Yearly Archives: 2018

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (PPPS Week) July 15 – 21

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The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) recognizes the nearly 100,000-strong members of the community corrections/supervision workforce for your dedication to and influence on the justice system. Each year during Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (PPPS Week), we make an extra effort to acknowledge your compassion, strength, and determination. You make a difference, even […]

Starke Co. community corrections merges with probation dpt.

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ABC 57


Jess Arnold

KNOX, Ind. — After receiving board approval at the end of June, Starke County Community Corrections is merging with the probation department. The director of the new Court Services department says the move should reduce caseloads while saving the county big bucks. The director says putting only one person in charge (instead of one leader […]

Residents glad to have new Community Justice Center as neighbor

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Mary Milz

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – City and neighborhood leaders took part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for Marion County’s new Community Justice Campus Thursday morning. The $571 million project is going to be built on at the site of the former Citizens Energy coke plant on the southeast side of Indianapolis. The campus will house a 3,000-bed jail, […]

Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives

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USA Today


Mike Feibus, Special for USA Today

As many as one in four Americans are afraid of needles. That’s led a handful of start-ups to develop alternatives to hypodermic syringes. This would be good news for health care: While needles provide an effective tool for vaccinations and treatments that the stomach’s digestive juices would neutralize if taken orally, needle phobia keeps many […]

Family offers $50,000 Reward in Indiana Man’s Murder

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WKRC Cincinnati


Angennette Levy

HIDDEN VALLEY, Ind. (WKRC) – Evidence in the murder of Tom Biedenharn suggests more than one person was involved in his death, Indiana State Police said Tuesday. The revelation comes as Biedenharn’s family renewed its plea for information in the case by putting up a $50,000 reward. Biedenharn was found murdered in his home in […]

Suicide rates increase in Indiana, nationwide

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News and Tribune


Brooke McAfee

How to find help If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741-741. JEFFERSONVILLE — A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published last Thursday revealed that suicide rates have risen in almost every […]

Three Opportunities to Nominate Your Coworkers for an Award

Nominations are being accepted until August 6, 2018 for three awards presented during our Fall Conference in French Lick. The Founder’s Award is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general, and specifically to the POPAI organization. The recipient need not be a Probation Officer or POPAI […]

Correctional Trainers’ Conference: Hosted by IACTP and the Tennessee Department of Corrections

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International Association of Correctional Training Personnel

The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP) is a criminal justice association that includes members of the training professions from national, state and local corrections agencies, community corrections, juvenile justice, higher education, academies and commissions, and private corrections. We expect attendance to be from 75-150 participants, with approximately 15-30 participants per workshop. The smaller […]

POPAI Fall Conference Registration Open, Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing

The conference will be returning this year to French Lick Springs Resort on September 5, 6, and 7, 2018 Find information for: Attendees Vendors The 2018 POPAI Fall Conference will be returning to the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, The fantastic hotel and conference facility provides the perfect setting for probation professionals to […]

The Legacy of Jane Seigel

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Indiana Court Times


Justin P. Forkner

“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” —Hamilton: An American Musical, by Lin-Manuel Miranda Jane Seigel officially retired on April 30, after 19 years of service to the Indiana Supreme Court. To Lin-Manuel Miranda’s point, the garden of reforms, outcomes, and initiatives Jane has planted will […]

Transitional housing a possibility

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Journal Review


Jim Johnson

There’s a significant need for transitional housing in Montgomery County for certain individuals in the criminal justice system. Montgomery Superior Court I Judge Heather Barajas and Chief Probation Officer Andria Geigle addressed county commissioners at the start of Monday’s meeting about the possibility of making such housing available here. “One of the biggest problems we […]

Council votes unanimously to create state’s largest needle-exchange program

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – In a unanimous decision, the Indianapolis City-County council approved a plan to create the largest needle exchange program in the state. The vote comes nearly a month after Dr. Virginia Caine, Marion County’s public health director, declared a “public health emergency” over the increase in Hepatitis C cases, which they’re blaming on […]

Family of Indiana couple killed settle for $13M with Seattle

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KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — The family of a central Indiana couple who died after a repeat drunk driver struck them in Seattle has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the West Coast city for $13 million. The family of Dennis and Judy Schulte settled the lawsuit with Seattle in April after an appeals court denied […]

Indiana Court: Miranda applies in some student interviews

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The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court says students must be told about their right to remain silent when questioned by police in a custody-type setting at school. The court ruled Wednesday in the case of a 13-year-old boy suspected of a bomb threat at an Indianapolis school. The court threw out the confession, saying […]

POPAI Election Deadline is July 6, 2018

It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2018: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 POPAI District 5 Representative Melanie Pitstick is serving as the Election Committee Chair. The Intent to Run form must be sent to Melanie by July 6, 2018 (postmarked, emailed, or faxed).  The form […]

Redefining the Role of Probation and Parole Officers to Combat Recidivism

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In Public Safety


Leischen Stelter

Every year, it’s estimated that 650,000 offenders are released from the nation’s prisons, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. However, national recidivism rates remain high, with some studies finding that two-thirds of inmates are re-arrested. Upon release, many ex-prisoners are supervised by probation and parole officers (POs) who have an opportunity to help offenders make positive […]

