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Hancock Co. Still Weighing How To Address Jail Overcrowding

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WFIU/WTIU

11/29/2018

Barbara Brosher

Officials in a central Indiana county says it’s more fiscally responsible to build a new jail than temporarily house some inmates in semitrailers. The biggest barrier for Hancock County continues to be funding the project. There were 242 people in the jail Thursday, which is designed to hold just under 160. The county asked taxpayers to support a […]

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

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USA Today

11/19/2018

Ken Alltucker

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

New website provides legal help to those with limited means

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13 WTHR

12/3/2018

AP

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

Opioids Are In the Spotlight. But Meth Hospitalizations Are Surging

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Time

11/21/2018

Anna Gorman

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

Innovative Approaches Can Help Improve Availability of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

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Pew

11/9/2018

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

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

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The Conversation

7/20/2018

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

‘No one to talk you down’

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The Washington Post

11/21/2018

Christie Thompson and Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge | The Marshall Project

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

How Exercise Could Help Fight Drug Addiction

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Neuroscience News

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

Jail creates access officer position serving inmates, family members

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HTO

11/30/2018

Abby Tonsing

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

Recovery Works Evaluation: Phase Two Policy Brief

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Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Brad Ray, Director, Center for Criminal Justice Research and Associate Professor, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs authored the Recovery Works Evaluation: Phase Two Policy Brief with research support from Evan Lowder, PhD, Research Associate, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Staci Rising Paquet, Program Analyst, Center for Criminal Justice Research. Description from the report: To […]

Deadliest states for drug overdoses

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CBS News

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

Document scanners being delivered soon

Indiana Courts Bulletin

11/18/2018

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

Messenger: Lawmaker targets probation-for-profit companies in Missouri

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St. Louis Post Dispatch

11/19/2018

Tony Messenger

Jerry Swartz knows a thing or two about making money. The Moberly, Mo., man owns an insurance agency, a real estate development company and other businesses. He has more than 30 employees. He’s done well for himself. So when he describes the revenue strategy of private probation companies in Missouri, his words carry a certain […]

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

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Bioengineer

11/20/2018

Bioengineer, Credit: Medical University of South Carolina

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

Teens are trying marijuana before alcohol and tobacco

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The Verge

11/20/2018

Angela Chen

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

Father blames “body broker” after son dies during drug rehab

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CBS News

11/08/2018

SAN FRANCISCO — It has been dubbed “the Florida Shuffle.” Drug addicts from across the country get lured to the Sunshine State for decades with the promise of treatment, only to be traded from one unscrupulous drug rehab to another. Meanwhile, the patient’s insurance company gets milked for tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent […]

Meth Is Making a Comeback Across America

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Rolling Stone

10/8/2018

Amelia McDonell-Parry

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

Interest in trade school rises with skilled labor shortage

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IndyStar

9/26/2018

Jessica Levy

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

Felony advisory sentence doesn’t require sentencing statement, COA rules

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The Indiana Lawyer

11/9/2018

Dave Stafford

A man arguing that a trial court abused its discretion in imposing an advisory sentence without issuing a statement lost his case when the Indiana Court of Appeals found that under Indiana code, courts are not required to issue statements for advisory felony sentences. In May 2008, Anthony Ward, Sr., pleaded guilty to Level 5 […]

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

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Vice

11/12/2018

Jason Silverstein

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

Scientists Compared Whether Weed or Alcohol Is Worse for Teen Brains

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Inverse

10/3/2018

Sarah Sloat

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

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

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ABC News

10/31/2018

Anna Jackson

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

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

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Quora

10/8/2018

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

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

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Mic

11/2/2018

Bakari Kitwana

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

Michigan just legalized recreational marijuana. Here’s what it means for Indiana.

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Indy Star

11/08/2018

Kellie Hwang

The passage of a bill in Michigan on Tuesday is creating buzz around Indiana. Voters voted in favor of Proposal 1, which will legalize recreational use of marijuana in Michigan in early December for adults 21 and older. Cannabis has been legal for medical use in Michigan since 2008. Medical marijuana is also legal in […]

In Tight Labor Market, Inmates Learn to Code

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TeacherIN

10/10/2018

Kris Maher

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

Indianapolis’ opioid epidemic claims the most lives in just 5 percent of the city

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Indianapolis Star

10/30/2018

Ryan Martin

A new study reveals a long-suspected but previously-unproven truth in Indianapolis: Most opioid overdose deaths occur in just 5 percent of the city. And those are the same areas most wracked by violence, such as robberies and shootings. The study also provides preliminary evidence that a national public health epidemic — the opioid crisis — […]

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

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The Washington Post

9/8/2018

Lindsey Bever

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

Life, Death And The Lazarus Drug: Confronting America’s Opioid Crisis

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NPR

10/29/2018

Shankar Vedamtam, Jennifer Schmidt, Parth Shah, Tara Boyle, and Camilla Vargas-Restrepo

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a stunning statistic. Seventy-two thousand people, it estimates, died of drug overdoses in 2017. The huge increase in deaths is largely due to heroin and powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl. One of the tools being used to fight that wave of deaths is the […]

Methamphetamine Roils Rural Towns Again Across The U.S.

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NPR

10/25/2018

Frank Morris

The sharp rise in opioid abuse and fatal overdoses has overshadowed another mounting drug problem: Methamphetamine use is rising across the United States. “Usage of methamphetamine nationally is at an all-time high,” says Erik Smith, assistant special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Kansas City office. “It is back with a vengeance.” he […]

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

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IDS

9/19/2018

Sydney Tomlinson

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

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

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Chicago Tribune

8/31/2018

Robert McCoppin

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

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

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Politico Magazine

8/25/2018

Erick Trickey

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

Jeffersonville facility would house people experiencing addiction, homelessness

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News and Tribune

8/29/2018

April Rickert

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

No love for ankle monitors on captured immigrants

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AP

8/25/2018

Colleen Long, Frank Bajak and Will Weissert

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

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

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Boston Glove

10/17/2018

Dialynn Dwyer

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

New map helps identify areas of opioid overdoses in Indiana

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13 WTHR

8/23/2018

TheStatehouseFile.com

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

Opioid Task Force Hearing Highlights Solutions

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Indiana Public Media

10/17/2018

Jill Sheridan

A national Opioid Task Force held a field hearing in Indianapolis this week and provided a chance for the group to hear how legal interventions aid people with a substance use disorder. The justice system is often the first point of entry for someone with an addiction. Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush sits on the […]

Judicial officers recognized at annual educational conference

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Indiana Office of Court Services

10/10/2018

Kathryn Dolan

Many judges, magistrates, and commissioners were recognized by Chief Justice Loretta Rush for their commitment to higher education and their long-time service. Fourteen judicial officers received an Indiana Judicial College certificate, twenty-nine received an Indiana Graduate Program for Judges certificate, and eleven were honored for Years of Service on the bench. The honors were presented […]

Revolutionary fingerprint drug test detects chemicals in sweat

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Daily Mail

10/8/2018

Tim Collins

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

ITVAP: Indiana is Heavily Involved in Human Trafficking

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Clinton County Daily News

06/25/2018

Ken Hartman

The United Nations defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by improper means such as force, abduction, fraud or coercion for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. However, the really scary thing about human trafficking is the fact that the Midwest, as well as the state […]

E-filing now mandatory in Warrick County; 4 more courts remain

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/09/2018

IL Staff

E-filing is now mandatory in Warrick County, with just four more counties remaining to implement the online filing system. As of Tuesday, 89 Indiana trial courts have adopted mandatory e-filing for most case types. Courts that will soon make the switch to mandatory e-filing include Goshen City Court, Lake Circuit and Superior Courts, Wayne Circuit […]

Addiction Treatment Gap Is Driving A Black Market For Suboxone

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NPR

10/5/2018

Jake Harper

Months in prison didn’t rid Daryl of his addiction to opioids. “Before I left the parking lot of the prison, I was shooting up, getting high,” he says. Daryl has used heroin and prescription painkillers for more than a decade. Almost four years ago he became one of more than 200 people who tested positive […]

Monroe County Judge Ken Todd retiring after more than 40 years

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Indiana Lawyer

10/3/2018

Olivia Covington

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

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

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Daily Caller

8/29/2018

Evie Fordham

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

San Francisco mayor weighs drug injection site, despite veto

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ABC News

10/2/2018

Janie Har

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

Youthful violence discussed

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The Journal Gazette

10/05/2018

Dave Gong

Pastor tells how, at 14, his plot to avenge a murder fell apart The Rev. Charles Harrison’s brother was killed in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 21. “I will never forget that, when my parents received the phone call to inform them that my brother had been killed in Louisville,” Harrison said, speaking to […]

Op-ed: Indiana needs clinics that medically treat opioid addiction

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IndyStar

10/06/2018

When I relocated to Indiana to assume my role as chief medical officer at Fairbanks three years ago, I witnessed firsthand — on day one — the level of devastation the opioid crisis has inflicted on our communities. Today, despite physicians’ best efforts, relentless news coverage, and the establishment of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Commission to Combat Drug Abuse, the opioid epidemic is getting worse in Indiana. This illness does not […]

Monroe County drug treatment program helping addicts behind bars

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Fox 59

09/26/2018

Kelly Reinke

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A drug treatment program called New Beginnings at the Monroe County Jail is helping addicts while they are still behind bars. It started a little more than a year ago and it’s finding success. New Beginnings is a 90-day re-entry program. Participants in the program take life skills classes for the last […]

Dangers of rising benzo prescriptions raise alarms of next drug crisis

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NBC News

7/27/2018

Avichai Scher

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

Opioid crisis started 40 years ago, report argues

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NBC News

09/20/2018

Maggie Fox

Efforts to fight the epidemic must focus on more than just the availability of certain drugs, the researchers say. The current opioid overdose crisis is actually part of a 40-year trend that is still headed upward, and current efforts to fight it may not be anywhere near enough, researchers said Thursday. A new analysis of […]

Indiana Chief Justice Hails Progress Of Family Recovery Courts

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Indiana Public Media

09/18/2018

Brandon Smith

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush says she’s encouraged by progress shown in a new type of specialty court. There are several types of so-called “problem-solving” courts. They include drug courts to help with the state’s addiction epidemic and others aimed at military veterans. Rush says one of the newest types is family recovery […]

Senate passes bipartisan bill to curb opioid crisis

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The Hill

9/17/2018

Jessie Hellmann

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

Recycle Force providing opportunity to high-risk offenders in central Indiana

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CBS 4 Indy

09/20/2018

Russ McQuaid

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Recycle Force President Gregg Keesling knows all about tearing down television sets and electronics for recycling. He’s learning more about gunshot wounds and insurance for his employees. “It is fairly common for people in our program to be shot and return back to work. We’ve had people return the next day,” said […]

Public Safety and those with criminal histories battle in 3-on-3 tourney

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Indy Star

9/20/2018

Kelly Wilkinson

Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana’s New Beginnings hosted the 3-on-3 basketball tournament bringing together participants in New Beginnings, a six month re-entry program for ex-offenders that work on job and life skills, with representatives from Goodwill, IMPD, the Mayor’s Office, Marion County Probation department and other services.  

