Monthly Archives: October 2014

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



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