Moving Forward with Evidence Based Pretrial Practices

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Indiana Court Times


Mary Kay Hudson

Part One of Three Introduction Since the Supreme Court adopted Criminal Rule (CR) 26 in September 2016, the Pretrial Committee, the Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) Policy Team, and the Indiana Office of Court Services (IOCS) have diligently worked with 11 counties to implement CR 26 and other evidence based pretrial practices. Here are […]

Members Only: April 2018 JRAC Minutes

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POPAI Members with a log in can see the April 2018 JRAC Meeting Minutes

Dealing with Out-of-State Offenders

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Indiana Court Times


Jane Seigel and Jenny Bauer

Adult and Juvenile Interstate Compacts How many times has an out-of-state offender appeared in your courtroom for sentencing? Do you know what to do if the out-of-state offender is to be sentenced for a felony? Consider the following example: an offender from Illinois appears in your Court for sentencing on a felony Operating a Vehicle […]

Legislators question trying juveniles as adults after Noblesville shooting

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The Indiana Lawyer


Katie Stancombe and Associated Press

Indiana leaders are questioning current state law that prevents juveniles from being charged as adults one day after a prosecutor said a 13-year-old Noblesville school shooting suspect would not be tried because of his age. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said in a statement Wednesday lawmakers plan to review current state law concerning juveniles not […]

Officers knock on doors of sex offenders to check for violations

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Brian Hamrick

Dearborn County, Ind. — More than three dozen registered sex offenders in Dearborn County got a rude awakening as officers began knocking on doors not long after sunrise Tuesday. “We want to make sure, number one, that they’re following the rules, but two, that they’re not committing new offenses,” said Dearborn County Probation Officer Karrisa […]

Justices let ruling stand that reserves right to request misdemeanor juries to defendants

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The Indiana Lawyer


Olivia Covington

An Indiana Court of Appeals ruling that reserved the right to demand a jury trial in misdemeanor cases to defendants has been upheld after the Indiana Supreme Court declined to hear the state’s challenge to that ruling. The Court of Appeals’ February decision in State of Indiana v. Latasha Bonds, 49A02-1704-CR-770, interpreted Indiana Rule of Criminal Procedure 22 […]

Federal grant expands southern Indiana family drug court

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Insider Louisville


Joe Sonka

A family drug court in southern Indiana has received a $2.1 million federal grant to expand its services, which could help reunite an estimated 175 families over the next five years. Judge Vicki Carmichael has run the Clark County Family Treatment Drug Court for seven years with only one county-paid employee, but the new five-year […]

2018 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Winner: Naara Olivero

POPAI provides a scholarship every year in memory of Probation Officer Donald “Charley” Knepple. Charley lost his life on April 28, 1997, while performing his probation officer duties in Allen County, Indiana. In an effort to honor an outstanding professional and to promote further professionalism, POPAI selected a scholarship that would encourage continued education and […]

How I’m Preparing for Parole After 27 Years in Prison

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The Marshall Project


Lawrence Bartley

“With my new lease on life, I still remember the one I took.” Soon, I will walk out of prison for the first time in 27 years. I’ve been preparing for this day for so long, I know exactly how it’ll go: My wife will pick me up at the gates of Sing Sing, and […]

How One Probation Agency Developed a Program Designed to Connect Probationers to High-Wage Jobs

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Rand Corporation

by Dionne Barnes-Proby, Priscillia Hunt, Lisa Jonsson, Samantha Cherney

by Dionne Barnes-Proby, Priscillia Hunt, Lisa Jonsson, Samantha Cherney

This report is one component of a larger RAND project aimed at addressing income inequalities faced by workers with criminal records. Given the labor market challenges faced by people with criminal convictions, it can be challenging for probation agencies to help their clients find jobs, let alone earn living wages. This report summarizes findings from […]

Opioids Fueling Drug Crisis (Mentions Sullivan and Knox County)

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My Wabash Valley


Dana Winklepleck

View original article for video featuring Sullivan County CPO Barb Lance. Opioids are fueling a drug abuse crisis. The pills, aimed a treating pain, kill roughly two people everyday in Indiana. In fact, the latest figures show 66 percent of all drug overdose deaths in the United States are caused by opioids. The staggering problem […]

Former Indiana school official gets jail after locker room camera found

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Chicago Tribune


Aprile Rickert

A former New Albany middle school administrator will serve jail time for voyeurism at school. Paul Raake, a former vice principal at Scribner Middle School, where he was employed for more than 40 years, has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to a level 6 felony for voyeurism. Floyd County Circuit […]

Intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community

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Indiana Court Times


Lisa Manning

Early this year, the founder of Miss Transgender America, Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, was found dead in her home after being stabbed and beaten to death by her husband. In an interview with police, Mark Steele-Knudslien said he “snapped” after arguing with his wife. Intimate partner violence is as prevalent in the LGBTQ community as in […]

John Legend and Rashad Robinson: End money bail now

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John Legend and Rashad Robinson