Federal agency awards Indiana $25M to fight opioid abuse

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The Indiana Lawyer

9/20/2018

Associated Press

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

Chamber names Rush 2018 Government Leader of the Year

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Indiana Lawyer

9/18/2018

Katie Stancombe

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush has been named the state’s 2018 Government Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. “The role of the chief justice of Indiana is expansive in both its responsibilities and importance,” a Tuesday press release said. “Loretta Rush brings a passionate commitment, and strong organizational skills and communication […]

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

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US Department of Veterans Affairs

9/17/2018

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

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

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Washington Examiner

8/16/2018

Erin Dunne

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

Probation Officers’ Stress and Burnout Associated With Caseload Events

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Corrections & Mental Health

9/9/2018

Lori Whitten

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

Workers With Criminal Records

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Society for Human Resource Management and the Charles Koch Institute

5/17/2018

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

Indiana Public Defender Commission Requesting Comments on Legislative/Policy Reform Agenda

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Indiana Task Force on Public Defense

09/12/2018

The Indiana Task Force on Public Defense (Task Force) presented its Final Report to the Indiana Public Defender Commission (Commission) on August 22, 2018. The report identified numerous systemic deficiencies and made recommendations for both immediate and long-term system reforms. The Commission has tentatively approved a legislative/policy reform agenda for 2019 and seeks public comment […]

Remembering Thomas E. Gahl: EOW September 22, 1986

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

7th Circuit: Attempted robbery not violent crime in Indiana

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The Indiana Lawyer

09/12/2018

David Stafford

A juvenile accused of robbing a pharmacy might not be tried in federal criminal court because attempted robbery is not considered a violent crime in Indiana, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, vacating the teen’s waiver to be tried as an adult. D.D.B. was arrested with an adult accomplice shortly after an Indianapolis […]

Annual Justice Services Conference – CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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Indiana Office of Court Services

09/13/2018

The Indiana Office of Court Services will be holding the Justice Services Conference on August 6-8, 2019 at the Indiana Convention Center.  Though it is a year away, we are ready to start planning for this event and we would love your help!  Like last year, we are opening a Call for Papers.  If you […]

2018 Founder’s Award Winner: Judge Vicki Carmichael

The Founder’s Award is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general and specifically to the POPAI organization. The recipient need not be a Probation Officer or POPAI member. The selected person however, shall be characterized by his/her commitment of influence and promotion of professionalism to Indiana […]

15 Finds Out investigates the popularity of JUUL among teens

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wane.com

9/14/2018

Angelica Robinson

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

Many ‘Recovery Houses’ Won’t Let Residents Use Medicine To Quit Opioids

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NPR

09/12/2018

Nina Feldman

Cristina Rivell has been struggling with an opioid addiction since she was a teenager — going in and out of rehab for five years. The most recent time, her doctor prescribed her a low dose of buprenorphine (often known by its brand name, Suboxone), a drug that helps curb cravings for stronger opioids and prevents […]

Declining fee revenue forces probation officials to seek alternative funding options

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Herald Times

9/5/2018

Ernest Rollins

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

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

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Fast Company

8/17/2018

Eillie Anzilotti

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

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

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Bustle

8/22/2018

Renae Reints

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

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

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Fox News

8/22/2018

Gov. Asa Hutchinson | Fox News

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

Why you shouldn’t dismiss the risk of marijuana addiction

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Vox

8/20/2018

German Lopez

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

These Indiana counties stopped requiring bail. Here’s how that’s worked.

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Indianapolis Star

08/26/2018

Billy Kobin

Nearly two years ago, 11 Indiana counties, including Hamilton and Hendricks, decided to try a different approach to handling those arrested and awaiting trial. Instead of setting money bail amounts, judges would use risk assessments to decide whether defendants should be held in jail or, more likely, simply be allowed to go home on the promise they would return […]

California Becomes First State To End Cash Bail After 40-Year Fight

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NPR

08/28/2018

Vanessa Romo

California will become the first state in the nation to abolish bail for suspects awaiting trial under a sweeping reform bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday. An overhaul of the state’s bail system has been in the works for years, and became an inevitability earlier this year when a California appellate court declared the […]

More Indiana Schools Adopting Truancy Courts To Connect Families With Resources

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WFYI Indianapolis

08/22/2018

Barbara Brosher

An increasing number of Indiana school districts are turning to truancy courts to address issues with chronic absences. But, the focus isn’t on punishing students. The state defines chronic truancy as a student having at least 10 unexcused absences during one school year. Many districts across the state are adopting policies that aim to connect […]

Text messages help defendants remember court dates

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Herald Times

9/1/2018

Laura Lane

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

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

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NY Times

8/18/2018

Abby Goodnough

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

One of worst DUI offenders in US

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ABC

8/22/2018

A woman that police called “one of the worst DUI offenders in the United States” has been sentenced. RIVERSIDE, Ill. (WLS) — Tasha Lynn Schleicher, 41, of New Hope, Minnesota, was arrested in west suburban Riverside in April and faced multiple charges, including two counts of felony aggravated drunk driving, two counts of misdemeanor drunk […]

A Solution to the Cash Bail Crisis Might Be Almost as Bad

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The Progressive

8/8/2018

Stephanie Wykstra

Compared to jail, electronic monitoring with ankle bracelets is said to be a more humane and effective approach—but it’s not so simple. The movement to reform bail practices and thereby shrink jail populations could lead to a harmful over-reliance on electronic monitoring. Nearly half a million people who have not yet been convicted of a […]

Opioid bills could net millions for companies

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Politico

06/22/2018

ADAM CANCRYN

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

Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making State Policy Team Report

Linda Brady, Probation Representative to State EBDM Policy Team

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

18th Annual Judge David’s Community In-Service

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

His loss will reverberate in courtrooms around the nation….

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NWI Times

08/15/2018

Steve Garrison

Recently retired public defender planned to pursue passion for judiciary before fatal shooting, friends say A prominent attorney remembered for his warmth, good humor and precise legal mind was expected to retire at month’s end to pursue his passion for the judiciary. Instead, Tracy Edward Page was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon at his Hobart […]

Can Bad Men Change? What It’s Like Inside Sex Offender Therapy

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Time

05/14/2018

Eliana Dockterman

The men file in, a few wearing pressed button-down shirts, others jeans caked in mud from work on a construction site. They meet in the living room of an old taupe bungalow on a leafy street in a small Southern city. Someone has shoved a workout bike into the corner to make room for a […]

Heroin overdose sufficient for possession conviction, COA rules

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The Indiana Lawyer

08/08/2018

Dave Stafford

A man who argued public policy should disfavor criminally charging people who have overdosed on heroin lost Wednesday, as the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed his felony possession conviction. Tavis Ray Crittendon raised those arguments and others in appealing his conviction after a bench trial in Kosciusko County. “Although Crittendon argues that there is a […]

Photographer Brings Stories of Juveniles In Justice

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IU NewsNet

4/23/2018

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

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

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WTHI-TV 10

8/13/2018

Sarah Lehman

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

Funding issues eliminate road crew program

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Herald Times

8/14/2018

Ernest Rollins

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

The Pot Breathalyzer Is Here. Maybe

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NPR

08/04/2018

Eric Westervelt

As legalization of recreational and medical marijuana continues to expand, police across the country are more concerned than ever about stoned drivers taking to the nation’s roads and freeways, endangering lives. With few accurate roadside tools to detect pot impairment, police today have to rely largely on field sobriety tests developed to fight drunk driving […]

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

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IndyStar

8/8/2018

Crystal Hill

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

Governor joins push for Indiana hate crime law

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Wave 3 News, Louisville

8/7/18

Charles Gazaway

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WAVE) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is now joining the call to pass a hate crime law in the Hoosier state. The move comes just days after anti-Semitic graffiti was spray painted on a synagogue in Carmel. The vandalism has united the Carmel community and much of the state who are urging lawmakers […]

Meet Dr. Earl Suttle: Fall Conference Keynote Speaker

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

Lake Superior Judge Tavitas named to COA, succeeding Barnes

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The Indiana Lawyer

07/25/2018

Olivia Covington

Lake Superior Judge Elizabeth Tavitas was on the bench on July 18 when her phone rang with a message that would change her career. It was a call from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, informing her that she had been selected as Indiana’s next Court of Appeals judge. “I saw his (Holcomb’s) name light up on my […]

Neglect or not? DCS study takes aim at CHINS statute

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The Indiana Lawyer

07/25/2018

Katie Stancombe

It’s not uncommon for the Indiana Department of Child Services to hear it doesn’t have enough evidence to support its child welfare cases. Children in need of services cases that enter the court often leave shredded by judges for lack of a sufficient reasoning as to why they came before the bench without enough evidence […]

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

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

Report coming on local opioid problem

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Journal Review

7/25/2018

Nick Hedrick

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

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

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nwi.com

7/26/2018

Dan Carden

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

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

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Herald Times

7/25/2018

Laura Lane

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

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

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The Crime Report

7/9/ 2018

Laura Binczewski

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

2018 Legislative Summary

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Indiana Court Times

6/21/2018

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

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

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

Indiana State Department of Health

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

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

Nominations are being accepted until August 6, 2018 for three awards presented during our Fall Conference in French Lick. The Founder’s Award is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general, and specifically to the POPAI organization. The recipient need not be a Probation Officer or POPAI […]

Follow Up: Judge explains why he gave day care provider who hanged toddler probation

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CBS8.com

7/17/2018

MINNEAPOLIS (KARE11) – A judge’s choice to hand down probation instead of prison time to former day care provider Nataliia Karia, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder, is getting a lot of reaction. “The trauma her victims suffered is undeniable,” said Karia’s attorney Brock Hunter. “I’m sure many of them will be scarred for the […]

After Noblesville school shooting, juvenile waiver a hot topic

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/27/2018

Olivia Covington

May 25 was a day that rocked a central Indiana community to its core. A 13-year-old student allegedly opened fire at Noblesville West Middle School, injuring a science teacher and a fellow 13-year-old classmate. Both victims survived, leaving prosecutors with only one option: to try the shooter in juvenile court. Under Indiana law, 13-year-olds cannot […]

Dealing with Out-of-State Offenders

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Indiana Court Times

6/21/2018

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

Adult and Juvenile Interstate Compacts How many times has an out-of-state offender appeared in your courtroom for sentencing? Do you know what to do if the out-of-state offender is to be sentenced for a felony? Consider the following example: an offender from Illinois appears in your Court for sentencing on a felony Operating a Vehicle […]

New Indiana laws ban eyeball tattoos, protect renting rights

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13 WTHR

6/30/2018

Brian Slodysko

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

Proposed POPAI Bylaws Revisions

07/13/2018

Troy Hatfield

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. Written notice of any proposed alteration to the bylaws shall be submitted to the President of the Executive Board at least sixty (60) […]

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

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APPA

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) recognizes the nearly 100,000-strong members of the community corrections/supervision workforce for your dedication to and influence on the justice system. Each year during Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (PPPS Week), we make an extra effort to acknowledge your compassion, strength, and determination. You make a difference, even […]

Starke Co. community corrections merges with probation dpt.

