Author Archives: Karen Oeding

Opioid Crisis: “If you had my problems..”

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Moultrie News

10/7/2020

David Emch

We have spent a lot of time in this series discussing the myths and misconceptions commonly held about alcoholism and addiction. But we have not spent time talking about the myths – or lies – that the alcoholic and addict tell themselves. Curious, I asked numerous recovered alcoholics and addicts for insight, and their responses […]

EXiT Virtual Membership meeting: Training and Idea Sharing

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Executives Transforming Probation and Parole

You are cordially invited to attend the Executives Transforming Probation and Parole Virtual Membership Meeting Please save the date for the next EXiT Virtual Membership meeting, which will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2020 1:00pm-4:00pm, ET. It will be a half day filled with training and idea sharing. Learn more, including a full agenda in […]

Homeless Families Struggle With Impossible Choices As School Closures Continue

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WBOI

10/7/2020

Cory Turner

The closure of school buildings in response to the coronavirus has been disruptive and inconvenient for many families, but for those living in homeless shelters or hotel rooms — including roughly 1.5 million school-aged children — the shuttering of classrooms and cafeterias has been disastrous. For Rachel, a 17-year-old sharing a hotel room in Cincinnati […]

Problem-solving court adapts to COVID-19

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Video by Mary Kay Hudson, Executive Director of Office of Court Services with guests Allen County Court Administrator John McGauley and Judge Frances Gull Some Indiana problem-solving courts have found innovative ways to adapt to COVID-19. Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull and Court Executive John McGauley discuss the importance of strategic planning and creativity […]

Issue brief: Reports of increases in opioid- and other drug-related overdose and other concerns during COVID pandemic

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AMA

10/6/2020

In addition to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the nation’s opioid epidemic has grown into a much more complicated and deadly drug overdose epidemic. The AMA is greatly concerned by an increasing number of reports from national, state and local media suggesting increases in opioid- and other drug-related mortality—particularly from illicitly […]

The Federal Government Releases Tips For Secure Teleworking

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Route Fifty

10/5/2020

Aaron Boyd

The short guide from CISA offers quick tips and links to deeper resources for employees at every level. The mass teleworking required by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is creating new cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exacerbating old ones. In response, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a quick guide to help organizations address these issues at […]

State Receives $25M to Continue Workforce Ready Programs

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Inside Indiana Business

9/24/2020

Wes Mills

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education says the state has received another $25 million in CARES Act funding to continue efforts to upskill more Hoosiers through expanded Next Level Jobs programs. The money is used to help provide training to people who lost their jobs during the pandemic. It can also be used […]

Short Film, Transforming Justice: Rachel Barnard

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Rachel Barnard, a public artist-in-residence, works to provide a safe space for deep listening while inspiring hope through the creation of whimsical, unconventional art space called “Wisdom Pavilions” in a NYC Probation office. The goal of this project to positively shift the departments culture and transform relationships between NYC Department of Probation officers and their […]

A local event caused several COVID infections. Officials won’t say what it is| Webb

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Evansville Courier & Press

10/6/2020

Jon Webb

Here’s the grim way the Vanderburgh County Health Department described a recent event. Few people wore masks. They didn’t socially distance. And as a result, several attendees tested positive for COVID-19, adding to the mountain of cases lording over the Evansville area. The VCHD referenced that event in a statement to Eyewitness News over the […]

Free APPA Webinar: From the Field: Advances in Smartphone Apps for Probation and Parole

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APPA

On Wednesday, October 21, APPA and SCRAM Systems will host a webinar discussing advancements in #smartphone application technology as it relates to probation and parole. What new developments are we seeing? How can it improve your community supervision? Register for this free training at 3 p.m. EDT!

Youth Justice in the Time of COVID-19

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Indiana Court Times

9/14/2020

By Nancy Wever, Director | Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Almost overnight, Indiana’s youth justice systems went from business as usual to remote supervision, virtual interactions, and attending court hearings online. What may have been considered something that would never happen six months ago did happen and will likely permanently shape the operation of youth justice systems. Those who work in youth justice systems—in addition […]

Case Clips: Knight v. State, 20A-CR-268, __ N.E.3d __ (Ind. Ct. App., Sep. 15, 2020)

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Indiana Office of Court Services

9/21/2020

Pyle, J.

James T. Knight (“Knight”)—who is a licensed Indiana attorney and who pled guilty to Class A misdemeanor battery in exchange for the dismissal of two felony criminal confinement charges, a felony domestic battery charge, and a misdemeanor domestic battery charge—appeals the trial court’s order amending the conditions of his probation pursuant to INDIANA CODE § […]

Olmsted County Community Corrections’ Approach to Probation

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Community Corrections has been on a journey to transform our practice of probation and parole. We interviewed parole officers as well as clients of Dodge/Fillmore/Olmstead (DFO) Community Corrections to get stories about their experiences. This short video (8 minutes) shows the impact Olmsted County is making. 

Alexis Stogdill, Probation Officer, Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department Recognized as an Outstanding Mental Health Provider by Mental Health America of Monroe County

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WBIW

9/24/2020

Alexis Stogdill, a Probation Officer in the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department was nominated for an award as an Outstanding Mental Health Provider by Mental Health America of Monroe County (BLOOMINGTON) – Mental Health America of Monroe County presents an online virtual event to recognize our Mental Health Champions and stand-out members of the community. […]

Building Resilience to Prepare for Tomorrow

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Indiana Court Times

9/14/2020

Paige Newland, Learning Consultant/Program Coordinator | Office of Court Services

An emergency like flood, fire, power outage, mold, active human threat—or, as we all now realize, a pandemic—can adversely impact the court system in ways we may not expect. Employee absence, loss of records, technology failure, or facility damage can greatly diminish the effectiveness of the court system and result in the delayed administration of […]

Drunk Driving: It All Begins with the Stop!

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Indiana Court Times

9/14/2020

The Honorable Earl G. Penrod, Senior Judge | Indiana Judicial Outreach Liaison, IOCS Education Division

Scenario: A police officer sees a vehicle pass by, but doesn’t see the driver. The officer doesn’t observe any traffic or improper driving violations, but runs the license plate and learns the registered owner has a suspended operator’s license. The officer stops the vehicle and immediately notices a strong odor of alcohol and multiple signs […]

Juvenile Justice Review Gets Underway

9/17/2020

The Children’s Commission’s preliminary review of Indiana’s juvenile justice system is set to begin with a task force meeting on September 30. Read the Announcement to Counties and Stakeholders (PDF file)

Thanking Brenda Rodeheffer

9/17/2020

After a 40-year accomplished legal career, General Counsel Brenda Rodeheffer is retiring from the Office of Judicial Administration on October 2. The Supreme Court and staff will thank Brenda for her service with a brief, remote ceremony. You are welcome to watch the live webcast at noon ET on September 22. Congratulations on a well-deserved […]

2020 Forward: Strategic Plan (Judicial Conference of Indiana)

Judicial Conference of Indiana

9/17/2020

The Judicial Conference of Indiana has published a new strategic plan to drive improvements to the state’s justice system. The 20-page blueprint urges reform in 7 key areas: access to justice, security, technology, clerk functions, court structure, judicial selection, and centralized funding. Learn more about the Strategic Planning Committee.

Centerstone receives $3.4 million grant to combat opioid crisis

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The Tribune

8/5/2020

Centerstone recently received a Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Center grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration worth $3.4 million over the next four years. Only one of two organizations nationwide to receive the federal grant, Centerstone plans to use the funds to establish the center, which will provide a full spectrum of treatment […]

Jessica Stall: POPAI Rookie of the Year 2020

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9/17/2020

The Rookie Probation Officer of the Year award was established in 2014 to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, have shown the attitude, aptitude, and desire to improve themselves and to develop into leaders among their peers. Judge Lance Hamner describes this year’s winner as a bright, enthusiastic and hard […]

Virtual Convening: The New Juvenile Probation: Lessons from the Frontlines

Virtual Convening: The New Juvenile Probation: Lessons from the Frontlines convening will examine cities and counties across the United States that have revolutionized their approach to juvenile probation. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2:00-3:30, ET, pm. It is sponsored by the Stoneleigh Foundation and the Columbia University Justice Lab. You can […]

POPAI Annual Business Meeting 2020

During the POPAI Annual Meeting on September 16, 2020: Board Members were elected President-Adam McQueen Secretary-Cherie Wood District 2-Heather Malone District 4-Mike Small District 6-Lindsey Villalpando District 8-Mignon Ware POPAI Job Opening announced: Conference Coordinator. Details including essential duties and responsibilities in a PDF document. Send cover letter and resume to Adam McQueen, POPAI President […]

Reminder: Please attend the POPAI Annual Business Meeting via Zoom

9/10/2020

POPAI Board

POPAI will hold its annual business meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.  All members are encouraged to log on to the meeting to learn about the status of the Association and vote on proposed bylaw changes posted here. We’ll also be conducting some random drawings to give away several […]

FREE Webinar with Mark Carey and Susan Burke: Using cognitive tools with youth under community supervision.

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The Carey Group

Join The Carey Group Wednesday,  September 30, 2020, from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm ET for a free webinar series on the use of cognitive tools to improve the success of those on supervision. These webinars will feature national colleagues who have reengineered their policies, practices, and organizational culture to incorporate the use of cognitive tools […]

New federal data: fewer kids in US foster care system

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Wane.com

8/24/2020

The Associated Press

The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has dropped for a second year in a row. That’s according to new federal data which also show that a record number of children in the child welfare system were able to find adoptive homes in 2019. The annual report from the Department of Health […]

Work for POPAI: Conference and Recruitment Coordinator and Membership Coordinator

The POPAI Board is seeking letters of intent and resumes from qualified individuals for two jobs at POPAI. The POPAI Conference and Recruitment Coordinator is responsible for planning, scheduling, coordinating, and implementing training, conferences, and educational opportunities for POPAI. Additionally, this position is responsible for recruiting new probation officer, associate, and corporate members. Download a […]

House will vote on removing cannabis from controlled substances list

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Fox 8

8/29/2020

In September, the House will vote on removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act as well as erasing some marijuana criminal records, The Hill reports. The bill would not legalize cannabis. That choice would still be left up to states. Even though the vote will not legalize the drug, it will still be a historic […]

Two Local Men Helping Addicts Take Steps Toward Recovery

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Times Union Online

8/7/2020

David Slone,

AUBURN – Two men from Kosciusko County, who have battled their own drug addictions, are part of a first-for-northeast Indiana detox treatment center in Auburn. Mickey Ashpole, a Wawasee High School graduate, is the co-founder and executive director of Allendale Treatment. Tommy Streeter, a Warsaw Community High School graduate, is the community outreach coordinator with […]

Young adults’ risks from first-time opioid prescriptions may not be as high as previously thought

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Indiana University Bloomington

8/11/2020

Young adults and adolescents who are prescribed opioids for the first time may be at a slightly greater risk of developing a substance-related problem later in life, according to a new study co-authored by Indiana University researchers. However, the risk may not be as high as previously thought. The study was published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics and […]

Taking up the Torch: Amy Karozos assumes new role as State Public Defender

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Indiana Court Times

5/4/2020

David Sexton

In December 2019, Stephen Owens retired from the position of State Public Defender, after serving for eight years as leader of the office. His full career in the State Public Defender’s Office lasted for over 33 years. The State Public Defender’s Office is a judicial branch agency. The Public Defender is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of […]

Gaps in Reporting Human Trafficking Incidents Result in Significant Undercounting

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National Institute of Justice

8/4/2020

Deficient data on the incidence of human trafficking offenses reflect pervasive issues with incident identification and reporting, a study combining stakeholder interviews and data analysis shows. Crime statistics on human trafficking are only as solid as the crime data informing them. Recent NIJ-supported research reveals that labor and sex trafficking data appearing in the FBI’s […]

United Way Lands $1M Grant to Fight Substance Abuse

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Inside Indiana Business

8/17/2020

Alex Brown

TERRE HAUTE – The United Way of the Wabash Valley has received a three-year $1 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The nonprofit says the funding will be used to expand service delivery for substance use and opioid use disorders in rural areas of Sullivan, Parke and Vermillion counties. The United […]

Holcomb Announces Expanded Peer Recovery Options For Hoosiers

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Eagle Country Online

8/7/2020

Gov. Eric Holcomb, press release

This expansion will add access to trained peer support recovery professionals throughout the Hoosier state. (Indianapolis, Ind.) – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced a partnership between the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction and Mental Health America of Indiana to expand access to trained peer support recovery professionals through the Indiana Recovery Network. […]

At-Risk Youth in Schools: A Wraparound Delinquency Prevention Program Produces Disappointing Results

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National Institute of Justice

9/10/2020

A rigorous evaluation of a well-grounded pilot program to boost the school performance and behavior of at-risk youth and improve safety in Palm Beach, Florida, schools revealed few positive or negative effects. NIJ sponsored the research. On paper, a “wraparound” approach to managing student delinquency while improving school safety makes perfect sense. The idea is […]

COVID-19 means long stretch of stormy weather for people with alcohol and substance use disorders

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

7/14/2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment that is particularly problematic for individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders (ASUD), according to physician scientists at the National Institutes of Health.  In a commentary now online in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the researchers liken the global coronavirus emergency to a “perfect storm,” with dire […]

Civil rights activists, advocates and trailblazers among influential Indiana Women of the Century

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USA Today

8/15/2020

Roberta Heiman

Albion Fellows Bacon In 1909, it would be another 11 years before women gained the right to vote in Indiana. But Albion Fellows Bacon was waiting for the ballot. Her two daughters had contracted scarlet fever that was spreading from Evansville’s overcrowded and dilapidated tenements. Bacon began campaigning for housing reforms and other changes, and […]

New Underage Drinking Trend

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ABC 8 Good Morning Texas

8/7/2020

Rickayla Mitchell



This Year, Give Back: Mentor Someone

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Forbes

12/29/2019

Jon Younger

My writing on the freelance revolution usually starts with a story about an interesting startup, a challenge facing freelancers, or a skill set that characterizes highly successful independent professionals. But, in this last piece of the year, I’m taking liberties by recommending that your 2020 agenda include at least one new responsibility. Mentor someone. Would it […]

More Work to Do: Analysis of Probation and Parole in the United States, 2017-2018

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Columbia Justice Lab

8/13/2020

Kendra Bradner

This research brief offers an initial analysis of newly-released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), which report on the number of people under probation and parole supervision in 2017 and 2018. This brief seeks to put the data into the context of historical and international community supervision trends and to examine supervision rates […]

Virtual Training: Rethinking Community Supervision, Sept. 16 and 17

POPAI is offering a virtual training opportunity in an attempt to assist everyone in obtaining EBP specific training hours this year. Dr. Brian Lovins, Principal at Justice System Partners, will be presenting his workshop Rethinking Community Supervision:  Moving from a Referee to a Coach Model on Wednesday, September 16th and Thursday, September 17th  from 9:00 […]

Tools to Support Remote Client Contact for Community Corrections – Part Two

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APPA Connect

8/3/2020

Michael Delaney

New norms are being established in community corrections amid the rapid changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many agencies have balanced their public safety mandates with the emerging public health threat by decreasing in-person officer-client interactions. Tele-supervision, as we have dubbed it, is the technology-enabled contact between staff and clients, whether during a sustained period […]

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson dies

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News and Tribune

8/1/2020

Aprile Rickert

FLOYD COUNTY — Longtime Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson has died, his office confirmed Saturday. Henderson, who served nearly two decades as prosecutor following an eight-year career as an Indiana State Trooper, died peacefully at his home Friday, according to a news release from Floyd County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Chris Lane. Henderson was surrounded by […]

POPAI 2020 Board Election Slate

The following candidates have been slated for the 2020 POPAI General Election with no contested positions. Adam McQueen, President Cherie Wood, Secretary Heather Malone, District 2 Representative Mike Small, District 4 Representative Lindsey Villalpando District 6 Representative Mignon Ware District 8 Representative

Last Chance to nominate for the 2020 Founder’s, Rookie Probation Officer, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

Time is running out. Nominations are being accepted until August 17, 2020. Learn more and download forms

Tools to Support Remote Client Contact for Community Corrections – Part One

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APPA Connect

6/4/2020

Michael Delaney

Practically overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced community corrections agencies to fundamentally change their supervision practices to adapt to remote supervision. With the need to adapt swiftly, agencies’ leadership teams have not had the benefit of the methodical process that usually accompanies significant shifts in operations. As a result, we don’t have all the answers […]

Food Stamp Use Could Skyrocket With Loss of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

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Route Fifty

7/28/2020

Andrea Noble

Even with the expanded benefits for out-of-work people, millions of families had to sign up for food stamps during the early months of the pandemic. Now even more people are expected to need the assistance. More than 6 million people began receiving food stamps during the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic—a number experts say is […]

Becoming Tele-Ready | Tele-Work in Ramsey County

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APPA Connect

7/26/2020

Jason Mereness

The day was March 16, 2020, in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. The event was the COVID-19 global pandemic. The task was instantly transforming our department’s probation supervision practices from traditional to almost exclusively remote. This task, while challenging, was not unique to us in Ramsey County Community Corrections. We hope you will find this […]

Facebook messages in police sting weren’t wrongly admitted in man’s jury trial

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The Indiana Lawyer

7/30/2020

Katie Stancombe

Facebook messages exchanged between a man wanted on warrant and a fake profile created by police were not wrongly admitted during his jury trial, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in a Thursday decision. When Lafayette police learned that Michael Parker was wanted on a warrant from another jurisdiction and that he was possibly in […]

Pandemic Preparedness and Response among Community Supervision Agencies: The Importance of Partnerships for Future Planning

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Abt Associates via APPA Website

7/10/2020

Abt Associates Holly Swan, PhD, Walter Campbell, PhD

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the United States (U.S.) justice system—from policing to reentry— has been profound (Chapman, Irazola, and Swan, 2020). Appropriately, much of the focus in media and scholarly outlets has been on the impact of the pandemic on prisons and incarcerated populations (Akiyama, et al., 2020; Busanksy, 2020; Burki, 2020; […]

