Monthly Archives: September 2015

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 […]

Latest Issue of INDIANA COURT TIMES Available

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Indiana Supreme Court - Division of State Court Administration


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 […]