Author Archives: Linda Brady

Criminal Justice Reform Shouldn’t Just Focus on People Behind Bars. Here’s How We Can Improve the Lives of Millions More

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October 15, 2019


Tim Walz is the Democratic governor of the state of Minnesota.  Mike Parson is the Republican governor of the state of Missouri. When we talk about criminal justice reform, we naturally think about the people behind bars. But there’s another population that gets far less attention — one that’s facing a world of challenges which, […]

Indiana Drug Court Celebrates 20 Years

October 9, 2019

Steve Malone, Problem Solving Court Director, Monroe Circuit Court

MONROE COUNTY DRUG TREATMENT COURT 20 Year Anniversary Celebration Public Welcome! WHAT: Monroe County Drug Treatment Court 20-year Year Anniversary Celebration. WHEN: Wednesday November 6, 2019.  Two events open to public: Drug Court session beginning at 7:30 a.m. followed by Recognition Ceremony and Open House beginning at 9:00 a.m. WHERE: Drug Court Session, Nat U. […]

New Task Force Seeks Input

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Indiana Office of Court Services

October 9, 2019

The Jail Overcrowding Task Force is studying jail overcrowding in Indiana, including common reasons, possible solutions, and reducing recidivism for jail population through evidence-based services and treatment. See more information on the Task Force, submitting public comment, and registering to testify. The Task Force has Minutes and other materials on their website HERE.  Jail Overcrowding Task […]

Corrections and Criminal Code Study Committee Update

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Indiana General Assembly

October 8, 2019

The third 2019 meeting of the Corrections and Criminal Code Committee was held on Tuesday Oct 8, 2019. AGENDA MINUTES Preliminary Drafts of Bills PD 3130 Indigency Determinations PD 3133 Bail PD 3132 Look-Back Periods There was a discussion of the Jail Overcrowding Task Force.  The Task Force has Minutes and other materials on their […]

Indiana Judicial Service Report and Probation Report Available Online

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Indiana Office of Court Services

Details on court operations at the county and appellate level for 2016 are available in the Indiana Judicial Service Report and the Indiana Probation Report. 2016 Indiana Probation Report Summary of 2016 Caseload Data The probation caseload information presented in this report was reported to the IOCS on a quarterly basis.  It reflects the number […]

Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) Documents Published by National Institute of Correction

National Institute of Correction

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) announced the final publication of the much anticipated Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) series of documents. They are available now in the NIC library. Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Primer This primer was developed to introduce criminal justice and allied professionals to evidence-based decision making. The Primer can be found […]

Interim Study Committee on Corrections And Criminal Code Final 2017 Meeting

October 24, 2017

Agenda October 24, 2017 Consideration of Final Committee Report and any Committee Requested Legislation Proposals. Testimony of Brad Ray Ph.D. IUPUI Concerning Program Evaluation of Recovery Works Other Business Adjournment LINK to Exhibits Access to Recovery and Recidivism Among Former Prison Inmates Recovery Works Phase One Policy Brief Memo Concerning DOC Population and Expenditures Changes […]


October 11, 2017

Agenda 10-11-2017 Call to Order Old Business Availability and Certification of Treatment Providers and Treatment Facilities Extending Support Services to Misdemeanants Serious Mental Illness and the Death Penalty Requiring Bills Creating Crimes And Increasing Penalties To Be Reviewed By An Interim Study Committee Other Business and Announcements Adjournment MINUTES 10-11-2017 EXHIBITS:   LINK to ALL MEETING […]

Probation Representatives Discuss Impact of New Indiana Criminal Code (HEA 1006)

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September 19, 2017

Probation representatives discussed the impact of the revised Indiana criminal code (known as HEA 1006) at the September 19, 2017 meeting of the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code. Representatives of Probation Departments: Linda Brady, Chief Probation Officer of Monroe County Probation Department and Committee member, described the potential drop in court revenue that […]

Chief Justice Rush to lead national Opioid task force

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September 22, 2017

The misuse of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain medicines is not only a devastating public health crisis, it is critically affecting the administration of justice in courthouses throughout the United States. In response to this national crisis, top state court leaders formed a task force to find solutions, examine current efforts, and […]

Criminal Rule 26 Timeline Change

September 6, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court

CR 26 timeline change The Indiana Supreme Court handed down an order that amends the effective date of Sections A and B of Criminal Rule 26 until January 2020. Chief Justice Rush highlights the collaborative work being done to implement an evidence based pretrial justice system. See attached Order and letter from Chief Justice Rush. Criminal Rule […]

2017 Indiana Department of Correction Cost Savings Report

The 2017 DOC Cost Savings Report to the Indiana General Assembly dated February 28, 2017. DOC 2017 CostSavingsReport IntroductionLetter1006Carter This report must be filed by the DOC annually by March 1st pursuant to IC 11-12-2-1(b).  

Indiana EBDM Policy Team Meeting Materials, Reports and Documents

Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making Policy Team / Indiana Office of Court Services

August 23, 2017

Indiana EBDM Policy Team Meeting Agenda  EBDM Agenda Aug 23 2017 Welcome/Justice David.  Minutes Approval  EBDM Meeting Minutes July 14 2017   Phase VI Progress Review and Process Progression / Mimi Carter EBDM Progress Review Process Progression 20170823  Work Group Reports and Discussion/ Work Group Chairs Pretrial Work Group 20170823 Risk Reduction Strategies 201708231458 Data Work Group […]

COA affirms denial of credit for time spent at halfway house

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The Indiana Lawyer

August 1, 2017

Olivia Covington

The Grant Superior Court did not err when it denied a man’s request for credit for time spent in a halfway house, as his placement at the house was not considered confinement or imprisonment, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled. In November 2012, Cody Hickman pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and theft under […]

Indiana Supreme Court offices on the move

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The Indiana Lawyer

June 14, 2017

Dave Stafford

Indiana’s restructured Office of Judicial Administration will get new digs at a lower cost later this year, officials said. The agencies of the Indiana Supreme Court that oversee state court functions will move from current rented space in the Kite Realty Group Building at 30 S. Meridian St. in downtown Indianapolis to the Capital Center […]

2017 Legislative Session Digest

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Indiana Office of Court Services

May 19, 2017

This is the final installment of the Legislative Update for the 2017 legislative session. This installment contains summaries of select bills of interest that were signed into law in the 2017 legislative session.

APPA announces a new resolution: Use of Monetary Judgments for Justice-Involved Individuals

Enacted March 2017

American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)

LINK to full Resolution NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Probation and Parole Association supports and encourages agencies to do the following: Emphasize the payment of restitution owed to victims over other assessments, fines, fees and surcharges; Obtain and provide payment ability information to the Court at the time release decisions are being […]

2018 Probation Officer Minimum Salary Schedule

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Indiana Office of Court Services

The 2018 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers is posted to the Indiana Office of Court Service’s website in the probation section (under Salary Materials). The 2018 schedule reflects a 2.1% increase.   2018 PO Salary Schedule

Myths & Facts – Using Risk and Need Assessments to Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN)

The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) is a network comprised of the leading associations representing 90,000-plus probation, parole, pretrial, and treatment professionals around the country, including the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI), the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA), the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), the […]

Doing Less Time: Some States Cut Back On Probation

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April 26, 2017

Teresa Wiltz

Georgia is among several states that are looking to reduce the time that offenders spend on probation to help them successfully re-enter society.  In Georgia, one in 16 adults is on probation. That’s almost four times the national average. And offenders there spend more than twice as long on probation as in the rest of […]

Update to Level 6 Felons and DOC Commitments

April 26, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court, Office of Judicial Administration

Update to Level 6 Felons and DOC Commitments HEA 1010 was signed into law and effective on March 29, 2017.  It amends Indiana Code 35-38-3-3 to clarify the criteria under which a court may commit a person convicted of a Level 6 felony to the Department of Correction, and applies to any offender sentenced after […]

Little 5 offenders clear their slates while cleaning up the neighborhood

Herald Times

April 24, 2017

Brittani Howell

  At noon on Sunday, Tom Rhodes stood on the steps of the Indiana University stadium and surveyed the crowd in the parking lot. Around 150 young adults looked back at him, squinting— sometimes painfully — in the bright sunlight.  “Small group today,” Rhodes said of the crowd, which he called the Little 5 Road […]

Monroe County Jail adds new substance abuse unit for addiction recovery

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Fox 59

April 12, 2017

Deanna Allbrittin

MONROE COUNTY, Ind. – The Monroe County Jail is hoping to stop inmates from returning by implementing a mental health and addiction recovery unit. The hope is that putting people who want to get better together will help them block out bad influences. Tanner Langley, who’s struggled with addiction for years, is optimistic about beating […]

Judge to council: Appropriate the funds

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Connersville News Examiner

April 2, 2017

James Sprague

BROOKVILLE — A Franklin County judge and the Franklin County council once again find themselves at odds over a particular subject – money. Franklin Circuit Judge J. Steven Cox, this past week, filed an order for mandate of funds against the Franklin County Council, based on the council’s decision in March to only approve $67,940 […]

DOC Community Corrections Funding Recommendations

April 10, 2017

Deborah L. Braun

On Friday 4/7/2017 funding recommendations were reviewed, discussed, and voted on by the Judicial Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) and approval was given by Commissioner Carter this afternoon, 4/10/2017. We are thankful  and excited to be able to continue funding not only to community corrections, but also to the newest entities as described in HEA 1006. […]

Dangerous Drug Bulletin from Indiana State police

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March 28, 2017

Indiana State Police

Dangerous Drugs On behalf of Indiana State Police Superintendent Carter, see letter and special bulletin to the Indiana Criminal Justice Community.

