membership Dues for 2016 paid, courtesy of the POPAI Board.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jim Taylor, District 1 POPAI Representative at 219-465-3347 or email at jtaylor@porterco.org.

Best wishes to all applicants….

Indiana Sex Offender’s Porn Ban tossed out by Appeals Court

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Indy Star on August 12, 2015 by Tim Evans

Federal Panel’s ruling grants Indiana man access to “legal adult pornography,” which is protected by the First Amendment

A federal appeals court panel has overturned a lower court’s order banning an Indiana sex offender from viewing adult pornography.

The panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rules Thursday that a probation requirement barring convicted sex offender Jeffrey P. Taylor (http://icrimewatch.net/offenderdetails.php?OfndrID=1618013&AgencyID=54848) of Logansport from accessing “legal adult pornography” was not supported by evidence in his criminal case.

The decision, however, has little actual impact on Taylor. His probation period ended Friday–the day after the appeals court decision was issued.