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2015 POPAI Elections

on May 22, 2015 by Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members:

REMINDER that it’s time to start the 2015 POPAI election process.

Up for election in 2015:

  • District 1
  • District 3
  • District 5
  • District 7
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer

FYI:  POPAI just received notice of a board vacancy for the District 5 Representative (was Lori White of Marion County).  Per the POPAI by-laws if a vacancy occurs less than 120 days before the term of office for that position expires, the position will not be filled.  District 5 is up for election this year.  Elections will be held during the POPAI Annual Meeting Thursday September 17, 2015.  Because this is less than 120 days before the election, this vacancy will not be filled in the interim.

Are you interested in serving on the POPAI Board?  Feel free to call or email me or any member of the Board to ask questions. 

The Intent to Run forms must be sent to POPAI Election Committee Chair Cherie Wood by July 17th (postmarked, emailed or faxed).  By August 17th, Cherie will send out the election slate to the POPAI membership.

The Intent to Run form may be found on the POPAI web site.

The election will be held during the POPAI Annual Meeting Thursday September 17, 2015 at the French Lick Springs Hotel.  The 2015 POPAI Fall Conference will feature Mark Carey and Mimi Carter.  Watch the POPAI web site for more details.

We hope to see you all at the 2015 POPAI Annual Meeting in French Lick.

Probation officer finds meth lab during home visit

Full Article on May 14, 2015

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A man was arrested in Steuben County after a probation officer saw materials to make methamphetamine during a home visit.

The probation officer contacted the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and the state meth suppression lab team, during which officers found several more items used to make meth inside the home and outside in the trash.

Jeremiah R. Mathes, 25, of Steuben County was arrested Thursday morning and booked at the Steuben County Jail on one count of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Trauma among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Full Article

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network on 05/07/2015 by Patricia K. Kerig, Ph.D., and Julian D. Ford, Ph.D.

With rates of arrests for girls in the United States fast outpacing those for boys, the past decade has seen increasing attention devoted to understanding the causes, consequences, and solutions for girls’ delinquency. Girls now account for approximately 30 percent of the estimated 2.11 million juvenile arrests made each year, and on any given day more than 7,800 girls reside in detention or juvenile corrections facilities in the US (Puzzanchera & Adams, 2011). Notably, it is among violent offenses that the greatest increases in arrest rates for girls are seen. For example, between 1980 and 2005, rates of arrest for violent offenses—including physical assault, sexual assault, and homicide–increased 78 percent for girls while declining 6 percent for boys (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2006). Research also is emerging to suggest that girls in the justice system evidence higher levels of exposure to trauma and victimization (Ford, Grasso, Hawke, & Chapman, 2013; Kerig & Becker, 2012) and demonstrate significantly higher levels of mental health problems, including PTSD, in comparison to their male peers (Marston, Russell, Obsuth, & Watson, 2012). In sum, the growing number of girls in the justice system—and the adverse impact that traumatic stress and related mental health problems has on these girls—pose special challenges and responsibilities for juvenile justice prevention and intervention programs

2015 Knepple Scholarship Awarded

on May 14, 2015

IMG_4745POPAI provides a scholarship in memory of probation officer Donald “Charley” Knepple.  Charley lost his life on April 28, 1997, while performing his probation officer duties in Allen County, Indiana.  In an effort to honor an outstanding professional and to promote further professionalism, POPAI selected a scholarship that would encourage continued education and advanced degrees for probation officers in Indiana.

At the recent Probation Officers Annual Meeting held in Indianapolis, POPAI presented the 2015 Knepple scholarship to probation officer Patrick O’Neill of Marion County Probation.

Patrick is presently in his third year of graduate school studying Social Work at Indiana University.  Through his education, Patrick is gaining a deeper understanding of mental illness and addictions.  He states that he will be using his degree to ensure that his clients and their families receive appropriate and effective services.

In the letters of support, Patrick’s Chief Probation Officer Christine Kerl stated that Patrick has demonstrated a strong commitment to his role as change agent with his clients and their families.  Deputy Chief Probation Christina Ball stated that Patrick has demonstrated independent decision making in his role as a school based and community based officer.

Congratulations to Patrick!

Insane Clown Posse – Insane Clown Posse Scrap Tour Over Probation Issues

Full Article on 05/13/2015

The rappers have been on the road for their Marvelous Missing Link In-Store Insanity Tour, but had to pull out of dates last week (ends 08May15) to allow Shaggy 2 Dope to return to his native Detroit, Michigan to sort out the probation problem.

They subsequently scrapped the rest of the trek and now a representative for the group has revealed continuing with the live shows could have resulted in a probation violation for the troubled star, as he was late in submitting the required travel requests with his probation officer, according to

However, Shaggy 2 Dope, real name Joey Utslerhas, has been given permission to attend the band’s annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival, which will take place in Ohio in July (15).