Yearly Archives: 2015

The Dropout Problem: Part 1

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Indiana Court Times


Ruth Reichard

A judge presiding over a criminal docket will quickly conclude that family violence cases are different. In an auto theft case, for example, the victim is usually cooperative: she wants to help the police and prosecutor bring the perpetrator to justice for his crime. But in a case involving family violence—especially intimate partner violence—the victim […]

Clark County Holds Staff Retreat


James Hayden

Clark County Probation recently held its first staff retreat for the probation officers and probation admin staff.  The retreat was held at Wooded Glen Retreat and Conference Center in Henryville, Indiana. The day was broken up into conference time and team building activities.  In the morning conference session the topics included a breakdown on caseload […]

Panel on R.I. Probation Releases its Study

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Providence Journal


John Hill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island needs to make significant changes in its overburdened probation system, by lessening the time people spend on probation, making it harder to send them back for violations and better assessing who needs treatment more than prison, the staff of a special panel studying the issue said in a report released […]

FINAL REPORT: 2015 Corrections and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee

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The 2015 Corrections and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee completed its work by the Nov. 1st deadline. The committee’s FINAL REPORT is filed online. 2015 FINAL REPORT Corrections and Criminal Code

39 graduate at 40th Drug Court

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The Journal Gazette

December 15, 2015

Frank Gray

Allen Superior Court’s Drug Court held its 40th graduation ceremony Monday, with 39 graduates receiving certificates and also having charges against them dropped. The various participants, from 21 to 59 years old, some facing first of­fenses and others with lengthy criminal records, spent between nine and 24 months in the program, under­going counseling and testing […]

Court divided over drug sentence

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Jennifer Nelson

The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a man’s convictions for making and delivering methamphetamine, but the judges did not agree that the 32-year sentence imposed by the trial court was appropriate. Ronald L. Eckelbarger was convicted of three counts of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine – two by delivery and one by manufacturing – […]

Addiction Impact Panel gives grieving parents a platform

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Kokomo Tribune


Josh Sigler

Chuck McCoskey keeps a chart posted on a bulletin board on the wall of his office in the basement of the Howard County courthouse. The assistant chief of probation wants to keep for himself, and those serving probation, a sobering reminder of what the continued abuse of drugs and alcohol can do to an individual. […]

IRAS/IYAS Training and Recertifiication for 2016


Indiana Judicial Center

At the link below, you will find the 2016 IRAS/IYAS Training information and registration.  Please note this training calendar is for initial certification only.  If you have any questions or need further assistance with registering for 2016 trainings, please contact the Indiana Judicial Center. 2016 IRAS IYAS training registration In addition, IJC is working to […]

Lifeline Law could be extended to include illegal drugs

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December 1, 2015

By Zach Osowski

INDIANAPOLIS — Expanding Indiana’s Lifeline Law beyond alcohol offenses will be one of Gov. Mike Pence’s legislative priorities during the 2016 session. Pence released more directives based on recommendations from his Drug Task Force aimed at helping Indiana battle drug usage. Among the directives was a promise to support three bills from Sen. Jim Merritt, […]

Indiana prosecutors call for harsher sentences on drug offenses

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Indiana prosecutors are calling for tougher punishments on drug crimes in a proposal that they say would target career drug dealers and violent criminals. The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, or IPAC, is urging state lawmakers to consider a bill this coming session that would give prosecutors more tools to charge suspected drug dealers with higher-level offenses. The proposed legislation […]

December Board Meeting Minutes

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The December Board Meeting minutes have been posted.

Community-Based Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adults

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National Institute of Justice: September 2015 (No. 1)

Vincent Schiraldi, Bruce Western and Kendra Bradner

This paper raises important questions about the criminal justice system’s response to young adults. Recent advances in behavior and neuroscience research confirm that brain development continues well into a person’s 20s, meaning that young adults have more psychosocial similarities to children than to older adults. This developmental distinction should help inform the justice system’s response to criminal behavior among this age group. The […]

Ga. leads US in probation; critics say money is reason

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  ATLANTA — Georgia leads the nation in placing its citizens on probation, a distinction that is now being studied by the state’s criminal justice reform experts, a federal report shows. The state’s probation population at the end of last year was 471,067, according to newly released numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. […]

Human trafficking victims find ‘safe places’ in Tippecanoe County

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November 22, 2015

Alexis Moberger

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana Youth Services Association is driving the state’s first program to help the needs of youth human trafficking victims. A grant was recently funded to Tippecanoe County Youth Services to provide resources and rehabilitation. As News 18 reported last week, Indiana Youth Services Association was granted $750,000 for a new start-up […]

Retired Henry County Probation Officer Michael Cassidy

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Michael J. Cassidy, age 69, of New Castle, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Kindred Rehabilitation Center in Greenwood. He was born January 11, 1946 in New Castle, to the late Mitchell and Martha Elizabeth (Craig) Cassidy. An ordained minister, he had pastored at Buck Creek Church of the Brethren for 14 years. He […]

COA reverses sentence imposed after failed drug program completion

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Jennifer Nelson

A man who was ordered to serve 20 years – the maximum sentence for a Class B felony – after not completing a drug court program due to smoking Spice will be resentenced. The Indiana Court of Appeals found the trial court selected his sentence based on his failure to complete the program. Ralph Jackson […]

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Shelter care growing at Kinsey

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Kokomo Perspective


Pat Munsey

The Robert J. Kinsey Youth Center is serving more children than ever before, and it shows in the bottom line. With a switch in detention philosophies over the past 20 years, the center had to adapt to today’s needs. According to director Jeff Lipinski, those changes are paying dividends for the youth and the county. […]

After Thousands Of Inmates Released Early, Probation Officers Will Be Watching

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November 3, 2015

Carrie Johnson

  Over the past few days, thousands of federal prisoners have been leaving confinement early and returning to their communities — the result of changes to sentencing guidelines for drug-related crimes. And who will be monitoring those former inmates? In some ways, the buck stops with Matthew Rowland. He’s the chief of the probation and […]

HEA 1006 Power Point from Probation Officer Regional Meetings

Indiana Judicial Center


At the Probation Officer Regional Meetings this year, the Indiana Judicial Center (IJC) presented information on HEA 1006 grant funding. The attached Power Point presented by IJC includes highlights, application tips, collaboration examples, and information about the grant requests coming out very shortly. Any questions should be directed to Jane Seigel, Jenny Bauer, and/or Mary […]

State funds for felon treatment programs start flowing

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November 4, 2015

Marilyn Odendahl

The Indiana Department of Correction has begun disbursing $5 million in new state funding meant to help local communities provide treatment and rehabilitation programs for low-risk offenders.

Howard County receives grant from Indiana Department of Correction

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Kokomo Tribune


George Myers

The Howard County Commissioners approved a grant Monday from the Indiana Department of Correction that will increase staffing in Community Corrections and adult probation. Overall, the county will receive $124,422 from IDOC, with $65,000 going to adult probation, and $51,000 to Community Corrections. The remaining $8,422 will be granted as a bonus to Community Corrections […]

Indiana Program to get Offenders Treatment not Prison Cell

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The Elkhart Truth


Rick Callahan

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s first statewide program that pays for addiction and mental health treatment for convicted felons sent to community corrections instead of jail or prison is now underway in a push that’s targeting uninsured offenders. Courts, probation and parole officers and community correction managers on could begin referring eligible felons on Nov. 1 […]

Elkhart County officers learning more about teen brains

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Suzanne Spencer

ELKHART COUNTY – More than a dozen police officers across Elkhart County are learning how to better connect with teenagers. “It’s really important that our officers know that when you’re dealing with adolescents…teenagers, that you’re talking in ways that match up with their cognitive abilities and their developmental stages,” said Brian Lumpkin, a former law enforcement […]

‘Dabbing’ a new drug choice for Tippecanoe teens

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Alexis Moberger, Media General Contributor

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A drug called butane hash oil is becoming increasingly popular among teens in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. BHO is part of a classification of marijuana. On the street, it goes by names like shatter, wax or honey. The trend is called “dabbing” and it takes marijuana to a new and potentially deadly […]

