Monthly Archives: September 2014

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 […]