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ABC 57

7/11/2018

Jess Arnold

KNOX, Ind. — After receiving board approval at the end of June, Starke County Community Corrections is merging with the probation department. The director of the new Court Services department says the move should reduce caseloads while saving the county big bucks. The director says putting only one person in charge (instead of one leader […]

Residents glad to have new Community Justice Center as neighbor

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WTHR13

7/12/2018

Mary Milz

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – City and neighborhood leaders took part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for Marion County’s new Community Justice Campus Thursday morning. The $571 million project is going to be built on at the site of the former Citizens Energy coke plant on the southeast side of Indianapolis. The campus will house a 3,000-bed jail, […]

Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives

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USA Today

07/08/2018

Mike Feibus, Special for USA Today

As many as one in four Americans are afraid of needles. That’s led a handful of start-ups to develop alternatives to hypodermic syringes. This would be good news for health care: While needles provide an effective tool for vaccinations and treatments that the stomach’s digestive juices would neutralize if taken orally, needle phobia keeps many […]

Family offers $50,000 Reward in Indiana Man’s Murder

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WKRC Cincinnati

7/3/18

Angennette Levy

HIDDEN VALLEY, Ind. (WKRC) – Evidence in the murder of Tom Biedenharn suggests more than one person was involved in his death, Indiana State Police said Tuesday. The revelation comes as Biedenharn’s family renewed its plea for information in the case by putting up a $50,000 reward. Biedenharn was found murdered in his home in […]

Suicide rates increase in Indiana, nationwide

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News and Tribune

6/15/2018

Brooke McAfee

How to find help If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741-741. JEFFERSONVILLE — A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published last Thursday revealed that suicide rates have risen in almost every […]

Three Opportunities to Nominate Your Coworkers for an Award

Nominations are being accepted until August 6, 2018 for three awards presented during our Fall Conference in French Lick. The Founder’s Award is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general, and specifically to the POPAI organization. The recipient need not be a Probation Officer or POPAI […]

Correctional Trainers’ Conference: Hosted by IACTP and the Tennessee Department of Corrections

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International Association of Correctional Training Personnel

The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP) is a criminal justice association that includes members of the training professions from national, state and local corrections agencies, community corrections, juvenile justice, higher education, academies and commissions, and private corrections. We expect attendance to be from 75-150 participants, with approximately 15-30 participants per workshop. The smaller […]

POPAI Fall Conference Registration Open, Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing

The conference will be returning this year to French Lick Springs Resort on September 5, 6, and 7, 2018 Find information for: Attendees Vendors The 2018 POPAI Fall Conference will be returning to the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, The fantastic hotel and conference facility provides the perfect setting for probation professionals to […]

The Legacy of Jane Seigel

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Indiana Court Times

06/21/2018

Justin P. Forkner

“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” —Hamilton: An American Musical, by Lin-Manuel Miranda Jane Seigel officially retired on April 30, after 19 years of service to the Indiana Supreme Court. To Lin-Manuel Miranda’s point, the garden of reforms, outcomes, and initiatives Jane has planted will […]

Transitional housing a possibility

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Journal Review

6/26/2018

Jim Johnson

There’s a significant need for transitional housing in Montgomery County for certain individuals in the criminal justice system. Montgomery Superior Court I Judge Heather Barajas and Chief Probation Officer Andria Geigle addressed county commissioners at the start of Monday’s meeting about the possibility of making such housing available here. “One of the biggest problems we […]

Council votes unanimously to create state’s largest needle-exchange program

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WTHR

6-18-18

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – In a unanimous decision, the Indianapolis City-County council approved a plan to create the largest needle exchange program in the state. The vote comes nearly a month after Dr. Virginia Caine, Marion County’s public health director, declared a “public health emergency” over the increase in Hepatitis C cases, which they’re blaming on […]

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

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13 WTHR

6/27/2018

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — The family of a central Indiana couple who died after a repeat drunk driver struck them in Seattle has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the West Coast city for $13 million. The family of Dennis and Judy Schulte settled the lawsuit with Seattle in April after an appeals court denied […]

Indiana Court: Miranda applies in some student interviews

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WTHR

6-20-18

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court says students must be told about their right to remain silent when questioned by police in a custody-type setting at school. The court ruled Wednesday in the case of a 13-year-old boy suspected of a bomb threat at an Indianapolis school. The court threw out the confession, saying […]

POPAI Election Deadline is July 6, 2018

It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2018: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 POPAI District 5 Representative Melanie Pitstick is serving as the Election Committee Chair. The Intent to Run form must be sent to Melanie by July 6, 2018 (postmarked, emailed, or faxed).  The form […]

Redefining the Role of Probation and Parole Officers to Combat Recidivism

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In Public Safety

6/8/2018

Leischen Stelter

Every year, it’s estimated that 650,000 offenders are released from the nation’s prisons, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. However, national recidivism rates remain high, with some studies finding that two-thirds of inmates are re-arrested. Upon release, many ex-prisoners are supervised by probation and parole officers (POs) who have an opportunity to help offenders make positive […]

Moving Forward with Evidence Based Pretrial Practices

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Indiana Court Times

6/21/2018

Mary Kay Hudson

Part One of Three Introduction Since the Supreme Court adopted Criminal Rule (CR) 26 in September 2016, the Pretrial Committee, the Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) Policy Team, and the Indiana Office of Court Services (IOCS) have diligently worked with 11 counties to implement CR 26 and other evidence based pretrial practices. Here are […]

Members Only: April 2018 JRAC Minutes

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

Dealing with Out-of-State Offenders

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Indiana Court Times

6/21/2018

Jane Seigel and Jenny Bauer

Adult and Juvenile Interstate Compacts How many times has an out-of-state offender appeared in your courtroom for sentencing? Do you know what to do if the out-of-state offender is to be sentenced for a felony? Consider the following example: an offender from Illinois appears in your Court for sentencing on a felony Operating a Vehicle […]

Legislators question trying juveniles as adults after Noblesville shooting

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The Indiana Lawyer

06/06/2018

Katie Stancombe and Associated Press

Indiana leaders are questioning current state law that prevents juveniles from being charged as adults one day after a prosecutor said a 13-year-old Noblesville school shooting suspect would not be tried because of his age. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said in a statement Wednesday lawmakers plan to review current state law concerning juveniles not […]

Officers knock on doors of sex offenders to check for violations

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WLWT5

6/12/2018

Brian Hamrick

Dearborn County, Ind. — More than three dozen registered sex offenders in Dearborn County got a rude awakening as officers began knocking on doors not long after sunrise Tuesday. “We want to make sure, number one, that they’re following the rules, but two, that they’re not committing new offenses,” said Dearborn County Probation Officer Karrisa […]

Justices let ruling stand that reserves right to request misdemeanor juries to defendants

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The Indiana Lawyer

06/12/2018

Olivia Covington

An Indiana Court of Appeals ruling that reserved the right to demand a jury trial in misdemeanor cases to defendants has been upheld after the Indiana Supreme Court declined to hear the state’s challenge to that ruling. The Court of Appeals’ February decision in State of Indiana v. Latasha Bonds, 49A02-1704-CR-770, interpreted Indiana Rule of Criminal Procedure 22 […]

Federal grant expands southern Indiana family drug court

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Insider Louisville

6/4/2018

Joe Sonka

A family drug court in southern Indiana has received a $2.1 million federal grant to expand its services, which could help reunite an estimated 175 families over the next five years. Judge Vicki Carmichael has run the Clark County Family Treatment Drug Court for seven years with only one county-paid employee, but the new five-year […]

2018 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Winner: Naara Olivero

POPAI provides a scholarship every year in memory of Probation Officer Donald “Charley” Knepple. Charley lost his life on April 28, 1997, while performing his probation officer duties in Allen County, Indiana. In an effort to honor an outstanding professional and to promote further professionalism, POPAI selected a scholarship that would encourage continued education and […]

How I’m Preparing for Parole After 27 Years in Prison

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The Marshall Project

4/26/18

Lawrence Bartley

“With my new lease on life, I still remember the one I took.” Soon, I will walk out of prison for the first time in 27 years. I’ve been preparing for this day for so long, I know exactly how it’ll go: My wife will pick me up at the gates of Sing Sing, and […]

How One Probation Agency Developed a Program Designed to Connect Probationers to High-Wage Jobs

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Rand Corporation

by Dionne Barnes-Proby, Priscillia Hunt, Lisa Jonsson, Samantha Cherney

by Dionne Barnes-Proby, Priscillia Hunt, Lisa Jonsson, Samantha Cherney

This report is one component of a larger RAND project aimed at addressing income inequalities faced by workers with criminal records. Given the labor market challenges faced by people with criminal convictions, it can be challenging for probation agencies to help their clients find jobs, let alone earn living wages. This report summarizes findings from […]

Opioids Fueling Drug Crisis (Mentions Sullivan and Knox County)

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My Wabash Valley

5-23-2018

Dana Winklepleck

View original article for video featuring Sullivan County CPO Barb Lance. Opioids are fueling a drug abuse crisis. The pills, aimed a treating pain, kill roughly two people everyday in Indiana. In fact, the latest figures show 66 percent of all drug overdose deaths in the United States are caused by opioids. The staggering problem […]

Former Indiana school official gets jail after locker room camera found

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Chicago Tribune

6/5/18

Aprile Rickert

A former New Albany middle school administrator will serve jail time for voyeurism at school. Paul Raake, a former vice principal at Scribner Middle School, where he was employed for more than 40 years, has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to a level 6 felony for voyeurism. Floyd County Circuit […]

Intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community

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Indiana Court Times

03/27/2018

Lisa Manning

Early this year, the founder of Miss Transgender America, Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, was found dead in her home after being stabbed and beaten to death by her husband. In an interview with police, Mark Steele-Knudslien said he “snapped” after arguing with his wife. Intimate partner violence is as prevalent in the LGBTQ community as in […]

John Legend and Rashad Robinson: End money bail now

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CNN

05/22/2018

John Legend and Rashad Robinson

(CNN) – No one should have to stay in jail because they lack the money to buy their freedom. Yet every night, according to the Justice Department’s statistics, nearly 450,000 people who have not been convicted of a crime sit in jail, a large number trapped there simply because they don’t have enough money to post bail. […]

Bail reform’s complex relationship with tech

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TechCrunch

05/20/2018

Megan Rose Dickey

On any given day in the United States, more than 450,000 people are behind bars awaiting their constitutionally mandated fair trial. None of them have been convicted of a crime — they’ve been accused of committing a crime, but no formal ruling of guilt or innocence has been made. That means these hundreds of thousands […]

Bail-bond industry suffers another blow as Facebook and Google ban ads

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NBC News

05/08/2018

Jon Schuppe

Google and Facebook, the world’s most dominant online-advertising companies, will no longer take money from America’s for-profit bail bond agencies, siding with a growing national movement to eliminate cash bail from the criminal justice system. The two tech giants said this week that their decisions to block bail-bond ads were part of a broader effort to […]

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

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Fox 59

5/21/2018

Tribune Media Wire

LINDEN, N.C. — Two men were arrested after more than $90 million worth of liquid methamphetamine was found in a semi-truck in North Carolina. WTVD reported that the truck was being driven by 49-year-old Raul Topete Arreola and 48-year-old Aquileo Perez Pineda. Each has been charged with three counts of trafficking meth. There was a […]

Oklahoma prisons overflow as inmates say ‘no’ to parole

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StateImpact Oklahoma

5/17/2018

Quinton Chandler

Baby Roman is just waking up from his afternoon nap and now he’s looking for a toy. His grandfather, Frank McCarrell, is trying to distract him from the house’s décor with a bottle of milk. “He don’t usually be asleep this time,” said McCarrell, who just finished his workday to babysit for his daughter. “When […]

IU McKinney professor to testify before Senate on opioid crisis

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The Indiana Lawyer

05/22/2018

IL Staff

An Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor is headed to Washington, D.C., to testify before the U.S. Senate about his work combatting the ongoing opioid crisis.

