Monthly Archives: March 2016

Pharmacists, state court administration enlisted in fight against meth labs

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Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill along with two other pieces of legislation — SEA 161 and HEA 1157 — aimed at curbing meth labs around the state. He described the three bills as “a positive step in combating drugs.”

When Stars Align

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Indiana Court Times


Hon. Charles F. Pratt , Hon. Mary Willis

For many years, those working in the juvenile justice system have been concerned with the children that are involved with, and have needs in, both the juvenile delinquency and child welfare systems. Juvenile judges, juvenile probation officers and Department of Child Services’ case managers have lamented for years the imaginary firewall that existed between juvenile […]

Road to Recovery Show

Steered Straight Indiana


POPAI Members are invited to an Education Assembly. Founder of Steered Straight, Michael Deleon is a Nationally known Speaker with a powerful message specifically for First Responders, Law Enforcement, EMT, Courts etc to inform, educate and offer solutions. Also joining Michael is 20 yr IMPD Narcotics Unit UC Officer Brad Thomas. Topics will include: Current Drug […]

Mass. probation chief: State ‘over-criminalizing people’

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Sentinel & Enterprise News

March 16, 2016

Andy Metzger

BOSTON — Responsible for monitoring nearly 90,000 individuals, the Bay State’s probation chief recently warned against overly strict supervision, saying he wants to focus on cases with the highest risk of failure. “The system’s sort of like a machine — it pulls you in, and we monitor your behavior, and we document every time you’re […]

Moved by a man’s progress, judge steps off bench for a hug

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Northwest Indiana Times


Elvia Malagon

CROWN POINT — After hearing about a defendant’s efforts to better himself, Lake County Criminal Judge Diane Boswell stepped off the bench Thursday to give him a hug. Jermal L. Norris, 31, of Lake Station, was in court for his sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, a Class D felony. He nervously […]

Former homeless man returns to court to shake judge’s hand

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Northwest Indiana Times


Elvia Malagon

CROWN POINT — About a year ago, David Potchen told Lake County Criminal Judge Clarence Murray he wanted to come back to his courtroom one day as a working man to shake his hand. Dressed in a black button-up shirt tucked into his jeans, Potchen returned Thursday to face Murray for his criminal case’s one-year […]

Bill giving longer sentences to drug dealers headed to governor

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

A bill imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders has been approved by the Indiana Legislature and is expected to be signed by Gov. Mike Pence. House Bill 1235, authored by Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Danville, would toughen some of the state’s criminal laws by requiring defendants convicted of dealing in controlled substances to serve at […]

Indy hosts national forum outlining police-community relations

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Indy Star


Jill Disis

The police are the community, and the community are the police. That mantra was repeated throughout a national public safety forum Wednesday at the Indianapolis Central Library Downtown. The event, officials said, was intended to foster discussion about trends and challenges facing police and community relations across the country. Experts from Michigan, Colorado and elsewhere […]

Now accepting applications for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award

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It’s 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 2016 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference May 4 and 5, held in Indianapolis, IN. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship will be awarded $2,500.00 […]

Alcohol Monitoring: A Vital Part of Probation

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March 01, 2016

The Honorable Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.)

Crime and Substance Abuse are Linked The link between substance abuse and crime is clear. About 90% of criminal cases have involvement of alcohol or other drugs. Because of this link, it is not unusual for abstinence to be a requirement for release on bond or own recognizance; a condition of probation; or, a condition […]

15 justice semifinalists remain

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Dave Stafford

Nine judges, four lawyers in private practice, a state lawmaker and a state attorney are semifinalists to replace Justice Brent Dickson on the Indiana Supreme Court. Thirteen men and two women from every region in the state will return for a second round of interviews next month. The Judicial Nominating Commission selected 15 people as […]

The Changing Relationship Between Ex-Criminals and Their Parole Officers

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J.B. Wogan

Rather than acting as former offenders’ enemies, parole and probation officers are now working to be their mentors. Can it reduce recidivism? As a parole and probation officer in Multnomah County, Ore., Andrew Skidmore can be tough when he has to be. He is trained in hand-to-hand combat. He likes guns enough to have a […]

Current Job Postings

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Current Job Listings include Family Support Services Counselor in Marshall County,  Alcohol and Drug Program Coordinator/Probation Officer in DeKalb County, Probation Officer in DeKalb County,  Executive Director in Johnson County, Adult Case Manager in Johnson County, and Probation Officer in Marion County.