Yearly Archives: 2014

Region legislators to craft state laws through committee work

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December 17, 2014

Dan Carden

INDIANAPOLIS | The nitty-gritty work of writing Indiana’s laws most of the time gets done not in the glittering House and Senate chambers, but in dreary, plain committee rooms scattered throughout the Statehouse. It is there representatives and senators go through legislative proposals line byline, make changes they decide are needed and hear the opinions […]

Is Indiana ready to legalize Marijuana?

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December 18, 2014

Kristine Guerra

(INDY STAR) — State Sen. Karen Tallian has tried for years to legalize marijuana. The Democrat from Portage, Ind., has introduced bills that would have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Those efforts have so far failed. This coming session, Tallian hopes a more narrowly defined bill to legalize marijuana for people with […]

Drug Addiction Treatment in the Criminal Justice System

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

April 2014

Drug Use, Crime, and Incarceration The connection between drug use and crime is well known. Drug use is implicated in at least five types of drug-related offenses: Offenses related to drug possession or sales Offenses directly related to obtaining drugs (e.g., stealing to get money for drugs) Offenses related to a lifestyle that includes association […]

Online database shows convictions bring consequences beyond incarceration

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Marilyn Odendahl

The American Bar Association has completed work on a national database that identifies the legal restrictions and prohibitions that individuals convicted of a crime face in addition to the sentence imposed by the court. The National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction, available at, is an online directory that lists the federal and state […]

New Ind. program would use cell phones to track, reform offenders

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The News-Sentinel


Kevin Leininger

Does the government use people’s cell phones to track their movements?  For some people in Allen County, that soon could be true–and that’s a good thing, officials say. The Allen County Commissioners today were expected to approve a pilot program under which the county’s Community Corrections department would monitor the whereabouts of about 70 released […]

40 sex offenders to appear on Indy billboards

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David Barras

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — There are about 1,600 convicted sex offenders in Marion County. Forty of them remain unregistered and missing. It is those 40 who are the targets of a new effort which began Monday that will take them from the shadows of the streets to the bright lights of big billboards. The hope is to […]

Indiana Case involving term of probation to “not consume alcohol”

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The Indiana Law Blog


On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, the Indiana Supreme Court had scheduled oral arguments for the case of  Natosha L. Stillions v. State of Indiana (53A01-1311-CR-508) . After stealing items from her employer, Stillions was convicted of theft, a Class A misdemeanor. As one condition of probation, Stillions was ordered by the Monroe Circuit Court not to […]

POPAI “Members Only” Discussion Area Now Open to All Members

December 7, 2014

Dear POPAI Membership: All POPAI members should have received an email from our website administrator Karen Oeding regarding the POPAI Discussion area. The POPAI “Members Only” Discussion area is now open to all members. So far, we have the following topics: Department Policies and Procedures; POPAI Legislative Updates; Question and Answer; Training; and Eventually the […]

Juvenile center unveils new computer lab

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November 19, 2014

A new multipurpose computer lab aimed at helping young offenders was to open today at the Allen County Juvenile ​Center. “The computer lab is part of a larger strategy to get kids on juvenile probation back on track, in school and away from crime,” said Judge Dan Heath of the Family Relations Division of the […]

Man in Facebook Threat Case Scrutinized for Note to Prosecutor

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The Wall Street Journal


Brent Kendall

The man at the center of a Supreme Court case about posting threats on Facebook has caught the attention of U.S. probation officials for more recent comments he allegedly made about cross burning in a prison note to a prosecutor. The high court heard oral argument Monday on whether to uphold the 2011 conviction of […]

APPA Leadership Institute

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APPA Leadership Institute A Twelve Month Journey of Self Discovery and Organizational Change for Community Corrections Professionals APPLICATION DEADLINE – April 1, 2015 Are you concerned about succession planning? Are you seeing many of your senior staff making retirement plans? Are you seeking staff training opportunities to enhance the skills of developing leaders in your […]

Probation and parole officer honored for stopping teen from leap off bridge

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Lewiston Tribune, re-printed by

October 19, 2014

By Ralph Bartholdt

LEWISTON, Idaho — A department of probation and parole officer was recognized by the Idaho Department of Correction for preventing a teenager from jumping off the Southway Bridge.  Senior Probation and Parole Officer Clint Hoiland of Clarkston was awarded the Silver Cross by the Board of Correction. The award is earned by corrections officers whose […]

Indiana panel hears testimony on human trafficking

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Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS A state trooper who tracks human trafficking cases has told an Indiana commission that he’s investigated nearly 40 cases so far this year but the full scope of the sex and labor trade in the state remains elusive. Trooper Skyler Whittington told the Commission on Improving the Status of Children on Wednesday that he […]

Cost of an Inmate – Tippecanoe County, IN

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News 18

November 19, 2014

Krista Henery

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — It may be hard to believe, but about 66 percent of a nearly $30 million budget in Tippecanoe County is spent on people who break the law. That includes the county’s court system, the prosecutor’s office, and coming in with the largest tab at more than $10 million — the […]

Sitting at desks just part of a Probation Officer’s job

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Newark Advocate


Bethany Bruner

NEWARK – Their leader calls them the “Secret Service” of the Licking County Courthouse. But these 13 men and women are not the Secret Service. They’re the probation officers working in the Adult Court Services Department. Located in offices in Pataskala, the Licking County Justice Center and the Licking County Courthouse, the probation department is […]

All Courts Shall Be Open

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Indiana Court Times


Kathryn Dolan

Continued emphasis on fair and impartial justice as Dickson transfers leadership to Rush On June 11, 2014, Brent E. Dickson announced he would step down as Chief Justice of Indiana before September first and continue serving as an Associate Justice on the five-member Supreme Court. When Dickson informed the Judicial Nominating Commission of his plans, […]

SAVE THE DATES: POPAI Fall Training 2015 & 2016


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 […]

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

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Indy Star


Mike Fender

Karina Bowling showed only a hint of a smile — and she was in trouble. Again. 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, […]

Adding Positive Reinforcement In Justice Settings

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Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment-National Library of Medicine

April 2012

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 […]

Kinsey Youth Center sees uptick in mentally ill kids

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Kokomo Tribune

October 19, 2014

When 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 […]

POPAI Board Meeting Minutes November 2014

November 2014 Board Meeting Minutes.

Jobs Posted

Check out the new job openings in Adams and Noble County.

Indiana Chief PO named Probation Executive of the Year

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National Association of Probation Executives

Fall 2014

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 […]

Suspect in Halloween hit and run Deaths had violated probation 7 times

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Los Angeles Times


Emily Foxhall and Joseph Serna

A 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run driving in the Halloween collision in Santa Ana that left three girls dead has a years-long criminal history and was driving on a suspended license, court records show..