Study: Opioid crisis costs Indiana $11 million daily

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Daily Reporter

05/14/2018

The economic impact to Indiana from opioid misuse is more than $4 billion annually, or about $11 million a day, according to a study published by a Columbus professor and an Indiana University student. In Hancock County, the total cost over the 15-year study period — from 2003 to 2017 — was $500 million, the […]

Man’s contempt order for bail violation reversed on appeal

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The Indiana Lawyer

05/16/2018

Dave Stafford

A northern Indiana trial court’s contempt order against a man who violated a condition of bail was an abuse of discretion, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, reversing the order. Cameron Hunter was released on bail pending criminal charges against him before Kosciusko Superior Judge David C. Cates. At a plea hearing, Hunter sought […]

2019 Probation Officer Minimum Salary Schedule

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The Indiana Office of Court Services

5/17/2018

The 2019 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers is posted to the Indiana Office of Court Service’s website in the probation section (under Salary Materials). https://www.in.gov/judiciary/probation/2343.htm 2019 PO Salary Schedule

Applications Open for New Innovation Fund Grants

Full Article

05/01/2018

There is tremendous local-level innovation occurring across the country aimed at reducing incarceration and making the criminal justice system more fair and effective at protecting communities. To support such innovative thinking nationwide, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has partnered with the Urban Institute to launch the Innovation Fund. The purpose of the Innovation Fund is to […]

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

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/2/2018

Olivia Covington

Despite working on Indiana public defense reforms for 41 years, there are still goals Larry Landis wishes he could have accomplished before his impending retirement from the Indiana Public Defender Council. In a perfect world, Landis said his career would have led to more judicial sentencing discretion, a greater focus on mental health treatment, and […]

Report Calls for Reforming Juvenile Probation

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Public News Service

5/10/2018

Andrea Sears, Public News Service - PA

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report says reforming probation practices for juveniles could increase their chances for success. In the past 20 years, juvenile justice system reforms have led to far fewer young people being held in juvenile detention centers. But the report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation says little has changed in the […]

Ind. Woman Admits Killing Young Mom and Taking Her Baby After Posing as Child Welfare Worker

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People

5/8/18

Jeff Truesdell

An Indiana woman has pleaded guilty and faces 30 years in prison for killing a young mother and then claiming the victim’s infant daughter as her own. Prosecutors said Geraldine R. Jones, 39, murdered 23-year-old Samantha Fleming, of Anderson, after posing as an employee of the Indiana Department of Child Services and arriving at Fleming’s […]

Settlement allows children to visit Allen County Jail inmates

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/11/2018

Dave Stafford

A settlement in a federal lawsuit ends a policy that prohibited Allen County Jail inmates from receiving visits from their children, among other agreed changes. Settlement terms of the class action Ronald Ward and Samuel Chinnis v. David Gladieux, in his official capacity as Allen County Sheriff, 1:16-cv-99, end a complaint brought on behalf of […]

2018 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

05/09/2018

It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2018: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 POPAI District 5 Representative Melanie Pitstick is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent to Run Form The Intent to Run form must be sent to Melanie by July 6, 2018 (postmarked, emailed, […]

IU researchers release recommendations to combat Indiana’s opioid addictions crisis

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Indiana University

04/26/2018

Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As the opioid crisis deepens across the country, researchers at Indiana University have released a series of research-driven, potential solutions. Their report is part of the university’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge initiative. The researchers call for broader and more robust harm-reduction strategies, programs to reduce the stigma of substance use […]

Remembering Judge Scheibenberger (Allen County)

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HONORABLE KENNETH ROBERT SCHEIBENBERGER, 69, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Born on Sunday, Jan. 16, 1949, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Robert G. Scheibenberger, who survives, and the late Marilyn J. (Rouch) Scheibenberger. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was a proud […]

Cuomo restores voting rights to all 35,000 parolees in New York

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NBC News

4/18/2018

Jane C. Timm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he was granting conditional pardons to every parolee in the state — 35,000 — to restore their voting rights. Cuomo, facing a primary challenge from the left from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon, made an end-run around the state Legislature, where Republicans had stymied his effort. In […]

Novato (California) man ascends from drug court to law school

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Marin Independent Journal

4/22/2018

Gary Klien

In Marin County’s drug court, failure is common and disastrous, while success is measured in relatively modest terms: steady employment, sobriety, abstinence from crime. Michael Fielding took the success concept to a higher level. He got himself admitted to law school on a full scholarship. Fielding, who graduated from the drug court program last week […]

Ind. Supreme Court Case Illustrates Challenges With Juvenile Justice System

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WFYI Indianapolis

04/20/2018

Barbara Brosher

The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Friday in a case that raises questions about what avenues juveniles have for seeking relief if they think their cases weren’t handled properly. The case illustrates larger challenges with Indiana’s juvenile justice system, because kids don’t have the same avenues for relief as adults in the criminal justice system. […]

DeKalb County seeking Chief Probation Officer

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POPAI Jobs Page

4/24/2018

DeKalb County is seeking a Chief Probation Officer. Find full details on our jobs page or in this document.

Nominate Your Team – Statewide Opioid Summit, July 25

Each county should select a team lead judge to designate team members and complete this nomination form by May 4 to send a judicial officer, prosecutor, public defender, law enforcement officer, probation officer, Department of Child Services representative, and medication assisted treatment provider to the Summit. See this updated flyer for more information. (Flyer updated July […]

Veterans court aims to help troubled vets in Howard County

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WISH-TV

04/24/2018

Eric Feldman

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — Some veterans in trouble with the law will have the chance to avoid jail time by participating in a new program to help steer their lives in the right direction. It’s called veterans court. It’s already being done in several places around the state, including Marion and Hamilton counties, but a […]

New Team Members and Promotions in the IDOC Community Corrections Division

based on an email from Kristen Banschbach

April 12, 2018

Karen Oeding

Newest Team Members Lauren Moore, Southeast Program Director Lauren began with IDOC in August 2015 as an intern with PEN Industries.  After finishing her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety at IUPUI in December 2015, she worked as a program director with PEN for 2 years.

Remembering April 28, 1997: Donald R. “Charley” Knepple

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Officer Down Memorial Page

Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed after being ambushed by a man at a counseling center on South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne. The suspect, a former juvenile corrections officer who had been convicted of attempted child molestation, had arranged a meeting with his counselor and Probation Officer Knepple with the intent of […]

Administrative Rule 9 Benchcard

IOCS has developed an Administrative 9 Benchcard that can provide some quick answers to questions about this complicated rule. Contact Jeff Wiese for questions.

SAMHSA launches Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center to equip clinicians, strengthen communities

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SAMHSA

4/5/2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched an Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center (Resource Center) that aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center, at www.samhsa.gov/ebp-resource-center, contains a collection […]

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $23.7 million in grants to treat serious mental illness

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SAMHSA

4/2/2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for its Assertive Community Treatment grants. The grants will be used to improve behavioral health outcomes by reducing the rates of hospitalization and death for people with a serious mental illness (SMI). SAMHSA expects that the program will also reduce the rates of […]

Trailblazing Judge Patricia Gifford leaves strong legacy

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/16/2018

Marilyn Odendahl

Retired Marion Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford, the sixth woman to sit as a trial judge in the state of Indiana and one of the first women in the country to be assigned to prosecute only sex offense cases, died April 8 in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida. She was 79.

Fake urine lets people cheat drug tests

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The Journal Gazette

4/8/2018

Washington Post

Indiana among 18 states to ban it as concerns rise As part of a routine drug test, Adam Randall handed a vial of yellow liquid to a probation officer. Although it looked like a urine sample from the 31-year-old – who was required to submit to testing after a previous conviction – authorities in Queensbury, […]

Program here allows inmates to focus on education (Switzerland County)

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The Switzerland Democrat

Though a cooperative effort from entities here in Switzerland County and the area, a program that helps people who are incarcerated get their high school equivalency diplomas. Switzerland County Probation Officer Jeff Theetge says that the county is working in conjunction with River Valley Resources to provide the program. “We have been working with River […]

Indiana Appellate court upholds CHINS adjudication for New Jersey boy

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The Indiana Lawyer

April 9, 2018

Olivia Covington

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the adjudication of a New Jersey child as a child in need of services after finding the child’s mother waived her argument that an Indiana trial court lacked personal jurisdiction over her and her child. After she was dispatched to a Marion County bus station on a report […]

Justices reverse ‘unreasonable’ probation internet restriction

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/12/2018

Olivia Covington

A Tippecanoe County man convicted of incest with his teenage niece will have one of his probation conditions revisited after the Indiana Supreme Court determined the condition requiring him to get permission to access the internet was not reasonably related to his crime. In Kristopher L. Weida v. State of Indiana, 79S02-1711-CR-687, 34-year-old Kristopher Weida […]

Synthetic pot warning issued as number of users experiencing severe bleeding jumps to 32

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Chicago Tribune

3/30/2018

Kate Thayer

State and local health officials have issued a warning about a synthetic pot in Illinois that has caused users to experience severe bleeding. On Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that 32 people in the past few weeks visited emergency rooms with severe bleeding after using a synthetic cannabinoid product. That’s up from […]

Indiana Supreme Court OKs garnishing bail bonds to pay noncourt debts

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Northwest Times

4/2/18

Dan Carden

INDIANAPOLIS — Criminal defendants who post a cash bond to be released from jail before trial might not get that money back — even when they show up for trial — if a creditor of any kind obtains a civil court order to garnish the bond. In a case of first impression, the Indiana Supreme […]

Statewide Opioid Seminar on MAT Training: Save the Date

IN.gov Newsletter

Save the Date Statewide Opioid Seminar on MAT Training will be held on July 25, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center. Every county should send a multi-disciplinary team. Details in a PDF document.

2018 Legislative Session Digest

3/28/2018

Court Services

Civil  Administration of overdose intervention drugs (S.E.A. 13, P.L. 4) Civil forfeiture (S.E.A. 99, P.L. 47) Scleral tattooing (S.E.A. 158, P.L. 50) Uniform business organizations (S.E.A. 180, P.L. 52) Emotional support animals (S.E.A. 240, P.L. 162) Order to repair tax sale property (S.E.A. 296, P.L. 99) Regulation of abortion and newborn safety devices (S.E.A. 340, […]

Training educates educators on how teen brains work

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Pal-Item Part of the USA Today Network

3/19/2018

Mike Emery

WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. — Teenagers are indeed different from adults. They think differently. Their emotions drive them differently. They act differently. Therefore, it makes sense to treat them differently than adults. Three Teaching the Teen Brain training sessions this month taught this to Wayne County educators and education administrators. Sponsored by the Wayne County Probation […]

COA Remands for Clarification of Vague Probation Conditions

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Indiana Lawyer

03/20/2018

Olivia Covington

The Vigo Superior Court must provide a man convicted of resisting and spitting on local law enforcement officers with a written list of his specific probation conditions after the Indiana Court of Appeals found discrepancies and vagueness in the conditions provided. In Dustin McCarty v. State of Indiana, 84A04-1707-CR-1599, a Terre Haute police officer encountered Dustin […]

Indiana 1st in Country to Use Software to Connect those with Addiction to Drug Treatment

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Indianapolis Star

03/16/2018

Shari Rudavsky

Linking people with substance use disorders to the treatment they need to kick their addiction has just become easier in Indiana. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Thursday announced a new partnership with a software platform that can help social workers find openings at treatment facilities. The partnership, funded by money from the 21st Century Cures […]

Administration of Overdose Intervention Drug

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Court Services

3-28-18

March 28, 2018 by Court Services S.E.A. 13, P.L. 4 Effective: July 1, 2018 Provides that community corrections officers and probation officers may administer an overdose intervention drug. Requires community corrections officers and probation officers to report the use of an overdose intervention drug to the emergency ambulance service responsible for reporting the use to […]

Indiana Office of Court Services Issues Memo Regarding Quarterly Reports

To: Circuit, Superior, and Probate Courts, City and Town Courts, Marion County Small Claims Courts From: Jeffrey S. Wiese, Deputy Director of Legal Support Date: March 14, 2018 New Procedure for Courts with Late Quarterly or Annual Statistical Reports Ind. Administrative Rule 1 and Ind. Administrative Rule 2 require courts and probation departments to file […]

Justice Services Conference, May 9-11

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The Justice Services Conference will be held May 9-11, 2018. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Severin Hotel, Indianapolis, IN 46225, at a group rate of $119/night. This conference is open to probation officers and their supervising judge, court alcohol and drug program judges, program directors, program staff and education facilitators […]

Missing: Criminal Justice Data

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New York Times

03/21/2018

Amy Bach

Criminal justice data in this country is hard to come by. It can be messy and difficult to understand. And in many cases, the data doesn’t exist at all. How many people are in jail? For what crimes? For how long? Are people in jail mostly awaiting trial? Are they there for being unable to […]