(CNN) – No one should have to stay in jail because they lack the money to buy their freedom. Yet every night, according to the Justice Department’s statistics, nearly 450,000 people who have not been convicted of a crime sit in jail, a large number trapped there simply because they don’t have enough money to post bail. […]

Bail reform’s complex relationship with tech

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Megan Rose Dickey

On any given day in the United States, more than 450,000 people are behind bars awaiting their constitutionally mandated fair trial. None of them have been convicted of a crime — they’ve been accused of committing a crime, but no formal ruling of guilt or innocence has been made. That means these hundreds of thousands […]

Bail-bond industry suffers another blow as Facebook and Google ban ads

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NBC News


Jon Schuppe

Google and Facebook, the world’s most dominant online-advertising companies, will no longer take money from America’s for-profit bail bond agencies, siding with a growing national movement to eliminate cash bail from the criminal justice system. The two tech giants said this week that their decisions to block bail-bond ads were part of a broader effort to […]

North Carolina police find $90 million worth of liquid meth in semi-truck; 2 arrested

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Fox 59


Tribune Media Wire

LINDEN, N.C. — Two men were arrested after more than $90 million worth of liquid methamphetamine was found in a semi-truck in North Carolina. WTVD reported that the truck was being driven by 49-year-old Raul Topete Arreola and 48-year-old Aquileo Perez Pineda. Each has been charged with three counts of trafficking meth. There was a […]

Oklahoma prisons overflow as inmates say ‘no’ to parole

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StateImpact Oklahoma


Quinton Chandler

Baby Roman is just waking up from his afternoon nap and now he’s looking for a toy. His grandfather, Frank McCarrell, is trying to distract him from the house’s décor with a bottle of milk. “He don’t usually be asleep this time,” said McCarrell, who just finished his workday to babysit for his daughter. “When […]

IU McKinney professor to testify before Senate on opioid crisis

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The Indiana Lawyer


IL Staff

An Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor is headed to Washington, D.C., to testify before the U.S. Senate about his work combatting the ongoing opioid crisis.

Study: Opioid crisis costs Indiana $11 million daily

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Daily Reporter


The economic impact to Indiana from opioid misuse is more than $4 billion annually, or about $11 million a day, according to a study published by a Columbus professor and an Indiana University student. In Hancock County, the total cost over the 15-year study period — from 2003 to 2017 — was $500 million, the […]

Man’s contempt order for bail violation reversed on appeal

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The Indiana Lawyer


Dave Stafford

A northern Indiana trial court’s contempt order against a man who violated a condition of bail was an abuse of discretion, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, reversing the order. Cameron Hunter was released on bail pending criminal charges against him before Kosciusko Superior Judge David C. Cates. At a plea hearing, Hunter sought […]

2019 Probation Officer Minimum Salary Schedule

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The Indiana Office of Court Services


The 2019 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers is posted to the Indiana Office of Court Service’s website in the probation section (under Salary Materials). 2019 PO Salary Schedule

Applications Open for New Innovation Fund Grants

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There is tremendous local-level innovation occurring across the country aimed at reducing incarceration and making the criminal justice system more fair and effective at protecting communities. To support such innovative thinking nationwide, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has partnered with the Urban Institute to launch the Innovation Fund. The purpose of the Innovation Fund is to […]

Landis, longtime head of Public Defender Council, to retire in July

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The Indiana Lawyer


Olivia Covington

Despite working on Indiana public defense reforms for 41 years, there are still goals Larry Landis wishes he could have accomplished before his impending retirement from the Indiana Public Defender Council. In a perfect world, Landis said his career would have led to more judicial sentencing discretion, a greater focus on mental health treatment, and […]

Report Calls for Reforming Juvenile Probation

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Public News Service


Andrea Sears, Public News Service - PA

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report says reforming probation practices for juveniles could increase their chances for success. In the past 20 years, juvenile justice system reforms have led to far fewer young people being held in juvenile detention centers. But the report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation says little has changed in the […]

Ind. Woman Admits Killing Young Mom and Taking Her Baby After Posing as Child Welfare Worker

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Jeff Truesdell

An Indiana woman has pleaded guilty and faces 30 years in prison for killing a young mother and then claiming the victim’s infant daughter as her own. Prosecutors said Geraldine R. Jones, 39, murdered 23-year-old Samantha Fleming, of Anderson, after posing as an employee of the Indiana Department of Child Services and arriving at Fleming’s […]

Settlement allows children to visit Allen County Jail inmates

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The Indiana Lawyer


Dave Stafford

A settlement in a federal lawsuit ends a policy that prohibited Allen County Jail inmates from receiving visits from their children, among other agreed changes. Settlement terms of the class action Ronald Ward and Samuel Chinnis v. David Gladieux, in his official capacity as Allen County Sheriff, 1:16-cv-99, end a complaint brought on behalf of […]

2018 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run


It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2018: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 POPAI District 5 Representative Melanie Pitstick is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent to Run Form The Intent to Run form must be sent to Melanie by July 6, 2018 (postmarked, emailed, […]

IU researchers release recommendations to combat Indiana’s opioid addictions crisis