Data tools credited for reducing pretrial crime

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September 17, 2014

Laura Dorman

There is much debate on the topic of pretrial bail and on which defendants should be detained and which defendants should be released safely prior to trial. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), a suspect’s release pending trial is almost exclusively based on the charge and whether the suspect has enough […]

Woman who set off pipe bombs goes before judge again, gets 3 years for probation violation

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First Posted: October 31, 2014 - 12:57 pm

By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Georgia — A judge gave Celia Savage a break in February when he sentenced her to probation after federal authorities found pipe bombs and guns in her home during a raid. He warned her not to make him look like a fool. Less than six months later, Savage, 25, was arrested on drug charges, […]

Job Posting

There’s a new job posting for  an Adult Probation Officer in Tippecanoe County.  

How probation officers can stay safe during home visits

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Cherrie Greco

Home visits are an important part of an offender’s probation fulfillment; here’s how probation officers can stay safe before, during and after the visit For probation officers, conducting home visits offers a unique opportunity for a glimpse into the private world of their clients. As a sentencing option for judges, probation provides an alternative to […]

Probation And Parole In The United States, 2013

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Bureau of Justice Statistics


Thomas Bonczar, Erinn Herberman, Ph.D.

Presents data on adult offenders under community supervision while on probation or parole in 2013. The report presents trends over time for the overall community supervision population and describes changes in the probation and parole populations. It provides statistics on the entries and exits from probation and parole and the mean time served. It also […]

Texas prosecutor: Indiana suspect history unknown

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Evansville Courier and Press

October 27. 2014

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas prosecutors may not have offered a suspected serial killer such a lenient prison sentence in a 2009 sexual assault case had they known about his conviction on a similar charge in Indiana five years earlier, a district attorney’s spokesman said Monday. Darren Vann, who last week confessed to killing seven […]

Lake Detention Complex chief retires after 37 years

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Post-Tribune, A Chicago publication

October 21, 2014

Ruth Ann Krause

Bob Bennett turned 65 on Thursday, and on Friday retired with more than 37 years as director of the Lake County Juvenile Detention Complex with a sense of pride and accomplishment. “I’ve talked to thousands of kids over the years and I hope some of them heard me,” Bennett said. “I had a job to […]


A limited number and variety of POPAI shirts and fleece are now available for purchase. All items have the POPAI Logo. Go Shopping!

Indiana Probation Departments Host Halloween Events for Registered Sex Offenders

Marion County: Registered sex offenders required to attend Halloween meeting INDIANAPOLIS – For the eighth year in a row, Operation Halloween will require registered sex offenders in Marion County to attend a meeting during trick or treat hours. The event is organized by the Marion Superior Court, Probation Department, in partnership with the Indiana […]

Sources: Probation officer on leave after questionable Facebook post

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Margo Gray

HUNTSVILLE, AL A probation officer employed by the city of Huntsville is now on administrative leave.  A city official said the probation officer will stay on leave pending an internal investigation.  The official would not tell us what that investigation involves. However, a source close to the incident said the investigation involves what probation officer […]

Man Accidentally Texts “You Have Some Weed?” To Probation Officer

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The Huffington Post


Hilary Hanson

A Georgia man is back behind bars after mistakenly sending a request for marijuana to the worst person imaginable. Alvin Cross Jr, of Albany, accidentally sent a text message reading “You have some weed?” to his probation officer, WALB reports. Cross was on probation after being sentenced to 15 years in prison for armed robbery […]

Indiana Project screenings show need for more mental health services in youth detention

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Indiana is at the forefront of providing mental health screening and services to juvenile offenders, but more efforts are needed to improve the services provided to detained youths, according to Indiana University School of Medicine research findings published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health. “A Statewide Collaboration to Initiate Mental […]

More Older Adults Are Struggling with Substance Abuse

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New York Times


Abby Ellin

BEFORE her drinking spiraled out of control, Sylvia Dobrow “drank like a lady,” as she put it, matching her wine to her sandwiches: “Tuna and chardonnay, roast beef and rosé.” But soon she was “drinking around the clock,” downing glasses of vodka and skim milk. “When you try to hide your drinking from your grandchildren, […]

2014 Probation Fall training registration is now open


Angie Hensley-Langrel, Program Coordinator, Indiana Judicial Center

The 2014 Probation Fall training will be held Tuesday December 16th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (E.S.T.) at Jonathan Byrd’s Banquet Hall, 100 Byrd Way, Greenwood. Topics for the Meeting: * Dosage Probation * Fourth Amendment and Due Process Issues in Probation * Indiana Judicial Center Updates and Discussion -Incentives and Sanctions Project Update […]

New Bloomington mental health court starting up

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A new Monroe County mental health court is aimed at keeping people mentally stable and out of trouble and the community safe, officials said. The new court also should save tax dollars, county prosecutor Chris Gaal said at a news conference Friday. Changes to Indiana’s criminal code encourage communities to offer treatment […]

Declining PERF Enrollment, A Cause For Concern?

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Troy Kehoe

Pension withdrawals causing new concerns at Statehouse A technicality in state law is permitting thousands of new Hoosier public workers to opt out of Indiana’s public pension plans, such as the Public Employee Retirement Fund [PERF], and seek alternatives in retirement planning.   This loophole has bolstered autonomy for Hoosiers who have entered the public employee […]

How to Turn Around Troubled Teens: Research reveals that get-tough tactics may worsen rates of juvenile delinquency

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Scientific American


Scott O. Lilienfeld and Hal Arkowitz

Mike S. (not his real name) was 13 years old when one of us (Lilienfeld) met him on an inpatient psychiatric ward, where Lilienfeld was a clinical psychology intern. Mike was articulate and charming, and he radiated warmth. Yet this initial impression belied a disturbing truth. For several years Mike had been in serious trouble […]

Jury finds convict guilty of stalking probation officer

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NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Pa. — A convict found guilty of stalking his probation officer by sending her threatening emails will be spending more time behind bars. The Morning Call reports that Clinton D. Oxford was found guilty of stalking, terroristic threats and harassment. He was immediately sentenced to five and a half to fifteen years behind […]

POPAI Survey Results re: Location for Annual Fall Conference


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.  Several POPAI members asked that POPAI investigate the possibility of holding the Annual […]

Indiana to Address Brain Trauma Among Released Offenders

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Public News Service Indiana


INDIANAPOLIS – Some major money is flowing into the Indiana Department of Correction to address brain trauma. The department has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to screen and provide treatment for released offenders who have traumatic brain injuries. Edinburgh Correctional Facility Superintendent Frances Osburn is leading the project and says their goal is […]

Indiana committee hears alternatives for juvenile justice

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Leaders of a pilot program that promotes alternatives to juvenile detention in eight Indiana counties want to take the idea statewide. Supporters of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative told a legislative panel Monday that the program creates a level playing field between minorities and whites, in addition to making juvenile justice more efficient. The program […]

Drug court graduates choose treatment over prison

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Fox 59 News

October 6, 2014

Russ McQuaid

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (Oct. 6, 2014)– Nick Barnhill admitted he nearly choked up when his mother stood up in a Hamilton County courtroom and told the judge how proud she was of her son. “Oh, I wanted to start crying. She’s proud of me. My whole family is,” said Barnhill. Barnhill, 35, was one of […]

Millions more sought for representation of juveniles in Indiana

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The Indiana Lawyer

October 8, 2014

Dave Stafford

Rising juvenile court caseloads are creating scrambles around the state to find and fund court-appointed special advocates and guardians ad litem. Millions more dollars also will be needed for public defenders who soon will be required for the first time in many more delinquency cases. Marion Superior Juvenile Judge Marilyn Moores blames an epidemic of […]

Board Meeting Minutes October 8


The minutes from the October 8 Board Meeting are available.

