Monthly Archives: June 2019

New Analysis Shows How Parole and Probation Violations Significantly Impact States’ Prison Populations and Budgets

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The Council of State Governments Justice Center


The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff

 New data released today by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center reveal the startling extent to which probation and parole violations contribute to states’ high prison admissions and populations, as well as the subsequent cost to taxpayers. The report — Confined and Costly: How Supervision Violations Are Filling Prisons and Burdening Budgets […]

How Chicago Women Created The World’s First Juvenile Justice System

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Quinn Myers

Today, if you’re under 18 and charged with a crime, your case will likely be decided, and punishment meted out, through a legal system designed for minors. But until the beginning of the 20th century, kids under the age of 18 were tried — and jailed or imprisoned — alongside adults. That is, until the […]

Suspects charged in judges’ shooting, judge also charged with felony battery

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The Indiana Lawyer


A Clark County judge and the two men initially suspected of shooting two judges in May have been charged with felonies related to the shooting. Charges against Clark Circuit Judge Andrew Adams and Indianapolis residents Brandon Kaiser and Alfredo Vazquez were filed Friday. Adams is charged with two counts of felony battery, four counts of misdemeanor battery […]

Illinois becomes the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana

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Veronica Stracqualursi

Illinois is now the 11th state in the United States to legalize the purchase and possession of recreational marijuana. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill Tuesday that allows adults 21 and over in the state to buy and possess small amounts of the drug. Adults will be able to purchase and possess 30 grams […]

Henry, Madison counties considering possible shared jail

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The Indiana Lawyer


Associated Press

Officials from two central Indiana counties are considering the possibility of opening a regional jail that they would share. County council members from Madison and Henry counties are expected to meet soon to discuss the process for what could be combined 800-bed facility. State Rep. Thomas Saunders of New Castle told The Herald Bulletin of […]

Lake County juvenile probation program undergoing transformation

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Northwest Indiana Times


Sarah Reese

CROWN POINT — After reducing the number of children held in juvenile detention by more than 70 percent since 2010, Lake County now is shifting its focus to better preparing kids on probation for adulthood. Lake Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak said he has given juvenile probation officers a clear directive to “treat (clients) as […]

‘Wake-Up Call’ About A Broken System: New Study Shows Failings Of Probation, Parole

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Carrie Johnson

Nearly half the people admitted to state prisons in the U.S. are there because of violations of probation or parole, according to a new nationwide study that highlights the personal and economic costs of the practice. The Council of State Governments Justice Center said the majority of these violations are for “minor infractions,” such as failing a […]

Knepple Scholarship Applicants: Send in your form soon

Applicants for the Knepple Scholarship should act quickly and apply on or before July 12, 2019 More information including the downloadable application Questions? Contact Bob Schuster, Chair of Awards and Recognition Committee at 219-326-6808 Ext. 2511 or your POPAI District Representative.

Report: Indiana opioid prescriptions fell by 35% since 2013

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The Indiana Lawyer


Associated Press

A national report says opioid prescriptions in Indiana have decreased by 35.1 percent over five years. The American Medical Association Opioid Task Force 2019 Progress Report shows Indiana’s reduction in opioid prescriptions from 2013 to 2018 is two percentage points higher than the national average of 33 percent.

Deadline for Intent To Run Forms approaches

Please submit your Intent to Run in the 2019 POPAI Elections soon, the deadline is Sunday July 7, 2019. Up for election in 2019: Vice-President Treasurer District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 POPAI District 6 Representative Andria Geigle, is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent to Run Form The Intent to Run […]

7th Circuit rules DOC sex offender program violates Constitution

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

Finding the disclosures provide information that any law enforcement agent “would love to have,” the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Indiana’s requirement that sex offender inmates give detailed accounts of their past actions violates the Constitution’s protections against self-incrimination. Donald Lacy, a sex offender inmate in the Indiana Department of Correction, filed a class […]

The FDA Just Approved the First Generic Nasal Spray to Reverse Opioid Overdoses

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Jamie Ducharme

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced that it granted final approval to the first generic naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray, which can be used to reverse opioid overdoses. The approval is part of the FDA’s wider effort to make tools for stopping or preventing opioid overdoses more accessible and widely used. The agency […]

No charges for personal drug possession: Seattle’s bold gamble to bring ‘peace’ after the war on drugs

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The Washington Post


Justin Jouvenal

SEATTLE — Police officers sprang from a black patrol van on a recent day, surrounding two men smoking crack on a gritty downtown block. The officers asked for ID and confiscated a homemade pipe fashioned from glass and surgical hose.. Such stops have played out for decades on the front lines of the war on […]