Pretrial Risk Assessment in Practice: Lessons and Research from Indiana

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Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

7/21/2020

Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Over 300 individuals registered for the NIJ webinar: Pretrial Risk Assessment in Practice Lessons & Research from Indiana on July 15th, 2020 to learn about implementation of the Indiana Risk Assessment System – Pretrial Assessment Tool (IRAS-PAT) in Indiana. This webinar is now publicly available on YouTube and can be found here:

Web Exclusive: Legal clinic offers education series through Facebook

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The Indiana Lawyer

7/22/2020

Katie Stancombe

  When in-person legal education events became virtually impossible during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic chose to go virtual. The clinic, out of necessity, decided to implement a new way of reaching the communities it serves through a social media platform that has recently taken off, Facebook Watch. “The concept of […]

2020 Knepple Scholarship Award Winner Patrick Hillenburg

Every year POPAI provides a scholarship 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 […]

Families of Prisoners Sue Over High Cost of Phone Calls

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Route Fifty

7/6/2020

Emma Coleman

The lawsuit alleges three private companies that provide telecom services in prisons lied to state and local governments about the cost of doing business. A new lawsuit filed in federal district court is taking aim at the high cost of making phone calls from prison. Families of incarcerated people are calling the prices charged for […]

San Francisco Lawmaker Introduces ‘CAREN Act’ to Stop Racially-Biased 911 Calls

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Route Fifty

7/8/2020

Emma Coleman

The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act would create penalties for those who make false emergency reports. On Memorial Day in New York City, a white woman named Amy Cooper called the police on a Black birdwatcher, Christian Cooper (the two are not related), and falsely reported that he was threatening her. A video of the […]

Nominations are now being accepted for 2020 Founder’s, Rookie Probation Officer, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

Nominations are being accepted until August 17, 2020 for three awards traditionally presented during our Annual Meeting. 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 member. The […]

POPAI Board Submits Proposed Bylaw Changes

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7/8/2020

POPAI Board

According to the POPAI Bylaws, Article XIV AMENDMENTS These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by the membership if a quorum is present at any regular or special meeting. Any proposed alteration to the bylaws shall be submitted to the President of the Executive Board at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual […]

Funding the Fight Against Opioids: How Naloxone distribution benefits struggling Hoosiers

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My Wabash Valley

7/9/2020

Nicole Krasean

 TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The pandemic has taken a toll on day-to-day life for most people, including those in the recovery community. From the loss of in-person recovery meetings, to unemployment and furloughs, to a general sense of disconnect, recovering addicts are faced with several COVID-19 related hurdles as they navigate through the […]

Wearing a mask is not about fear’: Retailer group urges governors to require everyone to wear a mask

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USA Today

7/7/2020

Kelly Tyko

As viral videos of shoppers’ tirades and confrontations over being asked to wear face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic erupt, major retailers are urging governors to make it a requirement for everyone to wear a mask. The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Walgreens, Home Depot and other major chains, says different local mandates across […]

JDAI Promotes Placement Of The Right Kids, In The Right Places, For The Right Reasons, For The Right Amount Of Time

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WBIW.com

7/7/2020

(BEDFORD) – The Lawrence County Commissioners gave their approval for Lawrence County to be a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) county. Juvenile Referee Anah Hewetson Gouty told the commissioners Tuesday morning that the county has received a grant for around $50,000 to participate in the initiative. “The increased and unnecessary use of secure detention exposes […]

Does Reducing Supervision for Low-risk Probationers Jeopardize Community Safety?

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United States Courts

6/2020

Haci Duru, Lori Brusman Lovins, Brian Lovins

The authors examine the relationship between supervision intensity and probation outcomes (i.e., increase in supervision level and rearrest) among low-risk individuals. Results show that individuals placed on the low-risk caseload were less likely to have probation revoked than low-risk probationers placed on regular caseloads. There was no significant relationship between low-intensity supervision and rearrest. Download […]

Board votes to transition in-patient jail addiction program

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News and Tribune

6/24/2020

Aprile Rickert

CLARK COUNTY — A Clark County board voted Tuesday to modify an in-patient addiction program for inmates to an outpatient-only program — a change some say is needed to protect against COVID-19 and others say will dampen the program’s effects. The Clark County Community Corrections board — which has representatives from multiple county departments and […]

Tools for Addictions Crisis

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The National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF)

The National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF) has created excellent tools to assist courts in addressing the addictions crisis. Many of these tools are “deliverables” or “bench-cards” for a judge to quickly reference, e.g. a Substance Use Disorder Dictionary for State Courts and a guide to treating pregnant women with opioid use disorder. The NJOTF’s […]

APPA’s 45th Annual Training Institute – Value and Vision: A Virtual Experience

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APPA Website

Registration is open for APPA’s 45th Annual Training Institute – Value and Vision: A Virtual Experience Date(s): August 24 — 28, 2020 Venue: Virtual Website: coming soon! student rate: $99 early, non-member rate: $230 late, non-member rate: $290 early bird discount available through 7/30/20. APPA Individual Member discount available, just sign-in. APPA Agency Member discount […]

Saying goodbye: Baker to retire after more than 40 years as a judge

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/24/2020

Olivia Covington

It wasn’t quite the retirement he expected. With COVID-19 forcing most of the population to work from home, Court of Appeals Judge John Baker quietly visited the Indiana Statehouse in early June to pack up his chambers. He’s been working from his Bloomington home, and even though he won’t officially retire until July 31, he […]

Coronavirus Relief Helping to Keep Down Poverty Rate—For Now, Research Finds

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Route Fifty

6/23/2020

Bill Lucia

A new report says the CARES Act has offered an important boost to low-income families. But aid will dry up as the year goes on. Cash payments and the expanded unemployment benefits many Americans qualify for under the coronavirus relief package that Congress passed this spring will help to prevent a sharp rise in poverty […]

August Training: The Midwest Gang Investigators Association, Indiana Chapter 2020 State Training Event

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MGIA Indiana Chapter 2020 State Training August 18 & 19, 2020 Hosted by Indiana Chapter of MGIA Location Embassy Suites by Hilton South Bend at Notre Dame 1140 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend, Indiana 46617 16 hours of ILEA Certified Training Lunch is on your own. Refreshments will be on-site. Training Schedule Registration: Starts at […]

Calls Grow for Amazon to End Ring Partnerships with Police Departments

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Route Fifty

6/23/2020

Emma Coleman

Footage captured on Ring, the video doorbell sold by Amazon, is available to over one thousand law enforcement agencies nationwide. Ring, the “smart” video doorbell owned by Amazon, is no stranger to controversy. Since it began partnering with police departments in 2018, critics have decried Ring as helping create a “surveillance state” in cities where […]

Lake County judges join call to reaffirm principles of justice, equality

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/16/2020

The presiding judges of the Lake Circuit and Superior Courts have issued a statement against racism and in support of due process and equal protection. The joint statement issued Friday was signed by Lake Circuit Judge Marissa McDermott and Lake Superior Chief Judge John Sedia and echoes Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush’s June 5 Statement on Race and […]

3-year sentence affirmed for woman who drove after lifetime ban

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/17/2020

Katie Stancombe

A woman who was found driving in violation of the lifetime forfeiture of her driver’s license could not convince the Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday that her sentence was inappropriate. After being pulled over for improperly changing lanes, Alicia Prince was charged and ultimately convicted of Level 5 felony operating a motor vehicle after […]

Supreme Court for now stays out of police immunity debate

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/15/2020

The Supreme Court of the United States is for now declining to get involved in an ongoing debate by citizens and in Congress over policing, rejecting cases Monday that would have allowed the justices to revisit when police can be held financially responsible for wrongdoing. With protests over racism and police brutality continuing nationwide, the […]

Why you might want to think twice about smoking weed during COVID-19 outbreak

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WISH TV

6/11/2020

Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An innocent inhale? The occasional puff? If you’re smoking weed these days to ease COVID-19 anxiety, you might want to reconsider. Smoking marijuana, infrequently as it may be, puts a person at greater risk of severe coronavirus complications. The negative side effects the psychotropic drug has on the lungs has been studied intensively for […]

Reminder: Letter of Intent for POPAI Election due Sunday July 12, 2020

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If you want to run for the POPAI Board in one of the following positions: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 please return the Intent to Run Form (docx) to Michael by Sunday July 12, 2020 (postmarked, emailed, or faxed).

POPAI Fall Conference News

Memo from Adam McQueen, President of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana, The widespread disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced Probation Departments across the State of Indiana to make compromises and sacrifices in order to protect the health of their staff members, as well as the general public. While the State has […]

Resources to Help Assist in the Supervision of High Risk Impaired Drivers in a Time of Pandemic

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APPA, IDA Resources

6/5/2020

As we all grapple with the incredible stressors brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic, high-risk impaired drivers, the population most likely to be dealing with alcohol/substance use and addiction, can be particularly impacted. With social distancing comes isolation and increased challenges in getting to support groups and treatment, as well as the desire to drink […]

‘A Parade, Not A Protest’: An Interview With Sheriff Who Took Off Riot Gear, Walked with Protesters

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Route Fifty

6/4/2020

Kate Elizabeth Queram

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson won attention for marching in solidarity with protesters in Flint Township, Michigan. He says he knows it will take more efforts to really improve many people’s perceptions of law enforcement. On May 30, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson and a handful of law enforcement officers reported to a Target parking lot in […]

APPA Statement on the Death of George Floyd

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APPA

6/4/2020

APPA

June 4, 2020 The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is stunned and saddened by the circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd. We strongly condemn the actions of the officers involved and call for all pretrial, probation, and parole agencies to join us in stating that this type of behavior is reprehensible and must […]

Indiana Court Times Spring 2020 Electronic Version

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Indiana Court Times

May 4 2020 interview with Chief Justice Rush: Dear Readers, Like all of you, we had plans for March, April, and May that were quickly cast aside. Our focus instead has been COVID-19. Our communication office turned its full attention to the growing public health emergency, and we put a number of projects on hold—including […]

Rush on race, equity: ‘We can and must do better’

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/5/2020

Citing failures of courts and justice systems to address racial inequities, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush on Friday issued a statement promising change as protests over the death of George Floyd continued in streets in the Hoosier state and across the nation. Rush issued a Statement on Race and Equity that begins, “The gravity of […]

New Resource: Considerations in Resuming Community Supervision Operations May 29, 2020

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A new link has been added to POPAI’s COVID-19 Resources Page:  Considerations in Resuming Community Supervision Operations May 29, 2020

In Loving Memory of Stanley W. DeKemper

Mental Health America of Indiana

6/3/2020

Stanley DeKemper: February 24, 1948 to June 3, 2020 Vice President for Education, Training & Credentialing;  Executive Director, ICAADA It is with great sadness that I must convey Stan DeKemper’s passing yesterday. This is a tremendous loss to our field, our community–and to me, as I considered Stan a close and trusted friend. As I have reflect […]

Law enforcement helps out with summer reading program

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The Republic

5/20/2020

Law enforcement officers from the Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department have teamed up with JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative) and Viewpoint Books to assist with a summer reading program. Beginning today, students and their families who have received books from JDAI will be able to go online and read along with law […]

Free APPA Webinar Recording: Community Corrections Virtual Roundtable II: As the COVID-19 Dust Settles: Agency Efforts to Recover

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New attorneys get help navigating COVID-19 in ISBA program

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/26/2020

An Indiana State Bar Association online program geared toward newly admitted attorneys is hoping to prepare and equip new lawyers on how to begin their legal careers in the midst of uncertain times posed by COVID-19. New lawyers are encouraged to learn about navigating the challenges of beginning a legal career during a pandemic and […]

How to Build a Great Relationship with a Mentor

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Harvard Business Review

1/21/2020

Mark Horoszowski

(Editor’s Note: See POPAI’s Mentorship Program for Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and Probation Supervisors.) The research on the power of mentorship is pretty clear: People with mentors perform better, advance in their careers faster, and even experience more work-life satisfaction. And mentors benefit, too. After all, “to teach is to learn twice.” Despite all these benefits, and even though 76% of […]

Judges prefer Zoom for remote court hearings, survey says

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/20/2020

Judges side with Zoom as their top choice of platforms for remote court hearings during the COVID-19 crisis, a National Judicial College survey found. An unscientific poll received more than 700 responses from jurists nationwide, 48% of whom said Zoom is their go-to platform for remote video court proceedings. The WebEx platform was a distant second […]

The State of the Child

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Indiana Court Times

5/4/2020

Julie L. Whitman, MSW, Executive Director | Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana

  The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana hosted the Indiana Youth Institute’s “State of the Child” presentation at the State House on February 25. The State of the Child has become an annual event to launch the most recent version of the Indiana KIDS COUNT Data Book. Every year IYI publishes this compilation of the […]

The Small-Business Die-Off Is Here

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Route Fifty

5/4/2020

Annie Lowrey,The Atlantic

COMMENTARY | Many small businesses won’t survive, and that will change the landscape of American commerce for years to come. Outside of Boston, a marketing company is struggling to figure out how to cover its bills. In Indiana, a dance studio is waiting on three emergency-loan applications. In Baltimore, a deli is closed and desperate […]

3-2 Supreme Court reverses, finds covered bridge arsonist insane

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/19/2020

Katie Stancombe

A man who confessed to burning down two Indiana covered bridges has had his guilty but mentally ill verdict reversed by a divided Indiana Supreme Court. The 3-2 majority cited unanimous expert opinion that the defendant is legally insane in overturning a jury’s conclusion. In 2005, Jesse Payne was charged with two counts of arson […]

The Midwest Gang Investigators Association, Indiana Chapter 2020 State Training Event

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MGIA Indiana Chapter 2020 State Training August 18 & 19, 2020 Hosted by Indiana Chapter of MGIA Location Embassy Suites by Hilton South Bend at Notre Dame 1140 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend, Indiana 46617 16 hours of ILEA Certified Training Lunch is on your own. Refreshments will be on-site. Training Schedule Registration: Starts at […]

In Some States that Are Reopening, Workers Face an Ultimatum: Go Back to Work or Lose Unemployment

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Route Fifty

5/4/2020

Emma Coleman

Leaders in at least a handful of states have made clear there will be limits on who can claim unemployment and general worker concerns about safety likely won’t pass muster. As some states begin to reopen their economies beyond just essential businesses, many workers remain leery about the prospect of returning to work due to warnings from […]

Guidelines for resuming operations of the trial courts and Order extending time for expanding trial court operations: 2 new documents from the Indiana Supreme Court

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The Indiana Supreme Court, in concert with other state officials, is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and has responded with guidance for state and local courts. This page is updated daily with information about how courts are continuing operations while maintaining safe practices and complying with the Governor’s executive orders issued March 23. Latest Updates […]

Indiana Dept. of Correction Trains Deployed National Guard as Facility Force Multipliers

New Castle, Ind. – Like so many other employers across Indiana, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) has been impacted by members of the workforce contracting the COVID-19 virus.  While other businesses may be able to operate with a reduction in their workforce, the unique duties performed by correctional staff must continue with proper staffing levels.  […]

High court further expands video, phone proceedings during COVID-19

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/14/2020

Katie Stancombe

Indiana Supreme Court justices have permitted the expansion of remote proceedings until further order amid the coronavirus public-health emergency. “Pursuant to Indiana Administrative Rule 17 and this Court’s inherent authority to supervise the administration of all courts of this state, the Court finds that the trial courts’ efficient and effective operation to hold timely hearings […]

Join the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic – IDOC Call for Mask Supplies

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Carlisle, Ind. – Several facilities in the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) have joined in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by making fabric masks for both inside the facilities and in the community. However, facilities are starting to run out of the needed supplies to continue the production of masks. That’s where you come […]

POPAI 2020 Election: Call for Letter of Intent

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We are now accepting Intent to Run Forms from POPAI Members ready to serve on the Board. Up for election in 2020: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 Intent to Run Form (docx) The Intent to Run form must be sent to Michael by Sunday July 12, 2020 (postmarked, emailed, or […]

Policy Reforms Can Strengthen Community Supervision

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Pew

4/23/2020

A framework to improve probation and parole Overview Since 1980, the nation’s community supervision population has ballooned by almost 240 percent. As of 2016, 1 in 55 U.S. adults (nearly 4.5 million people) are on probation or parole, more than twice the number incarcerated in state and federal prisons and local jails. Historically, probation and […]

Amid Pandemic, A Call to Rebalance State and Local Power

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Route Fifty

5/4/2020

Bill Lucia

As flare ups between states and localities over the coronavirus response get attention, one scholar says it may be a good time to reexamine the relationship between the two levels of government. Whether it’s plastic bag bans, minimum wage hikes, paid sick leave or a host of other issues, localities around the U.S. in recent […]

Ordering PPE from DOC, Free Psychological First Aid training class added to COVID-19 page

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Karen Oeding, Website Administrator

I’ve added two resources to the COVID-19 page. The new operations resource is a PDF document to help you order PPE from the DOC: PPE Supplies from IDOC (PDF document includes products and ordering information) Aspire Indiana is offering a free Psychological First Aid Course. “The Psychological Footprint of COVID19 will last longer and have […]

Don’t Forget the Other Pandemic Killing Thousands of Americans

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Daily Beast

5/4/2020

Kate Briquelet

(The article is free as part of The Daily Beast Coronavirus coverage) Authorities nationwide are reporting an uptick in fatal opioid overdoses during social distancing. Lynn sat in the parking lot of her opioid treatment clinic in Columbus, Ohio, for hours on a recent Tuesday. Like in other parts of the country, the coronavirus pandemic […]

Holcomb to ease stay-at-home restrictions starting Monday

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/1/2020

Indianapolis Business Journal Staff and Lindsey Erdody

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said he will ease social distancing restrictions in all but three counties starting Monday. In a new executive order released Friday that goes into effect Monday and lasts through May 23, retailers — including malls — will be allowed to open at 50% capacity; manufacturers not currently operating will be permitted […]