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Indiana University


Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As the opioid crisis deepens across the country, researchers at Indiana University have released a series of research-driven, potential solutions. Their report is part of the university’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge initiative. The researchers call for broader and more robust harm-reduction strategies, programs to reduce the stigma of substance use […]

Remembering Judge Scheibenberger (Allen County)

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HONORABLE KENNETH ROBERT SCHEIBENBERGER, 69, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Born on Sunday, Jan. 16, 1949, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Robert G. Scheibenberger, who survives, and the late Marilyn J. (Rouch) Scheibenberger. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was a proud […]

Cuomo restores voting rights to all 35,000 parolees in New York

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NBC News


Jane C. Timm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he was granting conditional pardons to every parolee in the state — 35,000 — to restore their voting rights. Cuomo, facing a primary challenge from the left from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon, made an end-run around the state Legislature, where Republicans had stymied his effort. In […]

Novato (California) man ascends from drug court to law school

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Marin Independent Journal


Gary Klien

In Marin County’s drug court, failure is common and disastrous, while success is measured in relatively modest terms: steady employment, sobriety, abstinence from crime. Michael Fielding took the success concept to a higher level. He got himself admitted to law school on a full scholarship. Fielding, who graduated from the drug court program last week […]

Ind. Supreme Court Case Illustrates Challenges With Juvenile Justice System

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WFYI Indianapolis


Barbara Brosher

The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Friday in a case that raises questions about what avenues juveniles have for seeking relief if they think their cases weren’t handled properly. The case illustrates larger challenges with Indiana’s juvenile justice system, because kids don’t have the same avenues for relief as adults in the criminal justice system. […]

DeKalb County seeking Chief Probation Officer

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POPAI Jobs Page


DeKalb County is seeking a Chief Probation Officer. Find full details on our jobs page or in this document.

Nominate Your Team – Statewide Opioid Summit, July 25

Each county should select a team lead judge to designate team members and complete this nomination form by May 4 to send a judicial officer, prosecutor, public defender, law enforcement officer, probation officer, Department of Child Services representative, and medication assisted treatment provider to the Summit. See this updated flyer for more information. (Flyer updated July […]

Veterans court aims to help troubled vets in Howard County

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Eric Feldman

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — Some veterans in trouble with the law will have the chance to avoid jail time by participating in a new program to help steer their lives in the right direction. It’s called veterans court. It’s already being done in several places around the state, including Marion and Hamilton counties, but a […]

New Team Members and Promotions in the IDOC Community Corrections Division

based on an email from Kristen Banschbach

April 12, 2018

Karen Oeding

Newest Team Members Lauren Moore, Southeast Program Director Lauren began with IDOC in August 2015 as an intern with PEN Industries.  After finishing her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety at IUPUI in December 2015, she worked as a program director with PEN for 2 years.

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 […]

Administrative Rule 9 Benchcard

IOCS has developed an Administrative 9 Benchcard that can provide some quick answers to questions about this complicated rule. Contact Jeff Wiese for questions.

SAMHSA launches Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center to equip clinicians, strengthen communities

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched an Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center (Resource Center) that aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center, at, contains a collection […]

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $23.7 million in grants to treat serious mental illness

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for its Assertive Community Treatment grants. The grants will be used to improve behavioral health outcomes by reducing the rates of hospitalization and death for people with a serious mental illness (SMI). SAMHSA expects that the program will also reduce the rates of […]

Trailblazing Judge Patricia Gifford leaves strong legacy

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

Retired Marion Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford, the sixth woman to sit as a trial judge in the state of Indiana and one of the first women in the country to be assigned to prosecute only sex offense cases, died April 8 in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida. She was 79.

Fake urine lets people cheat drug tests

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The Journal Gazette


Washington Post

Indiana among 18 states to ban it as concerns rise As part of a routine drug test, Adam Randall handed a vial of yellow liquid to a probation officer. Although it looked like a urine sample from the 31-year-old – who was required to submit to testing after a previous conviction – authorities in Queensbury, […]

Program here allows inmates to focus on education (Switzerland County)

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The Switzerland Democrat

Though a cooperative effort from entities here in Switzerland County and the area, a program that helps people who are incarcerated get their high school equivalency diplomas. Switzerland County Probation Officer Jeff Theetge says that the county is working in conjunction with River Valley Resources to provide the program. “We have been working with River […]

Indiana Appellate court upholds CHINS adjudication for New Jersey boy

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The Indiana Lawyer

April 9, 2018

Olivia Covington

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the adjudication of a New Jersey child as a child in need of services after finding the child’s mother waived her argument that an Indiana trial court lacked personal jurisdiction over her and her child. After she was dispatched to a Marion County bus station on a report […]

Justices reverse ‘unreasonable’ probation internet restriction

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The Indiana Lawyer


Olivia Covington

A Tippecanoe County man convicted of incest with his teenage niece will have one of his probation conditions revisited after the Indiana Supreme Court determined the condition requiring him to get permission to access the internet was not reasonably related to his crime. In Kristopher L. Weida v. State of Indiana, 79S02-1711-CR-687, 34-year-old Kristopher Weida […]

