Author Archives: Karen Oeding

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

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Herald Times


Laura Lane and Abby Tonsing

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

Pay Your 2018 Membership Dues Online

Karen Oeding

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

Unintended consequences: Investigation reveals why drug court enrollment is declining

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Deseret News


Gillian Friedman

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

Holcomb extends CBD oil order through legislative session

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Indiana Lawyer


Rob Burgess

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

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

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Greenfield County Reporter


Samm Quinn

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

Home detention matters

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Legislative Update Published by the Indiana Office of Court Services


Court Services

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

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

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The Washington Post via MSN News


Leonard Bernstein, Scott Higham

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

POPAI Board Meeting Minutes

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

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

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

Legal sports betting in Indiana anticipated by lawmaker’s bill

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The Indy Star


Mark Alesia

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

Howard County Drug Epidemic: A New Pursuit

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Kokomo Tribune


Cody Neuenschwander

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

This is opioid addiction: A Herald-Times special report

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Herald Times


Laura Lane

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

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


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


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


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


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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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


(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


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


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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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


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


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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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 […]

Parole violations, not new crimes, help drive prison’s revolving door

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Berkeley News


Yasmin Anwar

Failing a drug test, associating with felons and other technical parole violations are among the key drivers of prison’s “revolving door,” according to new UC Berkeley research. The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, found that felons who served time behind bars were more likely to return […]

Free Webinar October 19: What Law Enforcement and Justice Professionals Need to Know about White Nationalist Groups

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Justice Clearinghouse

While images of men in white robes and torches might evoke feelings of a bygone era, the White Nationalist movement is alive and well — if you know where to look and what you’re looking for. Join Detective Brent Smith as he shares a rare, “behind the scenes” view of the White Nationalist movement in […]

Is Indiana Moving Away From Monetary Bail?

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Barbara Brosher

Most people facing criminal charges in Indiana can await their trials outside of jail – if they have the ability to post bail. Indiana’s Constitution defines bail as monetary, but a state Supreme Court rule will move away from that longstanding practice and allow counties to release some people without requiring a bail payment. The […]

McKinney remembered as humorous, hardworking

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

At the dedication of Terre Haute’s new federal courthouse in November 2009, then-Judge Larry McKinney of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana took a swipe at those who said it couldn’t be done. The Southern District lost its presence in western Indiana when its Art Deco style courthouse on Seventh and […]

2017 IACCAC Fall Training Institute: Assessments – Keys to the Kingdom of Offender Change

The 2017 IACCAC Fall Training Institute online registration is now available! This year’s conference theme is “Assessments – Keys to the Kingdom of Offender Change”. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis located at One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 through Friday, November 17, 2017 with Intensive […]

Clark County Judge Vicki Carmichael awarded for state, local work

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News and Tribune


Aprile Rickert

CLARK COUNTY — A Clark County judge recently was feted for her work to improve the courts system and to better the community. Circuit Court No. 4 Judge Vicki Carmichael was awarded the two distinctions at the annual Indiana Judicial Conference, attended by around 600 judges, magistrates and senior judges from across the state. The […]

Fentanyl Seized In Record NYC Bust Was Enough To Kill 32 Million

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Huffington Post


Dominique Mosbergen

New York City police confiscated almost 200 pounds of the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl last month ? the largest seizure in city history. The cache was enough to kill more than 30 million people from overdoses, police said. On Aug. 1, more than 140 pounds of pure fentanyl and almost 50 pounds of fentanyl-laced heroin, […]

Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code Meeting Video and Exhibits

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Videos for the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code meetings on September 6 and September 19 are available online. Exhibits from the September 6 meeting include: Presentation by Department of Correction Presentation by Prosecuting Attorneys Council Presentation by Public Defender Council Presentation by Office of Judicial Administration Staff Presentation by Division of Mental […]

Renovations planned for the former youth detention center

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The Courier-Times

9/17/ 2017

Kevin Green

Facility to house victims of human trafficking Henry County’s former youth detention center, located atop a hill just west of Ind. 3 in Memorial Park, will soon be back in the business of housing juveniles. However, the facility’s future tenants won’t be there because they ran afoul of the law; rather, it will be because […]