New POPAI Vice-president Appointed


POPAI District 4 Representative Adam McQueen was appointed by the POPAI Board to fill the Vice-presidency vacancy. Adam currently serves as the Assistant Chief Probation Officer for Wayne County Probation Department. Adam obtained a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University-Bloomington.  He received a Masters Degree in the Science of Management from Indiana University […]

POPAI Seeks Applicants for District 4 Representative


In October 2015, POPAI’s elected Vice-President Ryan Hull announced that he would be leaving that position, but will continue his work as a Noble County probation officer. Applicants for the Vice-presidency were sought and received by the deadline. At the November 5, 2015 POPAI Board meeting, District 4 Representative Adam McQueen was appointed to serve […]

Indiana Supreme Court rules against officer’s ‘0INK’ plate

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Evansville Courier and Press


Brian Slodysko

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s highest court ruled Friday that state officials had the right to deny a police officer an “offensive” vanity license plate that said “0INK.” The unanimous Indiana Supreme Court decision found that messages on state-issued license plates amount to government speech, not constitutionally protected personal speech. It cited a recent U.S. Supreme Court […]

Chief PO Sinks Honored

NAPE Executive Exchange Winter 2015 Issue

On September 4, 2015, an open house was held in Rensselaer, Indiana, to celebrate the dedicated service of Chief Probation Officer Michael E. Sinks, who recently retired from the Jasper County Probation Department. Sinks joined the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy in January of 1976, and in February of 1978 was promoted to Sergeant, where he held the […]

Executive Board Meeting Minutes for November 5, 2015

The Executive Board Meeting Minutes for November 5, 2015 have been posted.    

Announcing New Recovery Works Website & Listserv

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October 30, 2015

Beginning Monday, November 2nd, 2015, Criminal Justice Providers in Indiana can begin making referrals to DMHA designated Recovery Works agencies to enroll participants in Recovery Works, Indiana’s Forensic Treatment Program. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction is working with agencies who have submitted applications to formalize approvals and sign agency agreements, in order to build the list of […]

Johnson County Drug Dealer Arrest Sweep

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Over 50 arrest warrants issued in Johnson County drug bust; 12 more in custody. JOHNSON COUNTY – Over 50 felony warrants were served earlier Tuesday in Johnson County on suspected drug dealers, law enforcement said. An additional 12 people were in custody as of Wednesday, in addition to 30 arrested Tuesday. The Johnson County Prosecutor’s […]

As a probation officer, I have to believe that people can change (Ireland)

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The Guardian


Lesley Bell

Part of the “A day in the life of…” series. Role I am one of 11 probation officers based in the Belfast intensive supervision unit, supervising people convicted of violent or sexual offences. Most are on licence following release from prison – they are still serving a sentence but can live in the community. I […]

Probation officer Gina Sanderson’s Womanhood Program helps educate, empower

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Rebecca Everett

BELCHERTOWN — Gina Sanderson has worked for the Massachusetts Trial Court for nearly 30 years, most recently as a probation officer in Eastern Hampshire District Court. She said in the last three to five years she has seen the number of female probationers grow “exponentially.” “It was a rarity, back in the day, to see […]

Obama announces new steps to combat heroin, prescription drug abuse

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The Washington Post


Steven Mufson and Katie Zezima

Faced with a nationwide epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, the Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will take steps to increase access to drug treatment and expand the training of doctors who prescribe opiate painkillers. The efforts are likely to have a modest effect on the steep increase in heroin and prescription drug […]

POPAI Seeks Applicants for Vice-President

October 25, 2015

On October 21, 2015, Ryan Hull announced that he is leaving his position as the POPAI Vice-president.  He will continue his work as a Noble County probation officer. The POPAI By-laws state: Article VIII OFFICERS, C. Duties, Section 5. Vacancies:  Should a vacancy occur in the office of Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer, the Executive Board […]

Indiana 2014 Probation Report Published

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Indiana State Court Administration


Lilia G. Judson, Executive Director Division of State Court Administration

I am pleased to let you know that the 2014 Indiana Probation Reports are now available on the Indiana Courts website. 2015 Probation Reports The Probation Reports are prepared as required by Administrative Rule 1(C) of the Indiana Rules of Court and Indiana Code § 11-13-1-4.  The probation report would not have been possible without […]

Indiana Man Avoids 25 years on Sex Offender Registry, Given Probation

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ABC News

October 19, 2015

Chris James and Lauren Effron

Zach Anderson, a 20-year-old Indiana man who was ordered to spend the next 25 years on two state sex offender registries for having what he believed was consensual sex with a teen girl who lied about her age, was resentenced to two years probation. Berrien County Judge Angela Pasula handed down the new punishment to […]

JRAC FY2016 Community Corrections Expansion Grant Recommendations


Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: HEA 1006 (of 2015) established the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC).  One of the purposes of JRAC is to “make recommendations and provide feedback to the department of correction and the division of mental health and addiction concerning grants to be awarded.” I serve as POPAI’s voting representative on the JRAC.  The […]

Indiana giving military veterans a second chance

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The Brazil Times

October 13, 2015

Indiana has recently joined a growing number of states offering many first offender military service veterans a second chance. This past legislative session Indiana lawmakers included enabling legislation and funding in the budget bill to help formally expand veteran’s treatment courts. “The Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana and our partners thank Senators Zakas and Kenley […]

Indiana Supreme Court Justice receives national award for work with children

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The Brazil Times

October 9, 2015

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven H. David recently received national recognition for his work with children in court. Justice David was presented with the Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Distinguished System Leadership Award. He accepted the award on behalf of the Court family saying, “My role is easy when you have […]

Fake urine a problem for Ohio drug screens

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Dayton Daily News


Josh Sweigart

DAYTON, Ohio — More than once while clinging to a cell phone tower hundreds of feet in the air while under the influence of heroin, cocaine or marijuana, it occurred to Chris how easy it would be to make a mistake and bring down the whole tower. Somebody could get killed. But that didn’t stop […]

Free APPA Course: Key Provisions in the Affordable Care Act

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APPA developed and has just released a new free online self-paced training course titled Key Provisions in the Affordable Care Act and How Community Corrections Can Increase Outreach and Enrollment: The course was funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. You can find this course and others on the APPA Relias Academy online training […]

October Board Meeting Minutes

We’ve posted the October Board Meeting minutes. (

2015 POPAI Line Probation Officer of the Year Award

The 2015 POPAI Line Probation Officer of the Year Award was presented to Elizabeth Starck of Clark County Probation.  Elizabeth has been with Clark County Probation for nearly 10 years.  Her Chief Probation Officer Jamie Hayden stated, “Elizabeth has always been one of the first to volunteer when a new assignment is handed down.  A […]

Indiana Supreme Court upholds arrest, felony charges in ‘spice’ case

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October 8, 2015

Michael Anthony Adams

Decisions strengthens Indiana’s ability to control dangerous synthetic drugs, Marion County prosecutor says. The Indiana Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2012 arrest and felony charges of a retail store owner accused of selling synthetic drugs has strengthened Indiana’s ability to control dangerous and constantly evolving synthetic drugs such as “spice” and “bath salts”, Marion […]

2015 POPAI “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award

The 2015 POPAI “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award was presented to Rachael Jones of Clark County Probation.  Rachael was hired by Clark County Probation in April of 2014 with the express purpose of conducting Pre-sentence Investigations.  According to her Chief Probation Officer Jamie Hayden, Rachael was an extremely quick study and eager to […]

SAVE THE DATES: 2016 POPAI New CPO Training, Management Institute & Chief PO Summit

New Chief PO Training:  Wednesday April 6, 2016 @ Indiana Judicial Center Management Institute:  Thursday April 7th @ Sheraton Hotel Keystone-at-the Crossing Chief PO Summit:  Friday April 8th @ Sheraton Hotel Keystone-at-the Crossing  

U.S. to release 6,000 inmates in one of the largest mass discharges from federal prisons in American history

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National Post

October 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is preparing to release roughly 6,000 inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and roll back the harsh penalties given to nonviolent drug dealers in the 1980s and ’90s, according to federal law enforcement officials. About a third […]

Professionals tackle the issue of juveniles in solitary

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Mary Kuhlman

Experts attending a conference in Phoenix, Arizona this week are saying “no more solitary confinement for kids.” The harm it causes, including deaths, is too great according to advocates at the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) 2015 Inter-Site Conference. JDAI programs are in place in 19 Indiana counties, with the goal of keeping kids out […]

New NIH-funded study shows possible link between e-cigarettes and initiation of tobacco use

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National Institutes of Health

August 18, 2015

Students who have used electronic cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine to the lungs by heating a liquid solution […]

2015 Fall Conference Photos

Several photos from the Fall Conference are posted here. If you have more photos or if you see one of yourself you’d rather not have in the album, email Karen at Many thanks to Ken Bugler who submitted the most photos for this album.

