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Community Service helps non-profits

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The Daily Advocate on 01/29/2018 by Carolyn Harmon

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Adult Probation Department’s Chief Probation Officer James D. Mollette said, it is important that people working community service have buy-in.

“We try to instill in them that they are paying it forward in a sense, and helping the community,” he said. “It doesn’t always work; but we try.”

According to the National Institute of Justice, Community Service is effectively used in all 50 states and at the federal level, as a component of criminal sentences and juvenile adjudications involving diversion, probation and parole. Some of the goals of community service are to: hold offenders accountable for the harm they have caused to the community; provide communities with human resources that can improve public environments and help offenders develop new skills through supervised work activities.

Since at least 2000, Darke County Adult Probation has had a Community Service Program of some type, Mollette said.

Indiana Judicial Service Report and Probation Report Available Online

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Indiana Office of Court Services

Details on court operations at the county and appellate level for 2016 are available in the Indiana Judicial Service Report and the Indiana Probation Report.

2016 Indiana Probation Report

Summary of 2016 Caseload Data

The probation caseload information presented in this report was reported to the IOCS on a quarterly basis.  It reflects the number of adult and juvenile supervisions pending at the beginning and end of the calendar year, the number of supervisions and referrals received, and the number of supervisions and referrals closed during the reporting year.  The statistical information reflects the supervision levels of probationers on supervision as of December 31, 2016.  The report also reflects information about how the supervision was terminated.

The juvenile data provides information on the total number of juvenile referrals, preliminary inquiries, and predisposition reports, as well as the juvenile supervisions.

In 2016, there was an overall decrease of 1.0 percent in the number of new probation supervisions.

New juvenile supervisions were down 1,191, a decrease of 9.7 percent, and new misdemeanor supervisions were down 1,295, a decrease of 2.8 percent.

Although juvenile and misdemeanor supervisions decreased, felony supervisions increased by 1,654 or 5.8 percent.  In the adult felony category, 30,192 persons were placed on probation during the reporting year, a number that could have resulted in an increased inmate population in the Department of Correction absent the probation system.

Along with the decline in the number of new supervisions received in 2016, the total number of supervisions pending at the end of the year also declined from 2015.

At the end of 2016, Indiana probation departments were supervising 122,857 adults and juveniles, a decrease of 3.5 percent from the previous year.  READ ON


Liquid gold: Detox company’s charges for drug screenings much higher than probation department’s

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Herald Times on 2/17/2018 by Laura Lane and Abby Tonsing

Local detox center’s charges for urine tests much higher than probation department’s

Urine goes by another name in South Florida. It’s called “liquid gold,” the essence of a billion-dollar industry that’s making people rich.

That sea of gold has trickled its way to southern Indiana, where an addiction treatment facility wants to open a detox center with a drug testing lab.

When Bloomington’s Indiana Center for Recovery tests clients for intoxicants every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the urine gets sent via overnight mail to a lab the center’s parent company owns in Florida, where it’s screened for 23 substances. The lab charges insurance companies $2,300 per sample.

When the Monroe County Probation Department tests probationers for alcohol and drugs at random times once a week, the samples travel by overnight mail to an independent lab the county has a contract with in Arizona. The urine is screened there for 10 or 12 substances. The cost is $25 per sample.

Why the disparity?

When asked about the cost and nature of urine analysis conducted at his United Clinical Laboratory in West Palm Beach, Florida, owner Kirill Vesselov refused to comment, responding in an email message “this information is proprietary and confidential.”

People on probation pay for their own drug tests, so Monroe County Chief Probation Officer Linda Brady shops around, keeping the cost low to help out her clients. “Our goal is not to make money on it,” she said. “Our goal is to break even, so the drug testing pays for itself.” Continue reading →

Pay Your 2018 Membership Dues Online

by Karen Oeding

In December, we sent out Department Invoices since so many POPAI Members renew their memberships together.

Individuals who aren’t paying with your department and are due for 2018 can either send a check in or use the convenience of paying online with our Membership Application Page and PayPal.

Simply click the “Renewal” button, then fill in your information on the first screen. When you click to submit that you’ll have a  PayPal button on the second screen so we can pair your payment with you POPAI Membership. It’s easy!

Questions, concerns, invoices, or to have a custom payment link for your department for PayPal contact Susan Rice or Karen Oeding

Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) Documents Published by National Institute of Correction

by National Institute of Correction

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) announced the final publication of the much anticipated Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) series of documents. They are available now in the NIC library.

Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Primer

This primer was developed to introduce criminal justice and allied professionals to evidence-based decision making. The Primer can be found in the NIC library at

Stakeholder Briefs

The EBDM Stakeholder Briefs are short (hence, “brief”) documents designed to pique the interest of key stakeholder groups in the EBDM process. They also provide an overview of how each stakeholder group can contribute to and influence the implementation of an evidence-based decision making effort in their community.

  1. The Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative: An Overview for Judges
  2. The Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative: An Overview for Prosecutors
  3. The Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative: An Overview for Defense Attorneys
  4. The Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative: An Overview for Probation
  5. The Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative: An Overview for Pretrial Executives
  6. The Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative: An Overview for Law Enforcement
  7. The Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative: An Overview for Victim Service Providers
  8. The Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative: An Overview for State and County Legislators and Administrators 

 User’s Guides

 The User’s Guides provide a “deeper dive” into EBDM for selected stakeholder groups and prepare them to become part of an Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) policy team.

  1.  Evidence-Based Decision Making: A Guide for Judges
  2. Evidence-Based Decision Making: A Guide for Prosecutors
  3. Evidence-Based Decision Making: A Guide for Defense Attorneys
  4. Evidence-Based Decision Making: A Guide for Pretrial Executives
  5. Evidence-Based Decision Making: Victim Service Provider User’s Guide

 EBDM Case Studies: Highlights from the Original Seven Pilot Sites

 The EBDM Case Studies is a resource intended to illustrate, via case studies, some of the significant accomplishments achieved by the seven EBDM (Phase II/III) pilot sites. They offer a retrospective account of select change targets and the key efforts undertaken by the seven original EBDM sites to achieve their goals during the early phases of the initiative. Case studies include a number of site work products and tools. It can be found in the NIC library at

Indiana University launches Phase One projects for statewide addictions initiative

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Indiana University on 02/05/2018

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University School of Nursing Dean and Distinguished Professor Robin Newhouse has announced the Phase One projects of the Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenges initiative.

As part of IU’s $50 million commitment to prevent, reduce and treat addictions in Indiana, initial pilot grants feature collaborative teams of faculty members, researchers, community organizations and cross-sector partners. Together, the projects will address all five focus areas of the statewide initiative: ground-level data collection and analysis; training and education; policy analysis and development; addictions science; and community and workforce development.

“These 16 projects collectively move us closer to achieving the goals of our overall, comprehensive plan, representing a critical first step in our statewide effort to battle this epidemic,” Newhouse said. “From expanding the state’s capacity to identify and treat addiction, to creating a much-needed statewide database on opioid use, or investigating the policy implications that shape this crisis, these projects will help us make meaningful progress on behalf of Hoosier families and communities across our state.”

In partnership with community hospital systems, public health departments, workforce development organizations, health care research institutes and other collaborators, the Phase One projects include the development of preventive assessment tools, treatment center capacity building and the creation of online education centers for health care professionals. The scope of these pilot programs demonstrates the breadth and capacity of the five-year initiative, with efforts spanning scientific research, programmatic development and implementation, and community engagement.

Youth Resources: Encouraging healthy self-esteem in young people

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Evansville Courier and Press on 2/5/2018 by Jessica Fehrenbacher, Special to the Courier & Press

Our current world allows us many opportunities to showcase ourselves and our accomplishments. Social media has made it possible to share aspects of our lives that just years ago would have never been brought to light.

As a youth worker (and a parent), we want young people to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas about themselves. We want them to have healthy self-esteem. However, in recent years with the boom of social media, there have been numerous discussions about self-esteem and narcissism.

In the article, “Narcissism and Self-Esteem are Very Different,” by Scott Barry Kaufman, he suggests that narcissism differs significantly from self-esteem in its development, origins, consequences and outcomes. This research leads to a better understanding of narcissism and ways to increase self-esteem.

To start, the origins of both narcissism and self-esteem start to present around age seven. Children start to look at themselves as they perceive they are seen by others. Self-esteem is usually lowest during adolescence and increases as the years go on. Narcissism tends to peak during adolescence and then decrease into adulthood.

Parenting styles influence self-esteem and narcissism. Narcissism tends to go hand in hand with parental overvaluation. These parents tend to overpraise their child’s performances, overestimate their IQ and over claim the knowledge they possess. As time goes on, the child can internalize this self-view, which can unconsciously steer the child’s interaction with others.