Jail Survey Results

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Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code

The results of a jail survey recently conducted in cooperation with the Sheriffs’ Association including Abstract of Judgment data was submitted to the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code earlier and provides a snapshot of current jail populations and the impact of Level 6 offenders. Questions, contact Lisa Thompson, Project Manager for Trial Court […]

DOC cost-saving move disappoints

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The Journal Gazette


Niki Kelly

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers heard Tuesday that efforts to reduce costs at the Indiana Department of Correction and divert offenders to programs such as community corrections and probation haven’t been as successful as hoped. Chris Johnston of KSM Consulting delivered a report to the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code on the reform that […]

Remembering Thomas E. Gahl

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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 […]

State’s (Massachusetts) high court rules on bail’s impact on poor defendants

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The case of a Hampden County man locked up for three-and-a-half years awaiting trial because he couldn’t make bail on a charge of armed robbery while masked led to a state high court decision Friday that advocates say will reform a bail system they say punishes poor people. “Our clients who don’t have the money […]

Probation officer funding issues spark public safety tax discussion

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Herald Times


Ernest Rollins

A request to move the funding of a probation officer position to Monroe County’s public safety local income tax fund sparked discussion about spending priorities for those tax dollars, and the overall condition of user fee funds. At a county 2018 budget hearing Monday, Chief Probation Officer Linda Brady told the Monroe County Council her […]

POPAI August 2017 Legislative Report

Linda Brady reported that she has been appointed to serve as a lay member of the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code. Senator Mike Young is the Chair, and Representative Tom Washburne is the Vice Chair. Find more information including dates for the committee meetings and study topics in the Members Only Area […]

2017 Fall Conference Photo Album

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The Fall Conference Photos are here! We’d like to have more photos here. If you took photos that we can use, please email them to Karen (

2017 Founder’s Award: Glenna Shelby

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 […]

2017 Rookie Probation Officer of the Year: Brittany Stodghill

The “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, show the attitude, aptitude, and the desire to improve themselves and to develop into leaders among their peers. Nominees shall be within their first two (2) years of certification as a probation officer […]

2017 Line Probation Officer of the Year: Ben Neureiter

The Line Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize line probation officers who have performed their duties in an outstanding manner and/or made significant contributions to the field of probation at the local, regional or national level. The recipient may also have brought credit or honor to the profession of probation through […]

James P. Reagan February 02, 1956 – August 29, 2017

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News and Tribune


POPAI extends our sympathy to the family, coworkers, and friends of James Reagan,  Intensive Supervisor for Clark County Probation. James Patrick Reagan, 61, lost his battle to cancer at his home on August 29, 2017. James graduated from Providence High School and The University of Louisville. James retired from the Jeffersonville Police Department after 28 […]

POPAI Fall Conference: September 6 – 8, 2017

2017 POPAI Fall Conference Downloadable Document We are again returning this year to the French Lick Resort. We will be offering a variety of breakout sessions, a few of which are highlighted in the online materials. Our vendors have some special activities planned for us this year including another dinner celebration on Wednesday evening and […]

New Clark County court practice considers risk when deciding bond amounts

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News and Tribune


Aprile Rickert

JEFFERSONVILLE — A practice designed to increase public safety, reduce recidivism and balance inequalities in pretrial judgments is taking shape in Clark County. In the past six months, Clark County has implemented pretrial assessments into two of its four courts — Clark County Circuit Court Nos. 1 and 4, and hired two new staff to […]

Clark County inmate work release program ending this year

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News and Tribune


Aprile Rickert

JEFFERSONVILLE — A little-used part of Clark County Community Corrections — an inmate diversion program — is slated to close by the end of the year. The Clark County inmate work release program will shutter by Dec. 31, after a contract between Clark County Corrections and the Indiana Department of Corrections to house the inmates […]

POPAI Stands with APPA’s Statement on Charlottesville

POPAI stands with APPA condemning the actions in Charlottesville as well as sending condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. “The American Probation and Parole Association, a membership organization that represents 90,000 public safety professionals, strongly condemns the racial hatred and bigotry on display in Charlottesville, Virginia. The resulting tragic outcome, with […]