Another chance: Inmate drug program shows promise in the fight against opioid addiction in Indiana

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April 4, 2017

Mike Pelton, Katie Cox

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. — It’s no secret that opioid addiction is on the rise in Indiana, and Hancock County is joining the battle against the drug by offering inmates a new form of treatment that’s seen success in other parts of the state. Inmates in Hancock County who are on work-release or the probation department’s “heroin-protocol” […]

ISU Criminology students simulate offenders reentering society

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Indiana Statesman

March 30, 2017

Ashton Hensley, Reporter

Criminology majors participated in a simulation called Re-entry Correctional Simulation in which they had to assume the role of an offender going through the first month of reentering society after being incarcerated. The event was held Thursday in Dede II of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. Mary Ellen Doucette-Lunstrum, an instructor in the criminology department, […]

Registration Continues for POPAI Management Institute

REGISTRATION for the 2017 POPAI Management Training is now open to Chief POs, Assistant CPOs, Probation Supervisors, and Probation Staff members who serve in a management capacity. POPAI is excited to be bringing in Melanie Lowenkamp from Core Correctional Solutions to present a full day of training on how to engage and motivate staff members […]

Using Community Corrections beds not an option for Vigo jail

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Mar 14, 2017

Howard Greninger

Exec Director: It’s two different kinds of custody, housing Vigo County’s Community Corrections Center has available bed space, but that doesn’t mean those beds can be used to accommodate jail inmates. Rather, Executive Director Bill Watson said Tuesday, Community Corrections is obligated to serve several counties besides Vigo, and the legal and correctional standards for […]

RESERVE ROOMS TODAY for 2017 POPAI Management Institute and Chief PO Summit

REGISTRATION for the 2017 POPAI Management Training is now open to Chief POs, Assistant CPOs, Probation Supervisors, and Probation Staff members who serve in a management capacity. ROOM RESERVATIONS deadline at the hotel is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 13th. We are excited to be bringing in Melanie Lowenkamp from Core Correctional Solutions to present a […]

Sheriffs seek help from lawmakers for jail overcrowding

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March 7, 2017

Russ McQuaid

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind.– Nine years ago, Hamilton County built an enlarged Juvenile Services Center at the county jail in Noblesville. The center has 76 beds, but judges aren’t locking up teenagers like they used to and Hamilton County has only 15 juvenile offenders in custody right now. Sheriff Mark Bowen has decided to move those […]

‘A Matter of Life and Death’ (Greenfield, IN)

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Daily Reporter

February 24, 2017

Caitlin VanOverberghe

GREENFIELD — An initiative aimed at getting opiate addicts treatment as they serve time for low-level crimes is marking its one-year anniversary amid a plea for funding help from the county leaders who coordinate it. Officials say the program — nicknamed “the heroin protocol” by those who manage it — has made a positive impact […]

Putnamville prison program rehabilitates men, horses

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February 10, 2017

Scott Sander

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana’s new first lady recently got to see how one of her longtime passions is getting a very different use in the Indiana prison system. Janet Holcomb grew up with horses, riding and showing the graceful animals for several years. “Caring for animals does something for your soul — particularly […]

Daviess County a model program for DOC

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Washington Times Herald

January 30, 2017

Melody Brunson

Low-level offenders kept locally when possible Although state prison officials say a massive sentencing reform law that was supposed to save taxpayer money is actually costing more, Daviess County officials feel strongly the local community is doing its part in keeping low-level offenders close to home and costs minimal. Diana Snyder, director of the Community […]

Device could aid heroin addiction recovery

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Daily Journal

January 31, 2017

Annie Goeller

A device that sends electric impulses to the brain to block pain signals is a key part of a new program being piloted in Greenwood meant to help drug users kick their addiction. The program isn’t the first to use Bridge, a device created by a company in Versailles in southern Indiana, but it is […]

New Thinking in Community Corrections: Building Trust and Legitimacy Within Community Corrections

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Executive Session on Community Corrections, Harvard Kennedy School

Wendy Still, Barbara Broderick and Steven Raphael

Corrections in the United States Over the past three decades, the U.S. incarceration rate has increased to historic highs, while crime rates have dropped significantly. Today, the U.S. incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world. In addition to the 2.3 million people incarcerated in our nation’s jails and prisons, 4 million individuals […]

SAVE THE DATES: 2017 POPAI Management Training

The 2017 POPAI Management Training will be held April 10th, 11th and 12th in Indianapolis, Indiana. NEW Chief PO Orientation – Monday April 10, 2017 at the Indiana Office of Court Services. Management Institute – Tuesday April 11, 2017.  Open to all probation Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and Supervisors (including line POs who perform supervisory/management duties). […]

Clark County Community Corrections addiction treatment program underway

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News and Tribune

January 19, 2017


Inpatient opportunity could be a ‘game changer’ JEFFERSONVILLE — Excited, but worried. That’s how 42-year-old Michael Bowlin described how he felt about completing the first 90 days of an in-house drug treatment program with Clark County Community Corrections this week. Bowlin is one of four people to graduate from the first stage of the budding […]

Bliss House to host final Valentine event; Harrison County Probation to be Honored

Corydon Democrat


The Center for Lay Ministries’ Bliss House will have its final Valentine Bliss charity event Saturday, Feb. 11. The event will include appetizers, dinner, a silent auction and brief ceremony (dressy-casual attire). Also during the event, the Harrison County Probation Office will be honored with the Sue LaRue Award for its continued support of the […]

Probation Officer Recognized in 2017 State of the Judiciary Speech

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January 19, 2017

Miami County Probation Officer Mandy Mavrick was acknowledged by the Honorable Loretta Rush, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, during her State of the Judiciary address to the Indiana Legislature on January 18, 2017. Mandy is just one example of over 1,300 probation officers who work tirelessly every day to help protect our communities […]

Chief Justice Rush recognizes local officials, court initiatives during State of the Judiciary

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Kokomo Tribune

January 18, 2017

George Meyers

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush addressed ongoing judicial initiatives and recognized local court and law enforcement officials Wednesday during the annual State of the Judiciary at the Statehouse. Speaking to a packed House chambers, Rush began by recognizing current Supreme Court Justices Geoffrey Slaughter, the court’s newest appointee, and Robert Rucker, who […]

TRAINING: Midwest Gang Investigators Association

Midwest Gang Investigators Association Indiana Chapter Training: Successful Use of Online Social Networking for Violent Crime Investigations. March 8, 2017 Ivy Tech Community College/ Kokomo Event Conference Center 1500 N. Reed Rd. (Old US 31) Kokomo, IN  46901 Link to Training Information:  A Training Registration 03-2017 Kokomo  

2017 Legislative Session

The 2017 Indiana General Assembly is slowly starting. The 2017 session is a “long” budget session.  The Senate and House will resume their normal 4 days per week schedule on Monday January 9th, starting with a quick meeting then moving on to Governor Eric Holcomb’s inauguration at 11:00 AM at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at […]

Bill would alter plea agreement, sentencing requirements

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The Indiana Lawyer

January 5, 2017

Judges would no longer be required to advise criminal defendants of the earliest and latest possible release dates under legislation introduced in the Indiana Senate. The legislation also would strike language that shields rejected plea agreements and proceedings from the official court record. Those are the provisions of Senate Bill 120 authored by Sen. Eric […]

New Sentencing Calculator Tool Available

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December 15, 2016

New Sentencing Tools available Plug in the current sentencing information, apply pretrial credit time, and calculate the remaining sentence along with a sentence end date. Access the new tools

2017 IRAS and IYAS Initial Training Dates

December 12, 2016

Michelle Goodman, Staff Attorney, Indiana Office of Court Services

At the following link you will find the 2017 IRAS/IYAS Training information and registration. 2017 IRAS IYAS training registration Please note this training calendar is for initial certification only. If you have any questions or need further assistance with registering for 2017 trainings, please contact the Indiana Office of Court Services. Thank you,  Michelle C. […]

Ceremony honors graduates of St. Joseph County Veterans Treatment Court

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The Indiana Lawyer

November 30, 2016

Marilyn Odendahl

John Laphier spent his first six months in the St. Joseph County Veterans Treatment Court continuing to abuse drugs and drink alcohol. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Lamphier had tricked the system for years but he soon learned the problem-solving court was not so gullible. He got sent to jail for two days, […]

DNA-collection bills to be introduced in 2017 Legislature

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The Indiana Lawyer

November 8, 2016

Marilyn Odendahl

After introducing DNA-collection legislation that failed to even get a committee hearing in the two previous General Assembly sessions, Rep. B. Patrick Bauer will be getting boost in the upcoming session from a Republican Senator offering a companion bill in the upper chamber. Bauer has announced he again will author a bill that requires DNA […]

2016 Indiana Probation Fall Training Postponed

December 2, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

As some of you are aware, the Probation Officers Advisory Board had discussed an online training event for December 2016. Angie Hensley-Langrel, Indiana Office of Court Services, sent an email to the PO Advisory Board and POPAI stating, “We have had to postpone that training and will notify everyone once the new date is finalized.  If […]

HOPE Probation Recorded Webinar Now Available Online

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Community Corrections Collaborative Network

The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) Hope Probation Webinar from September 2016 can now be viewed at the following link. HOPE Probation Webinar

Probation Statistics available from Indiana Supreme Court

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November 10, 2016

Indiana Judicial Service Report Over 1.3 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts in 2015. Details on court operations at the county and appellate level for 2015 are available in the Indiana Judicial Service Report and the Indiana Probation Report which can be found online at The following is just some of […]

2017 IDOC Community Corrections & Probation Training Calendar

Good morning, all! I am very excited about 2017!  Attached you will find the 2017 IDOC Community Corrections Training Calendar.  The calendar can, also, be found on the IDOC Community Corrections website and will be on SharePoint in the near future.  I will send out emails as we are requesting registrants for each of the […]

UPDATE: Recovery Works Survey

November 15, 2016

From the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addictions: Dear POPAI Members: We sent out a link for an online survey for Recovery Works three weeks ago and have been slowly getting responses. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

Local law enforcement keeping a close eye on sex offenders Halloween night

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Fox 59

October 31, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Law enforcement agencies around central Indiana will be patrolling the streets this Halloween, making sure that sex offenders who are currently on probation or parole are staying away from children. Every agency has a different method, but they all are working to ensure that the hundreds of sex offenders in the area […]

Sex offenders required to report on Halloween

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Indiana Daily Student

October 31, 2016

Dominick Jean

While families and children begin to trick-or-treat outside, 30 men and women shuffle up the stone staircase of the Monroe County Justice Building on Halloween. These men and women are sex offenders, some paroled and others on probation. They are required to attend a three-hour meeting during Bloomington trick-or-treat hours. “This is a way to […]

2016 IACCAC Fall Training Institute

Chris Cunningham, Grant County Community Corrections

IACCAC Fall Training Institute IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!!!! Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, November 15-18, 2016 What Matters Most: “Impacting Influences- Research Based Programs, Measurable Results, and Robust Organizations” Some intensive session slots are available.  FULL IACCAC Conference Registration and payment is required to attend the training. TWO DAY INTENSIVE TRAININGS –Register NOW! Tuesday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 16th Continuous Quality […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Publishes Annual Report

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2016 ANNUAL REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Legislation establishing the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) went into effect on July 1, 2015. The 9-member Advisory Council consists of leadership from both the executive and judicial branches of state and local government. Between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016, JRAC reviewed and made funding recommendations for Department […]

Allen County: Getting detox started in jail

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The Journal Gazette

October 23, 2016


County officials see promise in program that reduces relapses Changes may be coming in the way Allen County treats its drug-addicted offenders. For years, opioid abusers have been arrested, gone through a painful detox in the Allen County Jail and been released on probation, only to wind up back in jail for another detox bout. […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Approves Grant Funding Recommendations

