Monthly Archives: January 2016

12-year-old murder suspect denied mental health treatment for months

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WTHR 13 Investigates

1/20/2016

Bob Segall

The state’s recent response to an Elkhart murder reinforces a longstanding perception that Indiana’s mental healthcare system for children is badly broken. Bob Segall/13 Investigates ELKHART, Ind. – Firefighters arrived at the smoke-filled apartment to find it was covered in blood. They carried out Maria Torres who, minutes earlier, had been stabbed to death inside. […]

Young: Federal re-entry programs continue to benefit community

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The Indiana Lawyer

01/13/2016

Chief Judge Richard L. Young

On Nov. 1, 2015, approximately 6,000 federal inmates were released from prison earlier than originally expected, representing the largest one-time influx of offenders coming under supervision by the United States probation system. This mass release was due to a sentencing guideline amendment that was approved by the United States Sentencing Commission in 2014, which reduced […]

Panel recommends FDA approve implant to treat opiate addiction

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USA Today

01/12/2016

Liz Szabo

An advisory committee recommended Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve an implant designed to reduce addicts’ cravings for heroin or prescription painkillers. The implant, probuphine, provides a steady dose of buprenorphine, which has been shown to ease withdrawal symptoms, decrease cravings and cut the risk of relapse. Buprenorphine is currently available only as a pill or dissolvable […]

New Public Forum: Community Corrections Collaborative Network

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National Institute of Corrections (NIC)

January 14, 2016

Take advantage of NIC’s new public forum focused on community corrections! The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) is comprised of the leading associations for pretrial, probation, parole and drug courts. Each association has two representatives that attend two in person meetings per fiscal year.  They also collaborate on projects and present workshops at national conferences […]

Pretrial release project to test assessment tool

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The Indiana Lawyer www.theindianalawyer.com

1/7/16

Marilyn Odendahl

The Indiana Supreme Court is preparing to test the viability of allowing certain offenders to be released pretrial without having to pay a bail. Ten counties are interested in participating in the pilot project that will test the effectiveness of a risk assessment tool, according to a just-released December status report from the Indiana Supreme […]

Indiana Chief Justice: Drug Crisis Flooding Courts, Welfare System

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Indy Star

January 13, 2016

Rick Callahan, Associated Press

Indiana’s drug crisis is flooding the state’s courts with a growing number of cases and sending a surge of children into its welfare system, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush told a joint session of the legislature Wednesday. During her second State of the Judiciary address, Rush said the court’s five members heard firsthand […]

Opioid Abuse Costs Employers Billions

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Yahoo Health

01/20/2016

Korin Miller

Painkiller abuse is a serious and growing problem for American workers, new research reveals. A December survey conducted by the National Safety Council found that 80 percent of employers in Indiana say they’ve observed an issue with painkillers among their employees — and a whopping 60 percent say they’ve observed some kind of issue with the […]

Clark, Scott Co. police to get heroin overdose remedy kits

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Courier-Journal

01/08/2016

Lexy Gross

Police and first responders in Clark and Scott counties will soon be equipped with a drug that can reverse potentially fatal opioid and heroin overdoses. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced more than $127,000 in grants to purchase 3,500 antidote kits for first responders statewide. Clark County will receive about 150 of those kits by June to distribute to […]

THE PEOPLE’S COURT: Indiana representative pushes for cameras in Clark County courtrooms

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News and Tribune

01/12/2016

Elizabeth DePompei

As it was with the 2006 pilot program and as it is in other states, Carmichael would like to see an agreement that allowed one camera or one feed for all media to use, instead of cramming several cameras into Clark County’s small courtrooms. As for her concern that the public and media would only […]

Ex-convict who owes victims $8M vacations at beach resort

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Modesto Bee

January 11, 2016

Garth Stapley

MODESTO, Calif. — Convicted swindler Tony Daniloo enjoyed luxury cars and jewelry while bilking millions of dollars from victims in Modesto, Turlock and beyond. When he had trouble keeping a job soon after his release from prison three years ago, a federal judge agreed to lower Daniloo’s repayment duty to $50 a month. Daniloo, now […]

