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Juvenile probation running short on detention funds

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July 20, 2014

With juvenile detention funds about to run out, the Putnam County Council is looking into funding solutions for the rest of the year.

Juvenile detention officer Renee Marsteller reported to the council at its Tuesday, July 15 meeting that the $45,000 budgeted for detention is down to $4,183 as of June 30.

Part of the problem is that it is not a cost the county can control. When youths need to be detained, it must be done out of county, and the costs are set.

No action was taken this month, as the additional appropriation will have to be advertised. However, the council is likely to take $15,000 from the County Adjusted Gross Income Tax fund.

Lawrence County allocates $175 thousand from grant for drug woes

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July 23, 2014

BEDFORD — People in court with substance abuse problems will get more help soon.

The Indiana Judicial Center received $2 million from the Indiana Legislature to use in grants for courts. The money is intended for drug and alcohol programs and problem-solving courts, such as the drug court that operates within Lawrence Superior Court I.  Superior Court II Judge William Sleva told the county council Tuesday local programs received a grant for $175,000.

DEA serves search warrants at several Indiana clinics

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WTHR Channel 13
July 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS -Federal agents and local police arrested four Indiana doctors for allegedly handing out prescription drugs for cash. Investigators accuse them of peddling powerful painkillers.

The bust includes four doctors, several clinic employees and an attorney, with agents targeting clinics and homes in Hamilton, Howard, Wayne and Delaware Counties. The 11 people facing charges are accused of taking part in an illegal drug operation that was allegedly based in an office at 23 E. Main St. in Carmel.

Credit Time Calculator

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Offenses committed after June 30, 2014 fall under the new credit time levels as outlined by IC 35-50-6-3.1. The Credit Time Calculator can be used to determine earned credit time based on the highest degree of offense or whether the defendant is a credit restricted felon, in conjunction with either a date range of confinement or a number of actual days served.

Link to Indiana Credit Time Calculator: https://publicaccess.courts.in.gov/CTCALC/

Revised POPAI By-laws UPDATE

July 27, 2014

Dear 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. 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. 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 is now submitting the proposed POPAI Bylaw changes to the Association membership. The primary change to the by-laws is a proposed change in membership year.  It has become increasingly difficult for POPAI members, Chief Probation Officers, and office managers/bookkeepers to keep track of when POPAI membership dues must be paid. To make dues payments simpler to track, the the proposed by-laws revision states on page 3:


To encourage POPAI members  to pay their 2015 dues early, with the option of paying those dues through registering for the 2014 POPAI Fall Conference, 2015 dues paid between September 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 will extend membership until the end of 2014 AND through the full calendar year 2015.

POPAI members who are paid up to date with 2014 dues have the option of paying their 2015 dues in advance through their registration for the 2014 POPAI Fall Conference.  Simply pay for the conference as a “non-member” and send an email to the POPAI Membership Coordinator Susan Rice to advise her of your intent to pay 2015 dues in advance.  srice@peru.k12.in.us

POPAI members who have questions about the proposed by-law revisions or have suggestions for future by-law changes should contact their District Representatives.

The Association will vote on the Bylaw changes at the 2014 POPAI Annual meeting, to be held at the POPAI Fall Conference in French Lick Indianapolis at the French Lick Resort September 4th. 

You can review the proposed Bylaws at the following link:  



Suboxone case could be first in the nation

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WTHR.com   13
Jul 25, 2014
By Sandra Chapman

The DEA tells 13 Investigates an Indiana investigation could be the first case of its kind nationwide involving Suboxone.

The drug has gotten the attention of Indiana law enforcement well before now.

A YouTube video describes what more jails and prisons across the nation are facing. Inmates wanting Suboxone, some of them going through withdrawal.


Leaking juvenile facility roof may be deemed county emergency

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July 16, 2014
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent 

VALPARAISO — A leaking roof in the secure part of the Juvenile Service Center means that every time it rains, the fire alarm system goes off and, most times, the building has to be evacuated, including the staff and the children in custody there.

“Things are getting pretty dire,” Alison Cox, director of the Juvenile Detention Center, told the Porter County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

Should juvenile offenders serve time in adult prison?

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6:53 PM, Jul 16, 2014
Chris Proffitt


INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana judges are using a change in state laws to keep juvenile offenders sentenced as adults out of adult prisons.

Paul Gingerich was only 12 when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and he is believed to be the youngest person in Indiana ever sentenced to prison as an adult. Now at age 16, he’s in a juvenile detention facility, but has since become the de facto face of children sentenced to serve time in adult prisons.