October 23, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

The Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) met on October 20, 2016. The $2 million Community Corrections grant applications were discussed. Summary of CC Grant Requests 38 Counties/Regional Agencies applied for funding. All Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) sites applied and received priority recommendation as outlined in the grant coversheet. 57 Eligible Entities Applied for […]

Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative Update

October 23, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: I attended the State Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) Policy Team meeting on October 19, 2016.  It was our last official EBDM meeting with National Institute of Corrections (NIC) consultant Mimi Carter for Phase V. Indiana has been approved for NIC’s Phase VI EBDM project, along with Wisconsin and Virginia, for only […]

Funding helps Orange Co. expand its probation staff

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October 5, 2016

PAOLI — The Orange County Probation Department is one of 34 probation departments that received a grant from the Indiana Department of Correction. The grant is for $62,500 and was awarded in July. Dee Pedigo, chief probation officer, said the grant was awarded as part of a collaboration with Hoosier Hills PACT. Pedigo said grants were […]

Indiana Criminal Justice Association Awards

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The Michigan City News-Dispatch

October 8, 2016

Richard Chambers

Corissa Strader MICHIGAN CITY — In addition to the already-announced award to Detective Marty Corley as Officer of the Year, the Indiana Criminal Justice Association gave two surprise awards to people from La Porte County on Wednesday. The association gave these and others awards to criminal justice professionals from across Indiana at its 83rd annual […]

Bell v. State: Trial court must consider defendant’s ability to pay before entering restitution order

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Indiana Supreme Court

October 3, 2016

Bell v. State, No. 49S02-1609-CR-00501, __ N.E.3d __ (Ind., Sept. 29, 2016). A trial court must consider a defendant’s ability to pay before entering a restitution order after hearing testimony of inability to pay without rebutting evidence.   Indiana Code § 35-38-2-2.3(a)(6) allows a trial court to order a defendant to pay restitution to a […]

Hamilton Co. inmates pour into empty juvenile justice center

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September 21, 2016

James Gherardi

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Due to severe overcrowding, inmates are pouring out of the Hamilton County jail. As a result, inmates are being housed now down the road, in the virtually-empty juvenile justice center. The nearly $30 million, state-of-the-art Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center, built in 2007, is virtually empty today. “You cannot sit around and […]

Regional Stakeholder Training on the IRAS and IYAS

September 21, 2016

Vicki Davis, Deputy Director, Indiana Office of Court Services Office of Judicial Administration

      Subject: Register for a Regional Stakeholder Training on the Indiana Risk Assessment System and the Indiana Youth Assessment System The Indiana Office of Court Services (formerly the Indiana Judicial Center) will be conducting regional Stakeholder Trainings on the Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS) and the Indiana Youth Assessment System (IYAS) late October and […]

An Effective but Exhausting Alternative to High-School Suspensions

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The New York Times Magazine

September 7, 2016


When kids get into trouble at school, traditional forms of discipline often lead to more trouble. Is there a more productive way to change behavior? In December 2013, Colleen Walsh, a social-studies teacher at Leadership and Public Service High School in Manhattan’s Financial District, called one of the school’s four deans in charge of discipline. […]

Indiana courts aim to end bail for many people arrested

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Associated Press

September 8, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is adopting new risk assessments to determine when people who have been arrested should be required to post bail while awaiting trial. Under the rules the Indiana Supreme Court announced Wednesday most arrestees only would have to post money before being released if they’re deemed a flight or public safety risk. […]

Indiana Trooper Saves Heroin User’s Life

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BLUFFTON, Indiana — An Indiana State Police trooper is being credited with saving the life of a man who allegedly was overdosing on heroin Wednesday. Trooper Anthony Repass and Wells County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a call at 3:28 p.m. after Wells County Dispatch broadcast about a fight going on in a home in […]

This small Indiana county sends more people to prison than San Francisco and Durham, N.C., combined. Why?

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New York TImes

September 2, 2016


LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Donnie Gaddis picked the wrong county to sell 15 oxycodone pills to an undercover officer. If Mr. Gaddis had been caught 20 miles to the east, in Cincinnati, he would have received a maximum of six months in prison, court records show. In San Francisco or Brooklyn, he would probably have received […]

Criminal Justice Training: How to Address Brain Injury with Criminal Justice Involved Population

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RHI Resource Facilitation

September 2, 2016

The impact brain injury has on the judicial system is staggering.  As many as 60% of all people incarcerated have a history of brain injury. RHI Resource Facilitation department will host a series of regional training sessions to build the capacity of the professionals who work with people with brain injury. In this conference, a […]

Dangerous new drug linked to 50 deaths, 2 in Indiana

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August 23, 2016


Now police are warning about this substance that right now, although very dangerous, is perfectly legal. On Friday, a mother in Bloomington found her daughter and daughter’s boyfriend, both in their 20’s, dead of an overdose in their Colonial Crest apartment. When police arrived, they discovered something else. The drug that killed the couple wasn’t […]

Indiana JDAI Newsletter

August 2016

For additional information, please contact: Michelle Tennell, Statewide Director of JDAI at

JDAI Newsletter – August 2016 Indiana Courts sent this bulletin at 08/09/2016 10:54 AM EDT JDAI Newsletter – August 2016

Indiana’s Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council website goes live

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Indiana’s Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) website goes live with agendas, grant information, and more. Indiana Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council website

Probation numbers causing concern among Indiana counties

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Goshen News

June 25, 2016

MAUREEN HAYDEN Goshen News Statehouse Reporter

INDIANAPOLIS — The number of people getting probation instead of jail time is growing quickly under new sentencing rules, but communities that oversee probation programs say they don’t have enough money to handle the influx. Last week’s arrest of a probationer from southern Indiana, whom police said was en route to a gay pride event […]

Can Indiana trade overcrowded jails for treatment reform?

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July 10, 2016

Madeline Buckley and Kristine Guerra

Indiana’s sweeping criminal justice reform is 2 years old. Is it working? Two years ago, Ashley Sorrel wore a hospital gown inside the Marion County Jail, with twigs and dirt snarled in her hair and 92 stitches stretched across her body. Hours before, Sorrel, now 29, led Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers on a high-speed […]

POPAI Supports Indiana Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Initiative

July 24, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has been assisting justice system professionals to implement evidence-based programs for many years.  In 2008, NIC developed the Evidence-Based Decision Making framework to describe a process and method to comprehensively implement justice system reform.  Thereafter, NIC identified and supported seven communities throughout the U.S. to pilot […]

Elkhart County staff unveils Juvenile Resource Center plan to help youth with mental health issues

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The Elkhart Truth

June 30, 2016

Sharon Hernandez

ELKHART — A new plan unveiled by Elkhart County staff Wednesday calls for a major reconfiguration in how children, particularly those with potential health issues, should be treated in the county’s juvenile justice system. The project calls for building a Juvenile Resource Center, which would screen and assess youth accused of delinquency to determine the […]

Growing probation rolls worry county officials in Indiana

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June 24, 2016


Clark County case highlights officials’ concerns INDIANAPOLIS — The number of people getting probation instead of jail time is growing quickly under new sentencing rules, but communities that oversee probation programs say they don’t have enough money to handle the influx. Last week’s arrest of a probationer from southern Indiana, whom police said was en […]

Panel looks at progress of daunting overhaul of Indiana criminal justice system

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Evansville Courier & Press

June 22,2016

Zach Osowski

INDIANAPOLIS — A group of experts from Indiana’s judicial and legal system know they have their work cut out for them as they try to change the nature of the state’s criminal justice system. On Tuesday, those experts from all over the state came to Indianapolis to see how their pilot counties are progressing with […]

Lawmaker: Indiana ‘blew it’ by not ensuring man had no guns prior to Calif. gay pride arrest

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Chicago Tribune

June 21, 2016

Associated Press

Indiana “blew it” by not enforcing a gun ban against a man who was armed when he was arrested in California while traveling to a gay pride event, a state Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday while advocating for stricter gun controls. James Wesley Howell, 20, was ordered in April to forfeit all firearms under the terms […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council – June 20, 2016 Update

June 20, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

POPAI Members: POPAI is a voting member of the statutorily created Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC). I serve as our representative on JRAC. JRAC met on June 20, 2016.  All of the meeting materials and Minutes have been posted in POPAI’s Members Only area of the website. The next JRAC meeting is scheduled for […]

2017 PO Minimum Salary Schedule CORRECTED

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Indiana Judicial Center

June 15, 2016

  It has come to the attention of the Judicial Center that there is a typographical error on the 2017 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers.  The salary amount for 10-14 years of experience was originally listed as $50,355, but the correct amount is $50,335 (a difference of $20).  This correction has been made to […]

Madison County inmates offered alternative treatment for opioid addiction

Full Article


June 9, 2016

Tim McNicholas

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — A new program gives Madison County inmates a chance to beat their drug addictions. Officials are offering inmates drug addiction treatment and, if they agree, it could change the inmate’s sentence. One participant agreed to an interview with 24-Hour News 8 but asked to be referred to only as Melissa. A […]

2016 POPAI Elections Reminder

Reminder: 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 […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council News

June 9, 2016

Dear POPAI Members, The proposed minutes from the April 2016 meeting of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council may be found at the following link.  April 2016 JRAC meeting minutes The next JRAC meeting will be held on June 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Indiana Judicial Center.  The meeting is open to […]

2016 Knepple Scholarship Awarded to Wabash County Probation Officer

May 22, 2016

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 and […]

2017 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

Indiana Judicial Center

The 2017 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers has been published. The new schedule reflects a 3% increase. 2017 PO salary schedule

New Indiana Rule on Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)

May 13, 2016

The Indiana Supreme Court has issued a new rule for reporting DMC at various juvenile court decision points (effective July 1). The DMC website has a link to the order.  DMC Data Order 94S00-1602-MS-86 Read this letter to juvenile court judicial officers about the collection of data. DMC Letter The new rule will be discussed at Juvenile Court Judges […]

Henry County Probation Officer JoAnn King Cronk Obituary

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The Courier-TImes

May 10, 2016

JoAnn King Cronk, age 51, of New Castle passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Henry County Hospital. She was born on May 29, 1964 to Owen and Betty Swinson. JoAnn met the love of her life, Timothy Cronk, on November 14, 1998 and they were married on May 14, 2011. Together they loved […]

DOC Commissioner Approves Community Corrections Grant Awards

April 26, 2016

Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon has approved community corrections grant awards for State Fiscal Year 2016-2017. The DOC is now in the process of sending out the award notifications and contracts to local programs. FY 2017 Funding Summary FY 2017 Funding Recommendations