Seven more counties to participate in juvenile detention program

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The Statehouse File


Hannah Troyer

INDIANAPOLIS – Seven new counties across the state will partner with the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which offers community-based alternative programs to the typical detention facility solution for juveniles. Allen, LaPorte, Bartholomew, Boone, Monroe, St. Joseph, and LaGrange counties will join the 12 counties that already have a partnership with the JDAI program. JDAI- a […]

New state budget will carry Pence’s fingerprints; budget writers might need to put less money into state prisons but more into local probation services and mental health treatment

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The Herald Bulletin /AP


Andy Knight

INDIANAPOLIS — Lagging tax collections, the impact of new laws and the perpetual question of how best to spend Indiana’s education dollars are all expected to factor into the state budget proposal being developed by Gov. Mike Pence’s administration ahead of the 2015 legislative session. Indiana law requires the General Assembly to pass a budget […]

New Community Corrections Program To Be Implemented

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SPONLINE - Kosciusko County’s Only Free Digital Newspaper


Phoebe Muthart

Kosciusko County Commissioners gave the green light Tuesday for the establishment of a new community corrections program. The new program will be for non-violent offenders. The county will receive a $356,000 grant from the state to start the new program. The two-year grant will allow the county to hire more personnel. The program will not […]

Flipping the script: Innovative truancy effort keyed to prevention, not punishment

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The Journal Gazette

September 28, 2014

Fred McKissack

He looks like he works there. He’s got an office at New Haven High School with computer, desks, chairs and books. He’s got an athletic build but, with his measured, friendly tone, he reminds one of a thoughtful guidance counselor rather than an employee of the Allen County Juvenile Court. Yet, for 25 New Haven […]

Efforts renewed to protect at-risk children

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Kokomo Perspective

October 2, 2014

Pat Munsey

The people on the front line in the struggle to prevent juvenile delinquency met last week to reaffirm their commitment to the community’s youth. Led by Howard Circuit Court Judge Lynn Murray, these individuals signed an updated memorandum to provide education, treatment, and supervision to juveniles. “This is to renew our strategy of systematic information […]

New detention model designed to lower juvenile incarceration

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Indiana's News Center

October 1, 2014

Jeff Neumeyer

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (21ALIVE) — A plan is unfolding here in Allen County to reduce the number of juveniles housed in corrections facilities. It involves a strategy that a local judge insists can save money and protect public safety at the same time. On an average day, 83 juvenile offenders are locked up at the […]

Indiana Parole Officers Fired And Arrested

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(BRAZIL) – An Indiana Department of Correction parole officer 46-year-old Joseph Granda of Brazil has been fired and arrested amid allegations he engaged in oral sex this summer with an Owen County woman whose probation he was supervising.

Photos from the Fall Conference for the Website



Do you have photos from the Fall Conference that we can add to our Fall Conference 2014 Page? Please email me and I’ll send you a link to upload them.

SAVE THE DATES: Indiana Judicial Center Probation Officer Training

For 2014, the Indiana Judicial Center will offer “Probation Fall Training” on Tuesday December 16th in Indianapolis.  Time and training location to be determined. There will not be regional trainings held this year. The 2015 PO Annual Training will be held on May 6th and 7th at the Indiana Convention Center.

The business of public safety: NWI consortium the first of its kind

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Joseph Ferrandino, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Northwest

Public safety agencies across Northwest Indiana are changing the way they do business to provide better services to their communities and create or maintain the environment needed for economic development and growth. In 2014, 15 agencies across the region joined with Indiana University Northwest and NIPSCO to create the Northwest Indiana Public Safety Data Consortium, […]

Juvenile deliquency down thanks to alternative programs

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Kokomo Tribune


Lauren Slagter

A group representing law enforcement, the court system, child services and education renewed their commitment to working with Howard County’s at-risk youth Wednesday. Those who contribute to the S.A.F.E. P.O.L.I.C.Y. services (which stands for School Administrators For Effective Police, Probation and Prosecution Operation Leading to Improved Children and Youth) and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative […]

Mentally ill inmates straining jail and DOC resources

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

When Franklin County Sheriff Kenneth Murphy chatted with a colleague about a frequent inmate, he learned how pervasive the problem of mental illness is in local jails.  Murphy was at a jail commanders meeting talking about a young man who had been arrested after he was found preaching naked on the streets of Laurel.  A […]

INcite Juvenile Reports Announcement

Indiana Judicial Center


Michelle C. Goodman, Staff Attorney Indiana Judicial Center

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new INcite Juvenile Reports Application.  This application operates within the Juvenile History Tab in the Offender Management System and will allow juvenile probation officers to complete the Preliminary Inquiry Reports, Pre-dispositional Reports, and Modification Reports electronically.  This application was designed at the request of juvenile probation […]

North Carolina Cuts Prison Time for Probation Violators, and Costs with “Quick Dip” Policy

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The New York Times



ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — André Duckett, 43, had an unpleasant surprise when he came in to see his probation officer. After missing some previous appointments, he had just failed a drug test, the officer told him, and he was going to spend the next three days in jail. He was dismayed that day in March, […]

Experts tell Indiana panel options to juvenile detention could pay off in savings

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The Republic/ AP


Charles D. Wilson

INDIANAPOLIS — Society has more effective ways to deal with juvenile crime than locking up children, experts told an Indiana legislative panel Monday. A parade of witnesses who testified before the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and the Criminal Code touted alternatives to juvenile detention, with some saying locking children up with worse offenders can […]

2015 POPAI Management Institute and Chief PO Summit SAVE THE DATES


Susan Rice

At the link below please find a flyer with information on the 2015 POPAI Management Institute and Chief PO Summit. We wanted to get these dates to you early since they are much later in the year than usual.  Hopefully we can avoid the bad weather next year! Please share this information with other supervisory […]

County sheriffs tell dire stories of mentally ill held in local jails

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

From different communities in different parts of Indiana, two county sheriffs told lawmakers very similar stories about the mentally ill individuals who end up in their jails. Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers and Franklin County Sheriff Kenneth Murphy were frank in their assessment that the local jails are not equipped to handle the severely mentally […]

Man claims he robbed store to pay probation costs

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Highlands Today

September 16, 2014

Jay Meisel

SEBRING — An Avon Park teenager who told authorities he robbed a convenience store clerk to get money to pay his $500 probation fine will spend the next 10 years in prison, a judge decided this week. “I felt like I needed the money to, you know, pay off my probation and stuff,” Jalen Williams […]