Synthetic pot warning issued as number of users experiencing severe bleeding jumps to 32

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Chicago Tribune


Kate Thayer

State and local health officials have issued a warning about a synthetic pot in Illinois that has caused users to experience severe bleeding. On Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that 32 people in the past few weeks visited emergency rooms with severe bleeding after using a synthetic cannabinoid product. That’s up from […]

Indiana Supreme Court OKs garnishing bail bonds to pay noncourt debts

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Northwest Times


Dan Carden

INDIANAPOLIS — Criminal defendants who post a cash bond to be released from jail before trial might not get that money back — even when they show up for trial — if a creditor of any kind obtains a civil court order to garnish the bond. In a case of first impression, the Indiana Supreme […]

Statewide Opioid Seminar on MAT Training: Save the Date Newsletter

Save the Date Statewide Opioid Seminar on MAT Training will be held on July 25, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center. Every county should send a multi-disciplinary team. Details in a PDF document.

2018 Legislative Session Digest


Court Services

Civil  Administration of overdose intervention drugs (S.E.A. 13, P.L. 4) Civil forfeiture (S.E.A. 99, P.L. 47) Scleral tattooing (S.E.A. 158, P.L. 50) Uniform business organizations (S.E.A. 180, P.L. 52) Emotional support animals (S.E.A. 240, P.L. 162) Order to repair tax sale property (S.E.A. 296, P.L. 99) Regulation of abortion and newborn safety devices (S.E.A. 340, […]

Training educates educators on how teen brains work

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Pal-Item Part of the USA Today Network


Mike Emery

WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. — Teenagers are indeed different from adults. They think differently. Their emotions drive them differently. They act differently. Therefore, it makes sense to treat them differently than adults. Three Teaching the Teen Brain training sessions this month taught this to Wayne County educators and education administrators. Sponsored by the Wayne County Probation […]

COA Remands for Clarification of Vague Probation Conditions

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Indiana Lawyer


Olivia Covington

The Vigo Superior Court must provide a man convicted of resisting and spitting on local law enforcement officers with a written list of his specific probation conditions after the Indiana Court of Appeals found discrepancies and vagueness in the conditions provided. In Dustin McCarty v. State of Indiana, 84A04-1707-CR-1599, a Terre Haute police officer encountered Dustin […]

Indiana 1st in Country to Use Software to Connect those with Addiction to Drug Treatment

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Indianapolis Star


Shari Rudavsky

Linking people with substance use disorders to the treatment they need to kick their addiction has just become easier in Indiana. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Thursday announced a new partnership with a software platform that can help social workers find openings at treatment facilities. The partnership, funded by money from the 21st Century Cures […]

Administration of Overdose Intervention Drug

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Court Services


March 28, 2018 by Court Services S.E.A. 13, P.L. 4 Effective: July 1, 2018 Provides that community corrections officers and probation officers may administer an overdose intervention drug. Requires community corrections officers and probation officers to report the use of an overdose intervention drug to the emergency ambulance service responsible for reporting the use to […]

Indiana Office of Court Services Issues Memo Regarding Quarterly Reports

To: Circuit, Superior, and Probate Courts, City and Town Courts, Marion County Small Claims Courts From: Jeffrey S. Wiese, Deputy Director of Legal Support Date: March 14, 2018 New Procedure for Courts with Late Quarterly or Annual Statistical Reports Ind. Administrative Rule 1 and Ind. Administrative Rule 2 require courts and probation departments to file […]

Justice Services Conference, May 9-11

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The Justice Services Conference will be held May 9-11, 2018. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Severin Hotel, Indianapolis, IN 46225, at a group rate of $119/night. This conference is open to probation officers and their supervising judge, court alcohol and drug program judges, program directors, program staff and education facilitators […]

Missing: Criminal Justice Data

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New York Times


Amy Bach

Criminal justice data in this country is hard to come by. It can be messy and difficult to understand. And in many cases, the data doesn’t exist at all. How many people are in jail? For what crimes? For how long? Are people in jail mostly awaiting trial? Are they there for being unable to […]

MRNISO Spring Training

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE SPRING CONFERENCE! WHEN: Friday, April 13, 2018 WHERE: The Hornet Park Community Center in Beech Grove, IN WHO: Special guest featuring Patty Wetterling! Patty is the mother of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted at the age of 11, by a masked gunman on October 22, 1989 near his home […]

The Homeless-Campus Concept Catches On

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Governing: the States and Localities


J.B. Wogan

As homelessness rises nationwide, Las Vegas is taking a gamble on a new way of helping the homeless. But some say it’s money that could be better spent. On a single night in January last year, almost 6,500 people were counted as homeless in Clark County, Nev., and about 67 percent of them were sleeping […]

Sentence upheld for woman amid tooth cream drug defense

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Kokomo Tribune


Scott L. Miley

INDIANAPOLIS — A Madison County woman who claimed that some of the illegal drugs found in her system were from an uncle’s tooth cream had her probation violation upheld Friday by the Indiana Court of Appeals. Ashlee K. Pierce, 34, of Alexandria had appealed her two-year sentence for probation violation from Madison Circuit Court. The […]