In Monroe County, probation officers want juveniles to know they care

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The Indy Channel RTV6

4/16/2020

Tom Maccabe

So, special “care packs” are being sent. BLOOMINGTON — At the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Office, Juvenile Division, there is no “business as usual” these days. Chief Probation Officer Linda Brady says virtual and telephone appointments have replaced face-to-face connections between probation officers and the juveniles they are assigned to. Because of that, Brady says […]

Katie Messmann Named JDAI Coordinator For Lawrence County

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WBIW

4/14/2020

(BEDFORD) – In early February 2020 Justice Steven H. David of the Indiana Supreme Court, Chair of the Executive Committee for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), sent a letter to Indiana judges seeking interest and commitment to the JDAI initiative. Lawrence County Juvenile Referee, Anah Hewetson Gouty, submitted a Statement of Interest for Lawrence […]

Probation Officer Salary Schedule 2021

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2021 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It’s contentious, but doctors, feds say yes

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USA Today

1/31/2020

Trevor Hughes and Stephanie Innes

Early one morning in March, Madison McIntosh showed up on his day off at the Scottsdale, Arizona, driving range and restaurant where he worked. The 24-year-old sat in his car until the place opened, then wandered around all day, alternating between gibberish and talk of suicide as co-workers tried to keep him away from customers. […]

Remembering Donald R. “Charley” Knepple

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Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed on April 28, 1997 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 […]

Indiana Women’s Prison Wee Ones Program Renamed in Honor of Fallen IMPD Officer Breann Leath

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Indiana Department of Correction

4/17/2020

Indianapolis, Ind – On the day IMPD Officer Breann Leath was laid to rest Governor Eric Holcomb announced the Wee Ones Nursery at the Indiana Women’s Prison would be renamed as the ‘Officer Breann Leath Memorial Maternal & Child Health Unit.’ The announcement was made by Gov. Eric Holcomb at the beginning of his daily […]

Some Shelters Shutter to Protect Homeless, Staff

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Route Fifty

4/6/2020

Teresa Wiltz

Homeless shelters are running out of money, supplies and staff. For years, the Harbor House shelter had a routine for feeding and sheltering the hundreds of homeless people in Thousand Oaks, California, many of them elderly. Each evening, one of a dozen local churches, temples and mosques would host a dinner, and afterward, lay out […]

POPAI Chief, Assistant Chief, and Probation Supervisor Mentor Program

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POPAI Vision: To champion probation as a vital part of the criminal justice system. POPAI Mission: To promote, support, and grow the profession of probation in Indiana by collaborating with criminal justice partners, advancing and protecting the interests of our membership, and providing education and professional development opportunities in the use of evidence-based community supervision […]

Probation and Parole Officers Are Rethinking Their Rules As Coronavirus Spreads

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The Marshall Project

4/3/2020

Beth Schwartzapfel

In the effort to release people from jails to stem coronavirus outbreaks behind bars, those jailed for probation and parole violations have been an obvious choice. They’re locked up not for committing new crimes but for breaking the rules of their supervision, like drinking alcohol, traveling without permission, or missing appointments. In New York alone, Governor Andrew Cuomo last […]

States Share Covid-19 Patient Addresses with First Responders

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Route Fifty

9/6/2020

Andrea Noble

The move to share the home addresses of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus is meant to protect police and emergency workers, but some say the disclosures could give them a false sense of security. State and local governments are beginning to share the addresses of people who test positive for Covid-19 with […]

Bruises from Coronavirus Begin to Show on State Budgets

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Route Fifty

9/6/2020

Bill Lucia

Recent days have seen spending reductions and downbeat revenue forecasts. The mark the coronavirus is leaving on state budgets became more apparent in recent days, as governors took action to reduce spending and gloomy new revenue estimates emerged. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday said his state is now expecting a revenue shortfall of about […]

COVID-19 Resources Page on POPAI Website

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The POPAI Board has prepared a page of helpful and fact based resources to help Members navigate recommendations. Visit http://gopopai.org/covid-19/

APPA Perspectives 2020 – V44 N1 – Full Issue

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What evidence do we have that our post-incarceration programs are working to their fullest? There are so many difficulties facing those returning to their communities that continued review of best practices is essential. Our latest issue takes an in-depth look at the links between Evidence-Based Practices and reentry to better understand how we can serve […]

Access to APPA Library: Several 2019 Resources are free in April

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APPA Email

As the lives of community corrections professionals have been upended by the threat of coronavirus, the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has received numerous requests for online training resources that officers may access while working from home. First, we’re proud to announce that beginning in late April, APPA will host a series of brand-new […]

COVID-19 Community Corrections Resources from APPA

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APPA Connect

In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19, APPA will regularly share our resources, updates from the CDC and WHO, as well as material specific to our industry. We will overcome this challenging situation through continued education and collaboration with our members, colleagues, and friends. “Hope is important because it can make the present […]

Free Webinar: Community Corrections Virtual Roundtable on the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Wed, Apr 8, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow, more and more community corrections professionals have concerns about how this is currently impacting their work and questions about how it will shape their future. To address those concerns, APPA will host a virtual roundtable facilitated by Dr. […]

COVID-19 Response and Statement from EXiT

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Executives Transforming Probation & Parole

On this page, the Justice Lab will gather and share examples of measures that probation and parole agencies are taking to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is designed as a growing resource for executives actively managing the crisis. Read the Statement from community supervision executives on the importance of using best practices during […]

The Future Of Recovery Support Part II (Bill White And Mike Collins)

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Selected Papers William L. White

4/6/2018

Bill White

“Disruptive innovation, a term coined by Clayton Christensen, describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors.” The worlds of addiction treatment and recovery mutual aid are on the brink of being radically […]

‘I don’t get an extra check for locking you up’: a week with an LA probation officer

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The Guardian

3/5/2020

Lauren Lee White (text) and Joseph Rodriguez (photos)

Working for the county probation department, the largest in the nation, means being equal parts social worker and law enforcement On a Tuesday morning in October, Los Angeles deputy probation officer Booker Waugh made his way down a nearly sheer hillside, just a few feet from the entrance to the 10 freeway heading east. Waugh, […]

Opinion – Eric Hoffman: Truancy cannot go unaddressed

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Star Press

3/14/2020

Eric Hoffman

Some say that well over 200 years ago, Sir William Curtis coined the phrase “the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic,” which are the basic skills that should be taught in schools. To this day, I can still hear my grandmother talking about the importance of reading, writing and arithmetic. It has been said that […]

Coronavirus update: Marion County Prosecutor’s Office implementing telework

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The Indiana Lawyer

3/12/2020

Editor’s note: This story is being regularly updated with the latest law-related responses to COVID-19. POPAI Note: This article was captured on 3/13/2020 and will not be updated. Please see the original article for most up to date edits. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is encouraging its employees to telework beginning Friday in response to […]

White House Announces Action Guide to Combat Rural Drug Addictions

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Hoosier AG Today

2/2/2020

NAFB News Service

The Trump Administration Friday released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to drug addiction. The Rural Community Action Guide is another tool from the administration to help local leaders address drug addiction in their community. Anne Hazlett, Senior Adviser for Rural Affairs in the White House Office […]

Knepple Scholarship Applicants: Send in your form soon

Applicants for the Knepple Scholarship should act quickly and apply on or before 12:00 noon EST on Monday, March 23, 2020 Download the application that contains Full Information including qualifications (updated 2/15/2020) Questions? Contact Bob Schuster, Chair of Awards and Recognition Committee at 219-326-6808 Ext. 2511 or your POPAI District Representative.

Police jail woman who paid bail with marijuana-scented cash

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AP

3/10/2020

ASHLAND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman was arrested on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate’s bail had a “strong odor of marijuana.” Authorities began investigating Stormy Lynn Parfait, 33, on Friday, shortly after she showed up at the Ashland jail to pay the bond fee for […]

No visitations at Indiana prisons due to coronavirus concerns, state says

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wane.com

3/11/2020

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) — The Indiana Department of Correction has suspended visitations at all of its facilities around the state due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The department said Wednesday that visitations would be suspended beginning Thursday and last “at least two weeks.” The DOC said the decision to suspend visitations was “precautionary,” and made […]

Hatfield: Vanderburgh County Council must act on jail expansion project

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Courier & Press

John T. Martin

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Vanderburgh County Council was handed jail expansion alternatives about four months ago, and it’s time for the council to act, County Commissioners President Jeff Hatfield said. Hatfield delivered a letter to councilors Friday saying the county must address its “critically overcrowded” jail. The jail on Harlan Avenue operates above capacity, with […]

Indiana County to Start Bringing Charges Against Residents Who Overdose

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Channel 27 News

2/29/2020

Overdose deaths have increased across the country over the last couple of years, but Hancock County in Indiana is choosing to combat the problem in a new, and controversial, way. In an article in the Indy Star, they lay out the size of the problem in Hancock County: “According to Indiana State Department of Health […]

Hiring Hoosiers: TOWER program prepares inmates for post-incarceration success

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The Indy Channel

2/28/2020

Meredith Barack

 Hiring Hoosiers is an initiative from RTV6 that works to connect Hoosiers to employment opportunities, career development resources, training programs and educational paths. Learn more about Hiring Hoosiers and see new stories weekdays at 6 a.m. on RTV6. HAMILTON COUNTY — A criminal record can impact someone’s ability to find a job, which can […]

How prepared is Indiana for coronavirus? Here’s what health officials say

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Indy Star

2/27/2020

Shari Rudavsky

Related: Indiana confirms first case of coronavirus Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box has this message for Hoosiers worried about the prospect of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus: The state has been taking the necessary steps to prepare for this eventuality, using a blueprint drawn up for the prospect of a pandemic such as […]

Boone County Jail becomes first in state to administer suboxone for addiction treatment

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Fox 59

3/3/2020

Kelly Reinke

LEBANON, Ind. – Boone County is now administering suboxone to inmates to help control their cravings for opioids, a first of its kind addiction treatment program in a Hoosier jail. At least two inmates are now taking the narcotic. The goal is to get people on a treatment plan while they are behind bars so […]

Why Some Kids May Not Get Enough Mental Health Care

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WFYI

2/5/2020

Carter Barrett

Dr. Darla Hinshaw walks up to the podium in the Indiana Senate chamber. She’s there to tell lawmakers about the children she treats as a psychiatrist and the issue standing between kids and effective treatment. She tells a story of a foster care teenager who was admitted into a facility on a Friday. “He continued […]

The Outsize Influence of Your Middle-School Friends

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The Atlantic

1/28/2020

Lydia Denworth

The intensity of feelings generated by friendship in childhood and adolescence is by design. Early in 2010, the year we moved to Hong Kong, our three boys were 11, eight, and six. When we sat them down to tell them we’d be moving there for a few years, we tried to sell it as a […]

Fake urine allows addicts, users to cheat drug tests

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Local 12

1/27/2020

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Drug abuse continues to leave a tragic trail. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,237 people died from drug overdoses in 2017 alone. Drug abuse is also expensive, The Council of Economic Advisors estimates the cost of the opioid crisis in 2018 cost $696 billion in the value of […]

Look inside: Repurposed ambulance hits Baton Rouge streets to help combat opioid crisis

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The Advocate

2/3/2020

Lea Skene

Many people in the throes of opioid addiction are struggling to live another day without facing the pain of withdrawal. Their top priority is finding another fix, which often means sacrificing their health and safety. That’s why Baton Rouge officials are bringing addiction services where they’re needed most. Local leaders hosted an open house Monday […]

This Ohio county may need a second morgue to handle the number of fentanyl overdoses

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CNN

2/13/2020

(CNN)If overdose deaths don’t slow down in Franklin County, Ohio, a temporary morgue may be needed to store the bodies. The county has seen 23 overdose deaths from January 31 to February 7, Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the county’s coroner, said in a statement on her Facebook page. The next day, the county had five more. […]

What Trump’s drug policies have meant for America’s opioid epidemic

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CNN

2/2/2020

Maegan Vazquez

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump campaigned on ending the opioid crisis in the United States. He highlighted stories of those affected in his State of the Union addresses. The first lady has made visits to neonatal clinics treating addiction recovering babies a key part of her time at the White House. And according to new federal […]

Justice by geography? Bill aims to bring uniformity to indigency determinations

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The Indiana Lawyer

2/5/2020

Olivia Covington

The basic concept of indigency is well-understood in the law. A low-income defendant who can’t afford a lawyer will be appointed one, and their court fees also may be waived. But across Indiana, lawyers say judges in different counties often take different approaches to making an indigency determination. That’s led to what some call “justice […]

Apply for the 2020 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award

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Submit your application to be considered for the 2020 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award. The winner will be announced at the 2020 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference in April. 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 pursuing a […]

Homeless US student population ‘highest in more than a decade’

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BBC News

2/4/2020

The number of homeless students in the US is the highest in more than a decade according to a new study. Most of the 1.5m homeless children stayed with other families or friends after losing their homes. But 7% lived in abandoned buildings or cars, the report by the National Centre for Homeless Education showed. […]

How 2 Indiana companies are helping employees with child care needs

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IndyStar

12/24/2019

Stepfanie Romine

Companies say helping employees access quality child care is ‘just good business.’ Access to quality, affordable child care is a widespread problem across the country and in the state of Indiana, where it affects parents and children across the socioeconomic spectrum in all 92 counties. But, in addition to the challenges Indiana families have accessing care, […]

Ready, set, skate! SROs, students meet at the ice rink

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Bartholomew County and Columbus law enforcement, including school resource officers, invited local junior high and high school students to get to know them on the ice of Hamilton Center. The officers skated with 121 youth from area schools and enjoyed food and refreshments. There were also prize giveaways during the event. The two-hour event, sponsored […]

“Best Practices” in Corrections: The Systems-Level Challenges to Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

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University of Minnesota Robina Institute

12/29/2020

The purpose of this article is to review systems-level factors that impact implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in corrections which are often less understood in the research. I provide a brief overview of the National Implementation Research Network’s (NIRN’s) core implementation components I use as my framework for this discussion, and then go through two […]

There’s a growing problem in the opioid fight: diarrhea medication

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USA Today

1/19/2020

Jon Webb

(Opinion) In September, the FDA stepped in to limit abuse of Imodium and other anti-diarrhea drugs. Apparently it’s a growing problem. This lends itself to way more questions than answers, a friend of mine wrote on Facebook the other day above a weird photo. It showed three boxes of Imodium A-D — that trusted anti-diarrhea […]

What if the probation office was a place of joy instead of fear? New York City shows how.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

1/10/2020

Samantha Melamed

NEW YORK — By 8 a.m., the line already snaked all the way around the side of the South Bronx probation office, and more people were arriving, dragging metal shopping carts ready to receive canned vegetables, Thanksgiving turkeys, cat food, and boxed mac-and-cheese. The eager, polyglot crowd, most of whom are not under court supervision, […]

Justices to hear arguments in blood draw suppression case

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Indiana Lawyer

1/20/2020

IL Staff

The Indiana Supreme Court will consider this week whether to grant transfer to a wrong-way-driver case focused on a post-accident blood draw. Arguments on petition to transfer will be heard at 9 a.m. Thursday in State of Indiana v. Wesley Ryder, 18A-CR-02325. In that case, Wesley Ryder was charged with several felonies after he allegedly […]

Probation Officer Falls Ill While Searching Probationer in Westminster

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NBC Los Angeles

1/7/2020

City News Service

A probation officer fell ill while frisking a probationer Tuesday, prompting a hazardous materials alert at the agency’s offices in Westminster. The probation officer was searching the probationer and his items in the department’s offices at 14180 Beach Blvd. about 2:45 p.m. when the officer fell ill, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s […]

Indiana lawmakers push bill to grant driving cards to undocumented immigrants

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Fox59

1/13/2020

Kelly Reinke

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — State lawmakers are continuing to push a proposal that would allow undocumented immigrants in Indiana to legally drive. It is an idea that has been introduced seven times, but the bill has never received a hearing. Yet, some representatives believe it is an important issue to take on. During her first term, […]

In a County Jail, ‘The Barracks’ Aims to Give Veterans Resources and Hope

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Route Fifty

12/13/2020

Kate Elizabeth Queram

At the Gwinnett County Jail in Georgia, inmates who previously served in the military can choose to join a veterans-only housing unit that offers structure and tailored programming. Filling out intake paperwork at the Gwinnett County Jail, Dylan Antoine marked “yes” on a form that asked if he had served in the military. Weeks later, […]

Management Institute and Chief Probation Officer Summit

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2/7/2020

March 12 and 13, 2020 at the Drury Plaza Hotel, Indianapolis. The Probation Management Institute is designed to provide supervisory level staff with ongoing training opportunities in topics related to managing your department. This year, the POPAI Chief’s Executive Committee has chosen to focus on a variety of topics including : • Community Correction Grant […]

Successor sought for retiring Vanderburgh Superior judge

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/20/2020

IL Staff

Lawyers in southwest Indiana who would like to be considered for appointment to the Vanderburgh Superior Court bench have a few weeks remaining to make their interest known to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will select the successor for a longtime jurist. Holcomb announced last week that applications will be accepted through Feb. 12 from qualified candidates seeking […]

Advocates, legislators call for marijuana reform in Indiana hours before 2020 session starts

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Chicago Tribune

1/6/2020

Alexandra Kukulka

When he was 20 years old, Crown Point resident Ricky “Ricochet” Chandler broke his pelvic bone into nine pieces. He was prescribed opioids to help with the pain. But, to avoid the negative side effects of opioids, Chandler said he decided to take cannabidiol-based products instead. “CBD helped me get off opioids and it saved […]

COA: Order committing juvenile to DOC until age 18 must be corrected

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/22/2020

Katie Stancombe

An order that a juvenile delinquent be committed to the Indiana Department of Corrections until his 18th birthday has been remanded for correction after the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded the trial court abused its discretion in ordering the determinate commitment. Juvenile F.H.’s troubles began in May 2018 when he was alleged at age 14 […]

Criminal Rule 26 – New Rules For Bonding Out – Now In Effect

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Times Union Online

1/1/2020

Amanda Bridgman

New rules for bonding out of jail are in effect under Criminal Rule 26. The Indiana Supreme Court signed CR 26 into law to take effect in all courts Jan. 1, 2020, after two years of pilot programs in 11 counties. The rule is intended to improve pretrial practices in the state by encouraging trial […]