Jobs: Veterans Court Coordinator (IOCS), Pretrial Pilot Project and Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative Coordinator (IOCS), Chief PO (Hancock), Probation Officer Pretrial Release Program (Monroe), PO (Marion and Miami), Community Corrections Field Officer (Monroe)

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Find details on the following positions on our Jobs Page. Veterans Court Coordinator (IOCS) Pretrial Pilot Project and Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative Coordinator (IOCS) Chief PO (Hancock) Probation Officer Pretrial Release Program (Monroe) Probation Officer (Marion and Miami) Community Corrections Field Officer (Monroe)  

A Heart for Strays

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“The Vision”, the Providence High School alumni magazine

Katie Chrisco

(Elizabeth Starck is our 2015 Indiana Line PO of the Year) Elizabeth Starck ’01 has always had a love for animals. As a young girl, she said, she would bring home stray animals and beg her parents to let her keep them. Now, as a volunteer for Southern Indiana Animal Rescue, she is still bringing animals […]

After years of bad choices, 15-year-old makes ‘a big U-turn’ with help of local treatment program

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Herald Times


Laura Lane

Desta Clark has seen his share of trouble with the law. Sexual misconduct, fighting, robbery, drug use, selling weed. He’s been in and out of secure detention, on and off house arrest. He’s currently walking a fine line on probation. And getting ready to go back to school, and Bloomington North’s football team. He’s 15. […]

Remembering George Glass

George Richard Glass, 87 NOV. 5, 1929—JULY 23, 2017 BLOOMINGTON — George Richard Glass passed away at age 87 on Sunday, July 23, 2017, in the loving company of family and those who cared for him greatly. A man never short of words, he told stories often and even offered some great last advice “Great […]

2017 POPAI Election Slate

  The following candidates have been slated for the 2017 POPAI Fall Election: Vice-President: Troy Hatfield Treasurer: CJ Miller District 1: Robert Schuster District 3: Sarah Lochner District 5: Melanie Pitstick District 7: Michael Coriell This year each position is uncontested. In accordance with the by-laws, in lieu of ballots, this year’s election will be […]

Due by Aug 7: Nominations for for Founder’s Award, Line Probation Officer of the Year, and Rookie Probation Officer of the Year

Just a reminder that if you know someone who deserves an award, nominations for the following awards are due by August 7. (links lead to nomination forms) 2017 Founders Award 2017 Line Probation Officer of the Year 2017 Rookie Probation Officer of the Year  

This is Indianapolis’ unconventional way to fight the opioid epidemic

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Indy Star


Ryan Martin

Dr. Dan O’Donnell speaks to a small group of men and women seated among rows of tables at Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s East District headquarters. His delivery is matter-of-fact, maybe because the problem he’s talking about — the opioid epidemic — is no surprise to anyone in this room. They’ve seen the “pinpoint pupils,” the […]

NEW POPAI MEMBERS-ONLY FORUM TOPIC: Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative and Pretrial Pilot Project

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To sign up for updates to this Forum, log in then click HERE. Updates will include: Minutes/Materials from Indiana Statewide EBDM Policy Team. Minutes/Materials from six (6) statewide EBDM Work Groups. Groups meet monthly to work on specific areas of EBDM. Indiana EBDM Work Groups: (1) Pretrial – Chairs: Judge Surbeck (Allen County) and Larry […]

POPAI Fall Conference: Early Bird Pricing Until August 9

2017 POPAI Fall Conference Downloadable Document We are again returning this year to the French Lick Resort. We will be offering a variety of breakout sessions, a few of which are highlighted in the online materials. More specific information regarding all of the additional topics to be included will be coming soon. Our vendors have […]

Nominations for for Founder’s Award, Line Probation Officer of the Year, and Rookie Probation Officer of the Year

  Nominations for for “Founder’s Award”, “Line Probation Officer of the Year”, and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year” will be accepted until August 7, 2017. The Awards will be presented during the Lunch / Business Meeting at the 2017 POPAI Conference at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN. Winners of the “Probation […]

