Author Archives: Karen Oeding

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, […]