On the other side, high self-esteem develops together with parental warmth. These parents tend to treat their children with affection, appreciation and fondness. This type of parent has the child internalizing the message that they are valuable individuals.

“It’s very clear from this analysis that narcissists are much more driven to get ahead than get along,” Kaufman states. “Narcissism is associated with the need to dominate other and the need to achieve superior resources. In contrast, high self-esteem is much more associated with the desire to establish deep, intimate relationships with others.”

It is important that young people feel valued and appreciated. However, we need to pay special attention that we don’t overpraise or overvalue the actual accomplishments they are making.

This needs to be done in such a way that the young people feel happy with themselves but they don’t see themselves as better than others. Healthy self-esteem allows a young person to grow and flourish as an adult that will lead to healthy habits and outcomes throughout their lives.

Jessica Fehrenbacher is the Make a Difference Grant Program Manager at Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana. Since 1987, Youth Resources has engaged over 145,000 youth in leadership development and community service through its youth-led TEENPOWER, Teen Advisory Council, Teen Court and Make A Difference Grant Programs. For more information, please call (812) 421-0030 or visit

Lafayette Police Asking for Public’s Help Locating Missing Woman

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Fox News on 2/6/18

Update 2/12/18: Alicia has been found safe.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Lafayette Police Department is asking for the public’s help with locating a missing woman. Alicia Casillas-Faulkner was last seen in the area of Cambridge Estate Apartments in the 3600 block of St Rd 38 E, during the morning of Monday January 29.

She is 25-years-old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

She is possibly in the company of Eric Richardson. Richardson is 45-years-old, 6 feet 3 inches tall, approximately 240 pounds, with a bald or balding head and brown eyes. He is believed to be homeless and living in Lafayette.

If anyone has any information about either person’s whereabouts please contact the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200 or through the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.

Corrections board approves merger

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Kokomo Perspective on January 29, 2018 by Devin Zimmerman

Probation, corrections merger hoped to help with caseload overload

Big changes are in the works for the local judicial system.

Last week the Howard County Community Corrections Advisory Board unanimously approved an agreement aimed at merging the local probation and community corrections department. With the probation department bogged down by high caseloads, officials hope the move will streamline services and maximize grant opportunities.

“This is a huge undertaking, but as I see it, it is our best bet to be able to best supervise individuals that are within our system in Howard County,” said Doug Tate, the board’s chair and judge of Howard County Superior Court III.

Walmart offers free opioid disposal product.

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Walmart will offer a drug disposal product — for free — to pharmacy customers as part of an effort to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, the retail giant said Wednesday.

The product, a powder called DisposeRX, is meant to be used by customers who no longer need their prescription painkillers or are concerned that someone else might take their pills.

With two inmates, Howard Co. work release center up and running

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Kokomo Tribune on January 25, 2018 by George Myers

The Howard County work release center has accepted its first two inmates, bringing an end to months of anticipation and speculation about the much-debated program.

The center, housed in the former county jail on Berkley Road, received its first inmate Wednesday and its second Thursday, and has already displayed, in a small way, the effect it could have on the Howard County jail’s issue of overpopulation.

The first inmate, said Howard Superior Court 3 Judge Doug Tate, was facing mandatory time for multiple OWIs. But instead of sending him to the jail, Tate chose to sentence the inmate to work release, in part so he could keep his job.

The second inmate was transferred directly from the jail.

In coming months, the work release center will accept a mix of inmates either sentenced to the program, transferred from the county jail or sent to Howard County from the Indiana Department of Correction “to transition back into the community,” said Commissioner Paul Wyman.

Wyman said both current inmates already have jobs.

Overall, the program will start as male-only, operating with 80 beds. Up to 40 inmates from the DOC could be accepted; the DOC will pay the county roughly $40 per day, per inmate to house them.

Unintended consequences: Investigation reveals why drug court enrollment is declining

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Deseret News on 12/17/2017 by Gillian Friedman

Editor’s note: The illicit drug trade is undergoing a seismic shift, with Utah in the middle of the deadly impact of opioids. This is another in an ongoing series of stories about this modern-day plague.

SALT LAKE CITY — In November, when President Trump’s bipartisan commission on the opioid crisis issued its report, it recommended 54 solutions but put particular emphasis on two things: expanding access to medicine that helps addicts and creating more drug courts.

First introduced in 1989, drug courts are widely considered one of the nation’s most successful approaches to helping addicts get clean and stay out of jail. Utah’s drug courts have long been heralded as a national model.

