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2016 POPAI Election and Absentee Voting

The following candidates have been slated for the 2016 POPAI General Election.

As it stands, the seat for President is the only contested position.

An Officer for the contested position will be elected by the general voting membership during registration for POPAI’s Fall Conference on September 7, 2016.

POPAI Members who are not able to attend POPAI’s Fall Conference may request and submit an Absentee Ballot.

To receive an official 2016 POPAI Absentee Ballot, POPAI Members must:

  1. Request, by email, an Absentee Ballot from POPAI’s Election Committee Chair, Adam McQueen ( ) on or before August 17, 2016.
  2. Scan and return the Absentee Ballot, to the same email on or before September 1, 2016

Absentee Ballots received after September 1, 2016, cannot be considered.


Linda Brady, Chief Probation Officer, Monroe County Probation

Ryan Hull, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, DeKalb County Probation


Susan Bentley, Chief Probation Officer, Hendricks County Probation


Steve Keele, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Allen County Probation


Lakisha Fisher, Probation Officer, Grant County Probation



Cherie Wood, Chief Probation Officer, Vanderburgh County Probation

High Rates Of Opioid-Addicted Babies Born To High-Risk Moms

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WFYI Indianapolis on 8/19/16

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A pilot program enacted by the state legislature has found one in five infants born to at-risk mothers at four Indiana hospitals had opiates in their system at birth.

The program began earlier this year and measures the prevalence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS. NAS refers to a group of problems that occur in infants after they’re exposed to addictive drugs in the womb. In 2014, Indiana passed a law creating both a task force and a pilot program that would study its prevalence in Indiana.

Notre Dame and Holy Cross lead transformational liberal arts education program at Indiana prison

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University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters on August 13, 2016 by Josh Weinhold

Kris remembers the moment that everything changed.

It came as he was reading The Goldfinch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt. It was the moment he discovered the true power of literature. The way it could move him, shape him, change him. The way it could ignite a spark and make him want to read more, think more, learn more.

“I thought, ‘Wow, these are just somebody’s words, but they can produce such strong feelings, emotions,’” he said. “I was fascinated by that — that language can have this effect on a person. That’s when I really wanted to start delving into it.”

That moment came as Kris was an inmate at the Westville Correctional Facility.

Mike remembers the moment that everything changed for him, too.

It came as he was reading a collection of essential American documents and reflecting on the concept of freedom. It was the moment he realized that, though he was incarcerated, his mind had been freed of the problems that led him there. And they wouldn’t be problems in his future.

“These courses helped me escape,” he said. “These help you to not be depressed. They show you there’s more to life, that this isn’t going to be forever. It gives you a way to build yourself up, to have a sense of hope.”

That moment came as Mike was an inmate taking classes taught by University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty.

Judge: 65 years for man who fatally slammed baby to ground

Full Article on August 17, 2016 by WANE staff reporters


Mug shot of Dalton R. Davis provided by the Jay County Sheriff’s Dept.

PORTLAND, Ind. (WANE) The Jay County man who killed his girlfriend’s five-week-old daughter by slamming her to the ground repeatedly was sentenced Wednesday.

Jay Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison sentenced 22-year-old Dalton R. Davis to 65 years for the death of young Lillian Grace Lloyd on Sept. 28, The (Muncie) Star Press reports.

It was in the morning hours of that early autumn day when Lillian was found not breathing. Police and medics arrived at the rural Jay County home that Davis shared with the child and her mother, and the infant was taken to Bluffton Regional Medical Center. There, she was pronounced dead.

Investigators said then that Lillian died from severe blunt force trauma. Police said her body was slammed repeatedly against the cement ground outside their home by Davis because he was upset with her mother.

Trauma and the Courts

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Indiana Court Times on June 23, 2016 by Ruth Reichard

Unless they are there for a wedding or an adoption, people rarely come to court for a happy, positive reason. Judges who handle criminal cases involving allegations of spousal or child abuse, sexual assault, or other violent crimes can count on seeing people who have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes.

But what about judges in drug courts, veterans’ courts, problem-solving courts, or juvenile courts? Indeed, a party to almost any case type—bankruptcy, eviction, domestic relations, malpractice, or collections—could be dealing with the effects of trauma.

When plaintiffs and defendants come to court, wounds from their past can come along with them, manifesting as behaviors that may frustrate judges and lawyers who are not familiar with the dynamics of trauma—who are not, in other words, trauma-informed.

Criminal justice system responds to addiction epidemic

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News and Tribune on 07/23/2016 by Elizabeth DePompei

While it may not be an ideal solution, community leaders seem to agree that an over-burdened criminal justice system must better address what’s so often right in front of them: a growing epidemic of drug addiction.

Floyd and Clark County sheriffs both have said a majority of their inmate population is booked in on drug-related charges. Stephanie Spoolstra, the executive director of addiction and recovery for the Indiana Department of Correction, said an estimated 80 percent of the state’s prison inmates have some level of substance abuse history.

Drug-related crimes aren’t new, and neither are inmates struggling with addiction. But what is changing is how prisons, jails and community corrections are addressing addiction in hopes of getting people real help and keeping them out of the revolving door to incarceration.

“I think that in the past, prison was viewed as punishment, it wasn’t viewed as a restorative or rehabilitative program for people,” Spoolstra said. “In Indiana, that’s definitely changing.”

In May 2015, state legislators passed a bill that put more emphasis on funding for local corrections programs while diverting the lowest level felony offenders from IDOC facilities and into county jails. That means more offenders for county jails to house, but it also means more opportunities for state funding. So when former Clark County Community Corrections Director Danielle Grissett had to apply for that extra money, she had to have a plan.

“So I went to all the judges and just kind of asked them, what would you like to see? … And they were all very focused on treatment,” said Grissett, who left the Community Corrections director post and moved to the probation office earlier this month.

Grissett said she thought a Forensic Diversion Program was one way to focus on treatment that she thought could be “very successful.” Over several months, she gathered feedback and started the grant writing process. The idea was this: House offenders who have violated their probation in a community corrections facility for 90 days of intensive treatment. After the 90 days, offenders would be released and supervised for nine months while receiving treatment through LifeSpring Health System’s Project 180.

Offenders in the Forensic Diversion Program will be on lockdown, receiving treatment around the clock, so they won’t be able to work. Which means they won’t be able to pay program fees — and they won’t have to. Grissett said one of the things she thinks will make the program successful is the fact that it’s at no cost to the offender.

With that proposal, the state approved an additional $175,00 in funding for Community Corrections. About $135,000 of that will go toward the Forensic Diversion Program, specifically to fund a full-time therapist and a program coordinator. Grissett said the rest of the operational costs — for things like toiletries and meals — will come from project income from other community corrections programs such as work release. There’s only enough funding for the program to accommodate one gender, so only up to 25 men at a time will be enrolled in the program, for now. If it’s successful, a program for women — which would about double program costs — could eventually be funded.

Thinking For a Change 4.0

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Within the past few months the National Institute of Corrections has released an update to Thinking for a Change, transitioning from 3.1 to 4.0. Webinars will include information about the transition from Thinking for a Change 3.1 to the updated 4.0 materials, as well as a refresher on program standards.  Only those instructors who complete the T4C Update webinar will be eligible to continue teaching the Thinking for a Change program. NIC  now requires governmental corrections agencies, or those private or non-profit governmental service deliverers, to provide verification of successful completion of a minimum 32-hour Thinking for a Change Formal Facilitator Training.  The purpose of this is to ensure those delivering the program are properly trained to implement and deliver the program to correctional clients with fidelity.


If you have already been trained as a T4C facilitator, please click here to apply for access to T4C 4.0.