DCS worker’s attorney: Client being singled out for returning child to mother

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WTHR

12/2/2019

ANDERSON, Ind. (WTHR) — Police in Madison County are searching for a DCS caseworker indicted by a grand jury. It found Spencer Day Osborn should have never returned a 4-year-old boy to his mother. He’s now facing felony neglect of a dependent charges. Osborn had his initial hearing Wednesday afternoon. Osborn’s attorney Philip Sheward responded […]

Risk assessments for booked inmates take effect statewide

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/8/2020

Associated Press and IL Staff

A new Indiana rule requiring that booked inmates be assessed to determine risks or benefits of releasing them before trial is expected to eventually reduce overcrowding at the state’s county jails, criminal justice officials say. Criminal Rule 26, which set Indiana’s new pretrial release protocols, was adopted by the Indiana Supreme Court in 2017, but […]

Miami Valley Crime Lab to test Indiana drug evidence

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Dayton Daily News

1/8/2020

Chris Stewart

The Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab will soon be analyzing drug evidence for the Indiana State Police — the first contract with an out-of-state agency and one that may dramatically increase the lab’s caseload and benefit its bottom line. The contract approved by Montgomery County Commissioners on Tuesday calls for the lab to conduct solid-dose […]

Meth never left Daviess County

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Washington Times Herald

12/28/2019

Mike Grant

When the opioid problem hit rural Indiana it appeared that it would have a limited impact on Daviess County. The hit was nothing like the scourge that methamphetamine produced when it rolled into southwestern Indiana in the 1990s. Still, officials say the opioid problem did have an impact. “About two or three years ago we […]

Legislation Page Replaces Members Only on POPAI Website

1/22/2020

Karen Oeding

Today, our 2020 Bills to Follow page went live. You’ll find a list of bills that have been identified as interesting to follow by the POPAI Board. Members will no longer need to log in to view this information. It is now conveniently available to you with a single click from the far right side […]

New suicide hotline number to have three digits like 911

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The Associated Press

12/13/2019

“No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency,” said the CEO of a suicide-prevention nonprofit. “No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency.” Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to […]

Uber Sexual Assault Report Spurs Calls for New Government Policies

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Route Fifty

12/8/2019

Emma Coleman

New data released by Uber showing almost 6,000 sexual assaults in last two years is prompting some officials to call for new requirements on ride-hailing companies to improve safety. Stories of people assaulted in ride-hailing vehicles have made frequent headlines in recent years, prompting calls from policymakers for companies to release data on the number of riders […]

Why a broken foster-care system is sending more kids to prison than college

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Kansas City Star

12/15/2019

Laura Bauer and Judy L. Thomas

He still has the last name of a woman who adopted him in grade school — then gave him back. From the time he was 3 until he turned 14, Dominic Williamson was bounced to 80 different foster homes. When he turned 18, he found himself alone and homeless, and resorting to a life of […]

Recreational pot is legal in Michigan and soon Illinois: What does that mean for Indiana?

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WTHR

12/3/2019

Mary Milz

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Recreational marijuana is now legal in Michigan, with Illinois to follow January 1. That brings the number of states allowing recreational use to 11, with 33 states allowing for medical marijuana. Indiana is among the 16 states where marijuana use remains illegal in any form. But State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) thinks […]

More than 100 public housing units in Bloomington to be renovated

Herald Times

1/7/2020

Emily Ernsberger

The Bloomington Housing Authority is looking for contractors to help complete a $7 million renovation project for more than 100 public housing units. Over the course of 18 months, 116 units in the Rev. E.D. Butler and Walnut Woods complexes will be renovated. Rhonda Moore, capital assets manager for the Bloomington Housing Authority, said the […]

Floyd County recognizes long-tenured probation officer

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News and Tribune

12/9/2019

John Boyle

NEW ALBANY — The day in Floyd County Circuit Court started off like any of the other annual swearing-in ceremonies for the county’s probation officers. More than a dozen officials renewed their oaths before judges Terrence Cody, James Hancock, Maria Granger and Magistrate Julie Fessel Flanigan on Monday. But at the end of the proceedings, […]

Franklin County Juvenile Court Shifts Course, Eliminating Probation Officers

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WOSU

12/4/2019

Adora Namigadde

Whitney Randolph goes into work every day knowing her job is coming to an end in a few months. Her Franklin County courtroom office has expansive windows that overlook the city. “Technically, it’s my department that’s going,” Randolph says with a laugh. “If you choose to stay and reapply for the new positions, you know […]

The Healthiest—and Unhealthiest—States

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Route Fifty

12/5/2019

Kate Elizabeth Queram

Reduced smoking rates, not much violent crime and low reports of sexually transmitted diseases make Vermont the healthiest state in the country, according to rankings released this week. Vermont is the healthiest state in the country thanks to decreased rates of smoking and mental distress, along with low incidences of violent crime and certain sexually […]

Indiana Supreme Court justice visits LaGrange County Monday

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The News Sun

12/3/2019

Patrick Redmond

LAGRANGE — Indiana State Supreme Court Justice Steven David returned to LaGrange County Monday, a guest of JDAI program director Randy Merrifield. David came to speak with local students in programs supported by the JDAI office and meet with local Amish businessmen. David has been to LaGrange County three times in the last two years […]

Ohio spends less per inmate, but imprisons more than many states

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The Center Square

12/4/2019

Todd DeFeo

Ohio imprisons 567 people per 100,000 residents, 15th most in the country, while spending $181 for every resident of the state to do so, a new analysis reveals. The review from HowMuch.net found Ohio spends less on a per capita basis than other nearby states, even as the number of people in prison in the state is higher than […]

Health Dept. launches teen anti-vaping campaign

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Greensburd Daily News

11/29/2019

Kevin Green

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) recently launched a public awareness campaign to educate youths about the dangers of e-cigarettes, or “vaping.” The “Behind the Haze” campaign is part of a $2 million effort announced by Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, to reduce vaping among Indiana youth. […]

Getting them out of jail sooner

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The Michigan City News-Dispatch

11/27/2019

Ted Yoakum

La PORTE — In January, La Porte County officials will flip the switch on some significant overhauls to the criminal justice system — changes leaders hope will result in a smaller jail population. At its meeting Monday, the La Porte County Council approved the hiring and training of two new pretrial service officers at the […]

Federal judge awards $1 million to woman sexually harassed by Casper probation agent

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Casper Star Tribune

11/20/2019

Shane Sanderson

A federal judge on Wednesday afternoon ordered a former probation agent to pay seven figures to a Casper woman whom he sexually harassed while she was on probation. The probation agent, Jaret Maul, no longer works for the probation office, which is a part of the Wyoming Department of Corrections. The government agency was never […]

The Steep Costs of Criminal Justice Fees and Fines

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Brennan Center for Justice

11/21/2019

Matthew Menendez. Michael Crowley, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Noah Atchison

Executive Summary The past decade has seen a troubling and well-documented increase in fees and fines imposed on defendants by criminal courts. Today, many states and localities rely on these fees and fines to fund their court systems or even basic government operations. A wealth of evidence has already shown that this system works against […]

Vanderburgh County jail expansion talk to resume; many tough questions remain

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Courier & Press

12/1/2019

John T. Martin

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –- Vanderburgh County government officials face a list of difficult questions this week as they dive back into jail expansion discussions. How many more jail beds does the county need? How many might be required in 10 years, 20 years? What can taxpayers reasonably afford? Could temporary structures become part of the solution? […]

4-day workweek boosted employees’ productivity by 40%, Microsoft says

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CNN Wire

11/5/2019

A growing number of smaller companies are adopting a four-day workweek. Now the results of a recent trial at Microsoft suggest it could work even for the biggest businesses. The company introduced a program this summer in Japan called the “Work Life Choice Challenge,” which shut down its offices every Friday in August and gave […]

How Indianapolis employers are adjusting to hiring ex-offenders amid tight labor market

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USA Today

11/6/2019

William Troutman Jr., 46, got his second chance at a recycling center. He started as a picker on the presort line, then he got his forklift certification. He was recently promoted. He makes $10.50 per hour working the floor where recycled material gets compressed and shipped away. “This place opened the doors when they didn’t […]

5th Annual Evaluation of the Criminal Code Reform Report

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The Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council’s report, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Annual Evaluation of Indiana’s Criminal Code Reform December 1, 2019 was posted to their website.

Porter County’s pretrial release program may be fix for jail overcrowding in other Indiana counties

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NWI.com

10/31/2019

Dan Carden

VALPARAISO — Porter County’s innovative pretrial release program is being held up as a potential model for all Indiana counties to follow, especially those with bulging jail populations. On Wednesday, the Indiana Jail Overcrowding Task Force, led by Supreme Court Justice Steven David, visited the Porter County Jail and Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso […]

Volunteering This Weekend? Look Out for Trafficking Victims!

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Email from Katie McCall, CEO 3rd Millennium Classrooms

Did you know that “transient” people are more vulnerable to human trafficking? This includes the homeless, runaway youth, and those transitioning through the foster system. Traffickers often use promises of shelter, food and money as a lure for the homeless or other vulnerable populations into the horrendous world of trafficking. According to Thorn, an anti-trafficking […]

(Monroe) County’s community corrections director retiring

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Herald Times

12/10/2019

Tom Rhodes, who has served as the Monroe County Community Corrections Director for almost 30 of the program’s 37 years of existence, is retiring. Rhodes also has served concurrently as the assistant chief probation officer for the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department. There [was] a retirement reception in courtroom 313 of the Charlotte T. Zietlow […]

JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY IN ALLEN COUNTY STUDIED

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Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

11/22/2019

Trine student assisting with assessment at Allen County Juvenile Center ANGOLA — Sydney Stephan hopes to one day become an attorney specializing in family and elder matters. She is preparing for that now by seeing how things work on the other side of the law. Stephan, a Trine University freshman from Fort Wayne, is working […]

IYI focuses on help, hope

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KPC News

10/27/2019

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” — author Neil Postman The Indiana Youth Institute, with the assistance of a $1.25 million grant from the Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention, is developing programs to assist children impacted by the opioid crisis. The pilot projects, in partnership with […]

Florida lawmaker files bill for judges to reduce outdated drug sentences

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Miami Herald

11/14/2019

Emily L. Mahoney

State Sen. Darryl Rouson, a Democrat from St. Petersburg, filed a bill which would set a framework for judges to re-sentence inmates who are serving outdated sentences no longer in state law. The problem was highlighted in a Times/Herald investigation published Wednesday. The story showed how Florida’s continued changes to its drug sentencing laws have […]

Fighting racism may play an important role in improving child welfare

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Indy Star

10/16/2019

Jessica Levy

Can education about bias and institutionalized racism help improve child welfare throughout Indiana? Nonprofit organization Child Advocates, with support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation, is betting that it can. Child Advocates has been leading educational workshops for hundreds of local businesses and community leaders since 2010, but it only recently launched a highly localized version of […]

Franklin County to eliminate current juvenile probation jobs; employees will have to reapply for new roles

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Dispatch News

10/3/2019

Rita Price

About 64 Franklin County Juvenile Court probation department employees will be affected next year when their jobs are eliminated and and they have to seek positions with vastly different, more complex responsibilities as part of a plan to transform the way juveniles are supervised. The new Community Restoration Services Department will operate under the idea […]

Indiana elections 2019: Carmel Clay Schools passes state’s first school safety referendum

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Indy Star

11/5/2019

Arika Herron

Carmel Clay Schools passed Indiana’s first school safety referendum, asking voters to approve a new type of property tax increase to pay for improved security measures. Carmel, the first district to test the new tool created by lawmakers earlier this year, was one of 10 school districts around the state asking voters for more money. Six of those districts […]

Lake Juvenile Court begins review of detention risk-assessment tool

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NWI.com

11/21/2019

Sarah Reese

CROWN POINT — More than two dozen people packed a small conference room Monday at the Lake County Juvenile Center to begin the process of fine-tuning a tool officials use to decide when children accused of delinquency should be detained. Lake Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak echoed Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David when he […]

Evansville awarded $1 million grant to help youth affected by substance abuse

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Courier & Press

11/13/2019

Earl Hopkins

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and other city officials announced Wednesday afternoon that Evansville was awarded a $1 million federal grant to help youth affected by opioid and substance abuse connect to local services. Winnecke, as well as other speakers, informed the crowd at Youth First Inc. about the grant, which was awarded to […]

Halt of simple pot prosecutions gets mixed reaction

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/16/2019

Olivia Covington

Reactions have been mixed to the recent announcement that the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will no longer prosecute cases of simple possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. Then-acting Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced the policy change Sept. 30 after what he said was about two years of discussion within the office and with other […]

Leaders with Juvenile Justice Center are close to settling lawsuit

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WSBT

10/8/2019

Katlin Connin

SOUTH BEND — Children at the Juvenile Justice Center in South Bend could see some big changes in their stays. The JJC is close to settling a lawsuit. That lawsuit centers around an 11-year-old boy. His parents say the JJC frequently kept their son in solitary confinement and offered him no special education or support. […]

IOCS 2020 Training Dates

Email

11/15/2019

IOCS Justice Services

The Indiana Office of Court Services will be providing trainings in Indianapolis to kick off 2020!  All trainings will take place at our offices, located at 251 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.  Below is the list of the trainings, including registration links. IOCS will not provide lunch or hotel for these trainings.  Case Management:  […]

Correctional Industrial Facility Celebrates Refurbishing 2,500 Chairs for Wheels of the World

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WBIW

10/11/2019

(PENDELTON) – Correctional Industrial Facility (CIF) hosted a tour of their Joni & Friends Wheels for the World wheelchair refurbishment shop. Senior Manager for Domestic Operations Paul Dorthalina was joined by Joni & Friends outreach staff from Chicago, program donors and volunteers, along with correctional staff from Ohio who are interested in starting this program […]

Meth, once the drug scourge of Indiana, is back but in a new and deadlier way

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Indy Star

9/5/2019

Shari Rudavsky

Methamphetamine use appears to be making a comeback as the country continues to grapple with the opioid epidemic. Methamphetamine use appears to be making a comeback as the country continues to grapple with the opioid epidemic. But unlike the period marked a decade ago by hodgepodge labs hidden in rural communities in Indiana and elsewhere, the reemergence appears […]

What Do Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence Have in Common?

Third Millenium Classrooms Newsletter

Katie McCall, CEO

Human trafficking and domestic violence both desire the same thing: power and control. They can manifest themselves in very similar ways — coercion, manipulation, force. These crimes against humanity affect millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes or voluntary work and nights out […]

Twenty years later, [Monroe County Circuit Court] drug court continues to redirect lives

Herald Times

11/7/2019

Laura Lane

“Monroe Circuit Court to give new ‘drug court’ a try,” said a June 1999 headline in the Herald-Times. The story described a pilot project that former Monroe Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Todd and then-Prosecutor Carl Salzmann had proposed to the county council that would redirect resources to a court focused on helping the addicted break […]

Authorities: Indiana man found with drugs, synthetic urine

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WSBT

9/29/2019

AP

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (AP) — A 49-year-old Indiana man on probation has been charged with new drug charges including possession of synthetic urine. The Star Press reports Kirk Allen Boughman was charged Friday with felony possession of methamphetamine and three misdemeanors. The Hartford City man was out on probation when authorities conducted a “compliance search” […]

Annual report highlights work of Indiana Supreme Court

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The Indiana Supreme Court

Find the full text of the Indiana Supreme Court annual report (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) online courts.in.gov/supreme/files/1819report.pdf.