MA launches new breathalyzer system with facial recognition

Full Article

Fox 6

April 22, 2016

Lindsay Iadeluca

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – New technology, featuring facial recognition for at home breathalyzer tests, is lending a helping hand to probation officers across Massachusetts. The new mobile breathalyzers have replaced the older in-home systems and allow those on probation a bit more flexibility. Friday, Western Mass News got an exclusive look at the new technology in action. It’s […]

2017 Community Corrections Grant Recommendations

Full Article

April 22, 2016

Indiana Department of Correction

From: Deborah L. Braun ( To: Community Corrections Directors Subject: Funding Recommendations Good afternoon, Directors! We just wrapped up the JRAC meeting, and I wanted to share with you the funding recommendations that were approved by the council this morning. Please keep in mind, these recommendations must go before Commissioner Lemmon for his approval before they are […]

Family Support Court graduates first two participants

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Kokomo Tribune

March 31, 2016

Staff Report

The first participants in Howard County’s Family Support Court successfully completed the program this week, effectively dismissing criminal charges against them for non-support of dependents. Family Support Court reviews cases where a parent faces a felony charge for failing to pay at least $10,000 in owed child support. Rather than proceed with the criminal charges, […]


Full Article

Executive Exchange

Spring 2016

Linda Brady, Chief Probation Officer, Monroe Circuit Court

The following article was published in the Spring 2016 edition of Executive Exchange, a journal published by the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE).  Written by POPAI President Linda Brady who also serves as NAPE’s Central Region Representative. Indiana’s Justice Reinvestment journey article starts on Page 9.     Indiana’s criminal code was last overhauled in […]

Environmental Scan 2015

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National Institute of Corrections (NIC)

February 2016

Beginning in the late 1990’s, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Information Center began scanning social, economic, and corrections issues to inform the development of programs and services offered by NIC. This report, now in its 10th edition, has continued to evolve into a popular tool that corrections practitioners also use to inform their work […]

Ripley County Community corrections program a success

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The Herald-Tribune

March 8, 2016

Diane Raver

VERSAILLES – The community corrections program is up and running very successfully in Ripley County, according to Superior Court Judge Jeff Sharp and Prosecutor Ric Hertel. The program was put into place Aug. 1, 2015. Since its inception, “we haven’t had a single issue,” Sharp reports. Hertel adds, “There are a lot of people utilizing […]

Interstate Compact Alert

Indiana Judicial Center

February 18, 2016

FROM THE INDIANA JUDICIAL CENTER At the links below, you will find a memo from Indiana’s Interstate Compact Commissioner and an advisory opinion from the Interstate Compact national officer regarding community corrections.  Out-of-state offenders sentenced to community corrections placements are now subject to the terms of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) and […]

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 2016 POPAI Management Training

Susan Rice, Chief Probation Officer, Miami County Probation Department

Dear Probation Supervisors, Managers, Assistant Chiefs, and Chief POs: At the links below, please find information regarding the 2016 POPAI Management Training, which includes training for new Chief POs, seasoned Chiefs, and probation officers who are in supervisory level positions. We are very excited to be bringing in nationally known trainer, Dr. Earl Suttle, for […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Minutes Posted

February 4, 2016

At the following link, you will find the minutes from the January 15, 2016 Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) meeting. January 2016 JRAC minutes The next meeting of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council will be held from 10:00 A.M. to Noon (EST) on February 19, 2016, in the 30 South Meridian Street Building.  (Meeting Room […]

Commissioners moving forward with community corrections proposal

Full Article

February 1, 2016


AUBURN — The DeKalb County Commissioners will proceed with plans to house a proposed community corrections facility in a former strip mall at the south edge of Garrett. During Monday’s meeting of the DeKalb County Council, Commissioner Don Grogg reported that the commissioners are “moving forward” with the community corrections proposal.  

County moves to relocate probation department

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The Shelbyville News

February 2, 2016

John Walker

Administrative staff and files now line the hallway of the crowded Shelby County Probation Department in the top floor of the old Court House. In some areas, two probation officers share a single office, making conversations with probationers awkward, especially when they are juveniles and confidentiality is a must. But the department is on its way […]

New Public Forum: Community Corrections Collaborative Network

Full Article

National Institute of Corrections (NIC)

January 14, 2016

Take advantage of NIC’s new public forum focused on community corrections! The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) is comprised of the leading associations for pretrial, probation, parole and drug courts. Each association has two representatives that attend two in person meetings per fiscal year.  They also collaborate on projects and present workshops at national conferences […]

2016 State of the Judiciary

Full Article

January 13, 2016

2016: “A Constitution Powerful in its Simplicity, Clear in its Mandate” On January 13, 2016, Chief Justice Loretta Rush gave the annual State of the Judiciary address. Video and photos of the event and a transcript of the speech are available below. Indiana State of the Judiciary 2016 Photos of 2016 State of the Judiciary […]

POPAI Legislative Update


Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: It’s hard to believe it is time for the Indiana General Assembly to be in session again! Here is the link to the bills filed for far…. POPAI was asked to provide feedback re: HEA 1006 to Jane Seigel who was scheduled to speak before the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee […]

New POPAI District 4 Representative

The POPAI District 4 vacancy has been filled by Lakisha Fisher of Grant County Probation. Lakisha has served as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the past 16 years. She attended Central State University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice, June 1997.  She attended Ball State University where she earned […]

Clay County finds alternative temporary housing for juvenile offenders

Full Article

The Brazil Times

January 7, 2016

FRANK PHILLIPS, Times Reporter

On most days you can read about adults who have committed crimes or been arrested. But there is a whole generation of people in trouble with the law whose names are not usually reported but their crimes are whispered about and sometimes are the subject of items on social media. They are juvenile offenders. They […]

Recovery Works Update

Full Article

Department of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA)


At the link below, you will find important information regarding Recovery Works. Please be sure to print Memo dated 12-22-15  and keep for your records. Recovery Works memo 12-22-15 If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Recovery Works Team. Happy Holidays! – Angie Boarman, Program Manager Recovery Works Team Division of Mental Health […]

FINAL REPORT: 2015 Corrections and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee

Full Article

The 2015 Corrections and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee completed its work by the Nov. 1st deadline. The committee’s FINAL REPORT is filed online. 2015 FINAL REPORT Corrections and Criminal Code

IRAS/IYAS Training and Recertifiication for 2016


Indiana Judicial Center

At the link below, you will find the 2016 IRAS/IYAS Training information and registration.  Please note this training calendar is for initial certification only.  If you have any questions or need further assistance with registering for 2016 trainings, please contact the Indiana Judicial Center. 2016 IRAS IYAS training registration In addition, IJC is working to […]

Human trafficking victims find ‘safe places’ in Tippecanoe County

Full Article

November 22, 2015

Alexis Moberger

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana Youth Services Association is driving the state’s first program to help the needs of youth human trafficking victims. A grant was recently funded to Tippecanoe County Youth Services to provide resources and rehabilitation. As News 18 reported last week, Indiana Youth Services Association was granted $750,000 for a new start-up […]

Retired Henry County Probation Officer Michael Cassidy

Full Article

Michael J. Cassidy, age 69, of New Castle, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Kindred Rehabilitation Center in Greenwood. He was born January 11, 1946 in New Castle, to the late Mitchell and Martha Elizabeth (Craig) Cassidy. An ordained minister, he had pastored at Buck Creek Church of the Brethren for 14 years. He […]

New POPAI Vice-president Appointed


POPAI District 4 Representative Adam McQueen was appointed by the POPAI Board to fill the Vice-presidency vacancy. Adam currently serves as the Assistant Chief Probation Officer for Wayne County Probation Department. Adam obtained a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University-Bloomington.  He received a Masters Degree in the Science of Management from Indiana University […]

POPAI Seeks Applicants for District 4 Representative


In October 2015, POPAI’s elected Vice-President Ryan Hull announced that he would be leaving that position, but will continue his work as a Noble County probation officer. Applicants for the Vice-presidency were sought and received by the deadline. At the November 5, 2015 POPAI Board meeting, District 4 Representative Adam McQueen was appointed to serve […]

Chief PO Sinks Honored

NAPE Executive Exchange Winter 2015 Issue

On September 4, 2015, an open house was held in Rensselaer, Indiana, to celebrate the dedicated service of Chief Probation Officer Michael E. Sinks, who recently retired from the Jasper County Probation Department. Sinks joined the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy in January of 1976, and in February of 1978 was promoted to Sergeant, where he held the […]

Announcing New Recovery Works Website & Listserv

Full Article

October 30, 2015

Beginning Monday, November 2nd, 2015, Criminal Justice Providers in Indiana can begin making referrals to DMHA designated Recovery Works agencies to enroll participants in Recovery Works, Indiana’s Forensic Treatment Program. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction is working with agencies who have submitted applications to formalize approvals and sign agency agreements, in order to build the list of […]

POPAI Seeks Applicants for Vice-President

October 25, 2015

On October 21, 2015, Ryan Hull announced that he is leaving his position as the POPAI Vice-president.  He will continue his work as a Noble County probation officer. The POPAI By-laws state: Article VIII OFFICERS, C. Duties, Section 5. Vacancies:  Should a vacancy occur in the office of Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer, the Executive Board […]

Indiana 2014 Probation Report Published

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Indiana State Court Administration


Lilia G. Judson, Executive Director Division of State Court Administration

I am pleased to let you know that the 2014 Indiana Probation Reports are now available on the Indiana Courts website. 2015 Probation Reports The Probation Reports are prepared as required by Administrative Rule 1(C) of the Indiana Rules of Court and Indiana Code § 11-13-1-4.  The probation report would not have been possible without […]

JRAC FY2016 Community Corrections Expansion Grant Recommendations


Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: HEA 1006 (of 2015) established the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC).  One of the purposes of JRAC is to “make recommendations and provide feedback to the department of correction and the division of mental health and addiction concerning grants to be awarded.” I serve as POPAI’s voting representative on the JRAC.  The […]

2015 POPAI Line Probation Officer of the Year Award

The 2015 POPAI Line Probation Officer of the Year Award was presented to Elizabeth Starck of Clark County Probation.  Elizabeth has been with Clark County Probation for nearly 10 years.  Her Chief Probation Officer Jamie Hayden stated, “Elizabeth has always been one of the first to volunteer when a new assignment is handed down.  A […]

2015 POPAI “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award

The 2015 POPAI “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award was presented to Rachael Jones of Clark County Probation.  Rachael was hired by Clark County Probation in April of 2014 with the express purpose of conducting Pre-sentence Investigations.  According to her Chief Probation Officer Jamie Hayden, Rachael was an extremely quick study and eager to […]

SAVE THE DATES: 2016 POPAI New CPO Training, Management Institute & Chief PO Summit

New Chief PO Training:  Wednesday April 6, 2016 @ Indiana Judicial Center Management Institute:  Thursday April 7th @ Sheraton Hotel Keystone-at-the Crossing Chief PO Summit:  Friday April 8th @ Sheraton Hotel Keystone-at-the Crossing  

