Monthly Archives: August 2014

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. […]