2016 State of the Judiciary

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January 13, 2016

2016: “A Constitution Powerful in its Simplicity, Clear in its Mandate” On January 13, 2016, Chief Justice Loretta Rush gave the annual State of the Judiciary address. Video and photos of the event and a transcript of the speech are available below. Indiana State of the Judiciary 2016 Photos of 2016 State of the Judiciary […]

Senator Merritt Proposes New Bills to Tackle Drug Epidemic

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Indiana Public Media

01/12/2016

Jill Sheridan

Photo: Gretchen Frazee The state voted last year to expand Indiana’s Lifeline Law to include drug overdoses. Six more bills to address drug addiction in Indiana were added to the legislative agenda on Monday. State Sen. Jim Merritt (R- Fall Creek) pointed to the state’s drug epidemic as he announced his proposals. “We all know we […]

Rush sites growth of problem-solving courts during State of Judiciary

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TheIndianaLawyer.com

01/13/2016

Dave Stafford

A Lawrence County schoolteacher who lost her job after she fell victim to heroin addiction is emblematic of Indiana’s problem-solving courts that Chief Justice Loretta Rush said are helping communities statewide deal with a crippling drug crisis. “We cannot afford to incarcerate or institutionalize our way out of this drug crisis,” Rush said in her […]

POPAI Legislative Update

1/8/2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: It’s hard to believe it is time for the Indiana General Assembly to be in session again! Here is the link to the bills filed for far….http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/ POPAI was asked to provide feedback re: HEA 1006 to Jane Seigel who was scheduled to speak before the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee […]

New POPAI District 4 Representative

The POPAI District 4 vacancy has been filled by Lakisha Fisher of Grant County Probation. Lakisha has served as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the past 16 years. She attended Central State University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice, June 1997.  She attended Ball State University where she earned […]

Clay County finds alternative temporary housing for juvenile offenders

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The Brazil Times

January 7, 2016

FRANK PHILLIPS, Times Reporter

On most days you can read about adults who have committed crimes or been arrested. But there is a whole generation of people in trouble with the law whose names are not usually reported but their crimes are whispered about and sometimes are the subject of items on social media. They are juvenile offenders. They […]

Another shot at Sunday alcohol sales is likely.

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Indy Star

01/06/2016

Amy Haneline and Tony Cook

The battle over Sunday alcohol sales for carryout is likely to return this year to the Indiana General Assembly. House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, told IndyStar on Wednesday that he has crafted a bill that will be revealed next week. He is waiting on final drafts. “I do believe there is an opportunity […]

Indiana Naloxone Project brings training to police and jail officers

Herald Times

1/7/2016

Abby Tonsing

If there was an auto-injector pen that could save a person’s life in a car accident, everyone would carry one. Remove the stigma of addiction, and naloxone is that antidote to heroin and opioid drug overdoses, Christopher Abert, of the Indiana Recovery Alliance, told a room full of police officers at the Indiana University Police […]

Recovery Works Update

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Department of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA)

12/22/2015

At the link below, you will find important information regarding Recovery Works. Please be sure to print Memo dated 12-22-15  and keep for your records. Recovery Works memo 12-22-15 If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Recovery Works Team. Happy Holidays! – Angie Boarman, Program Manager Recovery Works Team Division of Mental Health […]

Tippecanoe program aims to break cycle of incarceration

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theindianalawyer.com

12/28/2015

When Curt Howard left prison in September 2014, he was doing OK. He moved in with his mother in Lafayette, and he found a job. Then Howard, a recovering addict, reunited with his former girlfriend, who still was using heroin, he said. “My boss is telling me, ‘Why you moving out?’ My mom is telling […]

Woman Beats DUI Rap With Claim Her Body Brews Alcohol

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Associated Press

12/30/15

Mary Esch

Drunken-driving charges against an upstate New York woman have been dismissed based on an unusual defense: Her body is a brewery. The woman was arrested while driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. She then discovered she has a rare condition called “auto-brewery syndrome,” in which her digestive system converts […]