Applications for Federal Title II Grants due November 25

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in.gov

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is making up to $837,156.00 in FY19 Federal Title II funding available for calendar year 2020 programs. Applications for the FY19 Federal Title II Funds are due by Monday, November 25th 2019. Only Indiana state agencies and units of local government are eligible to apply for Title II program […]

Marion County installs kiosks for offenders to check in without probation officer

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WTHR

10/31/2019

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Marion County is now using technology to help streamline the check-ins some criminal offenders on parole. New kiosks have been installed at the City County building downtown. The kiosks allow some offenders on probation to check in instead of meeting directly with a probation officers. The kiosks only work with low-level offenders […]

Jail Overcrowding Task Force seeks input

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courts.in.gov

Purpose The County Jail Overcrowding Task Force was established in 2019 (IC 11-12-6.8) to conduct a statewide review of jail overcrowding and identify common reasons and possible local, regional and statewide solutions. The task force will also study the issue of reducing recidivism for convicted felons in county jails by offering programs that address mental […]

Juvenile symposium addresses race and inclusion

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The Morgan City News-Dispatch

10/10/2019

WESTVILLE – The La Porte Circuit Court’s annual Juvenile Symposium dealt with some of the most sensitive topics in law enforcement today: race, equity and inclusion. On Saturday, more than 160 stakeholders took part in the symposium at Purdue University Northwest’s Westville campus. The purpose was to “provide a venue whereby participants from varying disciplines […]

Google has a new tool aimed at drug addiction recovery

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Deseret News

9/21/2019

Amy Iverson

With 23 million Americans recovering from addiction and 20 million still seeking treatment, Google decided to use its power to help out, resulting in its new Recovery Resource Hub Only 10% of people who struggle with addiction receive treatment, according to the Addiction Center. Sometimes it can be difficult for those wanting help to find it, […]

Cass County Judge Richard Maughmer remembered as ‘tremendous jurist’

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The Indiana Lawyer

9/17/2019

Perhaps as a reflection of his time in the U.S. Air Force, Cass Superior Judge Richard Maughmer ran his court in a no-nonsense manner, and lawyers practicing before him knew they had better be on time, be prepared and follow the rules. “I respected him dearly,” said Yamir Gonzalez Velez, president of the Cass County […]

Restorative justice mediation fosters accountability, lets victims be heard

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/30/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

Nick Philbeck has witnessed repeatedly how the anger crime victims can feel will melt when they sit across the table and see the offender is a 15-year-old kid. Since 2004, Philbeck has worked at the Community Justice & Mediation Center in Bloomington, where he has mediated in the restorative justice program. Now as the restorative […]

Indiana’s struggle with insanity defense mirrors coming SCOTUS case

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The Indiana Lawyer

9/5/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

A case that split the Indiana Supreme Court last December over a criminal defendant’s mental capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions dovetails into a larger question looming before the U.S. Supreme Court — whether states have to provide laws that allow for an insanity defense. Cases raising the issue of how much evidence […]

Divided ruling: Felony reduced to misdemeanor means longer expungement wait

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The Indiana Lawyer

9/6/2019

The Indiana Court of Appeals on Friday asked the Indiana General Assembly for guidance as it sharply divided over whether minor felonies reduced to misdemeanor convictions should trigger new five-year waiting periods for people seeking to expunge their criminal records. The majority ruled they should, a result the dissenting judge called “unjust and ill-advised.” The […]

POPAI 2019 Election Results

CJ Miller, District 5 was re-elected as Treasurer Melanie Pitstick, Marion County was re-elected as District Five Representative Due to not receiving any nominations for Districts 1 and 3, the Board filled the vacancies. Robert Schuster (District 1) Sarah Lochner (District 3) were nominated by the Board and accepted the positions/terms. The full Board Member […]

Mears steps into top job, halts minor marijuana prosecutions

Indiana Lawyer

10/2/2019

Marilyn Odendahl and Olivia Covington

A week after he became acting Marion County prosecutor, Ryan Mears announced the office will no longer be prosecuting defendants accused of possessing 30 grams or less of marijuana. “Too often, an arrest for marijuana possession puts individuals into the system who otherwise would not be,” Mears said at a press conference Sept. 30 announcing […]

Judicial commission investigating shooting involving judges

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The Indiana Lawyer

9/11/2019

Olivia Covington

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications is investigating the May 1 shooting that left two Clark County judges wounded and one convicted of misdemeanor battery, the Indiana Supreme Court confirmed Wednesday. A court spokeswoman said the JQC is investigating the shooting outside of a downtown Indianapolis White Castle that put Clark County Judges Andrew Adams […]

2019 Gang Trends & Updates November 6th, 2019 Hosted by The Midwest Gang Investigators Association Indiana Chapter

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The Midwest Gang Investigators Association Indiana Chapter invites you to attend: 2019 Gang Trends & Updates November 6th, 2019 In conjunction with the Indiana State Police (ISP), Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC), and the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD). LOCATION: Monroe Convention Center ADDRESS: 302 South College Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47403 8-hours of ILEA training […]

Arnold Ventures and the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance Announce 10 Jurisdictions Selected as Probation Research and Reform Sites

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CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance

9/24/2019

New York, New York – Today, Arnold Ventures and the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) announced the selection of 10 jurisdictions to participate in the Reducing Revocations Challenge, a national initiative dedicated to transforming probation supervision and reducing the number of unnecessary failures. The Challenge was launched in response to the growing […]

(Monroe Circuit Court) Probation Department Donates to Vets

Herald Times

In celebration of the 2019 Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week, the Monroe Circuit Court probation department staff completed a service project for veterans. The department collected donations to provide gift bags to local veterans in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs Bloomington Community-Based Outpatient Clinic and the VA’s Bloomington Mental Health Clinic. The […]

Man gets maximum prison term for shooting at probation officers in Billings

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Billings Gazette

9/17/2019

Phoebe Tollefson

The man who fired 15 times at his probation officers inside his Billings home in 2018 was given the maximum prison term Tuesday. Michael Jeffrey Anderson, 62, was sentenced to 40 years in the Montana State Prison, as prosecutors had sought. Yellowstone County District Judge Donald Harris also imposed a 20-year parole restriction. Defense attorney […]

Washington probation officers save woman’s life with gummy bears, apple juice

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K5 News

8/27/2019

Katherine Cook

It was a rewarding night’s work for two Washington probation officers when they saved a woman’s life while conducting a routine home check. WOODLAND, Washington — The Washington State Department of Corrections is commending two community corrections officers who helped save a woman’s life. It happened in Woodland during a routine home check. “Some days […]

2019 Line Probation Officer of the Year Award Winner: Lindsay Long

On Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) annual fall conference, Lindsay Long, a probation officer with Miami County Probation, was presented the Line Probation Officer of the Year Award. The Line Probation Officer of the Year Award was established in 2014 to recognize line probation officers who have […]

2019 POPAI Founder’s Award Winner: Troy Hatfield

On Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) annual fall conference, Troy Hatfield, Deputy Chief Probation Officer of the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department and vice president of POPAI, was awarded the “Founder’s Award”. The “Founder’s Award” is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the […]

2019 Knepple Scholarship Award Winner: Elizabeth Darenski

POPAI provides a scholarship 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 advanced degrees […]

Jury awards husband and wife prison employees $11.4M in racial discrimination case

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Detroit Free Press

9/9/2019

Paul Egan

LANSING – An all-white jury in Genesee County awarded $11.4 million Monday to two black Corrections Department workers in a case alleging racial discrimination and retaliation. The jury found that Lisa Griffey, a probation officer, was discriminated against and harassed because she is black. The jury found that her husband, Cedric Griffey, was retaliated against until […]

A sixth person died from vaping-related lung disease. Here’s what you need to know

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CNN

9/12/2019

Jacqueline Howard

(CNN) A sixth person in the United States has died from lung disease related to vaping, Kansas health officials said Tuesday. The woman was older than 50 and had a history of health problems. She became seriously ill shortly after she started using e-cigarettes and her symptoms progressed rapidly. It’s not clear what type of […]

AZ Court: State Can’t Force Defendants to Pay for GPS Monitors

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Public News Service

8/27/2019

Mark Richardson

KINGMAN, Ariz. — An Arizona appeals court has ruled a defendant whose trial is pending cannot be forced to either pay hefty fees for GPS monitoring or wait in jail. The ACLU of Arizona challenged before the Arizona Court of Appeals the case of a man who was released while awaiting trial, couldn’t afford to pay hundreds […]

To Safely Cut Incarceration, States Rethink Responses to Supervision Violations

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Pew Charitable Trust

7/16/2019

Issue Brief Pew Charitable Trust

Overview Recent research from The Pew Charitable Trusts found that about 4.5 million people in the United States are on community supervision as of 2016. Probation and parole provide a measure of accountability while allowing those who would otherwise have been incarcerated or have already served a term behind bars to meet their obligations to […]

Indiana Officials Call Meth Emerging Drug Crisis

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WBAA

8/9/2019

Carter Barrett

Meth – this is the drug the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse says needs more attention. The commission met Thursday to discuss the emerging drug, in a shift that comes after years of statewide focus on the opioid epidemic. A recent preliminary Centers for Disease Control report shows promising signs that the opioid epidemic may be […]

Probation and Parole Systems Marked by High Stakes, Missed Opportunities

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PEW

9/25/2019

Issue Brief, Pew Charitable Trusts

Overview Incarceration has long dominated the national conversation on criminal justice, because the U.S. prison population skyrocketed between the 1980s and late 2000s. Starting in 2007, policymakers seeking to protect public safety, improve accountability, and save taxpayer dollars initiated a wave of bipartisan reforms that has reduced the number of people behind bars in many […]

Feds to revamp confidentiality rules for addiction treatment

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ABC News

8/22/2019

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press

Federal health officials proposed Thursday to revamp stringent patient confidentiality regulations from the 1970s to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating people caught in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the goal is to make it easier to share a patient’s drug treatment history with doctors treating that person […]

Justices: Decades-old rule in fixed plea modifications still stands

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The Indiana Lawyer

8/17/2019

Olivia Covington

In upholding a decades-old rule recently codified through a legislative amendment, the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled in companion cases that trial courts can only modify a sentence entered as part of a fixed-plea agreement if the modified sentence would not have violated the plea agreement at the time the sentence was originally imposed. The […]

Teen murder wavier to adult court affirmed; police custody issue splits COA

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The Indiana Lawyer

8/19/2019

Dave Stafford

A juvenile court’s rulings in a murder case implicating a 15-year-old boy who had gone to the police station to answer questions after he had been treated for stab wounds were upheld Monday by the Indiana Court of Appeals. The panel affirmed the Lake Superior Court’s finding that there was probable cause to find O.E.W. […]

(Kosciusko) County Council Approves Adding Probation Officer

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Times Union

8/22/2019

The Kosciusko County Probation Department will get a new officer in 2020 after Judge David Cates further explained Thursday to the county council how Criminal Rule 26 will affect the county. During a budget hearing Monday, he asked the council to reconsider their decision to not approve any additional probation officers for 2020 because of […]

County to implement pretrial release rule

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The Elkhart Truth

8/19/2019

Jordan Fouts

Effort aims to get low-level offenders out of jail faster GOSHEN — People facing lower-level criminal charges who pose little risk to re-offend may get out of jail quicker under new rules that go into effect next year. The state guideline, called Criminal Rule 26, was piloted in 11 counties after the Indiana Supreme Court […]

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

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WNDU

8/16/2019

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. […]

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 […]

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

8/8/2019

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

7/25/2019

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 […]

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

8/2/2019

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

5/19/2019

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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NWITimes

7/27/2019

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

7/28/2019

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

Email

8/1/2019

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 […]

Susan Rice, Miami County’s CPO Elected APPA Vice President

POPAI’s own Susan Rice has been elected Vice President of the American Probation and Parole Association. The good news was announced in an email: 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, […]

POPAI 2019 Election: Slate, Request an Absentee Ballot, and Meet the Candidates

The Elections Page is now updated with current information about the 2019 POPAI Board Election. Request an Absentee Ballot Meet the Candidates  

Indiana woman steals dentures, wears them to meeting with probation officer: police

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Fox News

An Indiana sheriff’s office took a “bite out of crime” Monday when they caught a woman wearing a set of dentures “that clearly were not hers” at her own probation meeting. Earlier that day, someone reported that a woman, identified as Joann Childers, from Jennings County, stole her teeth and accused her of wearing them around. A probation officer who […]

Marion County Runs Felon-Focused Addiction Treatment

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Indiana Public Media

7/12/2019

BENTE BOUTHIER

Opioid drug abuse continues to plague the state, particularly with populations who are or have been incarcerated. Nearly 20 percent of people sentenced to state prison or jail report regular opioid use according to the Substance Abuse and Mental health Administration. This is dangerous because people’s tolerance to opioids goes down while they are incarcerated, […]

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

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Associated Press

6/25/19

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) –  Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the 11th state to do so and the first to implement a comprehensive statewide cannabis marketplace designed by legislators. Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal […]

Final days to nominate someone for Founder’s, Rookie Probation Officer, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

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The due date for Fall Awards nominations is August 5, 2019. Remember, if emailing the form and documentation, use cwood@vanderburghgov.org. Full Details

Man’s ‘barely legible’ suit against judge, clerk, DOC staff rightly tossed

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Indiana Lawyer

7/19/2019

Dave Stafford

Despite recent changes to the Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct meant to aid pro se litigants’ ability to be heard in court, an appellate panel ruled Friday that an inmate’s suit against a judge, a clerk and others was so confusing and repetitive that it was rightly dismissed. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the […]

Wasp spray used as alternative meth, contributed to three overdoses

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WISHTV 8

7/18/2019

WLFA/CNN Newsource

 BOONE COUNTY, W. Va. (WFLA/CNN) – Police in West Virginia say they’re seeing a dangerous trend in Boone county. Authorities say some drug abusers are using wasp spray as an alternative form of meth and the practice may have contributed to several overdoses. On Friday, stores in Boone County reported selling nearly 30 cans […]

Organizations team up to bring awareness to child sexual abuse in southwest Indiana

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14 News

5/23/2019

Chellsie Brown

Organizations team up to bring awareness to child sexual abuse in southwest Indiana See original article for video. EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – Several organizations teamed up to bring awareness to the rising issue of child sexual abuse in southwest Indiana. Authorities, survivors, and organizations that work to help victims all listened to each others stories. […]

GPS monitoring helps domestic violence victims not live in fear

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News 4 Jax

7/8/2019

Joy Purdy

(Video in original article.) FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Victims of domestic violence often have little more than a piece of paper to protect them from their attackers. But some local agencies — like the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office — are working to change that. Flagler County has been using a GPS ankle monitoring system for […]

Positive Momentum Showing in Indiana’s Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

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wlfi.com

6/19/2019

Anna Darling

A new report said Indiana’s numbers are down more than 35% since 2013. Nationally, that average number is only at 33%. INDIANA, (WLFI) – After years of a constant uphill battle against the opioid epidemic, Indiana is seeing some positive change. New numbers from the American Medical Association show Indiana’s opioid prescription drug rates are going down faster than […]

Juvenile incarceration, crime falling nationwide

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Indiana Lawyer

7/10/2019

Olivia Covington

Across the country, the number of youth who are incarcerated is down. In 2017, 43,580 minors were incarcerated, a 4 percent drop from 2016. Compare those numbers with 2001, when 104,219 juveniles were detained – 58 percent more than in 2017. Juvenile incarceration peaked in 2000, according The Sentencing Project, and has been on a downward decline […]

11 counties test Indiana’s bail bond relief pilot program

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Washington Post

7/7/2019

Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) – Officials in Porter County and 10 other Indiana counties are testing a risk-assessment program to determine whether people who have been arrested should be required to post bail while awaiting trial. Melanie Golumbeck, Porter County’s chief adult probation officer, said Indiana’s pretrial release program that launched in March 2017 evaluates jail […]

County receives grants for Veterans’, Family Recovery courts

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The Star

7/2/2019

Kathryn Bassett

AUBURN — DeKalb County has received grant funds totaling $142,579 for the DeKalb County’s Veterans’ Treatment Court and Family Recovery Court programs, the DeKalb County Council heard Monday. Assistant Chief Probation Officer and Veterans’ Court coordinator Ryan Hull announced the grants and outlined how the funds would be used during Monday’s county council meeting. The […]

Hendricks Judge Freese suspended 45 days over friend’s estate theft

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/4/2019

Olivia Covington

Hendricks Superior Judge Robert W. Freese has been suspended from judicial office without pay for 45 days after appointing a friend as a trustee of an estate case he was presiding over and failing to take action when the friend did not fulfill his duties, resulting in a “massive theft.” Freese’s judicial suspension will take […]

Malware Attack on LaPorte County results in change of email submission for the Knepple Scholarship Application and awards presented at the Fall Conference

Karen Oeding, POPAI Website Administrator

A malware attack on LaPorte County’s system has rendered email sent on or after July 5, 2019 (and continues at the time of the writing of this article) to our Board Member and Chair of Awards and Recognition Committee Bob Schuster unretrievable. Knepple Scholarship Applications returned via email on or after July 5 must be […]

Important Change In Submission of 2019 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award Applications

Last week, LaPorte County was the target of a Malware Attack. All email sent since July 5, 2019 to our Board Member and Chair of Awards and Recognition Committee Bob Schuster is unretrievable. Knepple Scholarship Applications returned via email on or after July 5 must be resubmitted to Cherie Wood cwood@vanderburghgov.org. We are extending the […]

How France Cut Heroin Overdoses by 79 Percent in 4 Years And the United States could, too

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The Atlantic

4/16/2018

Olga Khazan

In the 1980s, France went through a heroin epidemic in which hundreds of thousands became addicted. Mohamed Mechmache, a community activist, described the scene in the poor banlieuesback then: “To begin with, they would disappear to shoot up. But after a bit we’d see them all over the place, in the stairwells and halls, the […]

Judge certifies class action in Henry County Jail overcrowding suit

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/27/2019

Dave Stafford

Current and former inmates at the Henry County Jail will proceed as a class in a federal lawsuit broadly alleging overcrowded, unconstitutional and inhumane conditions at the facility in New Castle. Indiana Southern District Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker on Tuesday granted a motion for class certification on behalf of more than 100 current inmates, […]

Nominations are now being accepted for Founder’s, Rookie Probation Officer, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

Nominations are being accepted until August 5, 2019 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 […]

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

6/18/2019

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 […]

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

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/28/2019

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 […]

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.

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

4/26/2019

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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Time

4/22/2019

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

6/11/2019

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

4/24/2019

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 […]

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

6/3/2019

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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AP

6/4/2019

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

6/6/2019

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

6/4/2019

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

5/15/2019

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 […]

Justices reject marijuana ‘pursuit of happiness’ appeal

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/15/2019

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 […]

Domestic violence coalition to offer training on pro bono victim representation

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Indiana Lawyer

5/20/2019

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. […]

Bloomington woman shares her journey to sobriety

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CBS Indy 4

5/21/2019

Debby Knox

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Crissie Brault is a Bloomington woman whose journey to sobriety has been fraught with arrests, the loss of her children, relapse and for now, sobriety. Brault entered a rehab facility in Anderson during the summer of 2018, where she agreed to document her daily struggle to remain sober. In the videos, she […]

Statewide e-filing nears completion end as Clinton, Pike connect

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Indiana Lawyer

5/20/2019

One Indiana county remains to voluntarily implement electronic filing in its circuit and superior courts, wrapping up a years-long effort to make all 92 Indiana counties compliant with a statewide e-filing system. E-filing became available in Clinton and Pike counties Friday, leaving just Sullivan County to make the digital switch before the year’s end. Clinton […]

DiSario family files civil suit against Licking County officials in Kirkersville chief death

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Newark Advocate

5/8/2019

Michaela Sumner, Newark Advocate

NEWARK – The DiSario family has filed a civil lawsuit against several officials in Licking County Municipal Court, alleging their actions led to the death of Kirkersville police chief Steven Eric DiSario two years ago Sunday. According to Licking County court records, a complaint was filed in Licking County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. Plaintiffs […]

Apply for the 2019 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 2019 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference in August. 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 pursuing a Masters […]

Judges’ shootings: What happened, and what happens next?