Cook Co. IL Probation Officer For Teen Charged With Assaulting CSU Student Suspended

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CBS Chicago



The probation officer for the teen charged with sexually assaulting a pregnant Chicago State student and forcing her into a car trunk has been suspended. The person charged in that crime, 17-year-old Aaron Parks, was on home confinement with electronic monitoring at the time after being charged as a juvenile in July of carjacking a […]

Compassion Fatigue in Probation

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National Institute of Corrections


Lori Whitten

Probation Officers’ Stress and Burnout Associated With Caseload Events Compassion fatigue is a combination of burnout and secondary trauma that can significantly decrease our effectiveness at work and in life.  Anyone who works with people in distress on a regular basis is at risk.  This is not a medical disease, but if ignored can develop […]

IACCAC Fall Training Institute Announcement


The 2014 Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (IACCAC) Fall Training Institute registration is now open.  The registration form and tentative conference agenda are attached below for your convenience.  This information is also available on the Association website: 2014 IACCAC FTI Tentative Agenda (8-29-2014) 2014 IACCAC Conference registration Reservations must be received by […]

Judge James Fox concerned over budget cuts

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Fox 28


Amanda Skrzypchak

SOUTH BEND – Recent budget cuts to the Juvenile Justice Center of St. Joseph County has probate Judge James Fox worried about the area’s at risk youth. The center was asked to cut three percent of the remainder of their 2014 budget, forking over nearly 160,000 dollars. The center is expected to cut even more […]

Former probation official William Burke asks for court-appointed lawyer to handle appeals

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The Republican

September 5, 2014

Shira Schoenberg

Former Probation Department deputy commissioner William Burke has gone into debt to pay the legal bills related to his trial for helping to run a rigged hiring scheme at the Massachusetts Probation Department, according to a court filing by his attorney, John Amabile. He is now asking for a court-appointed attorney. Burke was convicted in […]

Justice Brent Dickson Receives POPAI Founder’s Award


POPAI is honored to announce the 2014 Founder’s Award was presented to Justice Brent E. Dickson of the Indiana Supreme Court. The POPAI Founder’s Award recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general and specifically to the POPAI organization and who are characterized by their commitment of influence and promotion […]

POPAI Presents Line PO of the Year Award to Dave Williams


POPAI proudly announces that the inaugural Line Probation Officer of the Year award was presented to Dave Williams of Hamilton County. Dave started as a PO with Hamilton County in October 1997.  He supervised offenders and wrote Presentence Investigation Reports. The letters of support sent on Dave’s behalf for this award state that Dave was […]

POPAI Presents Rookie PO of the Year Award to Melanie Strode


POPAI is proud to announce that the inaugural Rookie Probation Officer of the Year award was presented to Melanie Strode of Harrison County. Melanie joined the Harrison County Superior Court Probation Department in November 2013. The letters of support sent on Melanie’s behalf for this award state that Melanie has distinguished herself as a person […]

POPAI “Members Only” Discussion Forum Now Ready


POPAI has just launched a “Members Only” discussion page. We plan to start using this page to share policies, procedures, forms/templates, and general questions.   This “Members Only” area was requested by our membership and we’re glad to facilitate a good conversation. This addition is for your benefit, so please…..feel free to ask questions and suggest […]

Revised POPAI By-laws Approved, Membership Year to Change


Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Membership: The POPAI Bylaws were amended at the POPAI Annual business meeting on September 4, 2014.  The primary change to the by-laws involves the membership year.  See below. 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. […]

Judge Burge orders county to hire security for Adult Probation facilities (Lorian Co., Ohio)

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The Chronicle-Telegram


Brad Dicken

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has ordered the county commissioners to provide $124,953 to cover projected security costs for the county’s Adult Probation Department forthe final three months of the year. The money is to be turned over to county Sheriff Phil Stammitti by Sept. 13 so he can begin providing […]

2015 Probation Officer Minimum Salary Schedule

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Judicial Conference of Indiana

For the year 2015, the Judicial Conference of Indiana has approved a 2% salary increase for probation officers. PO salary-schedule-2015  

Midwest Gang Investigators Association Training

Midwest Gang Investigators Association Indiana Chapter Training October 21, 2014 Ft. Wayne, Indiana 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Website Topics include History of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Current Trends of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in Indiana. Conference-Registration Form with more details

Board Meeting Minutes: 2014 Annual POPAI Business Meeting and September 5, 2014

2014 Annual POPAI Business Meeting (September 4, 2014) September 5, 2014  

The Skinny on Evidence-Based Practices

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Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

August 12, 2014

Benjamin Chambers

Read Benjamin Chambers’ introduction to the newly-launched Evidence-based Practices section of the JJ Resource Hub

Sex offenders released early for good behavior

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WLWT Cincinnati


Jackie Congedo

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. —Seven years after molesting a little girl, a Fairfield man was arrested on child porn charges. WLWT News 5’s Jackie Congedo looked into how some sex offenders get out of jail without completing their sentence, only to reoffend.

Juvenile probation chief retiring after 30 years at department

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The Herald Bulletin


Jack Molitor

ANDERSON — Katherine Holtzleiter recalls when she took over as chief of the Madison County Juvenile Probation Department 20 years ago. Her staff was so overwhelmed with physical paperwork they could hardly spend time with their clients. When she leaves the department this week, it will be almost completely paperless. Holtzleiter will wrap up her […]

POPAI Members Only Discussion Forum

  Visit our new Member Discussion Page to find and share policy and procedure documents or ask questions. This addition is for your benefit so feel free to ask questions and suggest topics that will help you. This area is moderated and password protected for POPAI Members only. Please report any questionable content to Karen. […]

Leaders: The 6 Golden Rules of Meeting Management

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Don Jacobson

Meetings are unpopular because they take up time–usually that of many people. However, there are good meetings and there are bad meetings. Meetings can be an excellent use of time when they are well-run. Unfortunately, the converse is also true, and it seems that time-wasting, poorly run meetings are far too common. This article describes […]

Blood tests for DWI cases costing Hancock County

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Associated Press


In the hands of a jury, a simple blood test can mean the difference between a drunken-driver who is convicted and one who walks free. With the popularity of crime dramas causing what public safety officials call “the CSI effect,” jurors today have come to expect law enforcement to provide irrefutable data in cases that […]

Delayed releases continuing problem at Marion County Jail

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The Indiana Lawyer


Two Marion Superior criminal court judges said Friday they continue to be frustrated by delayed releases of arrestees detained after orders have been signed for their release. Criminal Division 6 Judge Mark Stoner and Criminal Division 8 Judge Amy Jones told the Marion Superior Executive Committee that delayed releases continue despite efforts to improve the […]

Indiana excise police warn retirement home about alcohol

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The Associated Press

July 12, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Excise police are known for breaking up parties in college towns like Bloomington, but Meadowood Retirement Community residents were a bit surprised when they received word from the agency they could no longer be served beer and wine at their weekly social hour. Meadowood stopped the practice last month after excise police told […]

Fall Conference 2014

The Fall Conference is this week: September 3, 4, and 5 at The French Lick Resort.  