POPAI Founder’s Award presented to Joe Hooker

At the POPAI Fall Conference in French Lick, the 2015 Founder’s Award was presented to Joe Hooker of Tippecanoe County Probation. The POPAI Founder’s Award recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general and specifically to the POPAI organization and who are characterized by their commitment of influence and promotion […]

Communities request more funds than DOC has available

Full Article

The Indiana Lawyer

September 28, 2015

Marilyn Odendahl

In advance of lower-risk offenders staying in local jails instead of going to state prisons, counties across Indiana have requested more than $17 million from the state. The counties are trying to get a slice of new grant funding coming from the Indiana Department of Correction. However, for the first round of appropriations this fiscal […]

2015 POPAI Election

Thank you to everyone who submitted their 2015 Intent to Run forms as well as to anyone who considered dedicating their time to the POPAI Board! The 2015 POPAI Election was held at the Annual Business Meeting September 17, 2015 in French Lick. Election results: Vice President:  Ryan Hull, Noble County Treasurer:  Christine Kerl, Marion […]

POPAI By-laws Revised at Annual Business Meeting

Full Article

September 29, 2015

At the September 17, 2015 Annual POPAI Business meeting, the membership approved changes to the organization’s by-laws. The changes are primarily related to Life Membership; i.e., how to apply for Life Membership and clarification regarding Life Member voting privileges. A further clarification regarding Executive Board qualifications was adopted: all Executive Board members must be employed […]

(Greene) County Council continues to cut during their second day of budget hearings (probation officer salaries area of contention)

Full Article

Greene County Daily World

September 2, 2015

Grant Karazsia, Staff Writer

The second round of department budgets were up on the chopping block on Wednesday as the Greene County Council continued their cuts to the 2016 Budget.  Tuesday saw many cuts from a variety of department budgets, but the council still has a way to go in order to stay on track for the $1.7 million […]

New officers to target heroin abuse in (Hancock) county

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Daily Reporter

August 14, 2015

Caitlin VanOverberghe

GREENFIELD — It wasn’t the kind of thing Edie Horan expected to hear about her son. Landis Bussell was a good-time guy, eager to please and make new friends. He was always up for a party, to share a few drinks and have a good time. But drugs? His mother didn’t think so. But after […]

What happens when a minor commits a crime?

Full Article

Greene County Daily World

August 10, 2015

Bailey Hasler, Staff Intern

The law, the ever present reminder of right and wrong, presides over all citizens. However, those under the age of 18 who get in trouble with the law will receive a different treatment than adults.  One distinct difference is what minors can be punished for doing. While non-status offenses are crimes that can be committed […]

How a dating app hookup landed a teen on the sex offender registry (Elkhart, Indiana)

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FOX 29

August 4, 2015

ELKHART, Indiana (CNN) — Zach Anderson is 19 and a typical teenager. He’s into computers and wants to build a career around his love for electronics. But those plans and any semblance of a normal life are for now out the window. Under court order, he can’t access the Internet, go to a mall or […]

Community Corrections Grant Application & Collaboration Plan Trainings

August 2, 2015

It’s not too late to attend trainings around the state. The training is a “how to” or technical assistance on completing the Community Corrections grant application, budget, and community corrections/probation collaboration plan.  If you are unable to attend the training in your area or if there is one located in another region closer to your […]

First veteran graduates from special St. Joseph County court

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South Bend Tribune

July 21, 2015


SOUTH BEND —When Wayne Kuritz enlisted in the Air Force in 1971, toward the end of the Vietnam War, he was among those U.S. troops who felt they had little support from their fellow Americans on the home front. But on Monday, as Kuritz became the first graduate of the St. Joseph County Veterans Court, […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Meeting Minutes July 1, 2015

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Meeting Minutes July 1, 2015 The Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council met for its inaugural meeting at the Indiana Judicial Center in the 8th Floor Conference Center at 30 South Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 1, 2015. The Advisory Council met 11:00 a.m.-2:40 p.m. Link to meting Minutes.   July 1 […]

Kinsey Center changing its focus: Facility seeks to serve more children in shelter care, leaving residential model

Full Article

July 3, 2015

Pat Munsey

When the Robert J. Kinsey Youth Center was constructed in 1993, detention for juveniles was a different game. The facility opened with three housing areas — secure detention, shelter care, and long-term residential care. For years, the facility met Howard County’s needs well. According to director Jeff Lipinksi, philosophies about juvenile detention have changed over […]

NEW Community Corrections Grants Now Available (Probation may apply for funds)

July 10, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: The Indiana Judicial Center sent an email to all Chief Probation Officers and trial court judges on Friday July 10th with instructions about how to apply for new Community Corrections grant funds related to HEA 1006 implementation.  The email included 9 attached documents. POPAI has created a new topic in our MEMBERS […]

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 PO Annual Meeting


Linda Brady

SAVE THE DATE: Confirmed by Angie Hensley of Indiana Judicial Center. 2016 PO Annual Meeting:  Wednesday May 4 and Thursday May 5, 2016. This is the same week as Indiana’ Primary (Presidential) Tuesday May 3, 2016.

Proposed POPAI Bylaws Revision

July 10, 2015

Linda Brady

Greetings POPAI Membership: 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 […]

2015 Legislative Updates Available to POPAI Members

July 2, 2015

Linda Brady

Dear POPAI Members: I have created two (2) PowerPoint presentations for our membership summarizing the 2015 legislative changes. The first presentation summarized new criminal and juvenile legislation.  The original PowerPoint presentation was created by Judge Vicki Carmichael, Clark Circuit Court No. 4.  Judge Carmichael graciously allowed POPAI to post this presentation for our MEMBERS ONLY.  […]

POPAI President Letter: Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council

June 26, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Membership:   I sent the letter below to all Indiana Chief Probation Officers on June 26, 2015.   Dear Chief Probation Officers: I am sending this email to all Indiana Chief Probation Officers including CPOs who are not POPAI members. As you are aware, HEA 1006 (of 2015) created the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council.  […]

Indiana Probation officer charged with misconduct

Full Article

The Lebanon Reporter

June 17, 2015

Staff Report The Lebanon Reporter

A Boone County Community Corrections official has been charged with five felony counts of official misconduct. Paula R. Davis, Whitestown, allegedly stole thousands of dollars from the agency, by falsifying receipts and doctoring records, according to court documents. Davis was the operations coordinator for community corrections. She was put on paid administrative leave.  

Salem man’s attempt to skip court (probation hearing) foiled by poorly written letter

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June 24, 2015

WKBN Staff

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – A Salem man tried to get out of a probation hearing by using a doctor’s excuse that police said he wrote himself. This is what was written in the letter: My name is Dr wong . I have Troy Hightland in Akron general . He was Brot up here because his […]

2015 Indiana Judicial Center’s Legislative Session Digest

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Indiana Judicial Center

June 3, 3015

This Indiana Judicial Center published the digest of the final installment of the Legislative Update for the 2015 legislative session. This digest contains summaries of select bills of interest or portions of bills that were signed into law in the 2015 legislative session.  Summaries are under the headings:  Civil Law, Criminal Law, Family & Juvenile Law, Judicial […]

Former Lake County (Indiana) probation officer pleads guilty to official misconduct

Full Article

May 18, 2015

Elvia Malagon

CROWN POINT | A former Lake County probation officer pleaded guilty Monday to official misconduct after a woman on probation accused him of sexually assaulting her, according to court records. Miroslav Radiceski, 37, of Crown Point, pleaded guilty in Newton County Superior Court to official misconduct, a Class D felony. As part of his plea […]

Murdered mother’s family questions probation officer (Florida)

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10NEWS/Tampa Bay

May 22, 2015

Jonathan Petramala,

It’s a video, that over two months after it was taken, is still haunting. 34-year-old Kristen Finn used her cell phone to record an argument with her husband Michael, about prescription drug use. “When you are sober we get along great Michael,” Kristen is overheard saying in the video. But arrest records for domestic violence […]

2016 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Below is a link to the 2016 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers. The 2016 schedule reflects a 2.2% increase. 2016 PO Salary Schedule

Editorial: Some funding for corrections

Full Article

Kokomo Tribune

May 29, 2015

People who commit the most violent of crimes in Indiana will be serving longer prison sentences. Fewer people who are convicted of low-level felonies will be sentenced to prison. And counties will see more state funding to help rehabilitate their non-violent offenders, who until recently would’ve been serving years within the Indiana Department of Correction. […]

2015 POPAI Elections

May 22, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: REMINDER that it’s time to start the 2015 POPAI election process. Up for election in 2015: District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 Vice-President Treasurer FYI:  POPAI just received notice of a board vacancy for the District 5 Representative (was Lori White of Marion County).  Per the POPAI by-laws if a […]

2015 Knepple Scholarship Awarded

May 14, 2015

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 […]

2015 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

May 13, 2015

Cherie Wood, POPAI Election Committee Chair

It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2015: District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 Vice-President Treasurer POPAI District 8 Representative Cherie Wood is serving as the Election Committee Chair.  The Intent to Run form may be found on the POPAI web site. The Intent to Run form must be […]

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 POPAI Fall Conference to feature Mark Carey and Mimi Carter

May 8, 2015

Susan Rice

SAVE THE DATE:  2015 POPAI Fall Conference September 16th, 17th and 18th Mark your calendars now for the 2015 POPAI Fall Conference which will once again be held at the beautiful French Lick Resort. In our continuing efforts to focus on Evidence Based Practices, POPAI will be sponsoring a special EBP track which will provide up […]

The dirty little secret of drug abuse

Full Article

Tribune Star

May 2, 2015

Lisa Trigg

Jane, a recovering drug addict and lifelong Vigo County resident, is alive and well today. Her decades-long nightmare, which included numerous instances of sharing needles with friends to inject ground-up pills or meth into her body to satisfy her cravings, could have ended differently. Tragically. As she watches the unfolding drama in southeastern Indiana’s Scott […]

2015 Legislative Session Ends – How did bills followed by POPAI fare?

May 1, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Membership: Please log to our Members Only discussion area to read a message from POPAI Lobbyist Glenna Shelby regarding the end of 2015 Legislative Session. Also in our Members Only area is an updated list of bills followed by POPAI and how they fared. I included a separate list of our followed bills […]

St. Joseph County youth detention alternative gets grant

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South Bend Tribune

April 13, 2015

Amanda Gray

SOUTH BEND — The goal is simple: Make sure that local juveniles get the help they need, when they need it to stay out of trouble. The devil might be in the details — especially when it comes to implementing a large, systemic change to the assessment of juveniles when they first encounter police in […]

