Author Archives: Brian Sharp

In rogue doctors’ hands, medicine designed to treat addiction turns into a new habit

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Laura Ungar

Dr. Roi Reed couldn’t always make it to his Suboxone clinic in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, but addicts still got their prescriptions — from his receptionist and maintenance man. The two stood in for the doctor when he wasn’t there, seeing patients and phoning in scripts, providing easy access to an opioid instead of the path to […]

MOSSWORDS: Happiness, sobriety coexist at Serenity House

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News and Tribune


Dale Moss

JEFFERSONVILLE — Kevin Polly said he needed to get out of his hometown and stay out. Serenity House is not in Polly’s hometown. For John Barrientes, Serenity House is still farther away from old habits, from influences worse than bad. Yet he found it, hangs on to it for dear life. “I’ll be here for […]

3 finalists picked for Supreme Court

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The Indiana


IL Staff

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has picked the three finalists for the Indiana Supreme Court. The three, all judges, are seeking to replace Justice Robert Rucker, who will retire next month. The JNC has selected Clark Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael, Wabash Superior Judge Christopher Goff and Boone Superior Judge Matthew Kincaid. The JNC made the […]

Which of Indiana’s 92 County Courthouses is Your Favorite?

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Chris Flook

For those of us who travel the state frequently, it’s no secret the our county courthouses and their adjacent squares exhibit some of the best architecture in the Midwest. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the county seats in all 92 counties constructed some of the most magnificent monuments to the local rule of law. […]

Signed Out Of Prison But Not Signed Up For Insurance, Inmates Fall Prey To Ills

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Kaiser Health News and The Marshall Project


Jay Hancock and Beth Schwartzapfel

INDIANAPOLIS — Before he went to prison, Ernest killed his 2-year-old daughter in the grip of a psychotic delusion. When the Indiana Department of Correction released him in 2015, he was terrified something awful might happen again. He had to see a doctor. He had only a month’s worth of pills to control his delusions […]

JUSTICE DELAYED: Clark County courts most overworked in state

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Elizabeth DePompei

When Kimmy Trotter left the funeral home more than a year ago, she knew that half the battle of crushing loss was still ahead. Her brother, Darren Cave, was accused of killing their father and there would be months, if not years, of criminal proceedings. Her father, 60-year-old Earl Cave, was found dead in his […]

Young: Remembering US Probation Officer Tom Gahl

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The Indiana


Richard L. Young

Sept. 22, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most tragic day in the history of the Southern District of Indiana. At 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, 1986, United States Probation Officer Thomas E. Gahl went to the Indianapolis home of Michael Wayne Jackson, an offender who had been added to Tom’s list of […]

Criminal justice system responds to addiction epidemic

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Elizabeth DePompei

While it may not be an ideal solution, community leaders seem to agree that an over-burdened criminal justice system must better address what’s so often right in front of them: a growing epidemic of drug addiction. Floyd and Clark County sheriffs both have said a majority of their inmate population is booked in on drug-related […]

Henryville Correctional Facility in Clark County to close by July 1

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Jessica Bard

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Henryville Correctional Facility in Clark County, Ind., will close by July 1. A recent bill requires certain felons to go to county jails instead of state prisons, meaning fewer offenders in the facility. The move was made “in an effort to save taxpayer money and more efficiently utilize allocated funds.” Officials […]

2016 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2016: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 POPAI Vice President Adam McQueen is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent-to-Run-Form-2016 The Intent to Run form must be sent to Adam by July 8th (postmarked, emailed or faxed).  By August 8th, […]