DePauw frat partners with probation departments to teach interviewing skills

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When a co-worker at Putnam County Adult Probation spoke about a problem one of her clients was facing recently, case manager Kelli Stevens had the seed of an idea. Probation officer Malachi Taylor was meeting with a client, speaking with her about the need for a job in order to move forward for both the […]

COA upholds denial of race-based Batson challenge

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The Indiana Lawyer

March 16, 2018

Olivia Covington

A Madison County man who alleged the state challenged a potential juror for race-based reasons has lost his appeal, with the Indiana Court of Appeals finding the record of the robbery trial does not support the argument that the juror was released because he was black. In Steven Wade Childress v. State of Indiana, 48A02-1707-CR-1658, Steven […]

Apply for the 2018 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award

Submit your application to be considered for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award. The winner will be announced at the 2018 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference in May. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will be awarded $2,500.00 to help pay for their costs in continuing his or her education pursing a Masters […]

Members Only Content: Legislative Update

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I’ve posted the most recent report from The LegisGroup in the Members Only area (log in required). It includes those bills you’ve been watching that remained alive into the second half of the session. With that report, you can see the point in the process at which any now-bills died. Problems logging in? Just email […]

Webb: K2 isn’t synthetic marijuana. But chemically, it’s a mystery

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Evansville Courier and Press


Jon Webb

So many people were vomiting, and emergency responders didn’t know why. Eight people between Second and Third avenues in Evansville were found sick, unconscious or a mix of the two last Thursday. Fearing some kind of mass overdose, the Evansville Fire Department administered Narcan, but it didn’t work. After speaking to the victims, police and […]

Indiana State Police make arrest after man is stabbed while playing ‘game’ on MegaBus

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Fox 59 News


SEYMOUR, Ind. – Two people were arrested after police say a man was stabbed while “playing a game” on a MegaBus traveling through Indiana. Officers with the Seymour Police Department and Indiana State Police troopers responded to a stabbing report around 6 a.m. on Tuesday. According to investigators, the stabbing occurred while the bus was […]

April 2018 Training Opportunities for Probation Management Staff

2018 POPAI Management Training includes training for CPOs, Assistant CPOs and supervisory level staff. These trainings are specifically for those who are in supervisory level positions. More details including a link for full information, registration, and easy online payment. Vendors welcome on April 13, more information.

Legislative Update: CBD oil and industrial hemp

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Indiana Courts


Court Services

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law heard HB 1214 sponsored by Sen. Young on CBD oil and industrial hemp. The bill repeals all provisions concerning the cannabidiol registry and a “substance containing cannabidiol” (all added by HEA 1148-2017) and legalizes CBD oil, repeals superseded provisions relating to cannabidiol registration, and establishes that there is sufficient […]

Supervising the DV Offender: What I’ve Learned from the Field. An Interview with Sara Mahoney

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Justice Clearinghouse


Christina McCale

Domestic Violence offenders require a different approach to supervising them. Cunning and often manipulative, they can be among the most challenging of probationers to supervise. Join us March 22, as Sara Mahoney returns to discuss:  the tactics/characteristics of a DV Offender and a victim how these characteristics impact the ongoing supervision of the offender, the advantage […]

96% of DUI offenders wearing SCRAM device remain sober last year in Lancaster County (PA)

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Fox 43



LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.– Over 96 percent of DUI offenders in Lancaster wearing alcohol-detection devices are avoiding alcohol, according to recently-released data. In 2017, 745 people on bail conditions or probation/parole in Lancaster County wore a SCRAM device under the county’s DUI repeat offender program. Only 25 people violated the conditions by having a drink, according […]

SAMHSA publishes guidance on clinical best practices using medication-assisted treatment to combat the opioid epidemic

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is publishing guidance today to help broaden healthcare professionals’ understanding of medications that can be used to treat Americans with opioid use disorder (OUD). “We know that people can and do recover from opioid use disorders when they receive appropriate treatment, and medication-assisted treatment’s success in […]

17 Marion County judges begin new retention process, 3 opt to retire

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

Marion County will start its new judicial selection process next month with the interviews of 17 judges who want to stand for retention in the November 2018 elections. Three other judges — Democrats Thomas Carroll and Rebekah Pierson-Treacy and Republican Michael Keele — have decided to retire at the end of this year. The interviews […]

Probation and Parole

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National Institute of Corrections

Probation is a prison sentence that is suspended on the condition that the offender follow certain prescribed rules and commit no further crimes. Today, probation is a federal, state, and local activity administered by more than 2,000 separate agenices, with nearly 4 million adult offenders under supervision. (Seiter 2014) Parole, both a procedure by which […]

IDOC Community Corrections Division 2018 Course Descriptions and Calendar

The Indiana Department of Correction has released it’s 2018 schedule. Check out these PDF documents for information: IDOC Community Corrections Division Course Descriptions January – June 2018 IDOC Community Corrections Division Training Calendar For more information or to register, look on SharePoint, contact your Regional Representative or Director Shannon Bowling at For a bit […]