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Indiana Lawyer

5/15/2019

Two Clark County judges are recovering from gunshot wounds in Indianapolis after being shot in downtown Indianapolis earlier this month. Meanwhile, two men accused in the shooting have been released from their bonds after the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office declined to file charges. Clark Circuit Judges Andrew Adams and Bradley Jacobs sustained injuries during an […]

IU McKinney students bring energy, enthusiasm to re-entry program

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Indiana Lawyer

5/13/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

The people who arrive at Magistrate Judge Tim Baker’s courtroom the first Thursday of every month are realizing that the path to redemption requires learning to trust, changing their mindset, sometimes turning away from family and friends, and securing the ordinary things of everyday life like clothes, food and toothpaste. These people are working to […]

ACLU report highlights Indiana’s prison problem

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Indiana Lawyer

5/13/2019

While acknowledging Indiana’s efforts to reform its criminal justice system has slowed the growth of the state’s prison population, a new report by the ACLU of Indiana asserts that additional reforms, including expanded access to treatment for mental health and substance abuse, could reduce the number of incarcerated by 50 percent and save Hoosier taxpayers […]

The Use of Naloxone by Community Supervision Agencies

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APPA

4/1/2019

APPA Technology Committee

The U.S. Surgeon General has recommended that all individuals who may come into contact with opioid abusers carry and know how to use naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug that saves lives (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2018). Because community supervision agencies regularly interact with opioid abusers, it is important they consider equipping […]

Incorporating Location Tracking Systems Into Community Supervision

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APPA

4/11/2019

APPA Technology Committee

For several decades, supervision agencies have been leveraging a variety of technological innovations to better manage justice-involved individuals in the community. Perhaps no tool has captured the imagination of the criminal justice professionals and the public alike as much as location tracking system (LTS) technology, first introduced in 1996. The ability to track an individual […]

Clarksville man arrested in Derby weekend human trafficking sting

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News and Tribune

5/6/2019

Charles Gazaway

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An undercover operation by Louisville Metro police resulted in at least four arrests of men accused of promoting human trafficking over Derby weekend, according to newsgathering partner WAVE3 News. Arrest reports for three of the suspects — Mohith Akula, 27, of Santa Clara, California; Jackson Jones, 54, of Radcliff, Kentucky and […]

Why is unemployment for blacks 86% higher than US average?

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USA Today

5/6/2019

Douglas A. McIntyre

The Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment Situation” data for April appeared to contain nothing but good news. Unemployment dropped to the lowest level since December 1969, as it fell to 3.6%. Jobs added in the month totaled 263,000. Notably, however, the jobs situation for black Americans remains substantially worse than that of almost any other […]

Credit Calculations for Sentencing

The Sentencing Tools Application has been updated to reflect the proper Credit Class P calculations based on Thompson v. State, where a person placed on pretrial home detention earns accrued time (calculated at a day for a day). For all Credit Classes except P, a defendant incarcerated in jail for even 6 to 8 hours prior to posting […]

Miami Correctional Facility Inmate Getting New Trial

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Your News Local from Kokomo Tribune

BUNKER HILL – An inmate at Miami Correctional Facility, who said he was using self-defense when he punched and injured a prison guard who pushed him, is getting a new trial. In February 2018, Michael Hickingbottom was found guilty by a jury of battery resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer, a Level […]

2019 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

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It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. 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 form must be sent to Andria by Sunday July 7, 2019 (postmarked, […]

At launch of 100th problem-solving court, judges hail results

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/17/2019

Olivia Covington

Across 50 Indiana counties, 100 courts are operating under a nontraditional judicial model. The proceedings in these courts aren’t adversarial, they’re collaborative, allowing judges, litigants and lawyers to collectively work toward a desired outcome. And the parties aren’t limited to judges, attorneys and clients – community stakeholders are also integral. As Indiana’s 100th problem-solving court […]

Dr. Brian Lovins – Probation Coaches

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Criminal Justice Office Hours

10/17/2018

Dr. Brian Lovins – Assistant Director for Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department – joins the podcast to talk about the state of community corrections and probation officers as coaches. In many agencies, probation officers have been encouraged or been permitted  to follow the job role of “referee.” Because research links supervision effectiveness to officers […]

Public defenders: ‘Pay now or pay later’

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/17/2019

Olivia Covington

In the 2½ years since the Sixth Amendment Center released a report strongly condemning indigent criminal defense in Indiana, public defenders have pressed for reforms. Now, those efforts are beginning to bear fruit as the Indiana General Assembly takes action on reform legislation. The process has been admittedly slow. The Indiana Public Defender Commission presented […]

Working to reduce recidivism

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Jamestown Sun

2/1/2019

Since 2015, the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has moved into improving staff and inmate interaction and community involvement as ways to prepare inmates for life outside the prison as well as reducing recidivism. North Dakota prisons have a recidivism rate of 35 to 40 percent, according to Chad Pringle, warden of the […]

Court Text Messaging Alerts and Reminders

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Indiana Court Times

4/1/2019

Mary L. DePrez, Director and Counsel for Trial Court Technology, Office of Judicial Administration

Text messaging has become an important tool for judges who continue to look for ways to improve customer service and bring the courts into the 21st century. Victim Safety Trial courts began using text reminders in April 2011. At that time, the statewide Protection Order Registry, a Registry of all protection orders developed by the […]

America’s Penal System & the Probation Trap

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Citizen Truth

9/8/2019

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and while there are many disturbing factors that have contributed to this trend, one of the least-discussed is the complex system of parole and probation that continues to ensnare convicted individuals long after they have paid their debt to society. An Economically Unjust and […]

Southern Indiana has strong presence with problem-solving courts

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News and Tribune

4/15/2019

Aprile Rickert

SOUTHERN INDIANA — Indiana recently reached a milestone when it added its 100th problem-solving court, a system Clark and Floyd counties have been leading the way in for nearly a decade. The Indiana Supreme Court released a complete list of the courts in early April, announcing Pulaski County’s newly certified veterans treatment court as the […]

Report: Indiana’s outsized foster population lags educationally

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/10/2019

Dave Stafford

Indiana, which places a greater percentage of its children in the foster care system than almost any other state, must take steps to close educational shortcomings for children in the system, according to a first-of-its-kind report released recently that details a wide achievement gap. Only 64.6 percent of high school seniors who were in foster […]

2020 Probation Officer Minimum Salary Schedule

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IN.gov

As established by Judicial Conference of Indiana per I.C. 11-13-1-8, the 2020 schedule has been posted. See more information or contact Jenny Bauer with questions.

‘Reliability of exhibits’ overcomes challenge to probation revocation

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/16/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

The revocation of a Madison County man’s probation was upheld after the Indiana Court of Appeals found the evidence presented to the trial court of his continued drug activity met the test for reliability. Mark Lee Votra was determined to have violated the terms of his probation on two occasions in early 2018. Elwood Police […]

Nation’s only court for kids with autism is in Nevada

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Fox 5 KVVU-TV

4/11/2019

Alexandra de Leon

CLARK COUNTY, Nevada (FOX5) – Detention Alternative for Autistic Youth (DAAY) is the only court of its kind in the nation with the goal to help those on the autism spectrum get out of the juvenile system. DAAY’s goal is to keep those kids from becoming adult offenders. “Most of youth that we see have […]

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 […]

Fighting addiction in America: Why we can never settle for the soft bigotry of low expectations

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The Hill

3/7/2019

Andrew Burki, Opinion Contributor

This is the 106th year of the drug war since the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act in 1914. It’s fair to say that we’re still losing. Our losses, both in human life and financial costs, are so staggering that they are incomprehensible. To many, it looks like we’ve stopped fighting to win. The […]

Over $3M Worth of Marijuana Found During Indiana Traffic Stop

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NBC Chicago

3/17/2019

Police also said they found 50,000 vape cartridges in the cargo storage area of the truck Two men are facing felony charges after being found with $3.5 million worth of marijuana and THC-filled vape cartridges during a traffic stop last week in central Indiana. Danny J. Luttrell II and Brandon M. Pierson, both 27, were […]

Indiana Supreme Court to hear cellphone privacy case

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AP News

3/23/2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court is hearing the case of a woman who refused to unlock her cellphone for police in a stalking investigation. Attorneys in the case say the court’s decision could undermine privacy interests and constitutional rights, or public safety and law enforcement. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next month […]

Indiana teachers were shot with pellets for a drill. Are active-shooting trainings going too far?

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Vox

3/24/2019

Amanda Sakuma

‘Active-shooter’ trainings are becoming a remarkable new normal. An active-shooter training in Indiana took a gruesome turn earlier this year when sheriff’s deputies shot elementary school teachers in the back with plastic pellets, mock-execution style. The teachers union detailed the incident this week, highlighting the extreme and potentially ineffective measures many schools have undertaken to avert […]

Man charged in Indiana woman’s 1988 slaying dies in jail

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AP News

3/24/2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to the 1988 beating death of a pregnant mother in South Bend, Indiana, has died in jail. The St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office says 78-year-old George Kearney was found unresponsive Saturday night in the county jail’s medical unit. He was pronounced dead early Sunday. Authorities […]

Spat over Lake County probation officers sparks suit

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KPVI

4/5/2019

Will Racke

Lake County has sued Indiana in a long-running dispute about who is responsible for defending probation officers accused of wrongdoing in their official capacity. Filed late March in Porter County Superior Court, the lawsuit names the state of Indiana, the office of the Indiana attorney general and the Lake County Probation Department as defendants. It […]

It’s Time to Think Globally About Ending Violence in Schools

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Crisis Prevention Blog

9/13/2019

Heather Vaughn

Your local perspective on violence in schools reflects a global concern. When you think about violence in schools, what immediately comes to mind? Maybe you remember an incident of bullying that you or a child you know has experienced, or a school shooting that has devastated a local community. These are certainly two significant kinds […]

7 Tips for Empathic Listening

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Crisis Prevention Institute Blog

10/12/2016

Aryn Lietzke

What does it mean to listen? Is it the passive process of taking in sound waves? What about absorbing the context of words and the feelings behind them? Listening has layers of meaning that stretch beyond the inert and into the active. Working at the Crisis Prevention Institute, I often hear the term “Empathic Listening.” […]

Study says drug court remakes lives

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The Herald-Times

4/3/2019

Laura Lane

Drug court, it pays off. An Indiana University School of Social Work professor’s evaluation of Monroe County’s 20-year-old Drug Treatment Court found that participants are much less likely to commit other crimes than drug offenders who do not participate in drug court. While 54 percent of non-drug court participants got arrested again, just 18 percent […]

County considers allowing probation officers to carry guns

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Kokomo Perspective

4/1/2019

Devin Zimmerman

Probation officers seek safety; sheriff fears introducing firearms into equation Officials within the Howard County Community Corrections Advisory Board are debating allowing those who make home visits to citizens on probation or in-home detention to carry firearms, and the prospect drew mixed opinions. The discussion of whether to allow probation officers and field officers within […]

Can High-Potency Pot Make You Crazy?

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HealthDay

3/19/2019

Dennis Thompson

The jittery, delusional potheads of the old movie “Reefer Madness” have prompted eye rolls and chuckles over the years, but a new study argues that the cult classic might contain a kernel of truth. Smoking pot every day could increase your risk of a psychotic break with reality, particularly if you have access to high-potency […]

Social media linked to rise in mental health disorders in teens, survey finds

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NBC News

3/14/2019

Shamard Charles, M.D.

Young adults born after 1995 are experiencing more mental health issues. Researchers point to lack of sleep and the rise of social media. Mental health issues have risen significantly over the last decade and the rise of digital media may be one reason why, according to a national survey released Thursday. The research, published by […]

Probation officers sent to the hospital after man brings fentanyl into office

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Wave 3 News

3/26/2019

Natalia Martinez

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One of Kentucky’s Probation and Parole offices in Louisville was shut down after an officer came in contact with fentanyl, WAVE 3 News has learned. According to the Department of Corrections, the suspect, Wade Carr, was reporting to the District 18 Probation and Parole Office on Stephen Drive off Dixie Highway […]

Why Treatment for Women Struggling with Addiction Needs to Address Women-Specific Issues

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Center for Network Therapy

3/19/2019

WEST ORANGE, N.J., March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As the addiction epidemic continues to spread, it is ensnaring more women. 19.5 million women over age 18 (15.4%) used illicit drugs in the past year; 8.4 million misused prescription drugs; and, the growth rate of addiction to heroin for women has outpaced that of men since 2003. Dr. Indra Cidambi, […]

Court of Appeals: Probation Officers protected under quasi-judicial immunity

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The Indiana Lawyer

3/19/2019

Katie Stancombe

An inmate ordered to serve the reminder of his sentence after violating his probation lost his argument against several probation officers involved in his case when the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the officers were protected under quasi-judicial immunity. After Randy Thornton pled guilty to Class C felony possession of cocaine, he was ordered to […]

Probation officers entitled to earned PTO payout, panel rules

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The Indiana Lawyer

3/19/2019

Dave Stafford

Related Article: POPAI Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief with Court of Appeals Holding that probation officers as court employees are entitled to cash payouts of unused paid time off at the time of their separation of employment, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a judgment in favor of a former Hendricks County probation officer. The […]

Indiana 211 now offering free rides to drug treatment: ‘It gives people hope’

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Fox 59

3/14/2019

Melissa Crash

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Stranded and in need of life saving support – imagine wanting to get addiction help, but simply not having a ride to get there. That’s one of the biggest challenges Hoosiers with addiction face. A new program is hoping to change that. Indiana 211 is now a green light to vital care. […]

New court for families affected by addiction

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Journal Gazette

3/17/2019

Matthew LeBlanc

The Noble County woman was using drugs – “pretty much anything,” but mostly meth. It was 2009, she’d just had a daughter, and another baby, a boy, was on the way. The Indiana Department of Child Services took custody of her son before she could leave the hospital with him. “That’s how bad it was,” […]

Traffic Stop takes 3.5 Million Dollars Worth of Drugs off The Streets

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Indiana State Police

3/14/2019

Hendricks County – Wednesday, March 13, at 11:33 a.m., an Indiana State Trooper stopped a vehicle on Interstate 70 eastbound, near the 66 mile marker, for a traffic violation of following too closely.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Danny J. Luttrell II, 27, Indianapolis, Indiana, and a passenger in the vehicle was identified […]

FY2019 Amendment Announcement and New Grant Cycle

3/19/2019

Kristen Banschbach, Director of Community Corrections

(Website Administrator’s note: Board Members received the following email this week and I am publishing it here for your information. Karen) The Indiana Department of Correction has received many challenges with the current timeline of the grants. We have analyzed the concerns and will begin a grant cycle based on a calendar year beginning in […]

More Book Recommendations (From POPAI Members)

3/18/2019

Karen Oeding

I posted an article with a list of books recently and Members responded with some more. I thought you’d be interested in them. Never Split the Difference, Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It Amazon Summary Check your local library. I found physical, electronic, and audio versions through Monroe County. “Although not about probation officers, […]

E-cigarette company Juul is now doing health research, but the findings from its first study are limited

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Business Insider

2/23/2019

Erin Brodwin

On Saturday for the first time in its roughly two-year history, e-cigarette company Juul shared some limited data from a clinical trial with the press. In general, that kind of research is considered a key way to protect public health by ensuring a product does not cause undo harm. As a startup, Juul developed a […]

Remembering Wabash Superior Court Judge Amy Cornell

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The Paper of Wabash County

2/26/2019

Joseph Slacian

A loving wife and mother of three young children. A woman with a strong faith in God. A woman who strived to be fair to everyone. A woman who left a legacy of love and courage. A woman who was a rising star in the community. Those are just some of the ways colleagues are […]

10 must-read books for probation and parole officers

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Corrections One

2/26/2019

C1 Staff

(POPAI Website Administrator’s note: based on the Amazon summary and reviews I’m not all for #2 but the rest are worth checking out.   Update: I’ve started to hear from members with more titles you might enjoy. I’ll add as I hear more.  ~ Karen) To be a good officer, you need street smarts; to be […]

FDA opioids adviser: ‘One thing is clear’ about the ongoing crisis

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Yahoo Finance

2/23/2019

Adriana Belmonte

Opioid abuse in the U.S. is a crisis, so much so that President Trump declared the epidemic to be a public health emergency under federal law in October 2017 and signed bipartisan legislation to address the issue in October 2018. Dr. Raeford Brown, a pediatric anesthesia specialist at the UK Kentucky Children’s Hospital and chair […]

POPAI Membership Renewal

The POPAI Membership Year runs from January through December. If you haven’t had the opportunity to renew your membership you may do so in several ways. Online Individuals Corporate Members By mail Download and print the Application then mail a check to Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana, Inc. P.O. Box 44148 Indianapolis, IN 46244 […]

‘Getting kids out of the system’ Alevizos says county’s juvenile justice system on right track

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The Michigan City News Dispatch

3/5/2019

Kelley Smith

La PORTE – For the second consecutive year, La Porte County has ranked among the top six Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) counties in the state. And for consistently exceeding JDAI standards, La Porte Circuit Court has been awarded $49,000 in performance grant funds, up from the $38,000 it was awarded in 2018. “It’s been […]

Using Artificial Intelligence to Address Criminal Justice Needs

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National Institute of Justice

Christopher Rigano

10/8/2018

NIJ is committed to realizing the full potential of artificial intelligence to promote public safety and reduce crime. “Intelligent machines” have long been the subject of science fiction. However, we now live in an era in which artificial intelligence (Al) is a reality, and it is having very real and deep impacts on our daily […]

Dual Status in Indiana

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Indiana Court Times

1/15/2019

Hon. Vicki Carmichael | Judge, Clark Circuit Court #4 and Hon. Charles F. Pratt | Judge, Allen Superior Court

A Cultural Shift Historically, two distinct and separate paths were followed in the provision of services to children who came to the attention of the juvenile justice system. The selected path was generally not determined as a result of an assessment of the totality of the child’s circumstances and needs. Rather, the path was determined […]

Indiana agrees to provide Hepatitis C drugs to more Medicaid recipients

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The Indiana Lawyer

2/19/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

An agreement reached in federal court in February will allow Indiana Medicaid recipients infected with Hepatitis C to receive direct-acting antiviral medications, or DAAs, sooner rather than having to wait until the disease has significantly damaged their livers. An order signed Feb. 12 by Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court for […]

POPAI “Likes” Your Probation Organization Facebook Page

2/22/2019

Karen Oeding

We’d be happy to officially “Like” our Member Department and Corporate Member Facebook Pages. Our Facebook Page is at https://www.facebook.com/POPAIProbationIndiana/ Help me locate and like your page by sending your Facebook Page link to me through Facebook Message on our page. I need to let you know I am going to be checking to make […]

From A Cell To A Home: Newly Released Inmates Matched With Welcoming Hosts

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NPR

1/16/2019

Eric Westervelt

It’s a Friday night and roommates Jason Jones and Tamiko Panzella are hanging out in the Oakland, Calif., apartment they share, laughing about an epic gym workout misfire. “I get there and we have to take our shoes and socks off. And I’m like, oh no, she got me into yoga. She tricked me,” Jones […]

Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think?