Lake Station teen hopeful for what new Indiana law may mean for people with epilepsy

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Chicago Tribune


Becky Jacobs

Drake Abramson is quick to pull out his wallet and show off his new driver’s license. It’s something the Lake Station teen has been looking forward to. Earlier this month, he graduated from high school and went to prom. His grandfather helped him buy a car, and at 19 years old, he was able to […]

July 7 Deadline: POPAI Board Election Intent to Run Forms – Last Call

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It’s your last chance to submit an intent to run form for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2017: Vice-President Treasurer District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 POPAI District 2 Representative Steve Keele is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent to Run Form The Intent to Run form must be […]

Jobs July 2017

Find details about these jobs on our Jobs Page: Probation Officer Pretrial Release Program Monroe County Probation Officer Franklin County Front office / Field Staff Owen County Probation Officer Owen County  

Anonymous tip leads to Anderson drug bust

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The Herald Bulletin


Stuart Hirsch

Two men charged as pot, $69,000 in cash is seized ANDERSON — Even a man on in-home detention has to earn a living. But Madison County authorities drew the line Wednesday on what they say was a business enterprise that involved selling marijuana. Members of the Madison County Drug Task Force arrested 37-year-old Elliott Scott […]

Indiana Department Of Correction Closing Indianapolis Re-entry Educational Facility

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Indianapolis, Indiana (June 14, 2017) – The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) Commissioner Robert Carter today announced the agency will close its Indianapolis Re-Entry Educational Facility (IREF), located at the corner of New York and Randolph streets in Indianapolis. IREF is a minimum-custody level facility with a 420 bed capacity, but currently the facility holds […]

Smart Pretrial Webcast Series: Six Sessions

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University of Pretrial

Wednesday, July 26 – Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Apply tools and strategies from the Smart Pretrial framework to raise your Pretrial IQ. As the Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative nears completion, there is much to be learned about how the pretrial law and research are translated to effective and sustainable practice. The six-part series will explore […]

Porter County probation chief retires after 35 years

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NWI Times


Bob Kasarda

VALPARAISO — As Stephen Meyer wraps 35 years this week with the Porter County Adult Probation Department, including just more than six years at the helm, he said his guiding philosophy has been simple. “If the person on (the) other side of your desk thinks you care about them, you can make a difference in […]

Teen Graduates Lawrence County Juvenile Problem Solving Court

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(BEDFORD) – Officials and community members honored a 17-year-old female who has worked hard to graduate Lawrence County Juvenile Problem Solving Court. This young lady, known as S.T. to protect her identity, successfully completed the intensive requirements of the problem solving court in which she has been a participant for approximately fourteen months. The Lawrence […]

Reminder: 2017 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2017: Vice-President Treasurer District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 POPAI District 2 Representative Steve Keele is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent to Run Form The Intent to Run form must be sent to Steve by July 7, 2017 (postmarked, emailed […]

Canine Companions

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Indiana Court Times


Courthouse dogs join CASA programs to help kids in court The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in Delaware County just added a new four-legged member to its staff. Frankie, a two-year old female black lab, started her job at the CASA program in April. Frankie is one of only two dogs in Indiana specifically […]

Jobs: Chief PO (Pulaski County), District Coordinator (St. Joseph County)

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The following jobs are posted on the jobs page Chief Probation Officer, Pulaski County Submit your application by June 9 District Coordinator, St. Joseph County Submit your application by June 30

“Grey Death” Joins the Growing List of Lethal Street Drugs

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Cordant Health Solutions


A Deadly Combination of Fentanyl, Carfentanil and Heroin Grey death, the latest in an ever-evolving landscape of dangerous street drugs, is being blamed for several fatal overdoses in Georgia. Named for its resemblance to concrete mixing powder, grey death combines several powerful opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700 (also known […]

ISP working to protect K-9 officers from potent street drugs

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WDRB) — More potent street drugs are putting police K-9 officers in danger. Indiana State Police say they are concerned about their drug-sniffing dogs, as they find more drugs laced with fentanyl. “All they are doing is constantly inhaling – trying to smell and pin point,” says Master Trooper Chris Richey.  He adds […]