POPAI Founder’s Award presented to Joe Hooker

At the POPAI Fall Conference in French Lick, the 2015 Founder’s Award was presented to Joe Hooker of Tippecanoe County Probation. 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 […]

Communities request more funds than DOC has available

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The Indiana Lawyer

September 28, 2015

Marilyn Odendahl

In advance of lower-risk offenders staying in local jails instead of going to state prisons, counties across Indiana have requested more than $17 million from the state. The counties are trying to get a slice of new grant funding coming from the Indiana Department of Correction. However, for the first round of appropriations this fiscal […]

2015 POPAI Election

Thank you to everyone who submitted their 2015 Intent to Run forms as well as to anyone who considered dedicating their time to the POPAI Board! The 2015 POPAI Election was held at the Annual Business Meeting September 17, 2015 in French Lick. Election results: Vice President:  Ryan Hull, Noble County Treasurer:  Christine Kerl, Marion […]

POPAI By-laws Revised at Annual Business Meeting

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September 29, 2015

At the September 17, 2015 Annual POPAI Business meeting, the membership approved changes to the organization’s by-laws. The changes are primarily related to Life Membership; i.e., how to apply for Life Membership and clarification regarding Life Member voting privileges. A further clarification regarding Executive Board qualifications was adopted: all Executive Board members must be employed […]

County Looking Into Probation Office Expansion

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The Shelbyville News


Alex Krach

Discussions are currently ongoing between the Shelby County Commissioners, the Shelby County Council and the Shelby County Probation Office at the possibility of expanding the probation office by building a center, which would be connected to the Shelby County Community Corrections building. “We’re just packed in here like sardines, at two people per office in […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC): September 25th Meeting Documents

Dear POPAI Members: I serve as the probation representative on the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC).  At JRAC’s September 25th meeting, several packets of written materials were distributed to members. These written materials are now posted on the POPAI website in the MEMBERS ONLY area of our website under “POPAI Legislative Updates”. (Requires log in first, […]

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Prescription Drug Use By Teens Declines

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Michael P. Botticelli

Today, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) released the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report which shows progress in reducing some forms of substance use – especially among adolescents.  Substance use levels in many areas, however have remained relatively constant. With regard to substance use, the report found […]

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Elkhart Four felony murder convictions overturned by Indiana Supreme Court

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Indy Star


(This is a follow-up to a previously published article.) The Indiana Supreme Court threw out the felony murder convictions of inmates connected to theElkhart Four, a group of four young men who gained international attention after they were convicted for the shooting death of their friend even though none of them pulled the trigger. Levi Sparks, 20; Blake Layman, […]

Defendant Cites Membership in First Church of Cannabis for Pot Use

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Star Tribune

September 14, 2015

Rochelle Olson

A Golden Valley woman is asking the courts to allow her to smoke marijuana for religious reasons — because she belongs to the First Church of Cannabis. Through her lawyer, 31-year-old Ashley Firnschild is arguing to the Hennepin County District Court that the weed’s illegality places an “undue burden” on her “sincerely held” religious beliefs […]

Washington City Offices Close Friday 9/18 To Honor Former Mayor

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Dave Abel, who led the city of Washington as mayor on two separate occasions, died Monday after a battle with cancer. … Following graduation from Purdue University in 1975,  Abel worked as Chief Probation Officer for the Daviess Circuit Courts, which led to the development of the local Big Brother, Big Sisters Program, now known […]

Florida woman had 3,714 cutting weapons in trailer

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Sheriff’s deputies discovered a virtual warehouse of knives, swords, machetes and hatchets inside a house trailer when they arrested a Florida woman, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. In total, deputies counted 3,714 bladed weapons, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Denise Moloney said. Each room in the trailer had at least 500 weapons, she said. Photos […]

Solutions offered for Indiana’s criminal justice ills

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Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper


By JESSICA R. KEY @QueenCuriosity3

Criminal justice system reform has been high on states’ priority lists. Many states, including Indiana, are making progress, but experts say more needs to be done. The Charles Koch Institute recently held a forum called “Indiana’s Justice Agenda: Second Chances in the Hoosier State” to address some of Indiana’s remaining criminal justice issues. The forum […]

Court documents on Indy drug ring read like a movie script

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Indy Star


Mark Alesia and Tim Evans

The planned shooting had gone awry. The “mission” was foiled when the intended target, who was in the shower, had been alerted by his dog. David McMichel, the alleged leader of a violent Indianapolis drug ring, lamented the missed opportunity in a phone call with an associate — captured, according to court documents, on a […]

Appeals court rules Marion County judicial elections unconstitutional

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Indy Star


Kristine Guerra

7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds prior ruling against system of ensuring a seat for judicial candidates slated by their parties. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a previous ruling that deemed unconstitutional Marion County’s system of electing judges, a rare process in which judicial candidates who get party nominations for […]

POPAI Fall Conference Spotlight: Keynote and Closing Presentation

  This year, POPAI will be sponsoring a special EBP track which will provide up to 9 hours of evidence based specific education and training. Mark Carey and Madeline Carter of the Carey Group will be providing both the opening and closing sessions and facilitating the EBP breakout sessions. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! Keynote Presentation: Evidence Based Practices: […]

(Greene) County Council continues to cut during their second day of budget hearings (probation officer salaries area of contention)

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Greene County Daily World

September 2, 2015

Grant Karazsia, Staff Writer

The second round of department budgets were up on the chopping block on Wednesday as the Greene County Council continued their cuts to the 2016 Budget.  Tuesday saw many cuts from a variety of department budgets, but the council still has a way to go in order to stay on track for the $1.7 million […]

New officers to target heroin abuse in (Hancock) county

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Daily Reporter

August 14, 2015

Caitlin VanOverberghe

GREENFIELD — It wasn’t the kind of thing Edie Horan expected to hear about her son. Landis Bussell was a good-time guy, eager to please and make new friends. He was always up for a party, to share a few drinks and have a good time. But drugs? His mother didn’t think so. But after […]

Indiana Attorney General visits Jeffersonville to address awareness of human trafficking

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News and Tribune

September 2, 2015

Elizabeth Depompei

JEFFERSONVILLE — As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of human sex trafficking across the state, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller visited the Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services facility in Jeffersonville on Tuesday. The center, which provides support services to abused and neglected youth, houses a population that Zoeller said is […]

Ramsey County (MN) probation officer celebrates 37 years of lives changed

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Twin Cities Pioneer Press


Ben Bartenstein

  In 1960s Germantown, the Philadelphia neighborhood where Darrell Pridgen grew up, gangs were rampant, street crime the norm and gunshots an everyday event. Several of his cousins were locked in the penitentiary, and Pridgen said he might have joined them if he hadn’t found a creative outlet. Instead, he graduated from college, started a […]

Witness disputes account of probation officer’s visit

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Tyler Morning Herald


LONGVIEW (KYTX) -A Gregg County man may lose his probation and be sent back to prison, after he cursed out a probation officer. The man says the probation walked in on his wife undressed, but a witness is now coming forward and says she remembers it differently. “I wouldn’t have ever gotten involved in all […]

Judge wants education for jailed juveniles

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August 22, 2015

Carmen McCollum

Some of the most needy youth in the region are not receiving an education they deserve, according to the official in charge of their care. Those teens are confined at Lake County Juvenile Detention Center. Thomas Stefaniak Jr., the senior judge in Lake County’s Juvenile Division, said he believes these tweens and teens should be […]

McHenry County (IL) probation officers taking individual approach with juvenile offenders

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Northwest Herald


Hannah Prokop

WOODSTOCK – Senior Probation Officer Bill Pickens said some of the juveniles he’s worked with probably could have stayed out of the system if the proper program was available to help them. Mental health issues, drug abuse and family dysfunction can be factors that drive criminality, Pickens said, and it’s “not as simple as just […]

Deadline Extended for Rookie and Line Officer of the Year Awards.