MRNISO Spring Training

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE SPRING CONFERENCE! WHEN: Friday, April 13, 2018 WHERE: The Hornet Park Community Center in Beech Grove, IN WHO: Special guest featuring Patty Wetterling! Patty is the mother of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted at the age of 11, by a masked gunman on October 22, 1989 near his home […]

The Homeless-Campus Concept Catches On

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Governing: the States and Localities

3/13/2018

J.B. Wogan

As homelessness rises nationwide, Las Vegas is taking a gamble on a new way of helping the homeless. But some say it’s money that could be better spent. On a single night in January last year, almost 6,500 people were counted as homeless in Clark County, Nev., and about 67 percent of them were sleeping […]

Sentence upheld for woman amid tooth cream drug defense

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Kokomo Tribune

03/16/2018

Scott L. Miley

INDIANAPOLIS — A Madison County woman who claimed that some of the illegal drugs found in her system were from an uncle’s tooth cream had her probation violation upheld Friday by the Indiana Court of Appeals. Ashlee K. Pierce, 34, of Alexandria had appealed her two-year sentence for probation violation from Madison Circuit Court. The […]

DePauw frat partners with probation departments to teach interviewing skills

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Banner Graphic

03/05/2018

JARED JERNAGAN

When a co-worker at Putnam County Adult Probation spoke about a problem one of her clients was facing recently, case manager Kelli Stevens had the seed of an idea. Probation officer Malachi Taylor was meeting with a client, speaking with her about the need for a job in order to move forward for both the […]

COA upholds denial of race-based Batson challenge

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The Indiana Lawyer

March 16, 2018

Olivia Covington

A Madison County man who alleged the state challenged a potential juror for race-based reasons has lost his appeal, with the Indiana Court of Appeals finding the record of the robbery trial does not support the argument that the juror was released because he was black. In Steven Wade Childress v. State of Indiana, 48A02-1707-CR-1658, Steven […]

Apply for the 2018 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award

Submit your application to be considered for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award. The winner will be announced at the 2018 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference in May. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will be awarded $2,500.00 to help pay for their costs in continuing his or her education pursing a Masters […]

Members Only Content: Legislative Update

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I’ve posted the most recent report from The LegisGroup in the Members Only area (log in required). It includes those bills you’ve been watching that remained alive into the second half of the session. With that report, you can see the point in the process at which any now-bills died. Problems logging in? Just email […]

Webb: K2 isn’t synthetic marijuana. But chemically, it’s a mystery

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Evansville Courier and Press

03/07/2018

Jon Webb

So many people were vomiting, and emergency responders didn’t know why. Eight people between Second and Third avenues in Evansville were found sick, unconscious or a mix of the two last Thursday. Fearing some kind of mass overdose, the Evansville Fire Department administered Narcan, but it didn’t work. After speaking to the victims, police and […]

Indiana State Police make arrest after man is stabbed while playing ‘game’ on MegaBus

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Fox 59 News

3/7/18

SEYMOUR, Ind. – Two people were arrested after police say a man was stabbed while “playing a game” on a MegaBus traveling through Indiana. Officers with the Seymour Police Department and Indiana State Police troopers responded to a stabbing report around 6 a.m. on Tuesday. According to investigators, the stabbing occurred while the bus was […]

April 2018 Training Opportunities for Probation Management Staff

2018 POPAI Management Training includes training for CPOs, Assistant CPOs and supervisory level staff. These trainings are specifically for those who are in supervisory level positions. More details including a link for full information, registration, and easy online payment. Vendors welcome on April 13, more information.

Legislative Update: CBD oil and industrial hemp

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Indiana Courts

3/2/2018

Court Services

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law heard HB 1214 sponsored by Sen. Young on CBD oil and industrial hemp. The bill repeals all provisions concerning the cannabidiol registry and a “substance containing cannabidiol” (all added by HEA 1148-2017) and legalizes CBD oil, repeals superseded provisions relating to cannabidiol registration, and establishes that there is sufficient […]

Supervising the DV Offender: What I’ve Learned from the Field. An Interview with Sara Mahoney

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Justice Clearinghouse

2/1/2018

Christina McCale

Domestic Violence offenders require a different approach to supervising them. Cunning and often manipulative, they can be among the most challenging of probationers to supervise. Join us March 22, as Sara Mahoney returns to discuss:  the tactics/characteristics of a DV Offender and a victim how these characteristics impact the ongoing supervision of the offender, the advantage […]

96% of DUI offenders wearing SCRAM device remain sober last year in Lancaster County (PA)

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Fox 43

2/22/2018

Newsroom

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.– Over 96 percent of DUI offenders in Lancaster wearing alcohol-detection devices are avoiding alcohol, according to recently-released data. In 2017, 745 people on bail conditions or probation/parole in Lancaster County wore a SCRAM device under the county’s DUI repeat offender program. Only 25 people violated the conditions by having a drink, according […]

SAMHSA publishes guidance on clinical best practices using medication-assisted treatment to combat the opioid epidemic

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SAMHSA

2/15/2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is publishing guidance today to help broaden healthcare professionals’ understanding of medications that can be used to treat Americans with opioid use disorder (OUD). “We know that people can and do recover from opioid use disorders when they receive appropriate treatment, and medication-assisted treatment’s success in […]

17 Marion County judges begin new retention process, 3 opt to retire

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The Indiana Lawyer

2/21/2018

Marilyn Odendahl

Marion County will start its new judicial selection process next month with the interviews of 17 judges who want to stand for retention in the November 2018 elections. Three other judges — Democrats Thomas Carroll and Rebekah Pierson-Treacy and Republican Michael Keele — have decided to retire at the end of this year. The interviews […]

Probation and Parole

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National Institute of Corrections

Probation is a prison sentence that is suspended on the condition that the offender follow certain prescribed rules and commit no further crimes. Today, probation is a federal, state, and local activity administered by more than 2,000 separate agenices, with nearly 4 million adult offenders under supervision. (Seiter 2014) Parole, both a procedure by which […]

IDOC Community Corrections Division 2018 Course Descriptions and Calendar

The Indiana Department of Correction has released it’s 2018 schedule. Check out these PDF documents for information: IDOC Community Corrections Division Course Descriptions January – June 2018 IDOC Community Corrections Division Training Calendar For more information or to register, look on SharePoint, contact your Regional Representative or Director Shannon Bowling at sbowling@idoc.in.gov For a bit […]

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

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TedEx

2/16/2017

Judge Reynolds is a district court judge for the 1st District Court Lewis and Clark County Montana. He has been on the bench since 2010. In this position, Judge Reynolds presides over the First Judicial District Treatment Court. Prior to his election as judge, Judge Reynolds was a partner in the Helena law firm of […]

Community Service helps non-profits

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The Daily Advocate

01/29/2018

Carolyn Harmon

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Adult Probation Department’s Chief Probation Officer James D. Mollette said, it is important that people working community service have buy-in. “We try to instill in them that they are paying it forward in a sense, and helping the community,” he said. “It doesn’t always work; but we try.” According to […]

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 […]

Jobs around Indiana

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02/16/2018

We currently have seven jobs posted on the POPAI website.  Positions are open in Ripley, Monroe, Lawrence, Jasper, Madison, Huntington, and Wayne Counties. The Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties also has jobs posted on their website:  IACCAC Jobs. Please check out the job postings!

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

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Herald Times

2/17/2018

Laura Lane and Abby Tonsing

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

Pay Your 2018 Membership Dues Online

Karen Oeding

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

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 […]

Indiana University launches Phase One projects for statewide addictions initiative

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Indiana University

02/05/2018

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University School of Nursing Dean and Distinguished Professor Robin Newhouse has announced the Phase One projects of the Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenges initiative. As part of IU’s $50 million commitment to prevent, reduce and treat addictions in Indiana, initial pilot grants feature collaborative teams of faculty members, researchers, community organizations […]

Youth Resources: Encouraging healthy self-esteem in young people

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Evansville Courier and Press

2/5/2018

Jessica Fehrenbacher, Special to the Courier & Press

Our current world allows us many opportunities to showcase ourselves and our accomplishments. Social media has made it possible to share aspects of our lives that just years ago would have never been brought to light. As a youth worker (and a parent), we want young people to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas about […]

Lafayette Police Asking for Public’s Help Locating Missing Woman

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Fox News

2/6/18

Update 2/12/18: Alicia has been found safe. LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Lafayette Police Department is asking for the public’s help with locating a missing woman. Alicia Casillas-Faulkner was last seen in the area of Cambridge Estate Apartments in the 3600 block of St Rd 38 E, during the morning of Monday January 29. She is […]

Corrections board approves merger

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Kokomo Perspective

January 29, 2018

Devin Zimmerman

Probation, corrections merger hoped to help with caseload overload Big changes are in the works for the local judicial system. Last week the Howard County Community Corrections Advisory Board unanimously approved an agreement aimed at merging the local probation and community corrections department. With the probation department bogged down by high caseloads, officials hope the […]

Walmart offers free opioid disposal product.

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CNBC.com

1-17-18

Walmart will offer a drug disposal product — for free — to pharmacy customers as part of an effort to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, the retail giant said Wednesday. The product, a powder called DisposeRX, is meant to be used by customers who no longer need their prescription painkillers or are concerned that […]

With two inmates, Howard Co. work release center up and running

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Kokomo Tribune

January 25, 2018

George Myers

The Howard County work release center has accepted its first two inmates, bringing an end to months of anticipation and speculation about the much-debated program. The center, housed in the former county jail on Berkley Road, received its first inmate Wednesday and its second Thursday, and has already displayed, in a small way, the effect […]

Unintended consequences: Investigation reveals why drug court enrollment is declining

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Deseret News

12/17/2017

Gillian Friedman

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

Holcomb extends CBD oil order through legislative session

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Indiana Lawyer

1/26/2018

Rob Burgess

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

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

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Greenfield County Reporter

1-25-2018

Samm Quinn

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

Opioid Epidemic: 10 Indiana cities suing pharmaceutical companies

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Indy Star

1/8/2018

Ryan Martin

Noblesville was among several Indiana cities and counties to legally confront opioid companies this week, joining the likes of Indianapolis, Bloomington, Lafayette and others that already have filed lawsuits or announced intentions to do so. The rush of new suits came from Greenwood, Fort Wayne, Muncie, Kokomo, Terre Haute, Atlanta, Jennings County and Vigo County. But the […]

Home detention matters

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Legislative Update Published by the Indiana Office of Court Services

1/12/2018

Court Services

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

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

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The Washington Post via MSN News

12/17/2017

Leonard Bernstein, Scott Higham

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

Bangert: As DCS roils in Indy, local advocates for neglected kids ‘soldier on’

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Journal & Carrier

01/06/2018

Dave Bangert

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – By all accounts, it was just a normal day Wednesday in the fourth-floor courtroom of Tippecanoe Superior 3, where the county’s child neglect cases are heard. Sixty miles to the south, Indiana House and Senate leaders were gaveling in the 2018 General Assembly session Wednesday afternoon with a vow that they weren’t […]

Appellate Court Affirms Battery Conviction, Probation Condition

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TheIndianaLawyer.com

01-09-18

Olivia Covington

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a man’s battery conviction and probationary prohibition on possession of a firearm, finding the trial court did not err in the process of hearing testimony and imposing a sentence. In Robert Wilder v. State of Indiana, 49A02-1706-CR-1420, Robert Wilder operated a food truck next to an Indianapolis restaurant […]

POPAI Board Meeting Minutes

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

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

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courts.in.gov

1/10/2018

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

Divided COA again allows sentence modification in fixed-sentence agreement

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/11/2018

Olivia Covington

A divided panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals has ordered a trial court to reconsider a sentence modification for an offender who agreed to a fixed-sentence plea agreement, a ruling that goes against proposed legislation currently pending before an Indiana Senate committee. However, in his first writing as an appellate senior judge, former Indiana […]

Legal sports betting in Indiana anticipated by lawmaker’s bill

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The Indy Star

1/5/2018

Mark Alesia

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

This is opioid addiction: A Herald-Times special report

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Herald Times

12/17/2017

Laura Lane

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

Howard County Drug Epidemic: A New Pursuit

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Kokomo Tribune

12/13/2017

Cody Neuenschwander

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

Odd Indiana crimes of 2017: Brains and vodka, fast cars, and Uber or ER?