Indiana Probation Standards revised effective July 1st

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Indiana Court Times


The Judicial Conference of Indiana Board of Directors voted unanimously at its March 2014 meeting to approve revisions to the Indiana Probation Standards. The revisions mark the first significant changes to the Probation Standards since 2001 and become effective on July 1st. The Probation Officers Advisory Board worked on the revisions for two years, with […]

County, judges reach deal to add probation officers

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August 18, 2014

Carrie Napoleon CROWN POINT — The understaffed criminal courts will be getting five new probation officers, but how the county plans to pay for them remains up in the air. The Lake County Council on Tuesday approved hiring the five new probation officers for a total of $184,801 in salary plus benefits to bring the […]

Loretta Rush becomes Indiana’s chief justice

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Indy Star


Tim Evans

The fact that the new chief justice of Indiana’s Supreme Court took the oath of office in the court’s cramped but historic law library at the Statehouse was no coincidence. Loretta Rush, the first female to lead the state’s high court, said Monday she picked the location of her ceremonial swearing in with purpose. “I […]

Trying To Use The “Updated” Online Indiana Code Is Incredibly Frustrating; July 1 Change-Over Exposes System’s Flaws

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The Indiana Law Blog


Marcia Oddi

What happened on July 1st of this year? Although significant problems remained, gradually over the years the General Assembly and its staff addressed a number of these concerns. But as of July 1st of this year, 2014, the program has taken a giant step backward. That was the date when: The online 2013 Indiana Code […]

Juvenile detention left hanging from St. Joe budge cuts

Full Article Fox 28, August 20, 2014 By: Alexi Gray, Multimedia Journalist SOUTH BEND –  A big task is underway right now in St. Joseph County. Department heads forced to cut three percent from their budgets. They’re getting down to business, making hard choices about where and how to spend your tax dollars. But there’s a human […]

Poll – Annual Meeting Location

Please tell us your preference on next year’s Annual Meeting location in the new poll on any side bar.

August Board Meeting Minutes – Including News About AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) Reporting

The August Board Meeting Minutes are available and include information from Don Travis about AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) Reporting.

Probation: A tougher path, voluntarily

Full Article (requires Log in, so the full text is included here.) Bluffton News-Banner August 12, 2014 JESSICA WILLIAMS If the Wells County Probation Department and Wells Circuit Court Judge Kent Kiracofe get what they want, a new program will be put in place next year to help those most at risk to fail while […]

Synthetic drugs pose challenges for parents, schools

Full Article by Summer Ballentine 10:09 p.m. EDT August 10, 2014 Sam Motsay’s place as forward on the Center Grove junior varsity basketball team was on the line. Friends say he wanted to dip into the world of LSD, a drug of 1970s fame that users say bathes reality in a rainbow of colorful hallucinations. […]

Plane stowaway gets jail for probation violation

Full Article Aug. 13, 2014 LOS ANGELES (AP) A woman who flew from San Jose to Southern California without a ticket was sentenced to 177 days in jail Wednesday after acknowledging that she violated her probation by returning to the Los Angeles airport. Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, was found wandering through airport terminals after a […]

Changing lives: Prevention and intervention to reduce serious offending

Full Article Justice Research, U.S. Department of Justice William J. Sabol, Acting Director, NIJ August 2014 Decades of study have revealed much about risk factors for delinquency and crime.  Individual characteristics and various factors can increase the probability of offending and may also predict substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, dropping out of school and other problems during […]

Franklin County (Ohio) Looking At Probation Officer Communication Following Shooting

Full Article WBNS- 10 TV Columbus, Ohio By Kevin Landers July 29, 2014  COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Franklin County Adult probation officer Jonathan Farnsworth was shot by a man on probation, his partner had to dial 911 on his cell phone. If the same event had happened in Licking County, all an officer would need to do […]

1 Dead, Probation Officer injured In Shooting In Southeast Columbus (Ohio)

Full Article By Staff Writer  July 10, 2014 6:25 WBNS 10 TV Columbus, Ohio COLUMBUS, Ohio – One family is mourning the loss of their grandson, while another is praying for the quick recovery of a probation officer who was shot while trying to do his job. The officer-involved shooting happened just before 10 a.m. on Thursday […]

Kokomo officers make extra rounds to mentor juveniles on probation, keep them away from crime

Full Article The Republic By Lauren Fitch-Slagter (Kokomo Tribune) KOKOMO, Indiana — One or two nights a week after wrapping up his work day for the Kokomo Police Department, Detective Mike Banush heads out to make some extra rounds. He and five other officers take turns covering four- to five-hour shifts visiting juveniles seven days […]

Marty Walsh misses the point in probation case

Full Article The Boston Globe July 31, 2014 By Yvonne Abraham> You can take the mayor out of the Legislature, but apparently you can’t take the Legislature out of the mayor. In a gobsmacking display of blinkered vision, Mayor Marty Walsh weighed in on the corruption trial of former Probation Department chief John O’Brien on Tuesday, calling […]

Rush to be 1st woman to lead Indiana Supreme Court

Full Article ABC News August 6, 2014 Tom LoBianco, Associated Press Loretta Rush, a longtime juvenile court judge who joined the Indiana Supreme Court in 2012, was unanimously chosen as the state’s first female chief justice Wednesday, setting the stage for what could be a long run at the court’s helm. The seven-member Judicial Nominating […]

Probation with some POP

Full Article Star-Telegram By Mitch Mitchell FORT WORTH — Daniel Black had flirted with rock bottom before, but he had never fallen this far. One dark day in December 2012, Black’s boss demoted him, his girlfriend dumped him and the court system added another year to the four-year probationary sentence he was serving for attacking […]

Nominate your probation officer peers now!

Full Article – Forms and More Information August 8, 2014 Nominations are being accepted until Friday August 15th for two new awards to recognize outstanding probation officers in the state. The “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, show the attitude, […]

Community impact from Ind. sentencing reform in question

Full Article Kokomo Tribune ( July 20, 2014 By Mike Fletcher KOKOMO, Ind. — Sentencing reform aims to reduce Indiana’s prison population, but the law may have the opposite effect on county jails. The reforms passed this year mean to divert low-level offenders away from state prisons and into county jails or community-based programs by […]

Sealing Court Records: The How and the Why (Not)

Full Article Indiana Court Times June 26, 2014 by Ruth Reichard Some cases are embarrassing for the parties involved—with free, easy public access to many court records via the Internet, some people rue the day they ever decided to go to the courthouse and file a case. For a variety of reasons, the parties would […]

W/R REPORT: BB gun or not, shooting at judge no minor matter

Full Article The Star July 27, 2014 Douglas Walker and Keith Roysdon Any court official whose duties include actions that could make someone angry — the possibilities range from imposition of a small fine to a lengthy prison term — must at times ponder whether they could one day became a target of retaliation. That […]

Kids Behind Bars (Indiana’s Wabash Correctional Facility)

Full Article @itvpresscentre July 22, 2014 This new documentary for ITV meets some of America’s youngest and most dangerous criminals growing up inside. To air: Tuesday August 5, 2014 on itv , 9:00 PM -10:00 PM Kids Behind Bars steps beyond the barbed wire into a world where teenage prisoners have been punished like adults, […]

8-year-old arrested, taken into custody

Full Article Chronicle-Tribune July 29, 2014 12:00 am By Mishele Wright An 8-year-old boy was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center on Sunday afternoon after Marion Police say he damaged a neighbor’s vehicle with a BB gun and then resisted arrest. The boy was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement and criminal mischief. […]

Poll: The POPAI Conference, Are You Attending? Why or Why Not?