2017 CASA Day Celebration

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Indiana Court Times


Court Times

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers took part in a celebration at the State House on March 20, 2017, sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Office of Court Services, GAL/CASA. More than 400 people from across the state clothed in blue t-shirts filled its north atrium, chanting “I am for the child” and “I […]

Monroe County inmates honored for educational achievements

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Herald Times


Abby Tonsing

Monroe County Jail inmate Albert Jones served as the day’s valedictorian, of sorts. Wearing a white trusty jumpsuit, rather than a cap and gown, he stood at a lectern in the jail’s classroom and read aloud from the poem he penned last week, called “Learning.” It details growing up on the streets of Detroit, dismissing […]

Brain Injury and the Criminal Justice System

A two day seminar on Brain Injury and the Criminal Justice system will be presented at the Indiana Government Center and via webinar. There is no cost for attending. For those attending in person, there will be different types medical and legal  continuing education credits. June 27 – 28, Indiana Government Center Auditorium BI in […]

Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award Winner: Rachael A. Scott

  Each 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 […]

Carroll corrections program will move into a larger space

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Herald Journal


Kathleen Merrill

The Carroll County Community Corrections program will be moving out of a broom closet and into the lounge on the first floor of the county courthouse at the beginning of June. Although the county Board of Commissioners voted May 15 to allow the move right away, Community Corrections Executive Director Keyna Everett said later that […]

Faces of recovery: ‘I see the world as a whole now’

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Herald Times


Abby Tonsing

Editor’s note: Bloomington is not immune to the scourge of heroin and opioid addiction crippling the country. The epidemic has claimed the lives of 41 people in 2015 and 2016 in Monroe County. Two brave Bloomington residents have shared intimate details about the darkness of addiction and the hard work of sobriety with the hope that honesty […]

Faces of recovery: ‘It would be a good thing to remember where it all started’

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Herald Times


Abby Tonsing

Editor’s note: Bloomington is not immune to the scourge of heroin and opioid addiction crippling the country. The epidemic has claimed the lives of 41 people in 2015 and 2016 in Monroe County. Two brave Bloomington residents have shared intimate details about the darkness of addiction and the hard work of sobriety with the hope that honesty […]

2017 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

  It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2017: Vice-President Treasurer District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 POPAI District 2 Representative Steve Keele is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent to Run Form The Intent to Run form must be sent to Steve by July 7, 2017 (postmarked, […]

Indiana Criminal Rule 26 UPDATE

  Dear Pretrial Committee Members, Indiana EBDM Policy Team Members, and Pretrial Pilot Site Participants: The Indiana Supreme Court recognizes your commitment to develop and implement an evidence based pretrial justice system. The 11 pretrial pilot counties are creating the framework for smarter and safer pretrial decision making in Indiana, and their progress over the […]

POPAI Seeks Nominations for Vice-President


Steve Keele

On April 21, 2017, Linda Brady, Chief Probation Officer of Monroe County and the President of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI), announced she is resigning as President of POPAI, effective April 21, 2017. The POPAI By-laws state, under Article VIII OFFICERS, Section 5. Vacancies: Should a vacancy occur in the office of […]

15th Annual Indiana Juvenile Detention Association Summit

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15th Annual Indiana Juvenile Detention Association Summit is May 9-19, 2017. For: Detention Administrators, Educators, Workers and Line Staff Juvenile Justice Professionals Juvenile Judges and Magistrates Juvenile Probation Attorneys Education Professionals Mental Health Professionals CASAs/GALs Sample Breakout Sessions Dealing with Difficult Staff Mental Health First Aid Staff Burnout PREA Tools and Resources Trauma Informed Care Human […]

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 […]

Now accepting applications for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award

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Submit your application to be considered for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award. The winner will be announced at the 2017 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 […]

A brutal ending to young Avon mom’s descent into heroin addiction

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Indy Star


Chris Sikich

On Jan. 7, 2017, Jordan King drove with friends looking to buy heroin. Her body was found after she had been dragged from the car for 75 feet on Martin Luther King Jr. Street. Her parents reflect on her life. The former cheerleader loved her daughter, her family and her friends, but ‘the addiction was […]

March Board Meeting Minutes

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The Minutes from the March 8 POPAI Board Meeting are posted.