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The Indy Star

12/27/17

Ryan Martin

A drunken-driving arrest involving human organ samples. A shooting victim who called Uber. An underwear thief. Crimes are rarely a laughing matter. Occasionally, though, they’re unusual. Here are five that were particularly memorable from the past year. BRAINS, LIVERS AND VODKA In September police made a drunken-driving arrest in Morgan County after a witness said a Nissan Titan was […]

Statewide symposium to address opioid crisis in rural Indiana

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Purdue University Agricultural Communications

11/30/2017

Darrin Pack

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A consortium of eight Indiana agricultural and public health organizations will host a statewide symposium focusing on the significant impact of the opioid crisis in rural and farming communities. The symposium is scheduled for Jan. 5, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Boone County Fairgrounds, 1300 Hwy. 100 S, Lebanon. […]

Study: Poverty, jail time linked

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Sentinel & Enterprise

12/26/2017

Sam Cote

Boston University Statehouse Program BOSTON — Consider this: You are fined as punishment for some offense. You can’t pay this fine and wind up in jail. Upon release you still don’t have the money to pay the fine or the means to avoid the behavior you were fined for in the first place. You are […]

‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign

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Journal Review

12-13-17

“Stop the Bleed” is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Chronic Pain Common Among Those Who OD on Opioids

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Health Day

11-28-17

More than 60 percent of opioid overdose deaths involve people who suffer from chronic pain, a new analysis reveals. Many of them also struggled with depression or anxiety, the investigators found.

NCJFCJ Resolves to Help Modernize Approach to Juvenile Probation With Better Understanding of Adolescent Brain Development

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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

8/21/2017

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) passed a resolution supporting the commitment to juvenile probation systems that conform to the latest knowledge of adolescent brain development. Current research on adolescent brain development is key in juvenile and family court judges’ understanding, anticipating and responding to the behavior of adolescents by holding […]

Task force researches improving Indiana’s public defender system

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The Indiana Lawyer

12/13/2017

Olivia Covington

On the heels of criticism from a national organization and multiple lawsuits challenging Indiana’s public defender system, Indiana lawmakers and legal stakeholders are beginning to review the state’s public defense mechanisms to identify strategies for improvement. Led by retired 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Tinder, the 17-member Task Force on Public Defense was […]

New juvenile case type to be introduced

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The Indiana Lawyer

12/18/2017

IL Staff

The Indiana Supreme Court will introduce a new case type into the state’s uniform case numbering system at the start of the new year. The court amended Administrative Rule 8 last week to add a new juvenile case type, JQ, that will serve as the classification for child protection order cases. Other protection order cases […]

Pathways Between Child Maltreatment and Adult Criminal Involvement

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National Institute of Justice

10/12/2017

Child abuse and neglect have been shown to increase the risk of later forms of antisocial behavior, including violence perpetration and crime in adulthood. However, the processes through which child abuse leads to subsequent antisocial and criminal behavior are not well understood. New findings from NIJ-funded research conducted by Dr. Herrenkohl and colleagues help to […]

ACLU says Indiana sex offender law is tougher on new Hoosiers

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The Indy Star

12/13/2017

Holly Hays

Three men have filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Correction, claiming Indiana’s requirement that they register as sex offenders violates their Constitutional rights.

Justices to decide if sex offender’s internet restriction unconstitutional

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The Indiana Lawyer.com

12/08/2017

Olivia Covington

After being convicted of incest with his teenage niece, a Tippecanoe County man’s sentence contained several probation conditions, including a prohibition on accessing websites “frequented by children” and a prohibition on internet use without prior approval. Those conditions are the subject of an appeal now under review by the Indiana Supreme Court, which will decide […]

Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Annual Evaluation of Indiana’s Criminal Code Reform

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Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

12/01/2017

House Enrolled Act 1006 (HEA1006; July 1, 2014), also known as Public Law 168, mandates that the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) provide a comprehensive annual report of HEA1006’s impact on the Indiana criminal justice system. Annual reports in 2015 and 2016 were completed by the Sagamore Institute.  ICJI sought to build on the Sagamore […]

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

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Karen Oeding

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

Marin County Probation: Wall of Change Program (Video)

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Webb: Here are the overdose stats for 2017. They’re bad.

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Evansville Courier and Press

12/06/2017

Jon Webb

Steve Lockyear didn’t see this coming. Before this year, 2016 marked the busiest year the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office had ever seen. Drug overdoses spiked as heroin, fentanyl and scores of other opiates ripped through the community. So everyone stepped up. The coroner’s office, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s administration, local law enforcement, hospitals and community groups […]

Jeff Miller: Here’s why I’m staying on the Indianapolis council

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The Indianapolis Star

12/5/17

James Briggs and Ryan Martin

Jeff Miller is keeping his City-County Council seat while fighting child molestation charges for the same reasons he first ran for the council in 2011, he told constituents Tuesday. Miller, a second-term Republican, wrote in an email that his motivation for serving on the council has always been “to give a voice to those who felt they […]

First Annual Justice Services Conference – CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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Indiana Office of Court Services

10/24/2017

The Indiana Office of Court Services has announced the First Annual Justice Services Conference to be held on May 9th – 11th, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center.  The conference will include all staff from Probation, Court Alcohol and Drug Programs and Problem-Solving Courts.  With the increased number of sessions being offered, they have opened […]

What To Make Of A Head-To-Head Test Of Addiction Treatments

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NPR

11/16/2017

Jake Harper

Addiction specialists caution against reading too much into a new study released this week that compares two popular medications for opioid addiction. This much-anticipated research is the largest study so far to directly compare the widely used treatment Suboxone with relative newcomer Vivitrol. Researchers who compared the two drugs found them equally effective once treatment […]

Addicts turning to anti-diarrhea medication to get high

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CBS News

5/6/2016

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

Webinar: Addiction Recovery Services and the implications on the Purposeful Incarceration Initiative

The Indiana Department of Correction will be presenting a brief webinar and Q&A to provide those providing community supervision with vital information regarding changes in IDOC Addiction Recovery Services and the implications on the Purposeful Incarceration Initiative for recommendation, sentencing, and modification. To register for the IDOC Purposeful Incarceration – Update for Community Supervision   […]

Commitment to Data Sharing

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Indiana Court Times

10/11/2017

Two key initiatives undertaken by Trial Court Technology (TCT) are in the spotlight for playing important roles in the sharing of court data with key stakeholders and the public. Data from the Abstract of Judgment application and the Odyssey court case management system is enhancing the amount and quality of data TCT is now able […]

Device stems opioid withdrawal pain

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The Herald Bulletin

11/16/17

Scott L. Miley

FDA OKs appliance that’s made in Indiana GREENWOOD — Since February, Greenwood City Court Judge Lewis Gregory has offered plan through the local probation department in which opiate addicts can choose to wear a NSS-2 Bridge, a hearing aid-sized device that helps fight the pain of withdrawal. The other option is often jail. “The attraction […]

The Growing Toll of The Opioid Epidemic

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Inside Indiana Business

November 7, 2017

Tim Cook and Katie Culp, CEO, President, KSM Location Advisors

Last week’s (i) on Economic Development put the spotlight on Indiana’s opioid epidemic and its impact on the economy. What could two people involved in site selection and economic development possibly have to say about this crisis? As it turns out, a lot. Opioid and other drug abuse has a significant impact on Indiana’s workforce and, therefore, […]

Richard Grundy III and 25 others charged federal drug-trafficking case

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Indy Star

November 20, 2017

Ryan Martin and Tim Evans

Richard Grundy III, who eluded several local drug and murder charges over the last two years in Marion County, is now facing new drug charges — this time from the federal government. On Monday, indictments unsealed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana detailed new allegations against Grundy and 25 others during the months preceding and following […]

So many bodies: Indiana coroners trying to keep up with opioid epidemic

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WTHR

November 16, 2017

Bob Segall

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Alfie Ballew has worked at the Marion County Coroner’s office for more than two decades. She sees death every day, but even she is stunned by what’s going on right now. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said the chief deputy coroner. “This is a disease that is actually causing people to […]

Courtroom 107

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Indiana Court Times

10/11/2017

It is a challenge faced by courts throughout Indiana: matching the modern day needs of the courts with the limitations of historic courthouses. But in Allen County, an abundance of will and ingenuity found a way to tackle the problem. After struggling for years with limited space and aging technology, Allen Superior Court Judges embarked […]

Prosecutors Support Governor’s Proposals to Attack the Drug Epidemic

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Noblesville Patch

November 8, 2017

Prosecutors Support Governor’s Proposals to Attack the Drug Epidemic (INDIANAPOLIS – November 8, 2017) Indiana prosecutors expressed support today for Governor Eric Holcomb’s 2018 NextLevel agenda as he outlined proposals to attack the drug epidemic. The governor’s criminal code proposals include: Establishment of felony charges for drug-induced homicide and for those who illicitly manufacture drugs […]

Medical Marijuana isn’t Medicine and it’s “wrong for Indiana,” County Prosecutors Say

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Indy Star

11/07/2017

Dwight Adams

A county prosecutor’s group is strongly opposing efforts to allow medical marijuana, saying it’s “wrong for Indiana” and could worsen the state’s drug abuse crisis. The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys also debunked cannabis’ medicinal properties. It said the Institute of Medicine concluded this year that there was “insufficient evidence” to use it to treat […]

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

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The New York Times

10/25/2017

Emily Palmer

Wanda Ramirez likes to draw faces with hairstyles, no bodies attached. She calls it doodling. Her recovery specialist calls it art. “She’s an artist,” the specialist, Laura Gwinnell, said with a nod. Ms. Ramirez, 51, was uncomfortable with the compliment. She laughed shyly and rolled her eyes. She draws, she said, “when I’m at my […]

Indianapolis judge being considered for drug czar

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The Indiana Lawyer

11/13/2017

Marilyn Odendahl

Marion Superior Judge William Nelson, whose stepson died of a drug overdose, confirmed Monday he is under consideration to be the nation’s drug czar. Nelson applied to be the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy last December and he traveled to Washington, D.C., in July for interviews with Trump administration officials. The […]

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

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Springfield News-Sun

11/2/2017

Katherine Collins

A new drug treatment program in the Clark County Jail is unlike any other program in Ohio and is aimed at preventing crime, Springfield leaders said. McKinley Hall expanded its drug treatment program within the Clark County Jail earlier this month to allow for nearly double the number of inmates to participate. Previously, only about […]

Free Webinar Thursday 11/16/2017: Going Green = Saving Money & Improving Offender Outcomes

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National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center

Registration is required to join this event. Register   Registration Password: GoGreen Date and time:Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00) Panelist(s) Info: Paul M. Sheldon, M.A. Senior Advisor, GreenPrisons.Org Duration:1 hour Description: Over the past decade, the corrections community’s perspective on sustainability-oriented practices has evolved to include tremendous cost savings […]

Pretrial World Tour Webcast: Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017

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Pretrial Justice Institute’s CEO, Cherise Fanno Burdeen, has been on tour with all of the pretrial highlights of 2017, and now’s she’s making an appearance in the University of Pretrial. Join Cherise to hear about pretrial policy, legislation, litigation, and highlights from the field. Co-sponsored by the American Probation and Parole Association and the University […]

USDOJ 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment

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Page 36: “In 2015, Washington DC, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, and Wisconsin all experienced nearly double the number of armed robberies than the previous year. Indiana experienced 168 prescription drug armed robberies in 2015, which made it the only state with more than 100 pharmacy armed robberies in a single year in the last seven years […]