Firefighters rescue man who wedged inside wall to evade probation violation arrest

Full Article

April 23, 2014


MONROVIA, Ind. (AP) – A central Indiana man who hid inside a wall in his home to avoid arrest had to be rescued by firefighters after he became wedged next to its chimney for more than a day. Steven Shuler was trying to avoid arrest on a probation violation Monday when he squeezed down a […]

UPDATED Indiana Bills Followed by POPAI

April 10, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: Our professional organization utilizes the services of an experienced lobbyist, Glenna Shelby of LegisGroup Public Affairs, LLC who provides POPAI with a weekly update regarding all bills that are being followed by POPAI.  This is a benefit of POPAI membership. I have posted the most recent legislative update in the POPAI “Members Only” […]

Work release may address overcrowding

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Kokomo Perspective

April 7, 2015

Pat Munsey

Program could operate for less than the cost of jail expansion The Howard County Jail is facing a crisis. Already housing as many as 400 inmates during the summer when numbers peak, the change in state law regarding felons may push the jail population to its limit and beyond. Since 1995, Howard County has considered […]

Boone working to expand juvenile justice system

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The Lebanon Reporter

March 14, 2015

Rod Rose

Boone County is moving to address juvenile justice issues with new facilities and new programs. An open house was held Monday for the new juvenile probation department, which now has an entrance separate from the adult probation and community corrections agencies on the north side of the Key Bank building’s third floor. The juvenile entrance […]

Tully: The story of our heroin epidemic must be told

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Indy Star

March 13, 2015

Matthew Tully

The story of a growing heroin epidemic is being told through the voices of moms and dads, friends and siblings, grandparents and children — those who have watched loved ones fall victim to addiction. Every time I write about the growing heroin epidemic, usually from the perspective of a young person whose life has been […]

Latessa: A Tool for Helping to Predict Crime Risk

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The Council of State Governments

March 8, 2015

Ed Latessa

Imagine, for a moment, that a doctor performing kidney surgery makes such an egregious mistake that the patient dies on the operating table. It’s a terrifying thought but also a very rare occurrence. It is possible, however. Meanwhile, of the tens of thousands of risk assessments performed each month to determine the likelihood that someone […]

Letter from POPAI President re: HB 1006 and State Probation Funding

March 13, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: I sent a letter to all Chief POs re: HB 1006 Criminal Justice Funding on March 13, 2015. I have posted that letter in the POPAI “Members Only” discussion section.  [Note: if you have not yet received your password, POPAI members are welcome to email Karen, our website administrator, with your name […]

List of Indiana Bills Followed by POPAI

March 13, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: Our professional organization utilizes the services of an experienced lobbyist, Glenna Shelby of LegisGroup Public Affairs, LLC. Ms. Shelby provides POPAI with a great deal of support during the legislative sessions and during the Interim Study Committee term.  She advises POPAI about probation related issues and the impact of proposed legislation.  She […]

2015 POPAI Management Institute Registration is Now Open

March 2, 2015

Susan Rice

Dear Chief POs and Probation Supervisory Staff: Registration for the 2015 POPAI Management Institute is now open. The institute includes training for new CPOs as well as seasoned Chiefs and supervisory staff.  The dates this year are in April and we are hoping for no snow!!  In an effort to assist all departments with the […]

Criminal justice bill offering funds for treatment programs heads to full House

Full Article

Indy Star

February 17, 2015

Kristine Guerra

The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday passed a bill that aims to reduce recidivism by providing millions of dollars in annual funding for substance abuse programs and mental health treatment for local communities. House Bill 1006, authored by Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, is a response to a massive criminal code overhaul that sends […]

Juvenile delinquency down in Indiana and nationally

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Kokomo Tribune

February 18, 2015

Lauren Slagter

Juvenile delinquency is down across the nation, state and locally, and it’s related to a new perspective on juvenile justice that focuses on alternative ways to discipline youth. The number of arrests of U.S. children younger than 18 has been decreasing for the last decade; between 2002 and 2011 there was a 31 percent decrease […]

Pilot rehabilitation program shows success

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The Herald Tribune

Jan. 30, 2015

Dearborn/Ohio County prosecutor Aaron Negangard, Southeast Indiana Regional Community Corrections (SERCC) and the company Corrisoft are creating a new model in offender rehabilitation, according to an Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, Indianapolis, news release. The new approach catapults beyond traditional monitoring of offenders on home detention or work release with a high-touch approach afforded by smartphones […]

Details surface in sex charge against former in-home detention officer

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Kokomo Tribune

Jan. 27, 2015

Mike Fletcher

A former Howard County in-home detention officer is accused of having sexual contact with a female in the program and supplying her with alcohol. A warrant was issued for Isaiah Christmas on Friday for a Level 5 felony charge of sexual misconduct following an investigation by the Howard County Sheriff Department, Howard Superior Court 2 […]

County jails fear onslaught of addicts, mentally ill from prisons

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Indy Star

February 2, 2015

Kristine Guerra

Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy and other sheriffs around the state see a wave of people coming their way.  Many of them may be drug addicts. Some will be thieves. Others will be like a Franklin County woman who believes John Kennedy is her father and Dick Cheney fathered her child, Murphy said. Or like […]

2 arrested after Clarksville traffic stop (man claims to have ‘probation marijuana’)

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News and Tribune

January 20, 2015

Gary Popp

CLARKSVILLE — Two Kentucky residents were arrested during a traffic stop along Interstate 65 in Clarksville early Sunday morning, after a handgun and nearly a pound of synthetic marijuana were located in the vehicle. The driver, Clifford Montgomery, 49, Bowling Green, has been preliminarily charged with possession of synthetic drug over 30 grams; possession of […]

2015 State of the Judiciary – Indiana Courts: Working to Fulfill the Promise of Justice

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Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush

Governor Pence, Lt. Governor Ellsperman, Members of the General Assembly: What an honor it is for me to stand before you, the men and women of the Indiana General Assembly, in these historic chambers on behalf of my colleagues on the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Vaidik and our hard working Court of Appeals, and the […]

40 sex offenders to appear on Indy billboards

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David Barras

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — There are about 1,600 convicted sex offenders in Marion County. Forty of them remain unregistered and missing. It is those 40 who are the targets of a new effort which began Monday that will take them from the shadows of the streets to the bright lights of big billboards. The hope is to […]

Indiana Case involving term of probation to “not consume alcohol”

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The Indiana Law Blog


On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, the Indiana Supreme Court had scheduled oral arguments for the case of  Natosha L. Stillions v. State of Indiana (53A01-1311-CR-508) . After stealing items from her employer, Stillions was convicted of theft, a Class A misdemeanor. As one condition of probation, Stillions was ordered by the Monroe Circuit Court not to […]

POPAI “Members Only” Discussion Area Now Open to All Members

December 7, 2014

Dear POPAI Membership: All POPAI members should have received an email from our website administrator Karen Oeding regarding the POPAI Discussion area. The POPAI “Members Only” Discussion area is now open to all members. So far, we have the following topics: Department Policies and Procedures; POPAI Legislative Updates; Question and Answer; Training; and Eventually the […]

Probation and parole officer honored for stopping teen from leap off bridge

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Lewiston Tribune, re-printed by

October 19, 2014

By Ralph Bartholdt

LEWISTON, Idaho — A department of probation and parole officer was recognized by the Idaho Department of Correction for preventing a teenager from jumping off the Southway Bridge.  Senior Probation and Parole Officer Clint Hoiland of Clarkston was awarded the Silver Cross by the Board of Correction. The award is earned by corrections officers whose […]

Indiana panel hears testimony on human trafficking

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Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS A state trooper who tracks human trafficking cases has told an Indiana commission that he’s investigated nearly 40 cases so far this year but the full scope of the sex and labor trade in the state remains elusive. Trooper Skyler Whittington told the Commission on Improving the Status of Children on Wednesday that he […]

Cost of an Inmate – Tippecanoe County, IN

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News 18

November 19, 2014

Krista Henery

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — It may be hard to believe, but about 66 percent of a nearly $30 million budget in Tippecanoe County is spent on people who break the law. That includes the county’s court system, the prosecutor’s office, and coming in with the largest tab at more than $10 million — the […]

SAVE THE DATES: POPAI Fall Training 2015 & 2016


Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: POPAI has sought input from our members regarding the location of the Annual Fall Conference via Poll Questions on the POPAI website, as well as through feedback forms at all of the POPAI trainings held in 2013 and 2014. POPAI recently asked all Indiana Chief POs to take a survey regarding the […]

In-your-face Indiana boot camp gets teens out of trouble

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Indy Star


Mike Fender

Karina Bowling showed only a hint of a smile — and she was in trouble. Again. Karina had already been kicked out of school. She was on a life course headed for jail, she admits. But this time it was different. Two military-style drill sergeants, called cadre, were in her face, shouting, furious, arms flailing, […]

Indiana Chief PO named Probation Executive of the Year

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National Association of Probation Executives

Fall 2014

NAPE Executive Exchange

Sam Houston State University Probation Executive of the Year Award Since 1989, the National Association of Probation Executives and the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University have recognized the Probation Executive of the Year by presenting the recipient the Sam Houston State University Award. This year’s recipient was Linda Brady, Chief Probation Officer for the Monroe […]

Data tools credited for reducing pretrial crime

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September 17, 2014

Laura Dorman

There is much debate on the topic of pretrial bail and on which defendants should be detained and which defendants should be released safely prior to trial. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), a suspect’s release pending trial is almost exclusively based on the charge and whether the suspect has enough […]

How probation officers can stay safe during home visits

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Cherrie Greco

Home visits are an important part of an offender’s probation fulfillment; here’s how probation officers can stay safe before, during and after the visit For probation officers, conducting home visits offers a unique opportunity for a glimpse into the private world of their clients. As a sentencing option for judges, probation provides an alternative to […]

Probation And Parole In The United States, 2013

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Bureau of Justice Statistics


Thomas Bonczar, Erinn Herberman, Ph.D.

