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SAVE THE DATES: POPAI Fall Training 2015 & 2016

Author: Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members:

POPAI has sought input from our members regarding the location of the Annual Fall Conference via Poll Questions on the POPAI website, as well as through feedback forms at all of the POPAI trainings held in 2013 and 2014.

POPAI recently asked all Indiana Chief POs to take a survey regarding the location of our Fall Conference.   Chiefs were asked to provide an ESTIMATE of how many potential POs would attend the 2015 conference based on LOCATION.

The results of the Chief PO survey are contained in the letter I sent to the POPAI Membership in October 2014.

POPAI President Letter to membership re location of annual conference

french-lick1Based on extensive feedback from our membership including the recent Chief PO survey, the POPAI Board has entered into an agreement with the French Lick Springs Resort to hold the POPAI Annual Fall Conference there in 2015 and 2016.  Both years were booked simultaneously to save money and lock down rates that are beneficial to the POPAI organization and its members.


2015 September 16, 17, and 18.

2016 September 7, 8, and 9.

Thank you.

Linda Brady, POPAI President

In-your-face Indiana boot camp gets teens out of trouble

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Indy Star
Author: Mike Fender

635509791046950283-06-Challenge-AcademyKarina Bowling showed only a hint of a smile — and she was in trouble.


Karina had already been kicked out of school. She was on a life course headed for jail, she admits. But this time it was different.

Two military-style drill sergeants, called cadre, were in her face, shouting, furious, arms flailing, voices piercing because she had dared to smile. They were so close “they were spitting in my face,” Karina recalls.

Karina, 16 at the time, struggled to hold back tears.


Adding Positive Reinforcement In Justice Settings

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Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment-National Library of Medicine
April 2012
Author: Danielle Rudes, Faye Taxman, Shannon Portillo, Amy Murphy, Anne Rhodes, Maxine Stitzer, Peter Luongo, Peter Friedmann

Researchers have long recommended expanding treatment options for those with a drug abuse history, leading to the founding and proliferation of drug courts and other treatment diversion programs.  The effectiveness of such programs has varied across the horizon as some jurisdictions continue to rely on traditional criminal justice sanction systems, while others endorse newer evidence-based practices.

One such approach that has shown to be a promising method for initiating drug abstinence is Contingency Management (CM).  CM is an incentive-based intervention specifically designed to alter individual behavior(s) by systematically dispensing contingent rewards.   CM’s underlying principles suggests that a person is more likely to continue certain behaviors if they receive positive reinforcement for doing so. Likewise, behaviors that typically would receive punishment are discontinued as the individual replaces the pleasure from receiving rewards. CM rewards positive choices/behaviors as a tool to shape behavior. Systematic reviews confirm the general overall positive findings from using CM in drug treatment settings.


Kinsey Youth Center sees uptick in mentally ill kids

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Kokomo Tribune
October 19, 2014

543d89b8a91b7.imageWhen Erik May started working as the referee for Howard County Circuit Court’s juvenile court eight years ago, he said it was rare to see children younger than 15 run up against the criminal justice system.

“If the juvenile was younger than 13, I’d look at our prosecutor and say, ‘Why the heck am I dealing with a 12-year-old?” May said. “It was unheard of, and I was uncomfortable with it.”

That’s no longer the case. Now, he said, it’s not uncommon to see children as young as 8 years old showing up in juvenile court for beating up other kids or other criminal offenses.


Indiana Chief PO named Probation Executive of the Year

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National Association of Probation Executives
Fall 2014
Author: NAPE Executive Exchange

Sam Houston State University Probation Executive of the Year Award

Since 1989, the National Association of Probation Executives and the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University have recognized the Probation Executive of the Year by presenting the recipient the Sam Houston State University Award. This year’s recipient was Linda Brady, Chief Probation Officer for the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department in Bloomington, Indiana.

Brady has been a probation officer in Monroe County for more than a quarter of a century. Prior to being appointed to her current position, she served as an adult probation officer before working as the supervisor and then director of the Court Alcohol and Drug Program. In 1995, she was appointed Chief Probation Officer by the Monroe County Board of Judges.