A look at treatment court and the road to recovery (video)

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Judge Reynolds is a district court judge for the 1st District Court Lewis and Clark County Montana. He has been on the bench since 2010. In this position, Judge Reynolds presides over the First Judicial District Treatment Court. Prior to his election as judge, Judge Reynolds was a partner in the Helena law firm of […]

Community Service helps non-profits

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The Daily Advocate


Carolyn Harmon

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Adult Probation Department’s Chief Probation Officer James D. Mollette said, it is important that people working community service have buy-in. “We try to instill in them that they are paying it forward in a sense, and helping the community,” he said. “It doesn’t always work; but we try.” According to […]

Indiana Judicial Service Report and Probation Report Available Online

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Indiana Office of Court Services

Details on court operations at the county and appellate level for 2016 are available in the Indiana Judicial Service Report and the Indiana Probation Report. 2016 Indiana Probation Report Summary of 2016 Caseload Data The probation caseload information presented in this report was reported to the IOCS on a quarterly basis.  It reflects the number […]

Jobs around Indiana

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We currently have seven jobs posted on the POPAI website.  Positions are open in Ripley, Monroe, Lawrence, Jasper, Madison, Huntington, and Wayne Counties. The Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties also has jobs posted on their website:  IACCAC Jobs. Please check out the job postings!

Liquid gold: Detox company’s charges for drug screenings much higher than probation department’s

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Herald Times


Laura Lane and Abby Tonsing

Local detox center’s charges for urine tests much higher than probation department’s Urine goes by another name in South Florida. It’s called “liquid gold,” the essence of a billion-dollar industry that’s making people rich. That sea of gold has trickled its way to southern Indiana, where an addiction treatment facility wants to open a detox […]

Pay Your 2018 Membership Dues Online

Karen Oeding

In December, we sent out Department Invoices since so many POPAI Members renew their memberships together. Individuals who aren’t paying with your department and are due for 2018 can either send a check in or use the convenience of paying online with our Membership Application Page and PayPal. Simply click the “Renewal” button, then fill […]

Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) Documents Published by National Institute of Correction

National Institute of Correction

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) announced the final publication of the much anticipated Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) series of documents. They are available now in the NIC library. Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Primer This primer was developed to introduce criminal justice and allied professionals to evidence-based decision making. The Primer can be found […]

Indiana University launches Phase One projects for statewide addictions initiative

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Indiana University


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University School of Nursing Dean and Distinguished Professor Robin Newhouse has announced the Phase One projects of the Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenges initiative. As part of IU’s $50 million commitment to prevent, reduce and treat addictions in Indiana, initial pilot grants feature collaborative teams of faculty members, researchers, community organizations […]

Youth Resources: Encouraging healthy self-esteem in young people

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Evansville Courier and Press


Jessica Fehrenbacher, Special to the Courier & Press

Our current world allows us many opportunities to showcase ourselves and our accomplishments. Social media has made it possible to share aspects of our lives that just years ago would have never been brought to light. As a youth worker (and a parent), we want young people to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas about […]

Lafayette Police Asking for Public’s Help Locating Missing Woman

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Fox News


Update 2/12/18: Alicia has been found safe. LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Lafayette Police Department is asking for the public’s help with locating a missing woman. Alicia Casillas-Faulkner was last seen in the area of Cambridge Estate Apartments in the 3600 block of St Rd 38 E, during the morning of Monday January 29. She is […]

Corrections board approves merger

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Kokomo Perspective

January 29, 2018

Devin Zimmerman

Probation, corrections merger hoped to help with caseload overload Big changes are in the works for the local judicial system. Last week the Howard County Community Corrections Advisory Board unanimously approved an agreement aimed at merging the local probation and community corrections department. With the probation department bogged down by high caseloads, officials hope the […]

Walmart offers free opioid disposal product.

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Walmart will offer a drug disposal product — for free — to pharmacy customers as part of an effort to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, the retail giant said Wednesday. The product, a powder called DisposeRX, is meant to be used by customers who no longer need their prescription painkillers or are concerned that […]

With two inmates, Howard Co. work release center up and running

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Kokomo Tribune

January 25, 2018

George Myers

The Howard County work release center has accepted its first two inmates, bringing an end to months of anticipation and speculation about the much-debated program. The center, housed in the former county jail on Berkley Road, received its first inmate Wednesday and its second Thursday, and has already displayed, in a small way, the effect […]

Unintended consequences: Investigation reveals why drug court enrollment is declining

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Deseret News


Gillian Friedman

Editor’s note: The illicit drug trade is undergoing a seismic shift, with Utah in the middle of the deadly impact of opioids. This is another in an ongoing series of stories about this modern-day plague. SALT LAKE CITY — In November, when President Trump’s bipartisan commission on the opioid crisis issued its report, it recommended […]

Holcomb extends CBD oil order through legislative session

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Indiana Lawyer


Rob Burgess

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Friday extended the moratorium on seizures of CBD oil from retailers’ shelves — as well Indiana State Excise Police’s education period on products derived from cannabis — while lawmakers consider bills regulating those products. “I said back in November that I was open to extending the education period on CBD oil […]