Envisioning an Alternative Future for the Corrections Sector Within the U.S. Criminal Justice System

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Rand Corporation

by Joe Russo, George B. Drake, John S. Shaffer, Brian A. Jackson

Ebook Challenged by high costs and concerns that the U.S. corrections sector is not achieving its goals, there has been a growing focus on approaches to reform and improve the sector’s performance. Policies initiated during the tough-on-crime era led to aggressive prosecution, lengthier sentences, and an exploding correctional population. In recent years, the corrections sector […]

Indiana pain doctor gets probation in ‘pill mill’ case

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The Indianapolis Star

11/4/17

PERU, Ind. – An Indiana doctor accused of operating a “pill mill” has reached a plea agreement that would include 10 years of probation but no prison time. The Kokomo Tribune reports 70-year-old Dr. Tristan Stonger appeared Thursday in Miami County Circuit Court to plead guilty to five charges, including issuing an invalid prescription and […]

Sheriff welcomes state’s jail demands

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Evansvi

11/8/2017

Zach Evans

EVANSVILLE — It’s about time. That’s how Sheriff Dave Wedding feels after the Indiana Department of Corrections told Vanderburgh County officials they must address jail overcrowding and understaffing. Wedding made it a point in his first term as sheriff to call for major changes to the jail, which is now only 11 years old. He […]

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

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WDRB

10/26/2017

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) — Clark County schools have announced a new partnership with local law enforcement agencies and the courts which will allow local probation officers to process on-site arrests using school office space. The probation officers will process arrests made by school resource officers, and determine if the students should be released without condition, […]

City releases body cam footage in movie incident

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Journal Review

10/02/2017

Nick Hedrick

As the video begins, Crawfordsville Police Sgt. Matt Schroeter approaches Backstep Brewing Co., where officers were responding to a report of an armed robbery. Seconds later, a masked man in a dark shirt and khaki shorts and holding an air gun backs out of the brewery, turning to face the officers. “Drop the gun! Drop […]

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 […]

How addiction causes “hundreds of changes” in the brain

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ABC News

8/25/2017

(The full article contains some video.)   President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, and 21 million Americans are addicted to drugs and alcohol. The cover story of September’s National Geographic looks into the science of addiction and its impact on the brain’s pathways. The article’s author, Fran Smith, writes, “Addiction remolds […]

To Save Opioid Addicts, This Experimental Court Is Ditching The Delays

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NPR

October 5, 2017

Eric Westervelt

There’s about 10 feet between Judge Craig Hannah’s courtroom bench and the place where a defendant stands to be arraigned here in Buffalo City Court. But for 26-year-old Caitlyn Stein, it has been a long, arduous 10 feet. “This is your first day back! Good to see you!” Judge Hannah says as he greets her. […]

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON CORRECTIONS AND CRIMINAL CODE October 11, 2017

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 […]

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

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

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

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Aurora Beacon News

8/27/2017

Denise Crosby

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

Surviving an opioid overdose may soon depend on where you live

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Chicago Tribune

9/14/2017

John Tozzi and Jared S. Hopkins

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

Policing the teen brain

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TheNewsDispatch.com

10/5/2017

Ben Davis

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

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

10/24/2017

Karen Oeding

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

Commitment to Data Sharing

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Indiana Court Times

10/11/2017

Indiana Court Times

Two key initiatives undertaken by Trial Court Technology (TCT) are in the spotlight for playing important roles in the sharing of court data with key stakeholders and the public. Data from the Abstract of Judgment application and the Odyssey court case management system is enhancing the amount and quality of data TCT is now able […]

‘A systems change’

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The Michigan City News-Dispatch

10/19/2017

Ben Davis

When current La Porte Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos came to the bench in 2007, he noticed there was a problem concerning the way juvenile cases were being handled. He immediately went to work fixing the problem. “Everything was being done wrong,” he said. “When I got here things were bad.” Now, La Porte County […]

Child focused tools in juvenile court

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Indiana Court Times

10/11/2017

Our juvenile courts have several innovative tools available to assist children and youth through the Child in Need of Services (CHINS) and delinquency processes. Courts have the new dual status youth screening and assessment tool that allows courts to better identify crossover youth and to coordinate services for youth, regardless of whether they come into […]

Supreme Court: Community Corrections can’t revoke good time credit

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Indiana Lawyer

10/20/2017

Olivia Covington

Directors of community corrections programs do not have authority to revoke inmates’ good time credit as a disciplinary measure because the Indiana Department of Correction has not yet delegated that authority to community corrections programs, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Friday. The decision reversed rulings in the trial court and Court of Appeals. That decision […]

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

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The New York Times

10/7/2017

Katharine Q. Seelye

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

It’s not easy to win probation violation appeals

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The Herald Bulletin

10/1/2017

Stuart Hirsch

ANDERSON — Lots of opportunities exist for criminal defendants in Indiana to appeal and challenge court rulings and decisions after a trial. One of the most common reasons for appeal occurs when an offender is accused of violating probation, found guilty, and is sent to the Department of Correction to serve out their jail time. […]

How a brain gets hooked on opioids

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PBS

10/9/2017

Nsikan Akpan and Julia Griffin

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

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

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Berkeley News

10/3/2017

Yasmin Anwar

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

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

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Justice Clearinghouse

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

The death penalty is rare. Could the Southport police shooting be different?

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The Indianapolis Star

10/3/2017

Ryan Martin

As Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry stood at a podium Thursday to announce his office’s pursuit of the death penalty against Jason Dane Brown, he read four names. David Moore. Rod Bradway. Perry Renn. And now Aaron Allan. All four were police officers who have been killed during Curry’s seven years as the county prosecutor. At […]

How Harris County’s federal bail lawsuit spreads beyond Houston

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The Texas Tribune

10/02/2017

Jolie McCullough

The next chapter in Harris County’s saga over bail practices is set to play out in federal court Tuesday morning, and officials involved in pretrial processes throughout Texas are holding their breath. The state’s most populous county is involved in a complicated fight over how its bail procedures impact poor misdemeanor defendants awaiting trial. A federal lawsuit questions the constitutionality of the […]

Is Indiana Moving Away From Monetary Bail?

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WFYI

9/28/2017

Barbara Brosher

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

McKinney remembered as humorous, hardworking

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/4/2017

Marilyn Odendahl

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

CBD crackdown continued even after Indiana excise police announced enforcement moratorium

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Evansville Courier and Press (original article Indy Star)

10/5/2017

Kaitlin L Lange

Even after excise police said they would no longer confiscate a cannabis extract from Indiana stores, they continued to threaten to punish retailers that carried the product. At least twice after the state’s Alcohol and Tobacco Commission announced the moratorium on Aug. 12, excise police, the agency’s law enforcement arm, cited stores for potential violations […]

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 […]

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

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

Clark County Judge Vicki Carmichael awarded for state, local work

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News and Tribune

9/25/2017

Aprile Rickert

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

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

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Huffington Post

9/20/2017

Dominique Mosbergen

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

Woman who started fight outside bar responsible for victim’s medical bills

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The Indiana Lawyer

09/19/2017

Jennifer Nelson

A Chicago woman who got kicked out of a bar and instigated a confrontation with a bouncer must pay for the medical bills the man sustained as a result of being attacked by her friends, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

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

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

Mich. doubles capacity to prep inmates for in-demand jobs

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Associated Press

September 3, 2017

David Eggert

Inside what was once a prison license plate factory, 42-year-old inmate Richard Willett spends his days in a converted robotics lab, learning how to operate computerized machinery in hopes of working a good-paying job when he’s freed. It’s better than his past two prison stints, when he mostly just waited for parole only to end […]

Renovations planned for the former youth detention center

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The Courier-Times

9/17/ 2017

Kevin Green

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

A job after prison: Making the case for an under-used workforce

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The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

September 4, 2017

Neal St. Anthony

Davis Powell works at Pomp’s Tire Service in Savage where he inspects and repairs tires. “Overall, it’s a good job with good benefits,” said Powell, 33, a two-year employee. Powell has gone from being a penniless inmate in a Minnesota state prison four years ago to a $14-an-hour employee, plus benefits and ample overtime, a […]

Jail Survey Results

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Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code

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

DOC cost-saving move disappoints

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The Journal Gazette

9/20/2017

Niki Kelly

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

Remembering Thomas E. Gahl

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

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

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WCVB

8/25/2017

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

Police: Intruder shot to death after kicking open wrong door

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Indy Star

09/15/2017

Vic Ryckaert, vic.ryckaert@indystar.com

A man thought his child’s mother was inside when he banged on the front door and demanded to enter a northeast-side apartment late Thursday. But it was the wrong address. When this angry man kicked in the door to that wrong apartment, he paid with his life. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police said a resident was protecting […]

Probation officer funding issues spark public safety tax discussion

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Herald Times

9/12/2017

Ernest Rollins

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

POPAI August 2017 Legislative Report

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

From vandalism to murder: Hate crimes you didn’t know were happening in Indiana

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The Indianapolis Star

9/10/17

Stephanie Wang

FORT WAYNE — “This is a hate crime.” That’s what a white supremacist told a Fort Wayne police officer last year, according to an affidavit, as he confessed to killing a black man. Aaryn Snyder showed the police officer a tattoo — a “patch,” the affidavit said, from a “white organization.” He said he earned it by […]

2017 Fall Conference Photo Album

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

2017 Founder’s Award: Glenna Shelby

The “Founder’s Award” is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general and specifically to the POPAI organization. The recipient need not be a Probation Officer or POPAI member. The selected person however, shall be characterized by his/her commitment of influence and promotion of professionalism to Indiana […]

2017 Rookie Probation Officer of the Year: Brittany Stodghill

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

2017 Line Probation Officer of the Year: Ben Neureiter

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

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).  

County Probation Officers Recognized

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The Hendricks County Flyer

09/01/2017

Stephanie Dolan

DANVILLE — The vision of the Hendricks County Probation Department is to reduce recidivism through evidence-based cognitive behavior self-change programming and case planning. Hendricks County Probation oversees both adult and juvenile probation as well as home detention. Cases that come through the probation office range from theft to drinking and driving to battery and sex […]

Special probation for prisoners with mental illness cuts recidivism

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REUTERS

8/16/17

Ronnie Cohen

(Reuters Health) – Every year, an estimated 2 million people diagnosed with mental illness are jailed in the U.S., and soon after they’re released, many wind up behind bars again. But specialized supervision on probation for people with mental illness can radically reduce the odds they’ll be re-arrested within five years, a new study suggests. […]

POST BAIL – America’s justice system runs on the exchange of money for freedom. Some say that’s unfair. But can data fix it?