Members Only Content: Legislative Update 2-23-17

Linda Brady has posted a new Legislative Update (2-23-17) in the Members Only Area, User Login Required. Our Members Only Area requires log in from an account that is free to all POPAI Members. Contact me at and I’ll get one set up for you. Karen Oeding POPAI Website Administrator

Senator urged to help fight opioid ‘epidemic’

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The Journal Gazette


Brian Francisco

City, county officials meet with Young Allen County health, criminal justice and law enforcement officials told U.S. Sen. Todd Young on Wednesday that they could use federal help in battling opioid abuse. “This really is an epidemic that has become so big in our county that we don’t know how to deal with it,” Superior […]

No slowdown in expungements

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

When the Indiana General Assembly passed the expungement law in 2013, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry was in favor of giving a second chance to ex-offenders who had turned their lives around. He knew the statute would help these individuals live more productive and stable lives. But he did not expect the large number of […]

APPA is Now Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 Leadership Institute.

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 class of the APPA Leadership Institute. Find complete information including forms at the APPA Website.

Focus Group Reports Core Professional Competencies

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Members Only Content


The Indiana Probation Officer Professional Development Project is a collaborative project between the Indiana Office of Court Services and Executive Education at SPEA IUPUI to facilitate the professional development of Indiana probation officers and build greater capacity to implement evidence-based practices. We received a report (a work in progress) from the researchers and it is […]

Frequently Asked Questions: Criminal Rule 26 (Members Only Content)

Find the 2017 Frequently Asked Questions: Criminal Rule 26 document in two easy steps: Log in Post is under “General”    

Members Only Content: Legislative Update 1-26-17

We’ve posted a new Legislative Update (1-26-17) in the Members Only Area, User Login Required.

How to cut the prison population, save $18 billion a year and keep America safe

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The Washington Post


Christopher Ingraham

A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice concludes that “unnecessary incarceration” — imprisoning people for low-level offenses and keeping them there for years — is ruining hundreds of thousands of lives, wasting billions of dollars and having little effect on public safety. If you’ve been following the debate over mass incarceration in the United States, these […]

Legislative Update 1-13-17

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We’ve posted a new Legislative Update in the Members Only Area, User Login Required.

Are you ready to start 2017 with a new job in Tippecanoe or Marion County?

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POPAI Jobs Page


Karen Oeding

We have two listings on our Jobs page for your consideration. If you’re thinking of applying as an Adult Probation Officer for Tippecanoe County, act fast. Send in your application on or before January 4 online. There is an opening for an Adult and Juvenile Probation Officer in Marion County. Email a Cover Sheet, Resume […]

New Post: December Board Meeting Minutes

December Board Meeting Minutes Other Meeting Minutes

Technology Bridges Distances for a Reentry Program in Western Wisconsin

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CSG Justice Center


Maureen Richey

This is the second feature in Tech and Reentry, a series profiling organizations in the field of corrections and reentry that are using various forms of technology to improve participant engagement, streamline service delivery, and enlist volunteers. Low recruitment numbers. Poor attendance. Lackluster quarterly reports. These are concerns that burden many nonprofit, community-based outreach programs around the […]

GPS ‘Spoofing’ is No Joke: Dangers of GPS Data Hacking Realized

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Government Technology


Shusuke Murai, Japan Times, Tokyo

Global Positioning System data can be used to create serious problems — even life-threatening ones — if control falls into the wrong hands, experts warn. (TNS) — With a plethora of location-based services hitting the market, GPS appears to be an essential feature in today’s digitally driven world. But Global Positioning System data can be used […]

LOCATION ‘IS EVERYTHING’: Clark County juvenile probation program gets new home

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News and Tribune


Elizabeth DePompei

JEFFERSONVILLE — Olivia Hilton, a 17-year-old high school junior, sometimes thinks about where she might be if it weren’t for Family Time, a social service agency that helps hundreds of families across Southern Indiana. About two years ago, Hilton was charged as a runaway and placed on probation. As part of the terms of probation, […]

