Monthly Archives: August 2019

Susan Rice, Miami County’s CPO Takes Oath of Office as APPA’s Vice President

POPAI’s own Susan Rice takes the Oath of Office as the newly elected Vice President of the American Probation and Parole Association in San Francisco. Election Results The American Probation and Parole Association is pleased to announce the election of new officers and members of its Board of Directors. The newly elected officers are Brian Lovins, […]

Addiction Clinics Market Unproven Infusion Treatments To Desperate Patients

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Jake Harper

Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days. “He was reaching for things, and he was talking to Bill Gates and he was talking to somebody else I’m just certain he hasn’t met,” his mother, Cheryl, says. She remembers finding […]

Elkhart officials announce new whole-family rehab program for juvenile offenders

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Ibrahim Samra

ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) – Officials in Elkhart announced an innovative rehabilitation program on Friday to help juvenile offenders get back on their feet. “Working together is the only way we are going to solve juvenile delinquency,” Elkhart Juvenile Court Magistrate Deborah Domine said. It’s a nationwide problem that officials are trying to solve locally in Elkhart. […]

Loretta Rush Reappointed As Indiana Chief Justice

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Indiana Public Media


Brandon Smith

Loretta Rush will continue to serve as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court for another five years.The state’s Judicial Nominating Commission officially reappointed her Wednesday. Rush’s reappointment as chief justice was a foregone conclusion as the commission formally met with each member of the five-person court. The other justices talked about challenges the court […]

New law lets some defendants’ community service offset court costs

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The Indiana Lawyer


Olivia Covington

In the criminal justice world, indigency is a binary question: you either are, or you aren’t. But the reality is often not so black and white — just because you’re not indigent doesn’t mean you’re not hurting for money. In the gap between people of means and people in poverty, the criminal justice system can […]

Meet Tommy Rieman: POPAI Fall Conference Closing Session Speaker

Tommy Rieman is a decorated Army Veteran, Silver Star Recipient, AND a member of the first graduating class of a Veteran’s Treatment Court in North Carolina. Tommy served 15 years in the US Army as an infantryman and was deployed three times. His favorite job in the Army was his time on a LRS (Long […]

MDMA, or Ecstasy, Shows Promise as a PTSD Treatment

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Will Stone

The first time Lori Tipton tried MDMA, she was skeptical it would make a difference. “I really was, at the beginning, very nervous,” Tipton remembers. MDMA is the main ingredient in club drugs ecstasy or molly. But Tipton wasn’t taking pills sold on the street to get high at a party. She was trying to […]

Last Indiana county open for voluntary e-filing

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The Indiana Lawyer


IL staff

Electronic filing is available in each of Indiana’s 92 counties now that Sullivan County rolled out voluntary e-filing this month. Sullivan Circuit and Superior Courts were the last to make the e-filing transition across Indiana’s 92 counties, implementing voluntary e-filing Friday and concluding the statewide rollout in county courts. E-filing will become mandatory in Sullivan […]

It’s The Go-To Drug To Treat Opioid Addiction. Why Won’t More Pharmacies Stock It?

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Nina Feldman

Louis Morano knows what he needs, and he knows where to get it. Morano, 29, has done seven stints in rehab for opioid addiction in the past 15 years. So, he has come to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city’s overdose crisis. […]

POPAI 2019 Fall Conference: Time to Register and Book Your Room

The Fall Conference is just around the corner. Remember to register and book your stay since the hotel fills up quickly. Plan to arrive around 11 am on Wednesday September 4th so you can check in and attend the Opening Session and Keynote with Harvey Alston at 1 then find a breakout session. On Thursday […]

Habitual offender enhancement in plea not involuntary, COA holds

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Indiana Lawyer


Katie Stancombe

The denial of a prisoner’s petition for post-conviction relief has been upheld after the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded the man’s guilty plea that included a habitual criminal offender enhancement was not involuntary. After Alandus James was charged with Class D felony battery on a child, Class D felony strangulation and Class D felony residential […]

‘I do not understand’: David, Rush publish sharp dissent to CHINS transfer denial

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Indiana Lawyer


Olivia Covington

In a published dissent to a denial of transfer, two Indiana Supreme Court justices had sharp words for the Department of Child Services and the lower courts that, according to the dissent, did not take advantage of an opportunity to “make things right” for a father and his two children. Majority justices Mark Massa, Geoffrey […]

POPAI Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief with Court of Appeals — UPDATE

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UPDATE: The Indiana Supreme Court denied transfer of the case on July 25, 2019.  The Indiana Court of Appeals opinion (in our favor) was certified on July 29, 2019.  Read the Court of Appeals opinion here.     On January 22, 2019, POPAI authorized the filing of an Amicus Curiae brief drafted by counsel hired […]

Bartholomew County Jail to begin new addiction treatment program

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Jennie Runevitch

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — The Bartholomew County Jail has a new plan to battle Indiana’s ongoing problem of drug addiction. They’re advertising for a new position — Jail Addiction Treatment Program Coordinator. That person will work to break a cycle so many communities are dealing with: addiction, arrest, jail, repeat. By late winter, getting locked […]

Meet Harvey Alston: POPAI Fall Conference Keynote Speaker

Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America, Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Harvey Alston brings to the finish line. Harvey Alston has […]

There’s not just corn in Indiana

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The Paper of Montgomery County


Joe LaRue

This summer and spring have been by all accounts the worst summer and spring for farming in quite a while, and not just here in the county. Corn and soybean farmers across Indiana, Ohio and Illinois suffered delayed planting caused by record-setting spring rains. Hoping for the wet to recede but not vanish, some farmers […]

Hemp vs Marijuana: The Difference Explained (2019 Update)

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CBD Origin


Aaron Cadena

The difference between hemp vs marijuana is a subject that is all to often improperly explained.

Lake County Juvenile Court partners with Ivy Tech to prepare kids for adulthood

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Sarah Reese

CROWN POINT — Five boys being held at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center listened intently Monday as Ivy Tech Community College instructor Alicia Hampton walked them through the basics of welding. “I don’t know what to do,” said one boy, the first to try a welding simulator Hampton brought with her. “I’m going to […]

Settlement reached in suit over bail system (Texas)

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Texarkana Gazette


Associated Press

HOUSTON—A settlement that ensures most misdemeanor defendants are quickly released and don’t languish in jail has been reached in a federal lawsuit over the bail system in Texas’ most populous county, officials announced Friday. The bail system in Harris County, where Houston is located, had been deemed unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal, who […]

Indiana Office of Court Services – Justice Services Deputy Director Angie Hensley



MK Hudson

I am pleased to announce that Angie Hensley has been appointed to serve as the IOCS Justice Services Deputy Director. Angie has worked at IOCS as a program coordinator within the Justice Services Division since 2011. Her duties have included developing and conducting evidence-based practice trainings for probation officers and problem solving courts; developing distance […]

Seizures Of Methamphetamine Are Surging In The U.S.

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Martha Bebinger

Methamphetamine, an illegal drug that sends the body into overdrive, is surging through the United States. Federal drug data provided exclusively to NPR show seizures of meth by authorities have spiked, rising 142% between 2017 and 2018. “Seizures indicate increasing trafficking in these drugs,” says John Eadie, public health coordinator for the federal government’s National […]