Presents data on adult offenders under community supervision while on probation or parole in 2013. The report presents trends over time for the overall community supervision population and describes changes in the probation and parole populations. It provides statistics on the entries and exits from probation and parole and the mean time served. It also […]

Indiana Probation Departments Host Halloween Events for Registered Sex Offenders

Marion County: Registered sex offenders required to attend Halloween meeting INDIANAPOLIS – For the eighth year in a row, Operation Halloween will require registered sex offenders in Marion County to attend a meeting during trick or treat hours. The event is organized by the Marion Superior Court, Probation Department, in partnership with the Indiana […]

Sources: Probation officer on leave after questionable Facebook post

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Margo Gray

HUNTSVILLE, AL A probation officer employed by the city of Huntsville is now on administrative leave.  A city official said the probation officer will stay on leave pending an internal investigation.  The official would not tell us what that investigation involves. However, a source close to the incident said the investigation involves what probation officer […]

Man Accidentally Texts “You Have Some Weed?” To Probation Officer

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The Huffington Post


Hilary Hanson

A Georgia man is back behind bars after mistakenly sending a request for marijuana to the worst person imaginable. Alvin Cross Jr, of Albany, accidentally sent a text message reading “You have some weed?” to his probation officer, WALB reports. Cross was on probation after being sentenced to 15 years in prison for armed robbery […]

Indiana Project screenings show need for more mental health services in youth detention

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Indiana is at the forefront of providing mental health screening and services to juvenile offenders, but more efforts are needed to improve the services provided to detained youths, according to Indiana University School of Medicine research findings published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health. “A Statewide Collaboration to Initiate Mental […]

2014 Probation Fall training registration is now open


Angie Hensley-Langrel, Program Coordinator, Indiana Judicial Center

The 2014 Probation Fall training will be held Tuesday December 16th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (E.S.T.) at Jonathan Byrd’s Banquet Hall, 100 Byrd Way, Greenwood. Topics for the Meeting: * Dosage Probation * Fourth Amendment and Due Process Issues in Probation * Indiana Judicial Center Updates and Discussion -Incentives and Sanctions Project Update […]

New Bloomington mental health court starting up

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A new Monroe County mental health court is aimed at keeping people mentally stable and out of trouble and the community safe, officials said. The new court also should save tax dollars, county prosecutor Chris Gaal said at a news conference Friday. Changes to Indiana’s criminal code encourage communities to offer treatment […]

How to Turn Around Troubled Teens: Research reveals that get-tough tactics may worsen rates of juvenile delinquency

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Scientific American


Scott O. Lilienfeld and Hal Arkowitz

Mike S. (not his real name) was 13 years old when one of us (Lilienfeld) met him on an inpatient psychiatric ward, where Lilienfeld was a clinical psychology intern. Mike was articulate and charming, and he radiated warmth. Yet this initial impression belied a disturbing truth. For several years Mike had been in serious trouble […]

POPAI Survey Results re: Location for Annual Fall Conference


Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: POPAI has sought input from our members regarding the location of the Annual Fall Conference via Poll Questions on the POPAI website, as well as through feedback forms at all of the POPAI trainings held in 2013 and 2014.  Several POPAI members asked that POPAI investigate the possibility of holding the Annual […]

Indiana to Address Brain Trauma Among Released Offenders

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Public News Service Indiana


INDIANAPOLIS – Some major money is flowing into the Indiana Department of Correction to address brain trauma. The department has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to screen and provide treatment for released offenders who have traumatic brain injuries. Edinburgh Correctional Facility Superintendent Frances Osburn is leading the project and says their goal is […]

Indiana committee hears alternatives for juvenile justice

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Leaders of a pilot program that promotes alternatives to juvenile detention in eight Indiana counties want to take the idea statewide. Supporters of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative told a legislative panel Monday that the program creates a level playing field between minorities and whites, in addition to making juvenile justice more efficient. The program […]

Drug court graduates choose treatment over prison

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Fox 59 News

October 6, 2014

Russ McQuaid

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (Oct. 6, 2014)– Nick Barnhill admitted he nearly choked up when his mother stood up in a Hamilton County courtroom and told the judge how proud she was of her son. “Oh, I wanted to start crying. She’s proud of me. My whole family is,” said Barnhill. Barnhill, 35, was one of […]

Millions more sought for representation of juveniles in Indiana

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The Indiana Lawyer

October 8, 2014

Dave Stafford

Rising juvenile court caseloads are creating scrambles around the state to find and fund court-appointed special advocates and guardians ad litem. Millions more dollars also will be needed for public defenders who soon will be required for the first time in many more delinquency cases. Marion Superior Juvenile Judge Marilyn Moores blames an epidemic of […]

Seven more counties to participate in juvenile detention program

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The Statehouse File


Hannah Troyer

INDIANAPOLIS – Seven new counties across the state will partner with the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which offers community-based alternative programs to the typical detention facility solution for juveniles. Allen, LaPorte, Bartholomew, Boone, Monroe, St. Joseph, and LaGrange counties will join the 12 counties that already have a partnership with the JDAI program. JDAI- a […]

New state budget will carry Pence’s fingerprints; budget writers might need to put less money into state prisons but more into local probation services and mental health treatment

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The Herald Bulletin /AP


Andy Knight

INDIANAPOLIS — Lagging tax collections, the impact of new laws and the perpetual question of how best to spend Indiana’s education dollars are all expected to factor into the state budget proposal being developed by Gov. Mike Pence’s administration ahead of the 2015 legislative session. Indiana law requires the General Assembly to pass a budget […]

New Community Corrections Program To Be Implemented

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SPONLINE - Kosciusko County’s Only Free Digital Newspaper


Phoebe Muthart

Kosciusko County Commissioners gave the green light Tuesday for the establishment of a new community corrections program. The new program will be for non-violent offenders. The county will receive a $356,000 grant from the state to start the new program. The two-year grant will allow the county to hire more personnel. The program will not […]

Indiana Parole Officers Fired And Arrested

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(BRAZIL) – An Indiana Department of Correction parole officer 46-year-old Joseph Granda of Brazil has been fired and arrested amid allegations he engaged in oral sex this summer with an Owen County woman whose probation he was supervising.

SAVE THE DATES: Indiana Judicial Center Probation Officer Training

For 2014, the Indiana Judicial Center will offer “Probation Fall Training” on Tuesday December 16th in Indianapolis.  Time and training location to be determined. There will not be regional trainings held this year. The 2015 PO Annual Training will be held on May 6th and 7th at the Indiana Convention Center.

The business of public safety: NWI consortium the first of its kind

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Joseph Ferrandino, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Northwest

Public safety agencies across Northwest Indiana are changing the way they do business to provide better services to their communities and create or maintain the environment needed for economic development and growth. In 2014, 15 agencies across the region joined with Indiana University Northwest and NIPSCO to create the Northwest Indiana Public Safety Data Consortium, […]

Juvenile deliquency down thanks to alternative programs

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Kokomo Tribune


Lauren Slagter

A group representing law enforcement, the court system, child services and education renewed their commitment to working with Howard County’s at-risk youth Wednesday. Those who contribute to the S.A.F.E. P.O.L.I.C.Y. services (which stands for School Administrators For Effective Police, Probation and Prosecution Operation Leading to Improved Children and Youth) and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative […]

Mentally ill inmates straining jail and DOC resources

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

When Franklin County Sheriff Kenneth Murphy chatted with a colleague about a frequent inmate, he learned how pervasive the problem of mental illness is in local jails.  Murphy was at a jail commanders meeting talking about a young man who had been arrested after he was found preaching naked on the streets of Laurel.  A […]

INcite Juvenile Reports Announcement

Indiana Judicial Center


Michelle C. Goodman, Staff Attorney Indiana Judicial Center

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new INcite Juvenile Reports Application.  This application operates within the Juvenile History Tab in the Offender Management System and will allow juvenile probation officers to complete the Preliminary Inquiry Reports, Pre-dispositional Reports, and Modification Reports electronically.  This application was designed at the request of juvenile probation […]

North Carolina Cuts Prison Time for Probation Violators, and Costs with “Quick Dip” Policy

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The New York Times



ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — André Duckett, 43, had an unpleasant surprise when he came in to see his probation officer. After missing some previous appointments, he had just failed a drug test, the officer told him, and he was going to spend the next three days in jail. He was dismayed that day in March, […]

Experts tell Indiana panel options to juvenile detention could pay off in savings

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The Republic/ AP


Charles D. Wilson

INDIANAPOLIS — Society has more effective ways to deal with juvenile crime than locking up children, experts told an Indiana legislative panel Monday. A parade of witnesses who testified before the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and the Criminal Code touted alternatives to juvenile detention, with some saying locking children up with worse offenders can […]

2015 POPAI Management Institute and Chief PO Summit SAVE THE DATES


Susan Rice

At the link below please find a flyer with information on the 2015 POPAI Management Institute and Chief PO Summit. We wanted to get these dates to you early since they are much later in the year than usual.  Hopefully we can avoid the bad weather next year! Please share this information with other supervisory […]

County sheriffs tell dire stories of mentally ill held in local jails

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

From different communities in different parts of Indiana, two county sheriffs told lawmakers very similar stories about the mentally ill individuals who end up in their jails. Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers and Franklin County Sheriff Kenneth Murphy were frank in their assessment that the local jails are not equipped to handle the severely mentally […]

Cook Co. IL Probation Officer For Teen Charged With Assaulting CSU Student Suspended

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CBS Chicago



The probation officer for the teen charged with sexually assaulting a pregnant Chicago State student and forcing her into a car trunk has been suspended. The person charged in that crime, 17-year-old Aaron Parks, was on home confinement with electronic monitoring at the time after being charged as a juvenile in July of carjacking a […]

IACCAC Fall Training Institute Announcement


The 2014 Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (IACCAC) Fall Training Institute registration is now open.  The registration form and tentative conference agenda are attached below for your convenience.  This information is also available on the Association website: 2014 IACCAC FTI Tentative Agenda (8-29-2014) 2014 IACCAC Conference registration Reservations must be received by […]

Justice Brent Dickson Receives POPAI Founder’s Award


POPAI is honored to announce the 2014 Founder’s Award was presented to Justice Brent E. Dickson of the Indiana Supreme Court. The POPAI Founder’s Award recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general and specifically to the POPAI organization and who are characterized by their commitment of influence and promotion […]

POPAI Presents Line PO of the Year Award to Dave Williams


POPAI proudly announces that the inaugural Line Probation Officer of the Year award was presented to Dave Williams of Hamilton County. Dave started as a PO with Hamilton County in October 1997.  He supervised offenders and wrote Presentence Investigation Reports. The letters of support sent on Dave’s behalf for this award state that Dave was […]

POPAI Presents Rookie PO of the Year Award to Melanie Strode


POPAI is proud to announce that the inaugural Rookie Probation Officer of the Year award was presented to Melanie Strode of Harrison County. Melanie joined the Harrison County Superior Court Probation Department in November 2013. The letters of support sent on Melanie’s behalf for this award state that Melanie has distinguished herself as a person […]

POPAI “Members Only” Discussion Forum Now Ready


POPAI has just launched a “Members Only” discussion page. We plan to start using this page to share policies, procedures, forms/templates, and general questions.   This “Members Only” area was requested by our membership and we’re glad to facilitate a good conversation. This addition is for your benefit, so please…..feel free to ask questions and suggest […]

