Monthly Archives: November 2015

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 […]

Latest Edition of INDIANA COURT TIMES Available

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Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration


SEPT/OCT 2015 Edition

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 […]