There’s a new poll on the POPAI Website. We’re interested in your thoughts about attending the POPAI Conference this September. Your opinion is very important to us. Find the poll on the right side of most of our pages.

Juvenile probation running short on detention funds

Full Article Banner Graphic July 20, 2014 By JARED JERNAGAN 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 […]

Lawrence County allocates $175 thousand from grant for drug woes

Full Article July 23, 2014 BY MIKE LEWIS 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 […]

DEA serves search warrants at several Indiana clinics

Full Article 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 […]

Credit Time Calculator

Full Article 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 […]

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 […]

Suboxone case could be first in the nation

Full Article   13 Jul 25, 2014 By Sandra Chapman INDIANAPOLIS – 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 […]

Leaking juvenile facility roof may be deemed county emergency

Full Article Post-Tribune 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. […]

Should juvenile offenders serve time in adult prison?

Full Article WRTV6 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 […]

Indiana’s probation standards revised for first time since 2001

Full Article Evansville Courier & Press July 13, 2014 By Mark Wilson EVANSVILLE, Ind. — As Indiana’s criminal justice system has evolved in its approach to rehabilitating offenders the role of probation officers has also evolved. “It’s a lot different from it was 20 years ago. Trail ‘em, nail ‘em and jail ‘em. That’s how we […]

Probation Officer shot, suspect killed

Full Article Norfolk Reflector by Allison Manning and Theodore Decker July 11, 2014 A man was killed and a probation officer was shot in a struggle for a gun in an East Side condominium this morning. Two Franklin County probation officers went to 2850 Petzinger Rd. to revoke the probation of Tyshawn Hancock, 37, around […]

Grant extends juvenile initiative

Full Article Journal Gazette By: Vivian Sade July 12, 2014 Money helps county to find options for kids in court system FORT WAYNE – Coming up with alternatives for Allen County juveniles who have broken laws and are now involved in the court system will be a continuing initiative after the county commissioners Friday accepted a […]

New Jobs Added

July 17, 2014 New jobs posted to the website include: Executive Director, Henry County Community Corrections.  Apply by August 1, 2014.   Attached is a job description with salary information for this position. HCCC Exective Director Job Description2014 2 Program Director, Knox County Court Alcohol and Drug Program.  Apply by September 1, 2014. Adult Probation Officer Entry […]

Wayne County public defender lands state honor

Full Article Bill Engle July 4, 2014 Kaarin Lueck has almost literally written the book on juvenile law in Indiana. Lueck, a Wayne County public defender since 2003, is the 2014 Gault Award winner for the state of Indiana, an award given by the Indiana Public Defender Council (IPDC). Lueck works primarily in Wayne […]

POPAI By-laws Proposed Revisions

July 11, 2014 Greetings 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 […]

POPAI President Appointed to Legislative Committee

Full Article Sen. David Long July 4, 2014 POPAI President Linda Brady was appointed to serve as a lay member of the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code.   Studying Indiana’s Top Issues – Straight from the Senate When Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session, lawmakers serve on interim study committees […]

POPAI Creates New Awards to Recognize Probation Officers

July 9, 2014   The POPAI Executive Board has created two new awards for 2014 to recognize outstanding probation officers in the state. The “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, show the attitude, aptitude, and the desire to improve themselves […]

Your Opinion, Please

There’s a new poll on the POPAI Website sidebar about the content you might want to see in a Members Only Area/Discussion Board. We’d like your opinion to help shape the future of our website in a direction that helps you best. Answer at

Discounted Early Bird Registration for POPAI Fall Conference Continues

The 2014 POPAI Fall Conference will be returning to the beautiful French Lick Springs Resort! The conference will be held September 3rd, 4th, and 5th. POPAI is offering a discounted registration fee for those who register prior to August 9, 2014.  To save money, sign up early! Sign up on the POPAI website before August 1 […]

Probation officer shot, suspect killed on East Side (Columbus, Ohio)

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The Columbus Dispatch


A Franklin County probation officer and another person have been shot on the East Side. A probation officer called into Columbus police that his partner had been shot, as well as the suspect, at 2850 Petzinger Rd., according to a police dispatcher. The officer who was shot has been identified as Jonathan D. Farnsworth, 45, who has […]

POPAI Founder’s Award Deadline is Near – Submit Nominations by August 15th

July 9, 2014 The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) “Founder’s Award” is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general, and specifically to the POPAI organization.  The recipient need not be a probation officer or POPAI member.  The selected person, however, shall be characterized by […]

POPAI Elections Slate

Please see the slate for the 2014 POPAI Election. Thank you to everyone who submitted their Intent to Run forms as well as to anyone who considered dedicating their time to the POPAI Board!  The 2014 POPAI Election will be held at the Annual Conference in French Lick on September 4, 2014. For the contested […]

Counties worry about cost of criminal code changes

Full Article Indianapolis Business Journal Associated Press July 1, 2014 Sweeping changes to Indiana’s criminal code took effect Tuesday that will send more low-level, nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons, causing concern by some about the financial burden it will put on counties.

Retired Chief Probation Officer Virgil Seay Obituary

Full Article June 14, 2014 Virgil Lee Seay, 70, of New Albany, Indiana passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014. He retired from the Floyd County Probation Office after 35 years of service and was a United States Army veteran. Virgil enjoyed fishing, loved to go bowling, and was a member at Jones Memorial A.M.E. Zion […]

Officials fear overcrowding with policy change

Full Article TheIndyChannel Jack Rinehart WRTV July 2, 2014 INDIANAPOLIS – The legislative decision to stop accepting low-level offenders in state prisons could immediately flood local jails throughout Indiana. In Indianapolis, the Marion County Corrections Agency takes the burden off the jail by catching the inmate overflow, putting those awaiting trial and offenders convicted at […]

Former Chief Probation Officer Wrongful Termination Suit Targets State

Full Article JCONLINE.COM Ron Wilkins June 28, 2014 Former Chief Probation Officer Kipp Scott’s complaint for wrongful termination isn’t with the county; it’s with the state, a federal judge ruled last week as he dismissed Tippecanoe County as a defendant in Scott’s lawsuit. Scott refiled his lawsuit earlier this month, naming the state of Indiana […]

