Monthly Archives: November 2017

Commitment to Data Sharing

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Indiana Court Times


Two key initiatives undertaken by Trial Court Technology (TCT) are in the spotlight for playing important roles in the sharing of court data with key stakeholders and the public. Data from the Abstract of Judgment application and the Odyssey court case management system is enhancing the amount and quality of data TCT is now able […]

Device stems opioid withdrawal pain

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The Herald Bulletin


Scott L. Miley

FDA OKs appliance that’s made in Indiana GREENWOOD — Since February, Greenwood City Court Judge Lewis Gregory has offered plan through the local probation department in which opiate addicts can choose to wear a NSS-2 Bridge, a hearing aid-sized device that helps fight the pain of withdrawal. The other option is often jail. “The attraction […]

The Growing Toll of The Opioid Epidemic

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Inside Indiana Business

November 7, 2017

Tim Cook and Katie Culp, CEO, President, KSM Location Advisors

Last week’s (i) on Economic Development put the spotlight on Indiana’s opioid epidemic and its impact on the economy. What could two people involved in site selection and economic development possibly have to say about this crisis? As it turns out, a lot. Opioid and other drug abuse has a significant impact on Indiana’s workforce and, therefore, […]

Richard Grundy III and 25 others charged federal drug-trafficking case

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Indy Star

November 20, 2017

Ryan Martin and Tim Evans

Richard Grundy III, who eluded several local drug and murder charges over the last two years in Marion County, is now facing new drug charges — this time from the federal government. On Monday, indictments unsealed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana detailed new allegations against Grundy and 25 others during the months preceding and following […]

So many bodies: Indiana coroners trying to keep up with opioid epidemic

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November 16, 2017

Bob Segall

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Alfie Ballew has worked at the Marion County Coroner’s office for more than two decades. She sees death every day, but even she is stunned by what’s going on right now. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said the chief deputy coroner. “This is a disease that is actually causing people to […]

Courtroom 107

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Indiana Court Times


It is a challenge faced by courts throughout Indiana: matching the modern day needs of the courts with the limitations of historic courthouses. But in Allen County, an abundance of will and ingenuity found a way to tackle the problem. After struggling for years with limited space and aging technology, Allen Superior Court Judges embarked […]

Prosecutors Support Governor’s Proposals to Attack the Drug Epidemic

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Noblesville Patch

November 8, 2017

Prosecutors Support Governor’s Proposals to Attack the Drug Epidemic (INDIANAPOLIS – November 8, 2017) Indiana prosecutors expressed support today for Governor Eric Holcomb’s 2018 NextLevel agenda as he outlined proposals to attack the drug epidemic. The governor’s criminal code proposals include: Establishment of felony charges for drug-induced homicide and for those who illicitly manufacture drugs […]

Medical Marijuana isn’t Medicine and it’s “wrong for Indiana,” County Prosecutors Say

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Indy Star


Dwight Adams

A county prosecutor’s group is strongly opposing efforts to allow medical marijuana, saying it’s “wrong for Indiana” and could worsen the state’s drug abuse crisis. The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys also debunked cannabis’ medicinal properties. It said the Institute of Medicine concluded this year that there was “insufficient evidence” to use it to treat […]

‘Coming Out of a Cloud’ After Drug Abuse and Mental Illness

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The New York Times


Emily Palmer

Wanda Ramirez likes to draw faces with hairstyles, no bodies attached. She calls it doodling. Her recovery specialist calls it art. “She’s an artist,” the specialist, Laura Gwinnell, said with a nod. Ms. Ramirez, 51, was uncomfortable with the compliment. She laughed shyly and rolled her eyes. She draws, she said, “when I’m at my […]

Indianapolis judge being considered for drug czar

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

Marion Superior Judge William Nelson, whose stepson died of a drug overdose, confirmed Monday he is under consideration to be the nation’s drug czar. Nelson applied to be the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy last December and he traveled to Washington, D.C., in July for interviews with Trump administration officials. The […]

Clark County (Ohio) Jail doubles inmates in drug treatment program

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Springfield News-Sun


Katherine Collins

A new drug treatment program in the Clark County Jail is unlike any other program in Ohio and is aimed at preventing crime, Springfield leaders said. McKinley Hall expanded its drug treatment program within the Clark County Jail earlier this month to allow for nearly double the number of inmates to participate. Previously, only about […]