But despite the program’s effectiveness, in Utah, the number of addicts participating in drug court fell by 10 percent between 2015 and 2017, according to the state’s Department of Human Services’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

A Deseret News review of drug courts in all 50 states has revealed that Utah is not alone. Although the number of drug court programs across the country is on the rise, the enrollment of addicts in some states has fallen.

This is happening at a time when the nation’s opioid crisis is reaching pandemic levels. Last year, 64,000 people died from opioid overdoses in the United States — that’s more than the number of American lives lost in the entirety of the Vietnam War.

In the state of Washington’s King County, drug court enrollment has decreased by 34 percent since 2008 – from 456 to an average of 300 active cases, says Mary Taylor, King County Drug Diversion Court coordinator.

Participation in California’s drug court program has plummeted by as much as 50 percent since 2014, according to Mike Hestrin, Riverside County district attorney.

The drop in enrollment in drug courts is an unforeseen consequence of a well-intentioned effort to tackle the nation’s exploding opioid crisis: lighter sentences for drug offenders. Continue reading →

Holcomb extends CBD oil order through legislative session

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Indiana Lawyer on 1/26/2018 by Rob Burgess

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Friday extended the moratorium on seizures of CBD oil from retailers’ shelves — as well Indiana State Excise Police’s education period on products derived from cannabis — while lawmakers consider bills regulating those products.

“I said back in November that I was open to extending the education period on CBD oil products to give legislators the time they need to add clarity to Indiana law,” Holcomb said. “Lawmakers have indicated they would like more time to consider proposed legislation. For that reason, I am extending the education period for CBD oil products and the moratorium on issuing citations or removing products from retailers until the legislative session concludes.”

CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is derived from the cannabis plant and contains very little to no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Proponents argue CBD oil is effective as a treatment for many ailments, including neuropsychiatric disorders.

Attorney General Cutis Hill released an official opinion Nov. 21 advising Indiana residents that unless they are registered on the Indiana State Department of Health Cannabidiol Registry, use of CBD oil can still result in prosecution.

Hill’s office declined to comment on Holcomb’s announcement Friday.

The state’s legislative and regulatory history with CBD oil has been active, and this legislative session is no exception.

Senate Bill 357 removed industrial hemp products from the state’s controlled substance schedule when it became law in 2014.

House Enrolled Act 1148 approved CBD oil for use with adult or juvenile treatment-resistant epilepsy and was signed by Holcomb in April 2017.

The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council publicly issued a letter in early November condemning any cannabis legalization efforts “in any form, for any purpose.” Holcomb subsequently announced that stores in the state had 60 days to remove CBD oil from their shelves.

Meanwhile, the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee this week passed Senate Bill 52, which would allow any person to purchase CBD oil without a prescription or medical reason, if the oil contains no more than 0.3 percent THC. Purchasers would not have to put their names on a registry, but all CBD oil containers would have to be labeled and certified as having no more than 0.3 percent THC. An additional amendment would provide immunity to state contractor employees who test positively during a drug test, but have legally purchased the oil. The bill now heads to full Senate floor.

Another piece of legislation also filed by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, Senate Bill 294, would allow patients on a state registry to purchase CBD oil to treat certain cases of epilepsy if they can prove their presence on the registry. The committee heard testimony on this bill, but has yet to vote on it.

Multiple other CBD oil bills were filed in the legislature this session, none of which have been scheduled for committee hearings.

With years of combined experience, sheriff hopefuls outline visions for office

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Greenfield County Reporter on 1-25-2018 by Samm Quinn

Republican sheriff candidate Wayne Addison talks during the Hancock County Young Republicans meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.

GREENFIELD — Area residents packed the county courthouse annex Wednesday to hear from candidates in one of the most hotly contested races this election season.

The Hancock County Young Republicans conducted a special forum Wednesday night, inviting the public to hear from the Republican candidates running in May’s primary for sheriff.

No Democrats have announced campaigns for the position.

The race is likely to be one of the most popular races this election season, so the Young Republicans wanted to get the contenders in front of the public early, said Holly Gillham, president of the organization.

The four candidates — Wayne Addison, Brad Burkhart, Donnie Munden and Donnie Smith — have a lot in common, including a combined 100-plus years’ experience in law enforcement among them.

They’ve served in the county jail and on road patrol and have a passion for helping people and improving their community.

But on Wednesday night, they tried to highlight the strengths that set them apart from their challengers ahead of the May 8 election.

