Monthly Archives: April 2016

MA launches new breathalyzer system with facial recognition

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Fox 6

April 22, 2016

Lindsay Iadeluca

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – New technology, featuring facial recognition for at home breathalyzer tests, is lending a helping hand to probation officers across Massachusetts. The new mobile breathalyzers have replaced the older in-home systems and allow those on probation a bit more flexibility. Friday, Western Mass News got an exclusive look at the new technology in action. It’s […]

2017 Community Corrections Grant Recommendations

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April 22, 2016

Indiana Department of Correction

From: Deborah L. Braun ( To: Community Corrections Directors Subject: Funding Recommendations Good afternoon, Directors! We just wrapped up the JRAC meeting, and I wanted to share with you the funding recommendations that were approved by the council this morning. Please keep in mind, these recommendations must go before Commissioner Lemmon for his approval before they are […]

177 people ticketed between Thursday and Sunday

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Indiana Daily Student


Sarah Gardner

On a warm, clear Saturday night after the men’s Little 500 race, two naked college students were having sex on a couch on the front lawn of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house. Though they were surrounded by broken lawn chairs and within sight of the students on Phi Gamma Delta’s homemade sand volleyball court, they […]

Remembering April 28, 1997: Donald R. “Charley” Knepple

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Officer Down Memorial Page

Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed after being ambushed by a man at a counseling center on South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne. The suspect, a former juvenile corrections officer who had been convicted of attempted child molestation, had arranged a meeting with his counselor and Probation Officer Knepple with the intent of […]

Now fighting opioid abuse: A drug Vivitrol found to prevent relapse; at least $800 a dose

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The Journal Gazette

april 10, 2016

Rebecca S. Green

It would be nice if there were a silver bullet to treat opioid addiction. You know, that one thing you can go to time after time, knowing it is going to knock out the problem. Opioid abuse, including prescription drugs such as oxycodone and illicit narcotics such as heroin, is making headlines here and around […]

Register Now for Webinar: Reentry Housing Options for Sex Offenders

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Pamela Wray

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Tuesday, April 19 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET Registered sex offenders face numerous barriers to finding stable housing when they return to the community from jail or prison. Improved housing stability reduces the likelihood of recidivism […]

How to Find Active Gang members On Facebook

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McAfee Institute


This short tutorial will show ways to find active gang members within the Facebook platform. Our goal is to identify active gang members, see who they are connected to, what they are posting about, & try and locate any photos they have taken which can be utilized as evidence during a criminal investigation. We will […]

Pilot Evaluating People for Pre-Trial Release Nears Start

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The Indiana Lawyer

April 6, 2016

Marilyn Odendahl

The days of detaining arrestees solely because they cannot afford bail could be coming to an end in Indiana. A pilot project is getting ready to launch that will test the use and effectiveness of a risk-assessment tool in determining which offenders can be released on their own recognizance. Nine counties have been selected as […]

Family Support Court graduates first two participants

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Kokomo Tribune

March 31, 2016

Staff Report

The first participants in Howard County’s Family Support Court successfully completed the program this week, effectively dismissing criminal charges against them for non-support of dependents. Family Support Court reviews cases where a parent faces a felony charge for failing to pay at least $10,000 in owed child support. Rather than proceed with the criminal charges, […]


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Indiana Daily Student


Words Megan Jula | Development James Benedict | Photos Katelyn Rowe and Yulin Yu

Dr. Nishanie Gunawardane — “call me Dr. G” — prescribes drugs to drug addicts. Gunawardane is a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction. She was hired last August at Bloomington’s branch of Centerstone, a series of community-based healthcare providers treating mental illness and substance abuse. There, Gunawardane works with recovering addicts who are overcome by opioids […]

7 things to know about local human trafficking

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Lexy Gross

What is human trafficking? Does it happen in the U.S.? Why don’t victims come forward to get help? These questions and dozens more were addressed at a conference held at Indiana University Southeast on Friday. Local and state experts, as well as active social workers, gathered to talk about ways to recognize and combat human […]

Chief Probation Officer: Hendricks County

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The Hendricks County Probation Department is seeking a Chief Probation Officer. Interested applicants should send their resume and a list of references to Catherine Haines, One Courthouse Square, Suite 101, Danville, IN 46122, or by sending them electronically to   Full Details in a PDF document or see our Jobs Page


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Executive Exchange

Spring 2016

Linda Brady, Chief Probation Officer, Monroe Circuit Court

The following article was published in the Spring 2016 edition of Executive Exchange, a journal published by the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE).  Written by POPAI President Linda Brady who also serves as NAPE’s Central Region Representative. Indiana’s Justice Reinvestment journey article starts on Page 9.     Indiana’s criminal code was last overhauled in […]

Environmental Scan 2015

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National Institute of Corrections (NIC)

February 2016

Beginning in the late 1990’s, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Information Center began scanning social, economic, and corrections issues to inform the development of programs and services offered by NIC. This report, now in its 10th edition, has continued to evolve into a popular tool that corrections practitioners also use to inform their work […]

Ripley County Community corrections program a success

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The Herald-Tribune

March 8, 2016

Diane Raver

VERSAILLES – The community corrections program is up and running very successfully in Ripley County, according to Superior Court Judge Jeff Sharp and Prosecutor Ric Hertel. The program was put into place Aug. 1, 2015. Since its inception, “we haven’t had a single issue,” Sharp reports. Hertel adds, “There are a lot of people utilizing […]

The Risks and Rewards of Pretrial Release

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Donna Rogers

With the high cost of incarceration and many lives wasted by incarceration, risk assessment tools, community supervision and technology that can support pretrial release into the community seems not only to be substantially cutting costs, but helping offenders too, experts say. By employing pretrial release, say community corrections supervisors, pregnant woman and those with chronic […]

Juvenile Defense Stakeholder Group Meeting Information

We have a new post in the Members Only area with information from last week’s Juvenile  Defense Stakeholder Group Meeting. Members can log on then look for the topic “Juvenile Matters“. If you need help with your password, email Karen (