Wayne County judge completes education program

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Mike Emery

A Wayne County judge recently completed an in-depth education course for judges. Superior Court 1 Judge Charles Todd Jr. completed the Graduate Program through the Indiana Office of Court Services, which develops education programming for judges, probation officers and other court personnel. Todd was awarded a certificate by Chief Justice Loretta Rush of the Indiana […]

Ankle monitor leads to arrest of 6 in stolen vehicle case

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The Charlotte Observer


Joe Marusak

A teen’s electronic ankle monitor led to the arrest of six suspects in a stolen vehicle case on Tuesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said. Police responded to a home in the 6400 block of Monroe Road where the victim said his vehicle was stolen overnight. Through the electronic monitoring system, police determined that Emanuel Escobar, 18, had […]

Pew Report on Polling: Public Strongly Supports Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration

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The PEW Charitable Trusts


Public Safety Performance Project

Voters’ top priority is keeping communities safe, but large majorities also believe that the nation imprisons too many people for too long.  A body of national- and state-level public opinion research dating to 2010 has found overwhelming support across political parties, regions, ages, genders, and racial/ethnic groups for policy changes that shift nonviolent offenders from […]

Board Meeting Minutes for October 2016 and The Annual Meeting Are Online

Recently posted Board Meeting Minutes include: October 12, 2016 Annual Meeting September 2016  

POPAI Fall Conference Photos – 2016

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  The photos from the Conference are now online. You’ll be able to look through them faster  in the thumbnail gallery. Do you have an image that belongs in this gallery? Please send it to Karen (or attached to an email to

Report: Probation, parole sentences decrease without risking public safety

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St. Joseph News-Press


Megan Favignano St. Joseph News-Press

A Missouri policy has lightened the caseload for probation and parole officers by allowing individuals convicted of lower-level felonies to shorten their probation or parole sentences. Pew Charitable Trusts researchers recently reviewed the impact the Missouri policy change from 2012 has had on probation and parole. Adam Gelb, director of Pew Charitable Trusts’ public safety […]

Presentations from APPA’s 41st Annual Training Institute Now Available for Download

Presentation slides from APPA’s 41st Annual Training Institute are available for download.

IACCAC Fall Training Institute November 15-18, 2016

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Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties


You’re invited to a training opportunity: 2016 IACCAC Fall Training Institute Hyatt Regency Indianapolis November 16-18 “What Matters Most: Impacting Influences – Research Based Programs, Measurable Results, and Robust Organizations” Keynotes: Wednesday (Opening Session) Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Breakthroughs: Reflections on 35 Years of Change in the Field of Corrections Mark Carey, The Carey Group Thursday […]

POPAI Members Only Content: Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council August Proposed Minutes, September Draft Agenda

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The proposed minutes from the August meeting of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) are now posted along with attached documents in our Members Only Area. You will need to log in first here. Then find the post under the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Forum, specifically here. Our Members Only Area requires log in from an account […]

2016 Line Probation Officer of the Year: Edward Beber

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The Line Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize line probation officers who have performed their duties in an outstanding manner and/or made significant contributions to the field of probation at the local, regional or national level. The recipient may also have brought credit or honor to the profession of probation through […]

2016 Founder’s Award Winner: Susan Rice

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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 […]

Checking out: Drug users take advantage of public libraries

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Associated Press



The same qualities that make libraries ideal for studying and reading — unfettered public access, quiet corners and nooks, minimal interaction with other people — also make them appealing places to shoot up heroin, librarians are finding. In Norfolk, Virginia, a 47-year-old man died after a patron found him in a library restroom. In Batesville, […]

Speedy guilty verdict for Batesville man

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The Herald-Tribune


Diane Raver

VERSAILLES – After hearing testimony from witnesses Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in Ripley Circuit Court in the trial of Todd Norman, 51, Batesville, who is charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony, the jury began deliberations around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24. It only took 30 minutes for them to […]

Supercharged heroin puts Indy on alert

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Vic Ryckaert and Shari Rudavsky,