With all the law enforcement officers in the room, Gillham joked the annex was likely the safest place in Hancock County on Wednesday evening.

Here’s a look at the candidates.

Wayne Addison

Addison, a lifelong Hancock County resident, has known since 1966 he wanted to serve his community as sheriff, he told the crowd.

A Greenfield-Central graduate, Addison graduated from Ball State University with degrees in criminal justice and corrections and telecommunications — at one time, he thought he might write movies about police.

He retired last September after serving the county for 35 years as the chief probation officer, but he’s spent time patrolling Hancock County roads, too.

He was hired by former Sheriff Malcolm Grass as a reserve deputy in 1981 and served as one until 2010. For 10 years, he was commander of the reserve division, he said.

As chief probation officer, he’s overseen a more than $1 million budget and cut back spending while implementing new programs to address some of the problems plaguing probation clients.

He hired counselors to the department, wanting experts who could help offenders facing mental health issues and addiction. Those staff members also serve as probation officers, saving the county some funding, Addison said.

Last year, he retired from his post to pursue his lifelong dream of being sheriff.

“I wanted this so much, I thought it was time,” Addison said. “My hair is getting grey. … I figured it’s now or never.”

Brad Burkhart

Brad Burkhart began his presentation by holding up the very first uniform he wore as an explorer with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

He was a high-schooler when he went through the youth program — and admittedly, skinnier back then, he joked. More than 30 years later, he’s served in just about every role the department offers.

Burkhart joined the department in 1988 as a jail officer, moving up the ranks ever since.

He spent 16 years as a road deputy before moving to the investigations unit as a detective and eventually into the administration wing. He’s also served on the department’s SWAT team and underwater search and rescue dive team.

For the past seven years, Burkhart has served as Sheriff Mike Shepherd’s chief deputy, overseeing the department’s approximately $6 million budget.

In that time, he’s helped implement the department’s first employee assistance program to support the department’s employees through personal issues that might affect their work. He’s one of the founders of the county’s underage drinking task force, which patrols underage drinking parties, and helped beef up security at the county courthouse the past few years.

He’s not running for sheriff because he wants to get involved in politics, he said.

Burkhart said he wants to be sheriff to make Hancock County a better place, to protect his neighbors.

Donnie Munden

Donnie Munden’s career path mirrors Burkhart’s.

He started his tenure with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department as an explorer. He served for four years as former Sheriff Bud Gray’s chief deputy. He’s been on the SWAT team, worked in the jail and patrolled the county’s roads.

Rather than spending his time highlighting his achievements, Munden talked about the changes he’d bring to the department at its helm.

A top priority is ensuring the department continues to operate in a fiscally responsible manner, he said.

He also wants to expand neighborhood watch programs to protect county residents and give them an opportunity to build relationships with law enforcement while having a hand in keeping their homes safe. He’d also like to expand the program to include businesses, he said.

If elected, he’ll implement an performance evaluation system to mentor and shape young deputies so they’re ready to serve as the department’s next generation of leaders, he said.

He joked he was born in 1966 — the year Addison said he realized he wanted to be sheriff — so he wasn’t quite thinking of the role then.

“My intent to serve as your sheriff is to help maintain Hancock County as a safe place to live, work and raise your family,” he said.

Donnie Smith

Donnie “Smitty” Smith grew up on the east side of Indianapolis and graduated from Lawrence Central.

He wasn’t born and raised in Hancock County, but he’s as dedicated to the community as the other candidates, he said.

He began his public service career as a correctional officer at the Indiana Boys’ School in Plainfield in 1987.

Later that year, he joined the Cumberland Police Department as a reserve officer, working at the boys’ school during the day and serving Cumberland residents in the evening.

A few years later, he was hired at the sheriff’s department, where he has worked the past 27 years.

Smith serves as a road deputy on the day shift and said he enjoys being the boots on the ground, one of the officers in regular contact with residents.

He told the crowd he’s proud of having overseen the department’s firearms training, he told the supporters gathered. He’s also served as a K-9 officer.

Smith said while it’s important for the sheriff to serve and protect Hancock County citizens, the department’s leader also needs to look out for the employees.

“I think that gets lost sometimes,” he said.

If elected, Smith said he’d put more resources into patrolling Hancock County roads, ensuring the deputies are seen and visible in the community.

All four candidates announced their campaigns last year. The filing deadline to run for office in the May primary is Feb. 9.