Applications for Rookie of the Year and Line Officer of the Year Awards will be accepted until Monday 8-31-15 by 9am. Find the forms on the Awards & Scholarships page.

Former convict, Ind. probation officer share unlikely bond

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Renee Murphy

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Sometimes friendships are found in the most unlikely of places. For Jared Hinkle and Rupert Strawbridge, their bond was formed at the courthouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Hinkle is a convicted felon and Strawbridge is the probation officer who handles his case. Smiles and laughs now between two men that get each […]

Second Chances: Indiana’s Evolving Expungement Law

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Indiana Court Times


Libby Milliken

While still a subject of some controversy, expungement, the process by which an Indiana citizen can seal past criminal records, has undergone significant revision since its inception. In 2012, Indiana lawmakers enacted legislation popularly known as the “Second Chance Law.” Under the 2012 procedure, only those convicted of misdemeanors and non-violent class D felonies were […]

Last Chance To Submit Applications For 2015 Rookie Probation Officer of the Year and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards


Jim Taylor

Just a reminder to all Probation Officers (Juvenile and Adult) across the State, the last date to submit Applications for “Line Probation Officer of the Year” and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year” is fast approaching!! The last date for applications to be accepted is 8-24-15. So get your applications in as soon as possible! […]

Indiana Sex Offender’s Porn Ban tossed out by Appeals Court

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Indy Star

August 12, 2015

Tim Evans

Federal Panel’s ruling grants Indiana man access to “legal adult pornography,” which is protected by the First Amendment A federal appeals court panel has overturned a lower court’s order banning an Indiana sex offender from viewing adult pornography. The panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rules Thursday that […]

What happens when a minor commits a crime?

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Greene County Daily World

August 10, 2015

Bailey Hasler, Staff Intern

The law, the ever present reminder of right and wrong, presides over all citizens. However, those under the age of 18 who get in trouble with the law will receive a different treatment than adults.  One distinct difference is what minors can be punished for doing. While non-status offenses are crimes that can be committed […]

How a dating app hookup landed a teen on the sex offender registry (Elkhart, Indiana)

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FOX 29

August 4, 2015

ELKHART, Indiana (CNN) — Zach Anderson is 19 and a typical teenager. He’s into computers and wants to build a career around his love for electronics. But those plans and any semblance of a normal life are for now out the window. Under court order, he can’t access the Internet, go to a mall or […]

Court suspends probation officer demotions

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The Boston Globe


Andrea Estes

Trial court officials have indefinitely suspended plans to demote probation officers who failed a controversial new exam as five officers filed discrimination complaints charging that the test was biased against minorities. Twelve acting chief probation officers — half of them minority members — had been facing the prospect of a demotion and pay cut on […]

Searches without suspicion are not unconstitutional, COA affirms

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The Indiana


Marilyn Odendahl

A one-month-old decision by the Indiana Supreme Court upended a probationer’s argument that the search of his nightstand was unconstitutional. Braeden Terrell was arrested after probation officers found he had alcohol, illegal drugs and a firearm when they searched his Martinsville residence. He was subsequently charged with marijuana possession, a Class B misdemeanor, and paraphernalia […]

YOUTH RESOURCES: Vanderburgh County Teen Court helps juvenile offenders

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Evansville Courier & Press

Juveniles commit crimes for many reasons, and one of the most common is that the juvenile has been a victim. Victimization can include assault, homicide, bullying, robbery, hate crimes, sexual assault, stalking, sibling violence, property theft, family or neighborhood violence and any type of abuse. The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that young […]

Pence cancels BMV contract, asks for ethics investigation

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Associated Press


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has canceled a contract the Bureau of Motor Vehicles with private license branch operator Express MVA and an investigation into a former government official. The Indianapolis Star reports a BMV official took a job at Express MVA after allowing it to charge customers a “convenience fee.” A Star […]

Community Corrections Grant Application & Collaboration Plan Trainings

August 2, 2015

It’s not too late to attend trainings around the state. The training is a “how to” or technical assistance on completing the Community Corrections grant application, budget, and community corrections/probation collaboration plan.  If you are unable to attend the training in your area or if there is one located in another region closer to your […]

Attention Permanency Roundtable Scribes

Full Article

The Indiana Judicial Center (IJC)

The Indiana Judicial Center (IJC) has a link to the updated Juvenile Delinquency Permanency Roundtable Action Plan. It was made available sometime since January 2015, and is much easier to complete than the plan originally issued to probation. You may find it at

First veteran graduates from special St. Joseph County court

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South Bend Tribune

July 21, 2015


SOUTH BEND —When Wayne Kuritz enlisted in the Air Force in 1971, toward the end of the Vietnam War, he was among those U.S. troops who felt they had little support from their fellow Americans on the home front. But on Monday, as Kuritz became the first graduate of the St. Joseph County Veterans Court, […]

2015 Election Slate

Full Article

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 2015 POPAI Election will be held at the Annual Business Meeting Thursday September 17, 2015 in French Lick. There is a contested election in District 5.

Technology led parole officer to a Jacksonville victim’s grave and police to a suspect

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The Florida Times

June 23, 2015

Dan Scanlan

Clyde Matthew King’s killer buried his body about 2  1/2 miles from his Southside business in early December, the last time evidence showed the 72-year-old was alive, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. His lone employee, Richard Greene, ran King’s Lawn Service “business as usual,” unaware the tracking device he wore for being a convicted […]

Podcast: Social Media During Emergencies-Craig Silverman-BuzzFeed

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DC Public Safety Radio


Listen to a podcast by DC Public Safety on how to address public misinformation, what to do, and what are the implications for public safety when misinformation goes viral.

E-filing pilot begins in Indiana

Full Article

The Indiana Lawyer


Dave Stafford

Lawyers will have to file electronically in all Indiana state courts by the end of 2018, according to a plan overseen by Supreme Court Justice Steven David and Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias. Hamilton County will get the ball rolling in a few weeks. Mathias said the response from attorneys has largely been, “Why […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Meeting Minutes July 1, 2015

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Meeting Minutes July 1, 2015 The Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council met for its inaugural meeting at the Indiana Judicial Center in the 8th Floor Conference Center at 30 South Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 1, 2015. The Advisory Council met 11:00 a.m.-2:40 p.m. Link to meting Minutes.   July 1 […]

Heroin-related overdose deaths quadruple since 2002

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CNN News

July 7, 2015

Sandee LaMotte

Heroin use is increasing rapidly across the United States among all age, race, income and ethnic groups, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. And the increase comes with a devastating price: Deaths from heroin-related overdoses nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. Heroin use doubled among women and young adults ages 18 to […]

Kinsey Center changing its focus: Facility seeks to serve more children in shelter care, leaving residential model

Full Article

July 3, 2015

Pat Munsey

When the Robert J. Kinsey Youth Center was constructed in 1993, detention for juveniles was a different game. The facility opened with three housing areas — secure detention, shelter care, and long-term residential care. For years, the facility met Howard County’s needs well. According to director Jeff Lipinksi, philosophies about juvenile detention have changed over […]

Nominate Your Probation Officer Peers

  Nominations are being accepted until Monday August 24th. 2015 for two 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, aptitude, and the desire to improve themselves and to […]

Is prison most economical crime preventer?

Full Article

South Bend Tribune


By Jeff Parrott

For decades, judges have been filling Indiana prisons with nonviolent offenders and drug users, with an emphasis on punishment. Financially, it’s been costly, with prison overcrowding forcing the state to consider new prison construction, and it’s also proven to be ineffective at reducing recidivism rates. “Imprisoning someone in a state prison is a very blunt […]

Teens sentence their peers in Tippecanoe County program

Full Article

The Michigan City News Dispatch

July 6, 2015

The Associated Press

A special Tippecanoe County Courthouse program has jurors, lawyers and defendants, but they’re all younger than 18. The program aims to keep young people who commit relatively minor offenses out of the criminal justice system by helping them to learn from their experiences, the (Lafayette) Journal & Courier ( ) reported. Defendants at teen court […]

NEW Community Corrections Grants Now Available (Probation may apply for funds)

July 10, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: The Indiana Judicial Center sent an email to all Chief Probation Officers and trial court judges on Friday July 10th with instructions about how to apply for new Community Corrections grant funds related to HEA 1006 implementation.  The email included 9 attached documents. POPAI has created a new topic in our MEMBERS […]

APPA Atlanta Call for Presenters

The American Probation and Parole Association is pleased to issue a Call for Presenters for the 2016 Winter Training Institute to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, January 31-February 3, 2016. The underlying goal of this training institute is to provide participants with workshop opportunities that emphasize skill-building, increase relevant competencies and enhance overall career development. […]

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 PO Annual Meeting


Linda Brady

SAVE THE DATE: Confirmed by Angie Hensley of Indiana Judicial Center. 2016 PO Annual Meeting:  Wednesday May 4 and Thursday May 5, 2016. This is the same week as Indiana’ Primary (Presidential) Tuesday May 3, 2016.

