Monthly Archives: October 2016

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Publishes Annual Report

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2016 ANNUAL REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Legislation establishing the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) went into effect on July 1, 2015. The 9-member Advisory Council consists of leadership from both the executive and judicial branches of state and local government. Between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016, JRAC reviewed and made funding recommendations for Department […]

Allen County: Getting detox started in jail

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The Journal Gazette

October 23, 2016


County officials see promise in program that reduces relapses Changes may be coming in the way Allen County treats its drug-addicted offenders. For years, opioid abusers have been arrested, gone through a painful detox in the Allen County Jail and been released on probation, only to wind up back in jail for another detox bout. […]

Pew Report on Polling: Public Strongly Supports Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration

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The PEW Charitable Trusts


Public Safety Performance Project

Voters’ top priority is keeping communities safe, but large majorities also believe that the nation imprisons too many people for too long.  A body of national- and state-level public opinion research dating to 2010 has found overwhelming support across political parties, regions, ages, genders, and racial/ethnic groups for policy changes that shift nonviolent offenders from […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Approves Grant Funding Recommendations

October 23, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

The Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) met on October 20, 2016. The $2 million Community Corrections grant applications were discussed. Summary of CC Grant Requests 38 Counties/Regional Agencies applied for funding. All Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) sites applied and received priority recommendation as outlined in the grant coversheet. 57 Eligible Entities Applied for […]

Revolutionary move away from paper in progress

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Indiana Court Times


Lindsey Borschel , Elizabeth Fullen

Indiana’s e-filing project is at full steam just two years after the Supreme Court announced it would pursue a uniform, statewide system. By the end of 2018, all Indiana courts will have voluntary e-filing available, and attorneys will be required to electronically file most pleadings. Twenty-first century pioneers Change is difficult; progress is even harder. […]

Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative Update

October 23, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: I attended the State Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) Policy Team meeting on October 19, 2016.  It was our last official EBDM meeting with National Institute of Corrections (NIC) consultant Mimi Carter for Phase V. Indiana has been approved for NIC’s Phase VI EBDM project, along with Wisconsin and Virginia, for only […]

Funding helps Orange Co. expand its probation staff

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October 5, 2016

PAOLI — The Orange County Probation Department is one of 34 probation departments that received a grant from the Indiana Department of Correction. The grant is for $62,500 and was awarded in July. Dee Pedigo, chief probation officer, said the grant was awarded as part of a collaboration with Hoosier Hills PACT. Pedigo said grants were […]

Recovering Addicts Using Crossfit to Exercise Their Demons

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Philly Voice

October 12, 2016


When he got arrested for a DUI almost 10 years ago, Scott Klaverkamp was living in Boulder, Colorado, and self-medicating what he would soon learn was a debilitating form of depression. His was an exhaustive cycle of stale-beer barrooms, late nights and harried hangovers that came to a crashing end with flashing red lights by the […]

Fentanyl Exposure: 5 Safety Tips for Cops

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September 19, 2016

Keith Graves

The United States is in a fentanyl crisis. I don’t use the word crisis lightly. Between 2013 and 2014, fentanyl submissions to the DEA lab from Ohio increased by a whopping 1,043 percent. Along with those submissions came a 526 percent increase in fentanyl related overdose deaths. This all happened while fentanyl prescriptions dropped. There […]

Indiana Criminal Justice Association Awards

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The Michigan City News-Dispatch

October 8, 2016

Richard Chambers

Corissa Strader MICHIGAN CITY — In addition to the already-announced award to Detective Marty Corley as Officer of the Year, the Indiana Criminal Justice Association gave two surprise awards to people from La Porte County on Wednesday. The association gave these and others awards to criminal justice professionals from across Indiana at its 83rd annual […]

Justices Say Inmates Can’t Sue Private Employer for Unpaid Wages During Incarceration

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The Indiana Lawyer


The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer and affirmed Wednesday a trial court’s decision to dismiss a complaint seeking unpaid wages brought by inmates who claim they were underpaid while working for a private company while they were in prison. During their incarceration at the Indiana Department of Correction’s Correctional Industrial Facility, inmates Chuck Adams and […]


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Punxsy Weekday News Headlines


The rash of “clown” sightings around the state and the country finds Knox Boro police not clowning around. According to our newspartner, Knox Boro Police have issued a warning following several reports of clown sightings within the borough. They note they have received several complaints of clowns within the borough and have issued a […]

Abuse against women: The secret no one wants to talk about

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Indy Star


Maureen C. Gilmer ,

‘We keep this issue of domestic violence as if it was a lover in our bedrooms. No one wants to talk about it.’ The speaker asked for a show of hands. How many in the audience had suffered abuse? First, one hand, then another and another. A quick glance around the room revealed maybe 20 […]

Board Meeting Minutes for October 2016 and The Annual Meeting Are Online

Recently posted Board Meeting Minutes include: October 12, 2016 Annual Meeting September 2016  

Bell v. State: Trial court must consider defendant’s ability to pay before entering restitution order

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Indiana Supreme Court

October 3, 2016

Bell v. State, No. 49S02-1609-CR-00501, __ N.E.3d __ (Ind., Sept. 29, 2016). A trial court must consider a defendant’s ability to pay before entering a restitution order after hearing testimony of inability to pay without rebutting evidence.   Indiana Code § 35-38-2-2.3(a)(6) allows a trial court to order a defendant to pay restitution to a […]

Hamilton Co. inmates pour into empty juvenile justice center

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September 21, 2016

James Gherardi

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Due to severe overcrowding, inmates are pouring out of the Hamilton County jail. As a result, inmates are being housed now down the road, in the virtually-empty juvenile justice center. The nearly $30 million, state-of-the-art Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center, built in 2007, is virtually empty today. “You cannot sit around and […]

Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis

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The Council of State Governments


Liz Edmondson

Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia currently allow marijuana use either for medicinal and/or recreational purposes.1 As marijuana use becomes more prevalent in states and legalization gains more popular support, states are addressing the myriad issues arising out of marijuana legalization, such as banking, environmental impacts and driving.2 In light of a new report […]

POPAI Fall Conference Photos – 2016

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  The photos from the Conference are now online. You’ll be able to look through them faster  in the thumbnail gallery. Do you have an image that belongs in this gallery? Please send it to Karen (or attached to an email to

Report: Probation, parole sentences decrease without risking public safety

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St. Joseph News-Press


Megan Favignano St. Joseph News-Press

A Missouri policy has lightened the caseload for probation and parole officers by allowing individuals convicted of lower-level felonies to shorten their probation or parole sentences. Pew Charitable Trusts researchers recently reviewed the impact the Missouri policy change from 2012 has had on probation and parole. Adam Gelb, director of Pew Charitable Trusts’ public safety […]

Presentations from APPA’s 41st Annual Training Institute Now Available for Download

Presentation slides from APPA’s 41st Annual Training Institute are available for download.