Prosecutor, probation officer disagree on sentencing in drug case

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Greenfield Reporter


HANCOCK COUNTY — If the sentencing is handed down the way deputy prosecutor David Thornburg believes it should be, a couple who were involved in a drug overdose in a Greenfield motel room will face jail time. Grant Hoefener, 33, Indianapolis, and his wife, Crystal Lee, 28, Anderson, were scheduled to be sentenced on multiple […]

Re-Making Bail

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CBS News

June 2, 2019

Sari Aviv

“Anger got the better of me,” said Bill Peyser, who took what was meant to be a noise complaint to another level, when he brought the handgun with him. Back in April of 2017, he got so frustrated with his loud neighbors, that instead of just knocking on their door, surveillance cameras captured him pointing […]

APPA Position Paper: Use of Social Media as a Supervision Tool

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American Probation and Parole Association Technology Committee

Social media platforms allow users to engage with each other using the Internet to participate in, comment on, and create content, including photos and videos, as a means of communication. Examples of social media include blogs, social networking sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr and Instagram), and other location-based networks. Social media […]

New Indiana Laws Will Make Accessing Substance Addiction Treatment Easier

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Eagle Country


Mike Perleberg

Senate Enrolled Act 33 and House Enrolled Act 1175 will make it easier for Hoosiers with drug addiction to receive treatment. (Indianapolis, Ind.) – A bill recently signed by Governor Eric Holcomb is expanding the number of opioid treatment centers in Indiana. In 2017, nearly 1,800 Hoosiers died of opioid overdoses, an all-time high for the […]

More states sue opioid maker alleging deceptive marketing

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Andrew Oxford

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California, Hawaii, Maine and the District of Columbia filed lawsuits Monday against the maker of OxyContin and the company’s former president, alleging the firm falsely promoted the drug by downplaying the risk of addiction while it emerged as one of the most widely abused opioids in the U.S. The lawsuits were […]

Illinois is close to legalizing recreational marijuana. Here’s what that means for Indiana.

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Indianapolis Star


Dwight Adams

Indiana could soon have another next-door neighbor that allows recreational marijuana use. Illinois is on the verge of legalizing marijuana with major new legislation that also would expunge criminal records of people with minor pot possession convictions. The Illinois legislature gave final approval to the bill last week, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he […]

Workplace drug use an ongoing challenge

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The Herald Tribune


New resources, including important state workforce recovery guidelines and a supporting video toolkit to assist in their implementation, are now available for Indiana employers dealing with drug use in the workplace. In addition, a new statewide survey finds many employers underestimating the impact on their own organizations and are not seeking tools to help them […]

Prisoner rights case challenges forced labor in private prisons

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The Indiana Lawyer


Olivia Covington

When a defendant is convicted and sentenced to prison, it’s expected that they will be required to work while incarcerated. But a group of inmates at the New Castle Correctional Facility, Indiana’s only privately run state prison, have brought a unique legal challenge that could limit the scope of what inmates at private prisons are […]

Tired Of Being ‘Dope Sick,’ A Drug User Gets Help From Police To Get Sober

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Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

Two key ingredients came together for Shannon McCarty to get off drugs in late 2017: connections and timing. “The police showed up because they said they got a call that we were shooting up in the car,” Shannon said. Everett police officer, Inci Yarkut walked up to window of the car where Shannon was living. […]

Justices reject marijuana ‘pursuit of happiness’ appeal

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The Indiana Lawyer


The state’s high court will not partake in arguments that laws criminalizing marijuana violated a man’s right to the pursuit of happiness, snuffing out his challenge to Indiana’s pot prohibition. Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court last week denied transfer in John L. Solomon v. State of Indiana, 18A-CR-2041, which posed to the court the novel question […]

Former Inmates Are Getting Jobs As Employers Ignore Stigma In Bright Economy

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Jasmine Garsd

In 1998, Ichard Oden committed a crime that got him sent away for two decades. He was 19. He got out of prison in February. Today, he’s a 40-year-old man with very little job experience. As it turns out, Oden is coming back into society at a time when the economy is booming and attitudes […]

Domestic violence coalition to offer training on pro bono victim representation

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Indiana Lawyer


Attorneys interested in receiving training on modest means and pro bono representation of domestic violence victims will have an opportunity to do so at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana next month. The Southern District Court announced the “Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Satellite Attorney Recruitment & Training Program” on Friday. […]