Monthly Archives: August 2015

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

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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

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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.