Proposed POPAI Bylaws Revision

July 10, 2015

Linda Brady

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 prior to the […]

2015 Legislative Updates Available to POPAI Members

July 2, 2015

Linda Brady

Dear POPAI Members: I have created two (2) PowerPoint presentations for our membership summarizing the 2015 legislative changes. The first presentation summarized new criminal and juvenile legislation.  The original PowerPoint presentation was created by Judge Vicki Carmichael, Clark Circuit Court No. 4.  Judge Carmichael graciously allowed POPAI to post this presentation for our MEMBERS ONLY.  […]

ACLU: RFRA must let sex offenders worship at churches with schools

Full Article

Indy Star


Stephanie Wang

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Wednesday invoking the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act to contend that not allowing serious sex offenders to attend churches with attached schools is an undue burden on religious rights. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two unnamed sex offenders, challenges another new state law […]

June Board Meeting Minutes

Read the June Board Meeting Minutes here.

POPAI President Letter: Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council

June 26, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Membership:   I sent the letter below to all Indiana Chief Probation Officers on June 26, 2015.   Dear Chief Probation Officers: I am sending this email to all Indiana Chief Probation Officers including CPOs who are not POPAI members. As you are aware, HEA 1006 (of 2015) created the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council.  […]

Indiana Probation officer charged with misconduct

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The Lebanon Reporter

June 17, 2015

Staff Report The Lebanon Reporter

A Boone County Community Corrections official has been charged with five felony counts of official misconduct. Paula R. Davis, Whitestown, allegedly stole thousands of dollars from the agency, by falsifying receipts and doctoring records, according to court documents. Davis was the operations coordinator for community corrections. She was put on paid administrative leave.  

Salem man’s attempt to skip court (probation hearing) foiled by poorly written letter

Full Article


June 24, 2015

WKBN Staff

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – A Salem man tried to get out of a probation hearing by using a doctor’s excuse that police said he wrote himself. This is what was written in the letter: My name is Dr wong . I have Troy Hightland in Akron general . He was Brot up here because his […]

States Try To Remove Barriers For Ex-Offenders

Full Article


June 18, 2015

Rebecca Beitsch

  Raymond Daughton has been out of prison for 36 days. When he got out he was homeless, had no clothes and no money. All his belongings from his old apartment have disappeared. Daughton, 31, doesn’t want to get into trouble again, so he is staying out of his old neighborhood—one of the roughest parts […]

Indiana Supreme Court State v. Brishen R. Vanderkolk

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Indiana Supreme Court

June 9, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Brent E. Dickson

On June 8, 2015, the Indiana Supreme Court reversed the partial denial of a man’s request to suppress drug evidence found during a routine warrantless search of the residence he shared with a man on probation. The probationer only consented to searches based on reasonable suspicion. Defendant Brishen Vanderkolk lived with Jordan Sullivan, who was on home […]

A FUTURE for students with a PAST: Whitley school putting troubled kids on better path

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The Journal Gazette

June 15, 2015

Shelby Lamm

The conventional graduation ceremonies occurring across Indiana offer an opportunity to recognize an unconventional one. A Columbia City high school is graduating five seniors from a student body of 38 this year – students nobody else could manage, one at a time, without pomp or ceremony, at about half the cost of a public school. […]

Overdose now #1 cause of accidental death in St. Joseph County

Full Article


June 15, 2015

Mark Peterson

The apparent overdose deaths of two teens in Granger are tragic—but not uncommon. In fact, the overdose is now the single most common cause for accidental death in St. Joseph County. “Drug overdose deaths are actually more prevalent than motor vehicle deaths in this county and this is certainly disconcerting from a public health standpoint. […]

Intent To Run For Elected Office

As a reminder, The Intent to Run forms must be sent to POPAI Election Committee Chair Cherie Wood by July 17th (postmarked, emailed or faxed). By August 17th, Cherie will send out the election slate to the POPAI membership. The Intent to Run form may be found on the POPAI web site. The election will […]

Floyd County’s top leaders take a stand against budget cuts

Full Article


June 10, 2015

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – Six of Floyd County’s top leaders took a defiant stand in a meeting Monday evening against budget cuts totaling $1.2 million across various departments. Three of the county judges including Judge Susan Orth, chief probation officer Rexann Farris, prosecutor Keith Henderson and Sheriff Frank Loop stood in front of the […]

Recovering drug addict moved away from old life in VW

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The Van Wert Independent

June 15, 2015

Dave Mosier

What happens to a person whose life is one spent in various kinds of trouble and “whacked out” on drugs? For Van Wert native Christine Miller, the solution was to leave that life behind and make a new start following an in-house substance abuse treatment program. “They say you can never move away from your […]

Reminder – Intent To Run For Election


Cherie L. Wood

As a reminder, The Intent to Run forms must be sent to POPAI Election Committee Chair Cherie Wood by July 17th (postmarked, emailed or faxed). By August 17th, the election slate will be sent to the POPAI membership. The Intent to Run form may be found on the POPAI web site and the election will […]

New Job Posting: Probation Officer Job in Owen County

See our Jobs Page for details on a Probation Officer job in Owen County.

2015 Indiana Judicial Center’s Legislative Session Digest

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Indiana Judicial Center

June 3, 3015

This Indiana Judicial Center published the digest of the final installment of the Legislative Update for the 2015 legislative session. This digest contains summaries of select bills of interest or portions of bills that were signed into law in the 2015 legislative session.  Summaries are under the headings:  Civil Law, Criminal Law, Family & Juvenile Law, Judicial […]

Former Lake County (Indiana) probation officer pleads guilty to official misconduct

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May 18, 2015

Elvia Malagon

CROWN POINT | A former Lake County probation officer pleaded guilty Monday to official misconduct after a woman on probation accused him of sexually assaulting her, according to court records. Miroslav Radiceski, 37, of Crown Point, pleaded guilty in Newton County Superior Court to official misconduct, a Class D felony. As part of his plea […]

Job Cuts Part Of Tippecanoe Court Services Reorganization

Full Article

MAY 28, 2015


After several months of trying to dig itself out of a financial hole, Tippecanoe County’s Court Services division is undergoing a massive reorganization. Four of the agency’s seven full-time positions will be eliminated at the end of June as part of a broader change in the way the department serves low-level offenders. The move comes […]

Justice center developer offers scaled-down plan

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Indy Star


John Tuohy

The developer of a proposed justice center on Indianapolis’ Near Westside is offering a scaled-back version that would cut the price of construction by $17.5 million. But the leader of the Democrat-controlled City-County Council quickly dismissed the plan as an insufficient and desperate last-ditch plan to save the complex. WMB Heartland Justice Partners, the group […]

Murdered mother’s family questions probation officer (Florida)

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10NEWS/Tampa Bay

May 22, 2015

Jonathan Petramala,

It’s a video, that over two months after it was taken, is still haunting. 34-year-old Kristen Finn used her cell phone to record an argument with her husband Michael, about prescription drug use. “When you are sober we get along great Michael,” Kristen is overheard saying in the video. But arrest records for domestic violence […]

Can One Man End the Global Drug War?