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New Yorker

1/14/2019

Malcom Gladwell

Permitting pot is one thing; promoting its use is another. A few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis. The report they prepared, which came out in January of 2017, runs to four hundred and sixty-eight pages. It contains no […]

Opinion | The opioid crisis is part of a decades-long overdose epidemic. Fixing it requires rethinking everything.

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NBC News

Michelle Chen

The reason drugs are killing more Americans every year has to do with the social toxins in our communities. As opioid deaths surge nationwide, the overdose crisis that claims so many young lives every day has spiraled into a public health emergency. But the epidemic started long before your teenage neighbor took his last hit […]

David, Rush publish dissent as high court lets stand sentencing via video

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The Indiana Lawyer

2/13/2019

Dave Stafford

ndiana’s chief justice and the most senior jurist on the Indiana Supreme Court published a sharp dissent Tuesday from a 3-2 ruling that could pave the way for defendants to be sentenced via video. Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Justice Steven David argued in the minority that defendants have a constitutional right to be physically […]

Odds of dying from accidental opioid overdose in the US surpass those of dying in car accident

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CNN

1/14/2019

By Kevin Flower and Meera Senthilingam

For the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident. The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017. The NSC also found the lifetime odds […]

Decatur lawyer sentenced to jail for forgery, counterfeiting

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/27/2019

Dave Stafford

An attorney in northeastern Indiana has been suspended from the practice of law after she was criminally charged. The lawyer has been accused of signing a judge’s name to a phony order in a divorce case and sending emails to an expungement client’s widow posing as a deputy prosecutor. Jill N. Holtzclaw of Decatur was […]

LGBTQ Youth and Juvenile Detention

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MST Services

1/24/2019

According to the US Department of Justice, 856,130 juveniles were arrested across the country during 2016, 45,567 of which were held in 1,772 juvenile facilities. Of those 45,567 juveniles, an average of fifteen to eighteen percent identified as LGBTQ–that’s twice the rate at which LGBTQ are represented within the general US population. In a recent […]

Johnson County names new chief probation officer

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Daily Journal

1/16/2019

Magen Kritsch

A juvenile probation officer has been named as the county’s chief probation officer. Angela C. Morris has been appointed chief probation officer for the Johnson County courts. She will supervise both adult and juvenile probation divisions. She starts her new job Jan. 26. Morris replaces Suzanne Miller, who is retiring after serving in the role […]

Recovery Works Update for Criminal Justice Partners

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FSSA

12/1/2018

Angela Boarman

Over the past three years the Recovery Works team has had the opportunity to serve over 35,000 unique individuals across the State of Indiana. Read more in this downloadable PDF: Recovery Works Update for Criminal Justice Partners.

New curriculum available to teach opioid risks to middle school students

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Scienmag

9/25/2018

A new and free science-based curriculum designed to teach adolescents about the risks of opioids has been released by Project ALERT, a national evidence-based drug education program created and managed by the nonprofit RAND Corporation. The curriculum is available for download from the Project ALERT website at http://www.projectalert.com. The opioid risk curriculum is part of […]

How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?

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NY Times

12/11/2018

By Katharine Q. Seelye, Julie Turkewitz, Jack Healy and Alan Blinder

Amid an opioid crisis, police and strangers with cameras are posting raw images of drug users passed out. For those whose bleakest moments now live online, life is never the same. The first time Kelmae Hemphill watched herself overdose, she sobbed. There she was in a shaky video filmed by her own heroin dealer, sprawled […]

Crisis at the Crossroads of America

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Vera

Oliver Hinds and Jack Norton

Jail Expansion as Prison Reform in Indiana During the 2016 presidential race, Governor Mike Pence said: “We need to adopt criminal justice reform nationally. I signed criminal justice reform in the state of Indiana, and we are very proud of it.” He was referring to House Bill 1006, which he signed on May 5, 2015 […]

Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill Closer To Becoming Law After Congressional Approval

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NPR

12/18/2018

Ayesha Rascoe

A bipartisan bill aimed at overhauling federal prisons and reducing recidivism has been overwhelmingly approved by Congress. The legislation is now on the verge of becoming law, with the House’s approval on Thursday, the Senate’s passage on Tuesday and the backing of President Trump. Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan previously voiced support for […]

Teen vaping continues to rise while other drug use declines, survey finds

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CNN Health

12/17/2018

Jacqueline Howard

Vaping among America’s teenagers continues to climb, while the use of other substances — such as alcohol and opioids — has declined in recent years, according to a new report. Monday’s report, called Monitoring the Future, comes from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and is based on an annual survey of drug […]

Southwestern Indiana county gets grant to expand drug court

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/15/2018

Associated Press

Knox County in southwestern Indiana has landed a $500,000 federal grant that will allow officials to nearly double the county’s drug court. The courts in Vincennes will use the Justice Department funding to hire another full-time case worker, buy portable breathalyzer machines and make other improvements to expand the drug court over the next four […]

The struggles addicts face during the holiday season, and how you can help

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Business Insider

12/18/2018

Lindsay Dodgson

Christmas is just around the corner, meaning a few days of merriment and over-indulgence for many people. For others, though, it’s a tough time of year. People struggling with addiction, for example, can face a number of hurdles, according to the American Addiction Centers’ chief medical officer Lawrence Weinstein. “The holidays can be a challenging […]

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on PA mayor

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13 WTHR

12/9/2018

Michael Rubinkam

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old, just resigned mayor of the tiny Pennsylvania town of Mount Carbon — in what she assumed was a deep sleep. She tried to wake him for his overnight shift at the local supermarket, but he couldn’t be roused, even after she sprinkled […]

Drug company raised price of lifesaving opioid overdose antidote more than 600 percent

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USA Today

11/19/2018

Ken Alltucker

As the nation struggled with the rising number of opioid deaths, a private drug company increased the price of an overdose antidote more than 600 percent, a Senate subcommittee says in a new report. The increase has cost the federal Medicare and Medicaid health programs more than $142 million since 2014, according the Homeland Security […]

New website provides legal help to those with limited means

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13 WTHR

12/3/2018

AP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new website is available to provide legal resources to Indiana residents of limited financial means and help them with civil matters including family, housing, employment, and educational services. The website, indianalegalhelp.org , provides contact information for legal service providers in each county, questions to ask when hiring a lawyer and a […]

Opioids Are In the Spotlight. But Meth Hospitalizations Are Surging

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Time

11/21/2018

Anna Gorman

The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids. Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245% from 2008 to 2015, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. […]

Innovative Approaches Can Help Improve Availability of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

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Pew

11/9/2018

Overview The number of people with opioid use disorder (OUD)—which is marked by a dependence on opioids, including prescription pain relievers and illicit drugs such as heroin—far exceeds the treatment capacity across the country. In 2017, more than 450,000 individuals with OUD were unable to access treatment. Increasingly, states and local communities are implementing models […]

Naloxone remains controversial to some, but here’s why it shouldn’t be

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The Conversation

7/20/2018

The overdose-reversing drug naloxone saves thousands of lives each year and is more widely available today than ever. So why do overdose deaths across the U.S. continue to rise? According to one 2018 study, naloxone itself is partly to blame. Naloxone, the authors of the study wrote, increases opioid use and does not reduce opioid-related […]

‘No one to talk you down’

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The Washington Post

11/21/2018

Christie Thompson and Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge | The Marshall Project

Inside federal prisons’ dangerous failure to treat inmates with mental-health disorders The voices in John Rudd’s head were getting louder. It was April 2017, and Rudd, an inmate at a federal prison near Hazelton, W.Va., had stopped taking his psychiatric medication. He told staff members that he wanted to hang himself, so they moved him […]

How Exercise Could Help Fight Drug Addiction

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Neuroscience News

Summary: A new mouse study reveals exercise may help curb drug addiction and buffer against relapse by altering the production of peptides in the brain. The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. However, addicts who […]

Jail creates access officer position serving inmates, family members

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HTO

11/30/2018

Abby Tonsing

A newly-created position at the Monroe County Correctional Center will serve as a gofer between inmates inside the jail and family members on the outside. Need help setting up an account for the jail’s video visitation system? Need an inmate’s signature on legal paperwork? Need assistance working the computer kiosk inside the jail’s lobby? Have […]

Deadliest states for drug overdoses

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CBS News

(Slide Show) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes data about drug overdose mortality rates in every state, annually. Here is a look at the states ranked by overdose-related death rates for 2016, the most recent year available. Synopsis of Slides: (see original article for all) #50: The overdose death rate in Nebraska is […]

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Indiana Courts Bulletin

11/18/2018

Trial Court Technology is distributing $271,000 in scanners to probation departments across the state to facilitate e-filing. Contact Mary DePrez with questions.    

Neuroimaging Study Reveals ‘Hot Spot’ For Cue-Reactivity In Substance-Dependent Population

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Bioengineer

11/20/2018

Bioengineer, Credit: Medical University of South Carolina

When patients with dependence on alcohol, cocaine or nicotine are shown drug cues, or images related to the substance, an area of their brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) shows increased activity, report investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in an article published online September 7, 2018 in Translational Psychiatry. […]

Teens are trying marijuana before alcohol and tobacco

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The Verge

11/20/2018

Angela Chen

It’s not because teens are consuming weed more, it’s because they’re using tobacco and alcohol less Teens used to try alcohol first, then tobacco, and then marijuana. Now, marijuana is increasingly the first “gateway” substance for adolescents, according to new research. This trend is not because teens are smoking cannabis more than ever. Rather, the […]

Meth Is Making a Comeback Across America

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Rolling Stone

10/8/2018

Amelia McDonell-Parry

From Virginia to Alaska, methamphetamine use is surging — and it’s hitting in many places still reeling from the opioid crisis In the shadows of the nationwide opioid crisis, another threat looms. Methamphetamine use is on the rise in small rural pockets of the country, from Oklahoma and Virginia, to Kentucky and Florida, and, as […]

Interest in trade school rises with skilled labor shortage

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IndyStar

9/26/2018

Jessica Levy

With college costs rising and a shortage of skilled trade workers, trade school offers students an alternate path to a promising career. In a world where college costs are rising and student loans can be stifling, high school students and their parents are increasingly looking for alternatives to expensive four-year college programs. One alternative that […]

The People Who Build Our Towns Are Dying of Overdoses More Than Anyone Else

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Vice

11/12/2018

Jason Silverstein

Recent analyses show that people in the construction industry are six times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than other workers. Construction workers are dying from opioid overdoses across the country, both because they are often forced to work hard jobs through the pain of injuries in order to provide for their families—and […]

Scientists Compared Whether Weed or Alcohol Is Worse for Teen Brains

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Inverse

10/3/2018

Sarah Sloat

Substance use comes with cognitive repercussions. While the recreational use of marijuana is an increasingly a legalized activity, the exact science of what the drug does to the brain isn’t yet conclusive. In an effort to understand what happens to the brain right from the start of smoking, scientists recently studied the substance use of nearly […]

What you should know about the new opioid drug that’s 10 times stronger than fentanyl

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ABC News

10/31/2018

Anna Jackson

The FDA announced on Friday that it would side with its advisory panel by approving a new opioid drug, called Dsuvia, despite the country already being in the midst of an opioid crisis and critics voicing concerns about the safety of the drug. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb defended the FDA’s decision to approve the […]

What Factors Led To The Current Opioid Crisis In The U.S.?

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Quora

10/8/2018

What factors fueled the growing opioid crisis that exists in the US right now? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Beth Macy, Bestselling author (Dopesick, Factory Man, Truevine), on Quora: Rapacious overselling of painkillers, pushed under the […]

This ballot initiative could reshape how Ohioans think about race and punishment

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Mic

11/2/2018

Bakari Kitwana

On Election Day, Ohioans will vote on a ballot initiative designed to help decriminalize nonviolent drug use and to divert millions of taxpayer dollars — currently spent pursuing an outdated and failed war on drugs — into drug treatment programs. By challenging perceptions of drug users, Issue 1 upends racist assumptions the nation has accepted […]

In Tight Labor Market, Inmates Learn to Code

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TeacherIN

10/10/2018

Kris Maher

INDIANAPOLIS — Jennifer Fleming was convicted of dealing drugs in 2012, but when she gets out of prison next year, she is hoping for a job in computer coding. “Technology is definitely going to be a steppingstone in keeping myself stable,” said Ms. Fleming, who is one of eight women in a pilot program at […]

The man who made billions of dollars from OxyContin is pushing a drug to wean addicts off opioids

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The Washington Post

9/8/2018

Lindsey Bever

Following hundreds of lawsuits over the years against pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma, Colorado’s attorney general is suing the OxyContin creator for its “significant role in causing the opioid epidemic.” The lawsuit claims Purdue Pharma L.P. and Purdue Pharma Inc. deluded doctors and patients in Colorado about the potential for addiction with prescription opioids and continued […]

‘An incredible human being’: Monroe County Judge Marc Kellams retiring after 38 years

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IDS

9/19/2018

Sydney Tomlinson

At first glance, faith and law may not seem to mix. Faith, on one hand, requires one to be gentle and forgiving. Law, on the other, requires strength and firmness. Yet both deal heavily in questions of morality — in deciding what is right and wrong. Judge Marc Kellams, 69, has explored that mix of […]

Can marijuana really replace prescription opioids for pain? Some get relief but ‘it’s not a home run.’

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Chicago Tribune

8/31/2018

Robert McCoppin

Marijuana advocates were overjoyed this week when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner legalized medical cannabis as a substitute for prescription painkillers. The Marijuana Policy Project called it a “big win” for patients, and officials say it will greatly expand the number of patients, possibly saving lives. But the new state law raises the question: How effective […]

How the Smallest State is Defeating America’s Biggest Addiction Crisis

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Politico Magazine

8/25/2018

Erick Trickey

Rhode Island inmates get opioid replacements while they’re locked up and it seems to be keeping them from overdosing when they get out. CRANSTON, R.I. — By the time police caught Paul Roussell with heroin last summer, the 58-year-old lobster fisherman had been addicted to the drug for almost 10 years. He’d gone from sniffing […]

Jeffersonville facility would house people experiencing addiction, homelessness

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News and Tribune

8/29/2018

April Rickert

Proposed site on Ewing Lane still to pass planning commission, council JEFFERSONVILLE — Over the past two and a half years, one Southern Indiana woman has found a way out of a bad situation and now can look ahead at a new life, through the help of a permanent supportive housing program through LifeSpring Health […]

No love for ankle monitors on captured immigrants

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AP

8/25/2018

Colleen Long, Frank Bajak and Will Weissert

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Federal authorities’ shift away from separating immigrant families caught in the U.S. illegally now means that many parents and children are quickly released, only to be fitted with electronic monitoring devices — a practice which both the government and advocacy groups oppose for different reasons. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

‘I have a problem with this obituary’: Vermont police chief reacts to family’s candid tribute to woman who struggled with addiction

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Boston Glove

10/17/2018

Dialynn Dwyer

“Make no mistake, no matter who you are or what you look like: Maddie’s bell tolls for someone close to you, and maybe someone you love.” “Gut wrenching.” “Heartbreaking.” “A beautiful tribute.” Those are just a few of the words being used on social media to describe the obituary for Madelyn Linsenmeir, whose family wrote […]

New map helps identify areas of opioid overdoses in Indiana

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13 WTHR

8/23/2018

TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse has launched an interactive, online naloxone administration heat map that provides insight into the location of incidents where naloxone was administered and reported by emergency medical services providers. Also known by the brand name Narcan®, naloxone blocks the effects of an opioid overdose and can save the life […]

Revolutionary fingerprint drug test detects chemicals in sweat

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Daily Mail

10/8/2018

Tim Collins

A revolutionary fingerprint scanner can deliver drug test results within minutes with up to 99 per cent accuracy. That’s the finding of a new study that looked at the performance of the Reader 1000 compared to existing urine and blood tests. The device accurately tests for the four main groups of drugs most commonly abused […]

Monroe County Judge Ken Todd retiring after more than 40 years

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Indiana Lawyer

10/3/2018

Olivia Covington

He may be the one wearing the robe, but the rapport Monroe Circuit Judge Kenneth Todd shares with defendants lacks the rigidity commonly found in court hearings. Instead, as defendants approach the bench, there is a sense of familiarity between him and those whose future he holds in his hands. “How long have you and […]

Here’s How Abolishing Cash Bail Has Worked For Places That Did It Before California

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Daily Caller

8/29/2018

Evie Fordham

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill eliminating cash bail in the state Tuesday Maryland virtually eliminated cash bail in 2017, but proponents of a reworked justice system are not happy with the results Several states and cities are moving toward reducing or ending cash bail California became the first state to end the […]

San Francisco mayor weighs drug injection site, despite veto

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ABC News

10/2/2018

Janie Har

Driven in part by family tragedy, San Francisco Mayor London Breed has repeatedly pledged to open what could be the first supervised drug injection site in the country. However, California Gov. Jerry Brown made the promise tougher to keep when he vetoed legislation over the weekend that would have given San Francisco some legal cover […]

Dangers of rising benzo prescriptions raise alarms of next drug crisis

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NBC News

7/27/2018

Avichai Scher

Doctors are prescribing benzodiazepines, like Xanax and Ativan, at skyrocketing rates. But most don’t know about their debilitating, even deadly, effects. Video:   When Christy Huff developed a painful eye problem that led to insomnia, her doctor had a common solution— Xanax. She took the medication as directed. One pill at night offered her some […]