A supercharged form of heroin appears to be the cause of nearly 50 overdoses in nearby cities, putting local public safety officers on alert as they brace for the possibility of the drug’s arrival here. The heroin is laced with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller used to treat patients recovering after surgery. The Drug Enforcement Administration calls the synthetic opioid 50 times […]

Meet the Candidates

The Board Election will take place at the Annual Meeting on September 7, 2016. Each candidate has submitted an Intent to Run form. Here’s how each candidate responded to the question “Why do you wish to hold this position? What do you hope to accomplish as a POPAI Board Member?” PRESIDENT Linda Brady, Chief Probation […]

Stepping ahead of addiction

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Kokomo Perspective


Devin Zimmerman

Howard County Probation looking to implement pretrial services and addiction-fighting drug For those struggling with addiction, help may be coming a bit sooner. Howard County Probation Department is making progress not only in implementing a program to administer Vivitrol to clients struggling with addiction, but also efforts are underway on a comprehensive pretrial program that […]

Parole authorities: ‘Pokemon NO’ for sex offenders

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The Leader


Michael Virtanen

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed state authorities to prevent nearly 3,000 registered sex offenders now on parole from playing “Pokemon Go” in an effort to safeguard children who play. The state’s Department of Corrections and Community Services is making that a condition of supervised release from state prison for all […]

Reminder: Nominations for for “Founder’s Award”, “Line Probation Officer of the Year”, and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year”

Nominations for for “Founder’s Award”, “Line Probation Officer of the Year”, and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year” will be accepted until August 22, 2016. The Awards will be presented during the Lunch / Business Meeting at this years POPAI Conference at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN. Winners of the “Probation Line […]

Court rules detention of youth who reported drug justified

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

A probation officer who arrested and detained a middle school student for violating court policy has quasi-judicial immunity against charges of negligence and constitutional violations. Dawn Krantz filed a lawsuit against Spencer County Juvenile Probation Officer Jan Cochenour, after Krantz’s daughter was taken into custody for allegedly possessing drugs on school grounds. Krantz alleged the […]

Offender on parole gets probation revocation reversed

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

Even though he violated the terms of his probation, an offender should not have been ordered back to jail because at his release Indiana Department of Correction made a mistake and put him on parole. Anthony May was originally sentence to eight years with four years suspended to probation after being convicted of Class C […]

Marion County Jail still overcrowded, despite $800,000 in new funds

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Indy Star


Madeline Buckley

While the Marion County Jail continues to battle overcrowding, Indianapolis and county officials have begun distributing state grant money to help counties handle an influx of inmates resulting from criminal justice reforms. The City-County Council at its meeting earlier this month approved nearly $800,000  from the Indiana Department of Correction for programs that would treat low-level offenders […]

New Clark County Community Corrections director chosen

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Clark County Tribune


Elizabeth DePompei

CLARK COUNTY — He’s served in an interim role since July 1, but by about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Lindon Dodd officially became the director of Clark County Community Corrections. Danielle Grissett left the director’s post and moved to the Clark County Probation Office as a probation officer at the end of June. Dodd, who previously […]

Fall Conference T-shirts

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Dear POPAI Members: We need your creative talents!  As an additional way to help celebrate our 20th anniversary conference, we are having a t-shirt design contest.  Between now and August 5th, we are accepting design ideas for  t-shirts which will be printed prior to the conference and distributed to all attendees.   For those of you […]

2016 POPAI Election and Absentee Voting

The following candidates have been slated for the 2016 POPAI General Election. As it stands, the seat for President is the only contested position. An Officer for the contested position will be elected by the general voting membership during registration for POPAI’s Fall Conference on September 7, 2016. POPAI Members who are not able to […]

Revisions to Overtime Pay Regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act: Likely Impact on Nonprofit Employment

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Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

June 2016

Indiana Nonprofit Sector Project

Introduction New regulations on overtime pay (part of the Fair Labor Standards Act) will take effect on December 1, 2016 and require mandatory overtime pay for employees earning less than $47,476 per year, up from $23,660 per year. The full impact of these new regulations on nonprofit employers in Indiana is likely to be significant, […]