Revised POPAI By-laws Approved, Membership Year to Change


Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Membership: The POPAI Bylaws were amended at the POPAI Annual business meeting on September 4, 2014.  The primary change to the by-laws involves the membership year.  See below. It has become increasingly difficult for POPAI members, Chief Probation Officers, and office managers/bookkeepers to keep track of when POPAI membership dues must be paid. […]

Judge Burge orders county to hire security for Adult Probation facilities (Lorian Co., Ohio)

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The Chronicle-Telegram


Brad Dicken

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has ordered the county commissioners to provide $124,953 to cover projected security costs for the county’s Adult Probation Department forthe final three months of the year. The money is to be turned over to county Sheriff Phil Stammitti by Sept. 13 so he can begin providing […]

2015 Probation Officer Minimum Salary Schedule

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Judicial Conference of Indiana

For the year 2015, the Judicial Conference of Indiana has approved a 2% salary increase for probation officers. PO salary-schedule-2015  

Juvenile probation chief retiring after 30 years at department

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The Herald Bulletin


Jack Molitor

ANDERSON — Katherine Holtzleiter recalls when she took over as chief of the Madison County Juvenile Probation Department 20 years ago. Her staff was so overwhelmed with physical paperwork they could hardly spend time with their clients. When she leaves the department this week, it will be almost completely paperless. Holtzleiter will wrap up her […]

Trying To Use The “Updated” Online Indiana Code Is Incredibly Frustrating; July 1 Change-Over Exposes System’s Flaws

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The Indiana Law Blog


Marcia Oddi

What happened on July 1st of this year? Although significant problems remained, gradually over the years the General Assembly and its staff addressed a number of these concerns. But as of July 1st of this year, 2014, the program has taken a giant step backward. That was the date when: The online 2013 Indiana Code […]

Franklin County (Ohio) Looking At Probation Officer Communication Following Shooting

Full Article WBNS- 10 TV Columbus, Ohio By Kevin Landers July 29, 2014  COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Franklin County Adult probation officer Jonathan Farnsworth was shot by a man on probation, his partner had to dial 911 on his cell phone. If the same event had happened in Licking County, all an officer would need to do […]

1 Dead, Probation Officer injured In Shooting In Southeast Columbus (Ohio)

Full Article By Staff Writer  July 10, 2014 6:25 WBNS 10 TV Columbus, Ohio COLUMBUS, Ohio – One family is mourning the loss of their grandson, while another is praying for the quick recovery of a probation officer who was shot while trying to do his job. The officer-involved shooting happened just before 10 a.m. on Thursday […]

Marty Walsh misses the point in probation case

Full Article The Boston Globe July 31, 2014 By Yvonne Abraham> You can take the mayor out of the Legislature, but apparently you can’t take the Legislature out of the mayor. In a gobsmacking display of blinkered vision, Mayor Marty Walsh weighed in on the corruption trial of former Probation Department chief John O’Brien on Tuesday, calling […]

Nominate your probation officer peers now!

Full Article – Forms and More Information August 8, 2014 Nominations are being accepted until Friday August 15th for two new awards to recognize outstanding probation officers in the state. 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, […]

W/R REPORT: BB gun or not, shooting at judge no minor matter

Full Article The Star July 27, 2014 Douglas Walker and Keith Roysdon Any court official whose duties include actions that could make someone angry — the possibilities range from imposition of a small fine to a lengthy prison term — must at times ponder whether they could one day became a target of retaliation. That […]

Kids Behind Bars (Indiana’s Wabash Correctional Facility)

Full Article @itvpresscentre July 22, 2014 This new documentary for ITV meets some of America’s youngest and most dangerous criminals growing up inside. To air: Tuesday August 5, 2014 on itv , 9:00 PM -10:00 PM Kids Behind Bars steps beyond the barbed wire into a world where teenage prisoners have been punished like adults, […]

8-year-old arrested, taken into custody

Full Article Chronicle-Tribune July 29, 2014 12:00 am By Mishele Wright An 8-year-old boy was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center on Sunday afternoon after Marion Police say he damaged a neighbor’s vehicle with a BB gun and then resisted arrest. The boy was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement and criminal mischief. […]

Juvenile probation running short on detention funds

Full Article Banner Graphic July 20, 2014 By JARED JERNAGAN With juvenile detention funds about to run out, the Putnam County Council is looking into funding solutions for the rest of the year. Juvenile detention officer Renee Marsteller reported to the council at its Tuesday, July 15 meeting that the $45,000 budgeted for detention is down […]

Lawrence County allocates $175 thousand from grant for drug woes

Full Article July 23, 2014 BY MIKE LEWIS BEDFORD — People in court with substance abuse problems will get more help soon. The Indiana Judicial Center received $2 million from the Indiana Legislature to use in grants for courts. The money is intended for drug and alcohol programs and problem-solving courts, such as the […]

DEA serves search warrants at several Indiana clinics

Full Article WTHR Channel 13 July 25, 2014 INDIANAPOLIS -Federal agents and local police arrested four Indiana doctors for allegedly handing out prescription drugs for cash. Investigators accuse them of peddling powerful painkillers. The bust includes four doctors, several clinic employees and an attorney, with agents targeting clinics and homes in Hamilton, Howard, Wayne and […]

Credit Time Calculator

Full Article Offenses committed after June 30, 2014 fall under the new credit time levels as outlined by IC 35-50-6-3.1. The Credit Time Calculator can be used to determine earned credit time based on the highest degree of offense or whether the defendant is a credit restricted felon, in conjunction with either a date range […]

Revised POPAI By-laws UPDATE

July 27, 2014 Dear POPAI Membership: 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 […]

Suboxone case could be first in the nation

Full Article   13 Jul 25, 2014 By Sandra Chapman INDIANAPOLIS – The DEA tells 13 Investigates an Indiana investigation could be the first case of its kind nationwide involving Suboxone. The drug has gotten the attention of Indiana law enforcement well before now. A YouTube video describes what more jails and prisons across the nation […]

Leaking juvenile facility roof may be deemed county emergency

Full Article Post-Tribune July 16, 2014 By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent  VALPARAISO — A leaking roof in the secure part of the Juvenile Service Center means that every time it rains, the fire alarm system goes off and, most times, the building has to be evacuated, including the staff and the children in custody there. […]

Should juvenile offenders serve time in adult prison?

Full Article WRTV6 6:53 PM, Jul 16, 2014 Chris Proffitt   INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana judges are using a change in state laws to keep juvenile offenders sentenced as adults out of adult prisons. Paul Gingerich was only 12 when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and he is believed to be the youngest […]

New Jobs Added

July 17, 2014 New jobs posted to the website include: Executive Director, Henry County Community Corrections.  Apply by August 1, 2014.   Attached is a job description with salary information for this position. HCCC Exective Director Job Description2014 2 Program Director, Knox County Court Alcohol and Drug Program.  Apply by September 1, 2014. Adult Probation Officer Entry […]

Wayne County public defender lands state honor

Full Article Bill Engle July 4, 2014 Kaarin Lueck has almost literally written the book on juvenile law in Indiana. Lueck, a Wayne County public defender since 2003, is the 2014 Gault Award winner for the state of Indiana, an award given by the Indiana Public Defender Council (IPDC). Lueck works primarily in Wayne […]

POPAI By-laws Proposed Revisions

July 11, 2014 Greetings POPAI Membership: 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 […]

POPAI President Appointed to Legislative Committee

Full Article Sen. David Long July 4, 2014 POPAI President Linda Brady was appointed to serve as a lay member of the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code.   Studying Indiana’s Top Issues – Straight from the Senate When Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session, lawmakers serve on interim study committees […]

POPAI Creates New Awards to Recognize Probation Officers

July 9, 2014   The POPAI Executive Board has created two new awards for 2014 to recognize outstanding probation officers in the state. 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 […]

Discounted Early Bird Registration for POPAI Fall Conference Continues

The 2014 POPAI Fall Conference will be returning to the beautiful French Lick Springs Resort! The conference will be held September 3rd, 4th, and 5th. POPAI is offering a discounted registration fee for those who register prior to August 9, 2014.  To save money, sign up early! Sign up on the POPAI website before August 1 […]

POPAI Founder’s Award Deadline is Near – Submit Nominations by August 15th

July 9, 2014 The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) “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 […]

Retired Chief Probation Officer Virgil Seay Obituary

Full Article June 14, 2014 Virgil Lee Seay, 70, of New Albany, Indiana passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014. He retired from the Floyd County Probation Office after 35 years of service and was a United States Army veteran. Virgil enjoyed fishing, loved to go bowling, and was a member at Jones Memorial A.M.E. Zion […]

Officials fear overcrowding with policy change

Full Article TheIndyChannel Jack Rinehart WRTV July 2, 2014 INDIANAPOLIS – The legislative decision to stop accepting low-level offenders in state prisons could immediately flood local jails throughout Indiana. In Indianapolis, the Marion County Corrections Agency takes the burden off the jail by catching the inmate overflow, putting those awaiting trial and offenders convicted at […]

Former Chief Probation Officer Wrongful Termination Suit Targets State

Full Article JCONLINE.COM Ron Wilkins June 28, 2014 Former Chief Probation Officer Kipp Scott’s complaint for wrongful termination isn’t with the county; it’s with the state, a federal judge ruled last week as he dismissed Tippecanoe County as a defendant in Scott’s lawsuit. Scott refiled his lawsuit earlier this month, naming the state of Indiana […]

Counties Worry that Changes in Indiana’s Criminal Code will Put More Financial Burden on Them

Full Article The Associated Press Author July 1, 2014 BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — Sweeping changes to Indiana’s criminal code took effect Tuesday that will send more low-level, nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons, causing concern by some about the financial burden it will put on counties. The new guidelines establish felony ranges […]

New Era In Criminal Justice

New era in criminal justice Herald Times Rachel Bunn July 1, 2014 Today, the state’s first overhaul of the criminal code in nearly three decades goes into effect, with state officials hoping it both eases the strain on the Department of Correction’s resources and helps reduce recidivism. But will the state’s hopes become reality? That’s […]

Storeowners complain new shoplifting law in Indiana too lax

Full Article Maureen Hayden June 17, 2014 $750 set as the line between a felony and a misdemeanor INDIANAPOLIS — Retailers are relieved that lawmakers have fixed an error in a new criminal law that would have made it tough to arrest shoplifters. Now they want a harsher penalty restored for thieves. They contend […]

Former Lafayette, Indiana Probationer Kills Cops

Full Article Las Vegas Review Journal By MIKE BLASKY, BEN BOTKIN and COLTON LOCHHEAD June 14, 2014 Rejected by the revolution, Jerad and Amanda Miller decided to start their own. They weren’t Oath Keepers, sovereign citizens or militia members. Jerad and Amanda Miller fashioned themselves as revolutionaries, but they weren’t accepted by anyone — not […]