Full Article

May 27, 2015

Nathan Siegel

In between slurps of soup and sips of coffee,  Jindřich Vobořil  tells a story of his youth that would sell out a Broadway theater. He lived on and off the streets in his hometown of Brno, Czechoslovakia, running with local gangs. By age 12, he was burning through 30 cigarettes a day and says he […]

2016 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Below is a link to the 2016 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers. The 2016 schedule reflects a 2.2% increase. 2016 PO Salary Schedule

Editorial: Some funding for corrections

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Kokomo Tribune

May 29, 2015

People who commit the most violent of crimes in Indiana will be serving longer prison sentences. Fewer people who are convicted of low-level felonies will be sentenced to prison. And counties will see more state funding to help rehabilitate their non-violent offenders, who until recently would’ve been serving years within the Indiana Department of Correction. […]

2015 POPAI Elections

May 22, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: REMINDER that it’s time to start the 2015 POPAI election process. Up for election in 2015: District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 Vice-President Treasurer FYI:  POPAI just received notice of a board vacancy for the District 5 Representative (was Lori White of Marion County).  Per the POPAI by-laws if a […]

Probation officer finds meth lab during home visit

Full Article

May 14, 2015

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A man was arrested in Steuben County after a probation officer saw materials to make methamphetamine during a home visit. The probation officer contacted the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and the state meth suppression lab team, during which officers found several more items used to make meth inside the home and […]

Trauma among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network


Patricia K. Kerig, Ph.D., and Julian D. Ford, Ph.D.

With rates of arrests for girls in the United States fast outpacing those for boys, the past decade has seen increasing attention devoted to understanding the causes, consequences, and solutions for girls’ delinquency. Girls now account for approximately 30 percent of the estimated 2.11 million juvenile arrests made each year, and on any given day […]

2015 Knepple Scholarship Awarded

May 14, 2015

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 selected a scholarship that would encourage continued education and advanced degrees […]

Insane Clown Posse – Insane Clown Posse Scrap Tour Over Probation Issues

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The rappers have been on the road for their Marvelous Missing Link In-Store Insanity Tour, but had to pull out of dates last week (ends 08May15) to allow Shaggy 2 Dope to return to his native Detroit, Michigan to sort out the probation problem. They subsequently scrapped the rest of the trek and now a […]

How 4 teens became murderers without killing anyone

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Indy Star


ELKHART – — April Sparks was waiting in line to pre-pay for gas at a 7-Eleven store when she overheard a conversation she didn’t want to hear. “They don’t deserve that,” the cashier said. “They should spend their lives in prison,” the customer in front of her said. Sparks knew exactly whom they were talking […]

2015 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

May 13, 2015

Cherie Wood, POPAI Election Committee Chair

It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2015: District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 Vice-President Treasurer POPAI District 8 Representative Cherie Wood is serving as the Election Committee Chair.  The Intent to Run form may be found on the POPAI web site. The Intent to Run form must be […]

Board Meeting Minutes

The POPAI Board members met for an informal information meeting on Legislative updates. The minutes are online and the Legislative information is in the Members Only Discussion Area. The April 16 meeting’s minutes are here.

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 POPAI Fall Conference to feature Mark Carey and Mimi Carter

May 8, 2015

Susan Rice

SAVE THE DATE:  2015 POPAI Fall Conference September 16th, 17th and 18th Mark your calendars now for the 2015 POPAI Fall Conference which will once again be held at the beautiful French Lick Resort. In our continuing efforts to focus on Evidence Based Practices, POPAI will be sponsoring a special EBP track which will provide up […]

The dirty little secret of drug abuse

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Tribune Star

May 2, 2015

Lisa Trigg

Jane, a recovering drug addict and lifelong Vigo County resident, is alive and well today. Her decades-long nightmare, which included numerous instances of sharing needles with friends to inject ground-up pills or meth into her body to satisfy her cravings, could have ended differently. Tragically. As she watches the unfolding drama in southeastern Indiana’s Scott […]

Work to prevent opiate drug abuse

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Indiana 10:13 p.m. EDT May 2, 2015

Since Gov. Mike Pence issued a public health disaster emergency order in response to the state’s HIV outbreak, public and private leaders have marshalled a remarkable effort to identify cases, provide care and support to those who have tested positive for HIV, and prevent new infections. This evidence-based approach is critical to effectively contain the […]

Flakka, synthetic drug behind increasingly bizarre crimes

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Evansville Courier and Press


Journal Media Group

One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him. Two others tried separately to break into the Fort Lauderdale Police […]

2015 Legislative Session Ends – How did bills followed by POPAI fare?

May 1, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Membership: Please log to our Members Only discussion area to read a message from POPAI Lobbyist Glenna Shelby regarding the end of 2015 Legislative Session. Also in our Members Only area is an updated list of bills followed by POPAI and how they fared. I included a separate list of our followed bills […]

Why Not Start Addiction Treatment Right In The ER?

Full Article


April 29, 2015

Scott Hensley

­ ­When patients brought to the ER have uncontrolled blood pressure, neglected asthma or diabetes that hasn’t been dealt with, doctors often start treatment right then and there. But what happens when the patient turns out to be addicted to opioids, such as oxycodone or heroin? In case of an overdose, the medical team can […]

Remembering April 28, 1997: Donald R. “Charley” Knepple

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Officer Down Memorial Page

Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed after being ambushed by a man at a counseling center on South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne. The suspect, a former juvenile corrections officer who had been convicted of attempted child molestation, had arranged a meeting with his counselor and Probation Officer Knepple with the intent of […]

St. Joseph County youth detention alternative gets grant

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South Bend Tribune

April 13, 2015

Amanda Gray

SOUTH BEND — The goal is simple: Make sure that local juveniles get the help they need, when they need it to stay out of trouble. The devil might be in the details — especially when it comes to implementing a large, systemic change to the assessment of juveniles when they first encounter police in […]

Are Police Violating Privacy With GPS Tracking?

Full Article


Allison Manning

About 3,000 people in Massachusetts are wearing court-ordered ankle monitors right now. And under a little-known agreement between police and probation officials, officers can use those monitors to see where many of those people are at any time. It’s a longstanding practice for probation officials to keep track of people who have agreed to wear […]

Firefighters rescue man who wedged inside wall to evade probation violation arrest

Full Article

April 23, 2014


MONROVIA, Ind. (AP) – A central Indiana man who hid inside a wall in his home to avoid arrest had to be rescued by firefighters after he became wedged next to its chimney for more than a day. Steven Shuler was trying to avoid arrest on a probation violation Monday when he squeezed down a […]

Another Porter County Adult Probation Officer Retires: Mr. Rick Staresina

Jim Taylor District #1 POPAI Rep.

  On March 20th 2015, the first day of “Spring”, Adult Probation Officer Richard Staresina “Sprung out” of the day to day hustle n bustle of the Monday-Friday life as a Adult Probation Officer, and jumped right into a lifestyle of vacations & total relaxation. The same day, a retirement reception was held on the […]

New Job Post: Juvenile Probation Officer in Harrison Circuit Court

There’s an opening in Harrison County, details are on the Jobs & Internships page.

Indiana Legislature nearing deadline with unsettled issues

Full Article

Associated Press


Indiana lawmakers face decisions on the new state budget and some other contentious issues with less than two weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session. Legislators return to the Statehouse on Monday still looking for agreements on topics such as whether to allow needle exchange programs in more counties in response to an HIV outbreak […]

Last chance for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award

Its that time of year again to submit your application to be considered for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award which will be given to one lucky person at the 2015 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference May 6 and 7, held in Indianapolis, IN. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will be awarded […]

UPDATED Indiana Bills Followed by POPAI

April 10, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: Our professional organization utilizes the services of an experienced lobbyist, Glenna Shelby of LegisGroup Public Affairs, LLC who provides POPAI with a weekly update regarding all bills that are being followed by POPAI.  This is a benefit of POPAI membership. I have posted the most recent legislative update in the POPAI “Members Only” […]

Work release may address overcrowding

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Kokomo Perspective

April 7, 2015

Pat Munsey

Program could operate for less than the cost of jail expansion The Howard County Jail is facing a crisis. Already housing as many as 400 inmates during the summer when numbers peak, the change in state law regarding felons may push the jail population to its limit and beyond. Since 1995, Howard County has considered […]

Smell Leads Police to body found in Indiana Home by Corrections Officer

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Police investigating a report of a smell in a home by a corrections officer led to a body being found in a bedroom closet. Fort Wayne police spokesman Officer Michael Joyner says the body was found Saturday. No arrests have been made. An autopsy will be performed by the Allen County […]