Counties Worry that Changes in Indiana’s Criminal Code will Put More Financial Burden on Them

Full Article The Associated Press Author July 1, 2014 BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — Sweeping changes to Indiana’s criminal code took effect Tuesday that will send more low-level, nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons, causing concern by some about the financial burden it will put on counties. The new guidelines establish felony ranges […]

New Era In Criminal Justice

New era in criminal justice Herald Times Rachel Bunn July 1, 2014 Today, the state’s first overhaul of the criminal code in nearly three decades goes into effect, with state officials hoping it both eases the strain on the Department of Correction’s resources and helps reduce recidivism. But will the state’s hopes become reality? That’s […]

In mad dash by state lawmakers, errors can happen

Full Article Tom LoBianco of The Associated Press June 23, 2014 When Indiana’s legislative leaders called the General Assembly back for one day last week, it was because they had discovered a handful of mistakes made earlier this year that just couldn’t wait until the next session to be fixed. Senate President Pro Tem David […]

2014 POPAI Fall Conference

More Details including online registration and discounted registration fee for those who register prior to August 1, 2014.

June Board Meeting Minutes

The June Board Meeting Minutes are published.

Supreme Court says police must get warrants for most cellphone searches

Full Article from The Washington Post by Robert Barnes The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that police generally must obtain a warrant before searching the cellphone of someone they arrest, saying it was applying to modern technology the same privacy rights that date back to the nation’s birth. Modern cellphones “hold for many Americans the privacies of […]

Board Elections: Remember to Send Your Intent to Run Form

The Intent to Run forms are due by July 3. More information

Storeowners complain new shoplifting law in Indiana too lax

Full Article Maureen Hayden June 17, 2014 $750 set as the line between a felony and a misdemeanor INDIANAPOLIS — Retailers are relieved that lawmakers have fixed an error in a new criminal law that would have made it tough to arrest shoplifters. Now they want a harsher penalty restored for thieves. They contend […]

Former Lafayette, Indiana Probationer Kills Cops

Full Article Las Vegas Review Journal By MIKE BLASKY, BEN BOTKIN and COLTON LOCHHEAD June 14, 2014 Rejected by the revolution, Jerad and Amanda Miller decided to start their own. They weren’t Oath Keepers, sovereign citizens or militia members. Jerad and Amanda Miller fashioned themselves as revolutionaries, but they weren’t accepted by anyone — not […]

New site tracks previous meth lab properties

Full Article Indianapolis, IN- Indiana State Police unveil a new link on their meth website. The link lists properties that have previously been identified by law enforcement as the location of a meth lab. This site provides the user with the date of seizure, county, street address, type of lab and location of the […]

IMPD: Drunk steals Marion County jail wagon

Full Article Bill McCleery June 19, 2014 A drunk man swiped a Marion County Sheriff’s Department van from an Eastside church parking lot late Wednesday, police said. A deputy apparently left keys inside the van when he parked it at a church in the 900 block of Wallace Avenue near the deputy’s home, said […]

Lawmakers to make ‘technical corrections’ to criminal code

Full Article June 12, 2014 WLFI INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — After “inadvertent” or “unintended” mistakes in Indiana’s criminal code, Indiana lawmakers will return to the statehouse next week to make technical corrections to a law set to take effect July 1. Without the changes – they warn – court systems could become bogged down with unnecessary work, […]

Howard Co. prosecutor plans crackdown on parents of truant children

Full Article June 10, 2014 Kokomo Tribune Lauren Fitch More than 800 Howard County students missed at least 10 days of school without an excuse in 2012-13, and the prosecutor’s office plans to make parents more accountable for ongoing absences.

State board bans compounds used in making synthetic drugs

Full Article May 23,2014 Indystar Barb Berggoetz More compounds used in making synthetic drugs, such as spice and K2, have been banned by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy. The board announced Thursday it passed emergency rules, effective in 30 days, banning four types of these substances. The rules remain in effect until next year, when […]

Criminal code changes take effect in July

Full Article June 3, 2014 WISH TV 8 By Bennett Haeberle INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Question: What’s the difference between stealing an $800 television and one that costs $700? Answer: After July 1 it will mean the difference between being charged with a felony and a misdemeanor in Indiana.  

What Works to Reduce Recidivism by Domestic Violence Offenders?

Full Article Washington State Institute for Public Policy If your agency is thinking of using the Duluth model you need to read this report. It explains why the Duluth model for domestic violence (DV) treatment does not reduce DV recidivism. Group treatment of DV offenders with the Duluth model and four other models (cognitive behavioral […]

Rush County LCC hears of community corrections efforts

Full Article May 20, 2014 Rushville Republican By Frank Denzler Rush County Local Coordinating Council members met recently and heard a presentation from the county’s community corrections director Ashley Stevens. In January 2013, as a means to relieve overcrowding issues at the Rush County Jail and to find a means to keeps non-violent offenders employed […]

Indiana reforms could push greater costs on counties

Full Article June 2, 2014 By Chelsea SchneiderEvansville Courier & Press INDIANAPOLIS — Key pieces of the first overhaul of the state’s criminal code in 35 years will take effect in July, and two Southwestern Indiana sheriffs say the changes may place a strain on their operations. The Indiana General Assembly approved the reforms the byproduct […]

Program to target youth and young adult crime

Full Article Jun 03, 2014 By WTHR Channel 13 INDIANAPOLIS – A veteran homicide detective has created a new foundation to curb the surge of violent crime that began several years ago in Indianapolis. HIM By HER (Helping Improve Mankind By Healing Every Race) was created by IMPD Det. Harry C. Dunn, III, a third […]

New Jobs June 8

Available jobs posted this week include Probation Oversight Manager (DCS), Adult Probation Officer in Montgomery County, Probation Officer in Monroe County, and U.S. Probation/Pretrial Officer Assistant positions in Fort Wayne and Hammond.

PERF benefit to decline amid fund shortfall

Full Article Dave Stafford May 21, 2014 Public employees, including thousands who work in Indiana’s justice system, face a looming change in retirement benefits that could cost them. Estate-planning attorneys say government workers who are considering retirement in the next couple of years should weigh their options carefully.

Palcohol powdered alcohol may present serious health risks, experts say

Full Article CBS Apr 23, 2014 (CBS) – A new product going by the brand name Palcohol got a rush of media attention this week. Palcohol is simply freeze-dried alcohol in powder form, packaged in small packets that promise an easy way to take a stiff drink on the go. Some health experts are concerned it […]

Sure, you’re drunk and annoying, but are you a criminal?