With years of combined experience, sheriff hopefuls outline visions for office

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Greenfield County Reporter


Samm Quinn

GREENFIELD — Area residents packed the county courthouse annex Wednesday to hear from candidates in one of the most hotly contested races this election season. The Hancock County Young Republicans conducted a special forum Wednesday night, inviting the public to hear from the Republican candidates running in May’s primary for sheriff. No Democrats have announced […]

Opioid Epidemic: 10 Indiana cities suing pharmaceutical companies

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Indy Star


Ryan Martin

Noblesville was among several Indiana cities and counties to legally confront opioid companies this week, joining the likes of Indianapolis, Bloomington, Lafayette and others that already have filed lawsuits or announced intentions to do so. The rush of new suits came from Greenwood, Fort Wayne, Muncie, Kokomo, Terre Haute, Atlanta, Jennings County and Vigo County. But the […]

Home detention matters

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Legislative Update Published by the Indiana Office of Court Services


Court Services

The Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard HB 1034 authored by Rep. Lehman on home detention matters. The bill eliminates the requirement that a period of home detention ordered as a condition of probation must be at least 60 days. Adds to the list of activities that a home detention offender may engage in outside […]

‘We feel like our system was hijacked’: DEA agents say a huge opioid case ended in a whimper

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The Washington Post via MSN News


Leonard Bernstein, Scott Higham

After two years of painstaking investigation, David Schiller and the rest of the Drug Enforcement Administration team he supervised were ready to move on the biggest opioid distribution case in U.S. history. The team, based out of the DEA’s Denver field division, had been examining the operations of the nation’s largest drug company, McKesson Corp. […]

Bangert: As DCS roils in Indy, local advocates for neglected kids ‘soldier on’

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Journal & Carrier


Dave Bangert

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – By all accounts, it was just a normal day Wednesday in the fourth-floor courtroom of Tippecanoe Superior 3, where the county’s child neglect cases are heard. Sixty miles to the south, Indiana House and Senate leaders were gaveling in the 2018 General Assembly session Wednesday afternoon with a vow that they weren’t […]

Appellate Court Affirms Battery Conviction, Probation Condition

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Olivia Covington

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a man’s battery conviction and probationary prohibition on possession of a firearm, finding the trial court did not err in the process of hearing testimony and imposing a sentence. In Robert Wilder v. State of Indiana, 49A02-1706-CR-1420, Robert Wilder operated a food truck next to an Indianapolis restaurant […]

POPAI Board Meeting Minutes

The POPAI Board meets monthly. All meetings are listed on the Meeting Minutes Page. The most recent January 2018 Meeting has been published.

Annual State of the Judiciary Address 2018: “A Hope-Filled Future”

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(Article link includes full video) Introduction Governor Holcomb, Lt. Governor Crouch, Members of the General Assembly, State leaders, and Judges, welcome to the 2018 State of the Judiciary. Today I fulfill my constitutional responsibility of reporting on Indiana’s judiciary, which I am pleased to say is renewed, respected, and resolved. In a word, strong. Let’s […]

Divided COA again allows sentence modification in fixed-sentence agreement

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The Indiana Lawyer


Olivia Covington

A divided panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals has ordered a trial court to reconsider a sentence modification for an offender who agreed to a fixed-sentence plea agreement, a ruling that goes against proposed legislation currently pending before an Indiana Senate committee. However, in his first writing as an appellate senior judge, former Indiana […]

Legal sports betting in Indiana anticipated by lawmaker’s bill

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The Indy Star


Mark Alesia

An Indiana Senate bill filed Friday would allow the state’s riverboats, racinos and their satellite facilities to offer legal sports betting if federal prohibitions are lifted. SB 405, introduced by Sen. Jon Ford, R-Terre Haute, follows similar bills or laws in at least 10 other states. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on […]

Howard County Drug Epidemic: A New Pursuit

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Kokomo Tribune


Cody Neuenschwander

KOKOMO – Tyler Sparger knows exactly where he would be today if he never beat his addiction – in fact he didn’t even need to wait for the entire question to be asked. “Dead,” was his fast, blunt response. Sparger has been clean since around April 2016, and has a dream of becoming an attorney. […]

This is opioid addiction: A Herald-Times special report

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Herald Times


Laura Lane

Forty-eight people died in Monroe County from accidental heroin and opioid overdoses in the past two and a half years. Thirty-five happened over two years. Sixteen in 2015. Nineteen in 2016. During the first six months of 2017, opioid overdoses claimed the lives of another 13 people in Monroe County. And more have died since. […]

Odd Indiana crimes of 2017: Brains and vodka, fast cars, and Uber or ER?

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The Indy Star


Ryan Martin

A drunken-driving arrest involving human organ samples. A shooting victim who called Uber. An underwear thief. Crimes are rarely a laughing matter. Occasionally, though, they’re unusual. Here are five that were particularly memorable from the past year. BRAINS, LIVERS AND VODKA In September police made a drunken-driving arrest in Morgan County after a witness said a Nissan Titan was […]