Senate passes bipartisan bill to curb opioid crisis

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The Hill

9/17/2018

Jessie Hellmann

The Senate on Monday passed a bipartisan, multipronged package of 70 bills aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic, but Congress still has work to do to reach the finish line. The package, which passed 99-1 and focuses on prevention and treatment, includes a provision President Trump endorsed on Twitter last month. It marks the most […]

Federal agency awards Indiana $25M to fight opioid abuse

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The Indiana Lawyer

9/20/2018

Associated Press

The Trump administration has awarded Indiana more than $25 million to fight the opioid epidemic, largely by expanding access to treatment and recovery services. Indiana’s funding announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was among more than $1 billion awarded to all 50 states to combat opioid abuse. Indiana is getting […]

President signs bill into law requiring VA to hire 50 outreach specialists to support Veterans involved in justice system

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US Department of Veterans Affairs

9/17/2018

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is ready to hire an additional 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists following President Trump’s signing today of the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018, a new law shoring up support services to Veterans impacted by the justice system. The law requires […]

To fight the opioid crisis, the US needs to look at what works

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Washington Examiner

8/16/2018

Erin Dunne

(See original article for a video) The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released preliminary overdose estimates for 2017. Although a few states offer some encouraging examples of progress, the estimates — or even just one, the record 72,000 overdose deaths — offer a troubling look at how the United States is still struggling to […]

Probation Officers’ Stress and Burnout Associated With Caseload Events

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Corrections & Mental Health

9/9/2018

Lori Whitten

In 2010, more than 4 million adults in the United States were under probation supervision, according to estimates from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Increasingly, the role of probation officers—the correctional professionals who supervise these individuals—has shifted from monitoring offender compliance with court orders to helping people change their behavior. This more inThis is a […]

Workers With Criminal Records

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Society for Human Resource Management and the Charles Koch Institute

5/17/2018

A Survey by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Charles Koch Institute The number of Americans with a criminal history is on the rise, and nearly one-third of the adult working-age population has a record. A new nationwide study commissioned by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Charles Koch Institute […]

Remembering Thomas E. Gahl: EOW September 22, 1986

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The United States Probation Office for the Southern District of Indiana has been dedicated to the memory of U.S. Probation Officer Thomas E. Gahl, who was the first U.S. Probation Officer killed in the line of duty by a parolee. Tom was killed on September 22, 1986, by Michael Wayne Jackson, who had a life-long […]

2018 Founder’s Award Winner: Judge Vicki Carmichael

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 member. The selected person however, shall be characterized by his/her commitment of influence and promotion of professionalism to Indiana […]

15 Finds Out investigates the popularity of JUUL among teens

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wane.com

9/14/2018

Angelica Robinson

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – – The Food and Drug Administration made national headlines when it declared that teen vaping is an epidemic. The agency threatened to stop the sale of flavored e-cigarettes if the manufacturers cannot prove they are doing enough to keep them out of the hands of teens. JUUL and at least […]

Declining fee revenue forces probation officials to seek alternative funding options

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Herald Times

9/5/2018

Ernest Rollins

Declining user fee revenues continue to be a budgeting concern for probation and community corrections officials. Two probation officer positions previously supported by the court, alcohol and drug fees fund were moved to the county general fund on Tuesday, the first day of the 2019 county council budget work sessions. Chief Probation Officer Linda Brady […]

This company hired anyone who applied. Now it’s starting a movement

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Fast Company

8/17/2018

Eillie Anzilotti

Around 25 years ago, Ty Hookway, founder of the upstate New York-based janitorial services company CleanCraft, was driving past one of their client’s houses when he noticed one of his workers’ cars parked in front. It was late–around 11 p.m.–so Hookway stopped to check in and see if everything was okay. Inside, he saw Sanford […]

New Opioid Overdose Statistics Suggest The Crisis Could Be Getting Even Worse

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Bustle

8/22/2018

Renae Reints

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, 116 people die from opioid-related overdoses every day. These numbers reached record highs in 2016, prompting President Trump to temporarily declare a state of emergency in late 2017, but new opioid overdose statistics analyzed by Salon show the crisis could actually be getting worse. Data […]

Opinion: Gov. Hutchinson: Reduce mental illness in criminal justice system with treatment, not incarceration

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Fox News

8/22/2018

Gov. Asa Hutchinson | Fox News

Richard King suffers from bipolar disorder. A pastor and Vietnam veteran from Fort Smith, Ark., Richard has undergone treatment for his mental illness for years. But when a stomach illness prevented him from taking his prescribed medication, he found himself on March 11 experiencing a mental health crisis that led to his arrest on a […]

Why you shouldn’t dismiss the risk of marijuana addiction

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Vox

8/20/2018

German Lopez

There are real concerns with marijuana addiction. That doesn’t mean legalization is a bad idea. It is now widely accepted that marijuana is, at the very least, less dangerous than other recreational drugs. The typical line you’ll hear — I certainly do in my email inbox — is that “marijuana is harmless,” often meant as […]

Text messages help defendants remember court dates

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Herald Times

9/1/2018

Laura Lane

Criminal defendants who don’t show up for a court hearing may find themselves in a bad place — jail — if a judge orders them arrested for failure to appear. This happens all the time. It can be a life-altering event for the person who gets arrested, who is held without bond, sometimes for days, […]

This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.

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NY Times

8/18/2018

Abby Goodnough

OAKLAND, Calif. — Every year, thousands of people addicted to opioids show up at hospital emergency rooms in withdrawal so agonizing it leaves them moaning and writhing on the floor. Usually, they’re given medicines that help with vomiting or diarrhea and sent on their way, maybe with a few numbers to call about treatment. When […]

Opioid bills could net millions for companies

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Politico

06/22/2018

ADAM CANCRYN

The House is touting passage of dozens of bills that could help combat the national opioid crisis — but a small handful of companies that have spent millions lobbying Congress could reap a windfall if any of the bills become law. In a two-week legislative blitz, the House cleared several narrowly tailored measures that would […]

Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making State Policy Team Report

Linda Brady, Probation Representative to State EBDM Policy Team

The state Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) Policy Team met on August 17, 2018. Agenda and Work Group Reports: State EBDM Team Agenda 8-17-2018 Pretrial Work Group Report 8-17-2018 Behavior Responses Group Report 8-17-2018 Professional Development Work Group Report 8-14-2018 Data Work Group Report 8-14-2018 The next State Team meeting will be October 5, 2018, […]

18th Annual Judge David’s Community In-Service

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The 18th Annual Judge David’s Community In-Service is on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. This year’s theme is: “Keeping Our Kids in Safe Waters: How to Navigate the Depths of Mental Health Challenges and Suicide Prevention”. Attendees will hear a powerful Keynote presentation from Kevin Hines. In September 2000, Kevin leapt off the Golden Gate Bridge, […]

Photographer Brings Stories of Juveniles In Justice

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IU NewsNet

4/23/2018

Nationally-acclaimed photographer, Richard Ross, brings his work “Juvenile In Justice” to Bloomington for the month of April. His photos show the treatment and containment of children in detention centers and have been featured by CNN, NPR, TIME Magazine, 60 Minutes, The Washington Post and more. The artist visited Bloomington for two days and held events, […]

“I was dumbfounded…” Veterans Treatment Court gets federal grant

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WTHI-TV 10

8/13/2018

Sarah Lehman

The Vigo County Veterans Court has been recognized and is being awarded a federal grant. VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) — The Vigo County veterans court was started about three years ago by Judge John Roach. Since it started it’s helped almost 30 veterans get out of the system and get their lives back on track. […]

Funding issues eliminate road crew program

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Herald Times

8/14/2018

Ernest Rollins

For almost 35 years, the county’s road crew program has served as an alternative to jail time. However, for financial reasons, Monroe County judges decided to discontinue the program. The last day of the program was Saturday. Eight individuals participated. “We are disappointed that we have to cease with road crew, but we have to […]

ISP: $1M worth of pot found hidden in fresh lettuce in tractor-trailer

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IndyStar

8/8/2018

Crystal Hill

A car inspection on I-70 led to the discovery of $1 million worth of marijuana hidden in fresh lettuce, Indiana State Police said Wednesday. A tractor-trailer traveling eastbound was stopped near the 41 mile marker around 7:30 a.m. in Putnam County for a routine inspection, State Police said in a news release. A search of […]

Meet Dr. Earl Suttle: Fall Conference Keynote Speaker

“Dr. Earl gave us treasures and nuggets that we have immediately implemented, with respect to diversity recruitment and retention, and leadership development.” — Alfred Dowe, Asst. Director of Recruitment and Community Outreach University of Arkansas Graduate School and International Education “Many, many thanks for your refreshing insights and positive approaches to coping with change during […]

2018 POPAI Election: Slate and Voting Information for the Contested Seat

The following candidates are slated for the 2018 POPAI Fall Election: President: Adam McQueen Secretary: Cherie Wood District 2: Cheryl Bartnick Ryan Hull Heather Malone District 4: Lakisha Fisher District 6: Andria Geigle District 8: Mignon Ware Article XII ELECTIONS E. Voting The President of the Association shall open the annual meeting of the Association […]

Report coming on local opioid problem

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Journal Review

7/25/2018

Nick Hedrick

Stakeholders discuss ways to curb addiction Police, health care providers and others at the center of the local opioid problem will soon receive a map for helping tackle drug abuse. After months of gathering input, Montgomery United Fund For You’s United Against Opioid Abuse Project is completing a report that seeks to gauge the extent […]

Opioid Summit seeks solutions to one of Indiana’s most pressing problems

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nwi.com

7/26/2018

Dan Carden

INDIANAPOLIS — The Hoosier State is at the center of America’s opioid drug abuse epidemic, so it’s up to Hoosiers to figure out how best to combat the scourge and prepare for the next one. That motivation drew nearly 1,000 judicial, law enforcement, public health and community leaders from all 92 counties to the Indiana […]

Judge, doctors speak in support of medication-assisted treatment at opioid summit

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Herald Times

7/25/2018

Laura Lane

INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of criminal justice professionals tasted the cruel reality of the state’s opioid crisis when Marion Superior Court Judge William Nelson played a chilling 911 call from a mother who had just found her 20-year-old son dead from an overdose. The 90-second recording of the despondent and sobbing woman filled the ballroom at […]

Thinking Outside the Cell: Software Cuts Recidivism Among Texas’ Mentally Ill

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The Crime Report

7/9/ 2018

Laura Binczewski

In Dallas County, Texas, the main outlet of psychiatric care for those with mental illness is no longer the corrections system. A five-year initiative aimed at bridging the gap between the legal and medical communities is successfully diverting justice-involved mentally ill individuals to effective treatment programs. The key to the program is technology. The initiative […]

2018 Legislative Summary

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Indiana Court Times

6/21/2018

Court Times. Compiled By: Amanda R. Wishin | Research Attorney, Indiana Office of Court Services

New immunities Community corrections officers and probation officers who administer an overdose intervention drug. S.E.A. 13, P.L. 4. A guardian ad litem program and court appointed special advocate program when a child is placed on a waiting list for guardian ad litem or court appointed special advocate services. S.E.A. 135, P.L. 120. Fire department that […]

Public Safety + Public Health Opioid Conference: August 14, 2018

Indiana State Department of Health

Community Solutions: United to Combat the Opioid Epidemic Register for the 2018 Public Safety + Public Health Opioid Conference being held on Tuesday, August 14th at 502 East Event Centre in Carmel, IN. Cost: $25 Objective The goal of this conference is to showcase how Public Safety and Public Health are strategic partners in the […]

Submit Nominations for The Founder’s, “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards before August 6

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 […]

Dealing with Out-of-State Offenders

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Indiana Court Times

6/21/2018

Jane Seigel | Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Office of Judicial Administration and Jenny Bauer | Staff Attorney, Indiana Office of Court Services

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 […]

New Indiana laws ban eyeball tattoos, protect renting rights

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13 WTHR

6/30/2018

Brian Slodysko

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers entered this year’s session with limited ambitions when compared to years past. They still passed dozens of new laws. And while many of the most attention grabbing ideas — like legal Sunday retail alcohol sales — were already made the law of the land, more are set to take effect […]

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

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APPA

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

7/11/2018

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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WTHR13

7/12/2018

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, […]

Suicide rates increase in Indiana, nationwide

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News and Tribune

6/15/2018

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 […]

Transitional housing a possibility

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Journal Review

6/26/2018

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 […]

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

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13 WTHR

6/27/2018

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 […]

Redefining the Role of Probation and Parole Officers to Combat Recidivism

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In Public Safety

6/8/2018

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 […]

Members Only: April 2018 JRAC Minutes

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

Officers knock on doors of sex offenders to check for violations

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WLWT5

6/12/2018

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 […]

Federal grant expands southern Indiana family drug court

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Insider Louisville

6/4/2018

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

4/26/18

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

5-23-2018

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 […]

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

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Fox 59

5/21/2018

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

5/17/2018

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 […]

2019 Probation Officer Minimum Salary Schedule

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The Indiana Office of Court Services

5/17/2018

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). https://www.in.gov/judiciary/probation/2343.htm 2019 PO Salary Schedule

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

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/2/2018

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

5/10/2018

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 […]

Settlement allows children to visit Allen County Jail inmates

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/11/2018

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 […]

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

4/18/2018

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

4/22/2018

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 […]

DeKalb County seeking Chief Probation Officer

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POPAI Jobs Page

4/24/2018

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 […]

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.

Fake urine lets people cheat drug tests

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The Journal Gazette

4/8/2018

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 […]

Justices reverse ‘unreasonable’ probation internet restriction

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/12/2018

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 […]

Statewide Opioid Seminar on MAT Training: Save the Date

IN.gov 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

3/28/2018

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

3/19/2018

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

3/2/2018

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

2/1/2018

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

2/22/2018

Newsroom

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 […]

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 sbowling@idoc.in.gov For a bit […]

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

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TedEx

2/16/2017

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 […]

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 […]

Unintended consequences: Investigation reveals why drug court enrollment is declining

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Deseret News

12/17/2017

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

1/26/2018

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

1-25-2018

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 […]

Home detention matters

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Legislative Update Published by the Indiana Office of Court Services

1/12/2018

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

12/17/2017

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. […]

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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courts.in.gov

1/10/2018

(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 […]

Legal sports betting in Indiana anticipated by lawmaker’s bill

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The Indy Star

1/5/2018

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

12/13/2017

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

12/17/2017

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. […]

Opportunity in Shelby County: Part Time Temporary Caseload Manager (With Oversight)

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Karen Oeding

Chief Bodine at Shelby County Probation Department contacted me earlier this week with an interesting unique opportunity. She is looking for someone to manage an active caseload of 50 (with oversight), see appointments, enter information into case management system, work with other agencies to collaborate services, fill out required paperwork (with oversight). Term Dates are […]

Marin County Probation: Wall of Change Program (Video)

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Addicts turning to anti-diarrhea medication to get high

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CBS News

5/6/2016

Some opioid addicts are turning to an over-the-counter alternative to get high — and it’s probably not one you’d expect. A growing number are taking dangerous doses of Imodium A-D, a widely available gastrointestinal medication, CBS New York reports. According to a report published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the anti-diarrhea medication has growing […]

Device stems opioid withdrawal pain

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The Herald Bulletin

11/16/17

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 […]

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

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The New York Times

10/25/2017

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 […]

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

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Springfield News-Sun

11/2/2017

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 […]

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

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WDRB

10/26/2017

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, […]

How addiction causes “hundreds of changes” in the brain

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ABC News

8/25/2017

(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 […]

Call for Proposals and Save the Date: Justice Services Conference 2018

  The Indiana Office of Court Services (IOCS) is excited to announce the First Annual Justice Services Conference to be held on May 9th – 11th, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center. The conference will include staff from Probation, Court Alcohol and Drug Programs, and Problem-Solving Courts. This combined conference replaces the formerly separate Probation […]

When prison is a safe place: Batavia mom worried about addict son after release

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Aurora Beacon News

8/27/2017

Denise Crosby

Pat Hummel has serious qualms about the day her son Tyler is released from prison. Understandable when you hear the reason why. He’s a drug addict. Has been since he was in junior high. And despite her and husband Dave’s best efforts — including tough love and tens of thousands of dollars spent on counseling, […]

Surviving an opioid overdose may soon depend on where you live

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Chicago Tribune

9/14/2017

John Tozzi and Jared S. Hopkins

In southwest Ohio, people die from drug overdoses at more than double the national rate. In the future, whether someone survives could hinge on what county they are in. The sheriff in Butler County this summer declared that his officers wouldn’t carry medication to reverse overdoses. In Middletown, a city of 49,000 that overlaps the […]

Policing the teen brain

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TheNewsDispatch.com

10/5/2017

Ben Davis

Training begins for officer/teenager interactions La PORTE — On Thursday morning, Policing the Teen Brain kicked off at the city of La Porte Police Department. The two day training program is designed to give law enforcement, teachers and others a better understanding of how to work with adolescents. “We’ve been in the process over the […]

POPAI Board Matches Then Distributes Donation Funds to Texas Probation Officers Still Trying to Recover from Hurricane Harvey

10/24/2017

Karen Oeding

Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas Coast on August 25, 2017. The POPAI Board collected $1000 from attendees at the Fall Conference in September, then matched the funds. POPAI President Adam McQueen reached out to the Texas Probation Association to locate a good recipient for funds. Two departments were identified that were hit the […]

As Overdose Deaths Pile Up, a Medical Examiner Quits the Morgue

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The New York Times

10/7/2017

Katharine Q. Seelye

  CONCORD, N.H. — In the state morgue here, in the industrial maze of a hospital basement, Dr. Thomas A. Andrew was slicing through the lung of a 36-year-old woman when white foam seeped out onto the autopsy table. Foam in the lungs is a sign of acute intoxication caused by an opioid. So is […]

How a brain gets hooked on opioids

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PBS

10/9/2017

Nsikan Akpan and Julia Griffin

(Note: the article is full of interesting video, if you have a moment and want to dig deeper, follow the link above to the full article.)   Pain and pleasure rank among nature’s strongest motivators, but when mixed, the two can become irresistible. This is how opioids brew a potent and deadly addiction in the […]