Full Article Indystar Tim Evans May 14, 2014 Get a few drinks in some people, and they can become a little annoying. But just when does that behavior cross the line from simply obnoxious to criminal? Indiana’s public intoxication law doesn’t make that clear, even though it allows for a criminal charge if a person […]

New Probation Standards Adopted for Indiana

Indiana Probation Standards Revised March 7, 2014 From the Indiana Judicial Center May 16, 2014 The Judicial Conference of Indiana Board of Directors approved revisions to the Probation Standards at their March meeting.  Attached you will find the revised Probation Standards which become effective on July 1st. Also, Jane Seigel announced at the Probation Annual […]

Evidence Based Decision Making: From Principle to Practice

Full Article ICCA Conference, Reno, NV September 2013 Indiana’s Grant County Participates in Framework Initiative “NIC partnered with the Center for Effective Public Policy to build a system-wide framework (arrest through final disposition and discharge) that when implemented will result in more collaborative, evidence-based decision making and practices in local criminal justice systems. The purpose […]

2015 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

From the Indiana Judicial Center Dear Trial Judges and Chief Probation Officers: Since 1979, IC 11-13-1-8 has directed the Judicial Conference of Indiana Board of Directors to set minimum standards for compensation of probation officers. The Board fulfilled this duty with adoption of the Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers. The minimum salaries are adjusted […]

Your Story Made Here: Edge Manufacturing

Full Article Indianasnewscenter by Melissa Long-21Alive by Ian Hoover-21Alive May 20, 2014 BLUFFTON, Ind. (21Alive) — How many companies can say that one of their goals is to get their employees to leave? That’s what Edge Manufacturing of Bluffton is hoping for each time it reaches out to hire someone with a record. In today’s […]

Kentucky ag agency sues for release of hemp seeds

Full Article By The Associated Press Kentucky’s Agriculture Department has filed a lawsuit seeking the release of imported hemp seeds being held up by federal officials. Defendants in the suit filed Wednesday in Louisville include the U.S. Justice Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Justice Department did not immediately […]

Meeting about curfew turned into conversation about much more

Full Article WISHTV By Teresa Mackin INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It started as a conversation about curfew, but it ended in a conversation about much more. A meeting about a proposal that would amend the current curfew law in Indianapolis was packed Tuesday evening. The proposal would move curfew for those 15-17 years old, to 11 […]

Monroe County’s corrections programs receive high grade

Full Article Herald Times By Rachel Bunn May 12, 2014 Monroe County’s Community Corrections Department now has even more proof it’s one of the best in the state. For the second year in a row, the corrections department has earned a grade above 90 in a programming audit by the Indiana Department of Correction. This […]

Heroin Returns: Indiana sees 126 percent increase in cases

Full Article Publication Author Indiana leads the nation when it comes to meth lab busts, but the rise of another drug has law enforcement concerned. Heroin has already taken root in the Wabash Valley. It’s the most addictive of illegal drugs and its deadly effects are once again emerging from the shadows. “It’s extremely alarming,” […]

Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal

Full Article Associated Press By Carolyn Thompson Growth of texting as crisis negotiation tool challenges police accustomed to taking voice cues The suspect in a gas station robbery and 100 mph chase kept pointing his handgun to his head, and police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep the man from committing suicide. […]

Violence sparks debate over gangs in South Bend

Full Article Associated Press Madeline Buckley SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – In some cases, the crews wreaking havoc with guns on the streets are loosely affiliated bands of neighborhood teenagers and young adults, joining together in crime sprees one minute and then shooting each other the next, officials say. Other times, the violence and criminal […]


Full Article Indiana University Northwest News By sharing information, agencies can work together for public safety in a way that has never been done before In 2012, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram wanted to begin using crime data analysis to help identify patterns of activity in the city and tailor responses and deploy personnel accordingly. […]

Law could alleviate prison overcrowding

Full Article By DENNIS BARBOSA | IDS A new law revamping the state’s criminal code for felony classifications could cause stress on local community jails in an attempt to alleviate prison overcrowding. Gov. Mike Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1006 in March. It will take effect July 1 of this year. Level 6 felons with less than 90 […]

Community Justice 2014 Draws International Audience Seeking Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Crime and Recidivism

Full Article SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2014 Center for Court Innovation Participants from more than 75 U.S. jurisdictions and 10 countries gathered in San Francisco for Community Justice 2014, an international summit on how to reduce crime and incarceration while improving public trust in justice.

Expungement law favors reformed criminals over victims, appeals court says

Full Article April 24, 2014 Tim Evans Indystar Judges must expunge old criminal convictions if a person meets all of the legal requirements even if the victim is opposed to the request, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled. The decision appears to help resolve widespread confusion over the original version of the state’s expungement […]

New POPAI Website

Dear POPAI Membership: In early 2013, the POPAI Board added a new member to our team, Karen Oeding, as our Website Administrator.  With the help of Karen’s 20 years of website experience and infectious enthusiasm, POPAI embarked on the project of updating our organization’s website design.  Our primary goal with this redesign is to better […]

Knepple Scholarship Awarded

by Linda Brady POPAI President The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) 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 Election 2014

Dear POPAI Members, It’s that time of year again!! Time to decide if you would like to become involved with POPAI as a District Representative or an Executive Board Member holding the office of Secretary or President!  The following positions are up for election in 2014:  President, Secretary, District 2, District 4, District 6, and […]

COA: Man not entitled to have restricted access to OWI conviction

Full Article Because a man committed another crime while on probation, he failed to satisfy the obligations imposed as part of his sentence, so he did not qualify to have access to his conviction records restricted under Indiana Code 35-38-8, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed.Austin Pittman was convicted of Class C misdemeanor operating a […]

Clark judges carry heaviest caseload in Indiana

Full Article The Courier-JournalBy Charlie White4/21/14www.courier-journal.comClark County’s circuit courts were the most overloaded with new cases of any Hoosier county last year, with judges handling more than double the state standard, according to Indiana’s latest caseload study.The average Indiana county’s courts had about 120 percent of the standard caseload last year, according to the study, […]

Crime & treatment: In her courtroom full of addicts, treatment works better than punishment

Full Article Indiana Daily StudentApril 29, 2014By Katie MettlerThe drug court judge peppered the addict with questions.“So who’s the friend you thought you could trust?” she asked him abruptly. Her stare was met by his downcast eyes.He had been accepted to drug court after a string of DUIs, but then his urine test came back […]

New sentencing laws prompt local worries

Full Article April 29, 2014 By Maureen Hayden CNHI Indiana Statehouse Bureau Pharos-Tribune INDIANAPOLIS — After 40 years in law enforcement, Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy knows what doesn’t work when it comes to reducing crime: Locking up non-violent offenders whose petty crimes are driven by addiction. BIG CHANGES QUESTIONS ON NUMBERS FEARS STATEWIDE Local […]

Indiana To Begin Treating Low Level Offenders At Local Level

Full Article by Jimmy Jenkins Indiana Public Media Changes made to the Indiana Criminal code set to take effect this summer will place a renewed emphasis on Community Corrections.

Report: America’s Prison Population Is Growing Again

Stav Ziv

Report: America’s Prison Population Is Growing Again The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported a slight increase in the number of inmates in state prisons on Friday. The ACLU calls the U.S. the largest jailer in the world, holding roughly 25 percent of the world’s prison population despite the fact that national population represents only 5 […]