Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Dear POPAI Membership: According to the POPAI Bylaws, Article XIV AMENDMENTS These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by the membership if a quorum is present at any regular or special meeting.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 […]