Boone working to expand juvenile justice system

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The Lebanon Reporter

March 14, 2015

Rod Rose

Boone County is moving to address juvenile justice issues with new facilities and new programs. An open house was held Monday for the new juvenile probation department, which now has an entrance separate from the adult probation and community corrections agencies on the north side of the Key Bank building’s third floor. The juvenile entrance […]

Technology & Intimate Partner Violence

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Indiana Court Times

February 24, 2015

Ruth Reichard

While technology is not inherently violent, people who engage in intimate partner violence often employ technology as a means of obtaining and maintaining coercive control. Various technologies equip offenders with very efficient means to commit the crimes of stalking, intimidation, and harassment, while also enabling them to pinpoint their victims’ physical locations. Although it is […]

Chasing smoke

Full Article

Indiana Daily Student


Hannah Alani

The World Health Organization ranks the United States first among 17 European and North American countries for prevalence of marijuana use.   Indiana has some of the harshest marijuana criminalization laws. Someone in possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. […]

Ambiguous probation condition leads to reversal of violation finding

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Indiana Legal News

March 31, 2015

Jennifer Nelson

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the revocation of a woman’s probation after two judges ruled the probation condition at issue is ambiguous regarding whether and when she had to report an arrest while on probation for a charge that allegedly occurred before the probation began. Jacqueline Jackson was on probation in February 2014 after […]

States Move to Ban Powdered Alcohol Before It Hits the Market

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Food Safety News


Dan Flynn

Lawmakers in several states want to ban a new powdered alcohol product before it’s even available on the market. “Palcohol” is the brand name for the new powdered alcohol that, when mixed with water, becomes a cosmopolitan, mojito, margarita or lemon drop cocktail. It’s the invention of Arizona entrepreneur Mark Phillips, whose company hopes to […]

Indiana ranks second in incarcerated parents: ‘I’ve missed way too much already’

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Chicago Tribune

March 21, 2015

Jerry Davich

Taped above Lavonta Henry’s bed is a note from his 7-year-old son. Written with a few backward letters, it says, “Papi, I can’t wait for you to come home. I love you, Jayden.” Henry keeps it taped inside his cell at the Indiana State Prison. It hangs near a thick stack of photos of himself […]

Heroin bill passes with needle exchange

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The Courier-Journal


Mike Wynn and Tom Loftus

FRANKFORT, Ky. The months of anguished pleas from parents and former addicts — Kentucky families gripped in a noxious heroin epidemic — found some resolution Tuesday as a landmark bill to improve drug treatment and clamp down on dealers won passage in the legislature. The long-negotiated compromise sailed out of the Democrat-led House on a […]

Now 55 cases in HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana

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Indy Star

March 20, 2015

Shari Rudavsky

State health officials say the number of HIV cases in an outbreak among intravenous drug users in southeastern Indiana has risen to 55 confirmed with an additional 13 preliminary positive cases.

POPAI Management Training Registration Reminder

Susan Rice, POPAI Training/Conference Planner

Probation management level staff can still register for the upcoming POPAI Management Institute, CPO Summit and New CPO trainings which will be held April 15th, 16th, and 17th in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The deadline for room reservations has been extended to Friday, March 27th.  Specific information on all three trainings can be found in this informational […]

Local corrections funds in doubt House and Senate at odds on money needed

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The Journal Gazette

March 23, 2015

Niki Kelly

INDIANAPOLIS – The enthusiasm for a major shift away from jailing low-level offenders to local treatment and supervision instead is clear at the Statehouse. But will the money be there when the budget is finalized at the end of April? It is the final question in a criminal justice overhaul that has been in the […]

Tully: The story of our heroin epidemic must be told

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Indy Star

March 13, 2015

Matthew Tully

The story of a growing heroin epidemic is being told through the voices of moms and dads, friends and siblings, grandparents and children — those who have watched loved ones fall victim to addiction. Every time I write about the growing heroin epidemic, usually from the perspective of a young person whose life has been […]

Latessa: A Tool for Helping to Predict Crime Risk

Full Article

The Council of State Governments

March 8, 2015

Ed Latessa

Imagine, for a moment, that a doctor performing kidney surgery makes such an egregious mistake that the patient dies on the operating table. It’s a terrifying thought but also a very rare occurrence. It is possible, however. Meanwhile, of the tens of thousands of risk assessments performed each month to determine the likelihood that someone […]

Letter from POPAI President re: HB 1006 and State Probation Funding

March 13, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: I sent a letter to all Chief POs re: HB 1006 Criminal Justice Funding on March 13, 2015. I have posted that letter in the POPAI “Members Only” discussion section.  [Note: if you have not yet received your password, POPAI members are welcome to email Karen, our website administrator, with your name […]

List of Indiana Bills Followed by POPAI

March 13, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: Our professional organization utilizes the services of an experienced lobbyist, Glenna Shelby of LegisGroup Public Affairs, LLC. Ms. Shelby provides POPAI with a great deal of support during the legislative sessions and during the Interim Study Committee term.  She advises POPAI about probation related issues and the impact of proposed legislation.  She […]

New Job Posted: Assistant Chief Probation Officer in Los Angeles

Full Article

Los Angeles County DHR


LaTanya L. Hill

The County of Los Angeles is recruiting for a new Assistant Chief Probation Officer. The Assistant Chief Probation Officer reports directly to the Probation Officer and has executive decision-making authority and administrative responsibility for assisting the Probation Officer in the overall direction and administration of the department’s operation, programs and services, through subordinate managers. The Assistant […]

One and Done: How INcite is reducing redundant DNA collection

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Indiana Court Times


Mary L. DePrez

One of the responsibilities of probation officers is to collect body fluid samples from clients to test for the presence of drugs or alcohol when that is a condition of their probation. But did you also know that Indiana law requires officers to collect a DNA sample for persons convicted of a felony? The Indiana […]

4 held on drug charges after Whitley probation check

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The Journal Gazette

February 24, 2015

Four people have been arrested on drug-related charges after a meth lab was located inside a Columbia City home, Indiana State Police said today. State police at Fort Wayne said they were helping Columbia City police locate a probationer inside a North Walnut Street home Friday afternoon when they found items commonly associated with the […]

Pilot program identifies brain injuries in inmates

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Fox 59 News


Russ McQuaid

Each year five thousand offenders leave the Indiana prison system to return to the streets of Marion County where the recidivism rate may be as high as 30 percent. A recent survey has determined that one out of every ten of those returning offenders may be suffering the aftereffects of traumatic brain injury [TBI] and […]

2015 POPAI Management Institute Registration is Now Open

March 2, 2015

Susan Rice

Dear Chief POs and Probation Supervisory Staff: Registration for the 2015 POPAI Management Institute is now open. The institute includes training for new CPOs as well as seasoned Chiefs and supervisory staff.  The dates this year are in April and we are hoping for no snow!!  In an effort to assist all departments with the […]

February 2015 POPAI Board Meeting Minutes

The February POPAI Board Meeting Minutes are published.

Now accepting applications for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award


J. Taylor

Its that time of year again to submit your application to be considered for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award which will be given to one lucky person at the 2015 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference May 6 and 7, held in Indianapolis, IN. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will be awarded […]

States Predict Inmates’ Future Crimes with Secretive Surveys

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Associated Press


Eileen Sullivan & Ronnie Greene

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — On a hot Friday last July, a parolee was mowing a lawn in a small cul-de-sac on the west side of the city when he stopped to ask for a glass of water. The 70-year-old widow whose yard he was mowing told him to wait on her porch. Instead, she […]

Criminal justice bill offering funds for treatment programs heads to full House

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Indy Star

February 17, 2015

Kristine Guerra

The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday passed a bill that aims to reduce recidivism by providing millions of dollars in annual funding for substance abuse programs and mental health treatment for local communities. House Bill 1006, authored by Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, is a response to a massive criminal code overhaul that sends […]

Juvenile delinquency down in Indiana and nationally

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Kokomo Tribune

February 18, 2015

Lauren Slagter

Juvenile delinquency is down across the nation, state and locally, and it’s related to a new perspective on juvenile justice that focuses on alternative ways to discipline youth. The number of arrests of U.S. children younger than 18 has been decreasing for the last decade; between 2002 and 2011 there was a 31 percent decrease […]