Free Webinar Thursday 11/16/2017: Going Green = Saving Money & Improving Offender Outcomes

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National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center

Registration is required to join this event. Register   Registration Password: GoGreen Date and time:Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00) Panelist(s) Info: Paul M. Sheldon, M.A. Senior Advisor, GreenPrisons.Org Duration:1 hour Description: Over the past decade, the corrections community’s perspective on sustainability-oriented practices has evolved to include tremendous cost savings […]

Pretrial World Tour Webcast: Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017

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Pretrial Justice Institute’s CEO, Cherise Fanno Burdeen, has been on tour with all of the pretrial highlights of 2017, and now’s she’s making an appearance in the University of Pretrial. Join Cherise to hear about pretrial policy, legislation, litigation, and highlights from the field. Co-sponsored by the American Probation and Parole Association and the University […]

USDOJ 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment

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Page 36: “In 2015, Washington DC, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, and Wisconsin all experienced nearly double the number of armed robberies than the previous year. Indiana experienced 168 prescription drug armed robberies in 2015, which made it the only state with more than 100 pharmacy armed robberies in a single year in the last seven years […]

Envisioning an Alternative Future for the Corrections Sector Within the U.S. Criminal Justice System

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Rand Corporation

by Joe Russo, George B. Drake, John S. Shaffer, Brian A. Jackson

Ebook Challenged by high costs and concerns that the U.S. corrections sector is not achieving its goals, there has been a growing focus on approaches to reform and improve the sector’s performance. Policies initiated during the tough-on-crime era led to aggressive prosecution, lengthier sentences, and an exploding correctional population. In recent years, the corrections sector […]

Indiana pain doctor gets probation in ‘pill mill’ case

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The Indianapolis Star


PERU, Ind. – An Indiana doctor accused of operating a “pill mill” has reached a plea agreement that would include 10 years of probation but no prison time. The Kokomo Tribune reports 70-year-old Dr. Tristan Stonger appeared Thursday in Miami County Circuit Court to plead guilty to five charges, including issuing an invalid prescription and […]

Sheriff welcomes state’s jail demands

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Zach Evans

EVANSVILLE — It’s about time. That’s how Sheriff Dave Wedding feels after the Indiana Department of Corrections told Vanderburgh County officials they must address jail overcrowding and understaffing. Wedding made it a point in his first term as sheriff to call for major changes to the jail, which is now only 11 years old. He […]

Clark County schools announce partnership empowering probation officers to process on-site arrests

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) — Clark County schools have announced a new partnership with local law enforcement agencies and the courts which will allow local probation officers to process on-site arrests using school office space. The probation officers will process arrests made by school resource officers, and determine if the students should be released without condition, […]

City releases body cam footage in movie incident

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Journal Review


Nick Hedrick

As the video begins, Crawfordsville Police Sgt. Matt Schroeter approaches Backstep Brewing Co., where officers were responding to a report of an armed robbery. Seconds later, a masked man in a dark shirt and khaki shorts and holding an air gun backs out of the brewery, turning to face the officers. “Drop the gun! Drop […]

Interim Study Committee on Corrections And Criminal Code Final 2017 Meeting

October 24, 2017

Agenda October 24, 2017 Consideration of Final Committee Report and any Committee Requested Legislation Proposals. Testimony of Brad Ray Ph.D. IUPUI Concerning Program Evaluation of Recovery Works Other Business Adjournment LINK to Exhibits Access to Recovery and Recidivism Among Former Prison Inmates Recovery Works Phase One Policy Brief Memo Concerning DOC Population and Expenditures Changes […]

How addiction causes “hundreds of changes” in the brain

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ABC News


(The full article contains some video.)   President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, and 21 million Americans are addicted to drugs and alcohol. The cover story of September’s National Geographic looks into the science of addiction and its impact on the brain’s pathways. The article’s author, Fran Smith, writes, “Addiction remolds […]

To Save Opioid Addicts, This Experimental Court Is Ditching The Delays

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October 5, 2017

Eric Westervelt

There’s about 10 feet between Judge Craig Hannah’s courtroom bench and the place where a defendant stands to be arraigned here in Buffalo City Court. But for 26-year-old Caitlyn Stein, it has been a long, arduous 10 feet. “This is your first day back! Good to see you!” Judge Hannah says as he greets her. […]