Judge to schools: stop arresting so many kids

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Fox 59

February 9, 2015

Jill Glavan

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 9, 2015) — A Marion County judge sent a letter to school superintendents urging them to cut down on the arrest of kids at school. Judge Marilyn Moores said that with turnover in administrations and the rise in arrests, she felt it necessary to crack down on an existing policy. “Locking up […]

Pilot rehabilitation program shows success

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The Herald Tribune

Jan. 30, 2015

Dearborn/Ohio County prosecutor Aaron Negangard, Southeast Indiana Regional Community Corrections (SERCC) and the company Corrisoft are creating a new model in offender rehabilitation, according to an Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, Indianapolis, news release. The new approach catapults beyond traditional monitoring of offenders on home detention or work release with a high-touch approach afforded by smartphones […]

Details surface in sex charge against former in-home detention officer

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Kokomo Tribune

Jan. 27, 2015

Mike Fletcher

A former Howard County in-home detention officer is accused of having sexual contact with a female in the program and supplying her with alcohol. A warrant was issued for Isaiah Christmas on Friday for a Level 5 felony charge of sexual misconduct following an investigation by the Howard County Sheriff Department, Howard Superior Court 2 […]

SAMHSA’s new report tracks the behavioral health of America

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January 26, 2015

SAMHSA’s new report, the “National Behavioral Health Barometer” (Barometer), provides data about key aspects of behavioral healthcare issues affecting American communities including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The Barometer shows this data at the national level, and for […]

Policing The Teen Brain

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Mike Emery

When a police officer approaches a teenager, the officer brings a badge, a gun and the power to arrest. What the officer doesn’t always have, though, is an understanding of the factors influencing the teen and the way their brain functions. Sometimes that’s a problem, and the situation escalates. There might be fewer problems in […]

County jails fear onslaught of addicts, mentally ill from prisons

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Indy Star

February 2, 2015

Kristine Guerra

Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy and other sheriffs around the state see a wave of people coming their way.  Many of them may be drug addicts. Some will be thieves. Others will be like a Franklin County woman who believes John Kennedy is her father and Dick Cheney fathered her child, Murphy said. Or like […]

Supreme Court seeks state funds for technology, access to courts

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The Indiana Lawyer


IL Staff

A group of four representatives of the Indiana Supreme Court explained to the House Ways & Means Committee Tuesday morning why the state should give the judiciary millions of dollars for court technology, access to courts and criminal code reform. Chief Justice Loretta Rush, Justice Steven David, Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias and […]

Porter County Adult Probation Officer Bob Hanaway Retires After 25 years of Service.


Jim Taylor POPAI District #1 Rep

On 1-22-15, after 25 years of hard work and dedicated service as a Adult Probation Officer in Porter County, IN., Robert (Bob) Hanaway decided, its time to retire and rid himself of the M-F “Shirt and tie” wear, in exchange for some much needed relaxation to enjoy whatever the days and nights may bring ahead. […]

Indiana Switching Vendor for License Plate Production

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Evansville Courier & Press

January 27, 2015

Chelsea Schneider

INDIANAPOLIS — The state is changing the vendor it uses for the production of Indiana license plates, a decision that ends a long-time relationship in which state prison inmates were involved in the manufacturing of the plates. The new $72 million contract with Intellectual Technology, Inc., will save the state approximately $14 million by not […]

Proposed bill to protect juveniles involved in human trafficking

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January, 25, 2015


TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A proposed bill would treat juveniles involved in human and sexual trafficking as victims not criminals. The Indiana Attorney General’s office had 100 reported complaints of human trafficking come into their office in 2014. In an effort to curtail these rising numbers, the new bill proposed that if police come […]

POPAI on Facebook and LinkedIn

We’re now present on Facebook and LinkedIn. We’ll be using both as an avenue to educate the public about Probation as well as bring you announcements or the most popular article of the month. You’ll we have two groups on LinkedIn. One is public and you can join it right away. The other is for Members […]

French Lick Resort confirms compromise to credit card payment system.

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WHAS 11 News


FRENCH LICK, Ind. (WHAS11) – The French Lick Resort is warning the public they have learned of a possible compromise to their credit card payment system. The resort says after a review and internal investigation, involving the services of an expert IT data security company, it was determined that sensitive information belonging to guests and […]

January 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

The January Board Meeting Minutes are available on the website.

United Way: Support 2-1-1

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Evansville Courier and Press


Carol Braden-Clarke

Every hour of every day, people need essential human services. In the 2015 State Legislative session, lawmakers will be considering HB 1010 authored by Representative Jud McMillan to provide $2 million in state funding for the Indiana 211 Partnership for funding the 2-1-1 Information and Referral service. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember number that […]

2 arrested after Clarksville traffic stop (man claims to have ‘probation marijuana’)

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News and Tribune

January 20, 2015

Gary Popp

CLARKSVILLE — Two Kentucky residents were arrested during a traffic stop along Interstate 65 in Clarksville early Sunday morning, after a handgun and nearly a pound of synthetic marijuana were located in the vehicle. The driver, Clifford Montgomery, 49, Bowling Green, has been preliminarily charged with possession of synthetic drug over 30 grams; possession of […]

2015 State of the Judiciary – Indiana Courts: Working to Fulfill the Promise of Justice

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Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush

Governor Pence, Lt. Governor Ellsperman, Members of the General Assembly: What an honor it is for me to stand before you, the men and women of the Indiana General Assembly, in these historic chambers on behalf of my colleagues on the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Vaidik and our hard working Court of Appeals, and the […]

Pence’s $51M prison expansion proposal met by skepticism

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January 18, 2015

Tom Davies, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal for expanding two state prisons is drawing skepticism from some legislative leaders as it comes just months after Indiana’s criminal sentencing laws changed in part to reduce the need for more prison space. An alternative plan with bipartisan support in the Indiana House calls for directing $50 million […]

What will happen to probation and parole in 2015?

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December 16, 2014

Brad Drown

Another year ends! The holiday season is the time to look forward and apply past experience to future planning. Realistic planning can be done in 5-year time spans and requires some predictions made with uncertain information. So let’s predict. Probation and parole is a government funded program and subject to the politics of the times. […]

Clark County getting new probation head

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The Courier-Journal

January 7, 2015

Charlie White

The Clark County Circuit Court Board of Judges has named Jamie Hayden as the county’s chief probation officer, effective Jan. 12. Hayden, a probation officer for 21 years who most recently worked as division chief of its adult probation division, will assume the leadership duties held for the last three years by Henry Ford, who […]

An Interesting Take On Graduated Sanctions: The Hawaii Edition

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America Tonight


Amy Walters

Paradise on earth is how most people know Hawaii – white sandy beaches and coconut palms. But there are Hawaiians living outside the frame on the picture postcard. The roughly 8 million tourists who visit the state each year attract a lot of property crime. Even an ocean away from the mainland, the methamphetamine market […]

New Laws Going into Effect on First Day of 2015

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Jessica Smith

It’s a new year and that means several new laws. Two of the biggest changes of 2015 will impact drivers. Starting Thursday, low-powered scooters will have to be registered. Until now, driving low-speed mopeds or scooters has largely been unregulated. Now in order to ride a 50 cc or smaller scooter, riders will now need […]

How Funding Mental Health Could Keep People Out Of Prison

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Indiana Public Media

January 2, 2015

Gretchen Frazee

Birdena Lee Oakley was at the peak of her career as an opera singer. “I toured throughout France, Spain, Italy, Germany,” she says. “I went on to perform in different countries such as Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, I traveled all over the world. It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.” It wasn’t easy […]

Monroe County Probation Pilot Program Could Be State Model

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Indiana Public Media

December 29, 2014

Gretchen Frazee

Monroe County officials are beginning work on a program they hope will reduce the number of people in the county’s jail and keep offenders from missing court appointment. The Indiana Supreme Court is also keeping an eye the Monroe County program to see if it is an example of a system that can be expanded […]

December 10 Board Meeting Minutes

The December Board Meeting minutes are posted. 

Doing the right thing: Probation officer returns money found

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Dec 30, 2014

By Chanti Carter-Rene, C1 Contributor

Though she’d been the victim of identity theft, Probation Officer Chanti Carter-Rene returned an envelope of thousands of dollars she found in the street to a nearby bank… It was Monday, December 23, 2013, and I had some letters to drop off at the post office during my lunch hour. Having been the recent victim […]