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NBC News

08/22/2017

Jon Schuppe

JERSEY CITY, N.J. ─ On the ground floor of a deteriorating county courthouse, in a room outfitted with temporary office furniture and tangles of electrical wires, a cornerstone of America’s criminal justice system is crumbling. A 20-year-old man in a green jail jumpsuit appears on a video monitor that faces a judge. It is early June, and he […]

People with mental illness reoffend less if on specialty probation

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Science Daily

8/9/2017

Yasmin Anwar

Each year, some 2 million people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are arrested for various crimes, inadvertently turning the US correctional system into the nation’s primary provider of inpatient psychiatric care. But an eight-year study now offers a solution. Researchers studied the supervision and outcomes of 359 offenders with mental illness, comparing […]

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

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News and Tribune

08/30/2017

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

Goff Supreme Court investiture ceremony set for Sept. 1

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The Indiana Lawyer com

8/25/17

IL Staff

The Indiana Supreme Court will hold an investiture ceremony for its newest member, Justice Christopher Goff, at the Indiana statehouse next week. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will administer the ceremonial oath to Goff, the court’s 110th justice, during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in the Supreme Court courtroom. The ceremony will also […]

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 […]

POPAI Fall Conference: September 6 – 8, 2017

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

New Clark County court practice considers risk when deciding bond amounts

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News and Tribune

8/12/2017

Aprile Rickert

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

Clark County inmate work release program ending this year

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News and Tribune

8/18/2017

Aprile Rickert

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

POPAI Stands with APPA’s Statement on Charlottesville

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

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

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

A Heart for Strays

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“The Vision”, the Providence High School alumni magazine

Katie Chrisco

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

Summer Drive Sober effort to run til Labor Day

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Evansville Courier and Press

08/10/2017

Tori Fater

Local police are starting a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign this month to crack down on drunk driving and other unsafe driving in Vanderburgh County. The Vanderburgh County campaign, which will involve at least one sobriety checkpoint as well as saturation patrols, is a joint effort of the Evansville Police Department, the Vanderburgh […]

Feds: Indy club manager sold drugs for bitcoin through the darknet

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The Indianapolis Star

8/10/17

Vic Ryckaert

A former manager of an Indianapolis nightclub was also the drug kingpin of an operation that traded in bitcoin and sold cocaine and heroin through the darknet, federal authorities said Wednesday. Pierre Burnett Jr., former manager of Epic Ultra Lounge on the northeast side, was sentenced to more than 15½ years in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine, distribution […]

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 […]

Getting the Mentally Ill Out of Jails

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The Pew Charitable Trusts

04/07/2017

Michael Ollove

A dearth of beds at state psychiatric hospitals in many parts of the country and shortages of mental health resources mean that mentally ill people who commit minor crimes often end up languishing in jails, which are poorly equipped to handle their illnesses. It’s a difficult problem that, without intervention, creates a grim cyclical pattern: […]

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

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Herald Times

7/30/2017

Laura Lane

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

Six Jurisdictions Named to Receive Pretrial Justice Technical Assistance

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Pretrial Justice Institute www.pretrial.org

07/24/17

Pretrial Justice Institute PRESS RELEASE - Contact Fiona Druge

Cities & Counties Work To Address Longstanding Barriers to Justice The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) has selected six local jurisdictions to receive targeted technical assistance from PJI funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Each of the sites will focus on a specific topic designed to help the jurisdiction improve the […]

Remembering George Glass

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

2017 POPAI Election Slate

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

TV station challenging ban on airing court audio

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The Indiana Lawyer com

7/12/17

Olivia Covington

A case currently before the Indiana Court of Appeals could have a precedential effect on the process judges must go through before prohibiting the broadcasting of court recordings, as a northern Indiana TV station argues for answers as to why it was banned from airing a court-provided recording of a sentencing hearing in a high-profile […]

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

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

This is Indianapolis’ unconventional way to fight the opioid epidemic

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Indy Star

7/27/2017

Ryan Martin

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

Scramble is on to find new ways to stop opioid overdose deaths

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Modern Healthcare

07/10/2017

Steven Ross Johnson

June was another rough month in Manchester, N.H. Over the course of 30 days, there were 99 suspected opioid overdoses, six of which were fatal. That’s the most overdoses in a month so far in 2017, according to Christopher Stawasz, regional director of emergency medical services provider American Medical Response. It’s the continuation of a […]

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

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

POPAI Fall Conference: Early Bird Pricing Until August 9

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

It’s Time to Refocus the Punishment Paradigm

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07/10/2017

Adam Gelb and Barbara Broderick

Any parent can tell you that timeouts, groundings, and other punishments only go so far in encouraging good behavior. If kids are scolded over and over again, the reprimands can lose their effect: Walls go up, and cooperation goes down. But throw in a few high-fives or thumbs-ups to recognize a nice job clearing the […]

FBI opens civil rights investigation into police shooting of Aaron Bailey

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Indianapolis Star

7/11/17

Madeline Buckley

The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the police shooting of Aaron Bailey, an unarmed black man who was killed last month by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers. IMPD Chief Bryan Roach said Tuesday that the Police Department asked for the FBI’s assistance because the community wants an independent review. He and Mayor […]

Goal of Nation’s First Opioid Court: Keep Users Alive

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Washington Post

07/12/2017

Carolyn Thompson

After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo’s ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis. Now the city is experimenting with the nation’s first opioid crisis intervention court, which can get users into treatment within hours of their arrest instead of […]

Agreement stops Marion County Sheriff from holding immigrants for ICE

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The Indiana Lawyer

July 12, 2017

Marilyn Odendahl

An agreement between the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis will stop the Marion County Sheriff’s Department from detaining immigrants for the federal government. The stipulated final judgment and order for permanent injunction was filed Monday in the case, Antonio Lopez-Aguilar v. Marion County Sheriff’s Department, et al., 1:16-cv-2457, pending in the U.S. District […]

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

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

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

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Chicago Tribune

6/17/2017

Becky Jacobs

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

ISP: It’s ‘very dumb’ to fire guns into the air on the Fourth of July

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Indy Star

July 3, 2017

Holly Hays

It’s exciting, isn’t it? The smell of charred meats. The crunch of the empty beer can under your feet. The freedom of a day off work in the middle of an Indiana summer. It’s America’s birthday, and it’s glorious. But celebrating these wonderful freedoms shouldn’t come at the cost of common sense. That means not […]

Amid opioid epidemic, Vivitrol finds success marketing to judges and jailers

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Yahoo News

7-6-2017

Michael Walsh

Michael Prather, 55, an inmate at Hudson County prison in Kearny, N.J., has been using opioids since the age of 14. He had been free of heroin while serving an earlier sentence of more than 20 years, but after being released he relapsed, committed a crime, and wound up right back where he started. “I still […]

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

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

Jobs July 2017

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

Anonymous tip leads to Anderson drug bust

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The Herald Bulletin

6/22/2017

Stuart Hirsch

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

FAQ: Record Management

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Indiana Court Times

5/30/2017

Tom Jones

The introduction of electronic filing has generated many questions regarding records. These questions tend to fall under the topics of “permanent records” and the use of the “destruction certification forms.” Guidance may be found in Administrative Rule 6—Court Case Records Media Storage Standards; Administrative Rule 7—Judicial Retention Schedules; and Trial Rule 77—Court Records. This article […]

Indiana Department Of Correction Closing Indianapolis Re-entry Educational Facility

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

Indiana Courts Public Portal

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06/30/2017

The Indiana Supreme Court has created a one-stop shop for public information and other tools. Using the Indiana Courts Public Portal (https://public.courts.in.gov/home/portal) you can quickly find links to search trial court cases (myCase) and protection orders. You will also find links to helpful tools such as a criminal sentence credit time calculator and child support […]

Smart Pretrial Webcast Series: Six Sessions

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University of Pretrial

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

Seizing on Opioid Crisis, a Drug Maker Lobbies Hard for Its Product

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The New York Times

06/11/2017

ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATE ZERNIKE

The ads have been popping up on billboards, buses and subways and in glossy magazines, with portraits of attractive men and women and a simple question in bold letters: What is Vivitrol? Five years ago, Vivitrol was a treatment for opioid addiction that was struggling to find a market. Now, its sales and profile are […]

Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail

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The New York Times

06/11/2017

NATHANIEL POPPER

As the nation’s opioid crisis worsens, the authorities are confronting a resurgent, unruly player in the illicit trade of the deadly drugs, one that threatens to be even more formidable than the cartels. The internet. In a growing number of arrests and overdoses, law enforcement officials say, the drugs are being bought online. Internet sales […]

Goff joining Indiana Supreme Court July 24

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The Indiana Lawyer com

06/19/2017

IL Staff

A temporary replacement for the judge of the Wabash Superior Court has been appointed as current Judge Christopher Goff prepares to step down from the trial court bench and transition to the Indiana Supreme Court next month.

Operation Blue Rain nets 99 arrests over three days

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Wane.com

June 23, 2017

Indiana State Police released details Friday of a three-day effort dubbed “Operation Blue Rain” aimed at curbing the flow of narcotics into the state. The patrol, which ran from June 20 to 22 resulted in 99 arrests and 186 criminal charges. According to a news release, officers from Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s […]

Overdose video depicts probation response

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Kokomo Perspective

June 6, 2017

Devin Zimmerman

Aside from law enforcement, perhaps the front line to fighting the drug epidemic in Howard County is housed in the basement of the local courthouse. Every day the Howard County Probation Department deals with individuals in the throes of addiction, an issue that is taking lives at an accelerated rate locally this year. As such, […]

Probation department must reimburse offender’s fees

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Indiana Lawyer

June 23, 2017

Olivia Covington

The Marion County probation department must reimburse an offender’s probation fees after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday the trial court erred by allowing the probation department, and not the court, to impose such fees. In Jose Arcia De La Cruz v. State of Indiana, 49A05-1610-CR-2417, Jose De La Cruz was charged with Class […]

Porter County probation chief retires after 35 years

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NWI Times

6-19-2017

Bob Kasarda

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

Holcomb praises justice pick’s ‘sharp legal mind’

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Indiana Lawyer

June 12, 2017

Olivia Covington

Describing himself as a constitutional originalist and textualist, Goff said his judicial philosophy is rooted in the doctrine of judicial restraint. Though he, at 45, will be the youngest person on the bench by roughly a decade, Holcomb said Goff has a “profound respect for the Constitu

Teen Graduates Lawrence County Juvenile Problem Solving Court

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WBIW.com

6/21/2017

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

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 […]

Before you hire a baby-sitter, check this new online registry of child abusers

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Indianapolis Star

6/5/17

Marisa Kwiatkowski

Indiana has launched a registry that includes the names of people convicted of child abuse or neglect. Legislators passed Senate Enrolled Act 357, also known as Kirk’s Law, last year after the death of 19-month-old Kirk Coleman, who prosecutors say died in the care of a provider with a previous record of child abuse. Read more: 10 […]

Indianapolis Hires First Director of Re-entry

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The Indiana Lawyer

06/15/2017

An administrator with the Marion County Public Defender Agency has been named the first director of re-entry for the city of Indianapolis’ Office of Health and Public Safety. Brooke Daunhauer, currently social service administrator with the public defender agency, will fill the new position, Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Thursday. Daunhauer will work to connect those […]

Overdose video depicts probation response

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Kokomo Perspective

06-06-2017

Devin Zimmerman

Aside from law enforcement, perhaps the front line to fighting the drug epidemic in Howard County is housed in the basement of the local courthouse. Every day the Howard County Probation Department deals with individuals in the throes of addiction, an issue that is taking lives at an accelerated rate locally this year. As such, […]

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

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

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

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Courier-Journal

06/08/2017

Laura Ungar

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

Canine Companions

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Indiana Court Times

5/30/2017

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

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

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

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

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Cordant Health Solutions

5/17/2017

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

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

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WDRB.com

6/2/2017

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

Information Sharing Guide

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Indiana Court Times

05/30/2017

Court Times

Mobile app provides guidance on sharing children’s records Do you know how to obtain children’s educational, court, or health records? Do you know under what circumstances you can share these records with others? There is a mobile app to help you with these complex questions: the Information Sharing Guide. The Commission on Improving the Status […]

2017 CASA Day Celebration

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Indiana Court Times

5/30/2017

Court Times

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

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 […]

Monroe County inmates honored for educational achievements

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Herald Times

5/23/2017

Abby Tonsing

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

Brain Injury and the Criminal Justice System

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

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

  Each year, POPAI provides a scholarship in memory of probation officer Donald “Charley” Knepple.  Charley lost his life on April 28, 1997, while performing his probation officer duties in Allen County, Indiana. In an effort to honor an outstanding professional and to promote further professionalism, POPAI selected a scholarship that would encourage continued education […]

Drug Task Force Lays Out Strategic Plan To Combat Opioid Epidemic

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WFYI Indianapolis

05/18/2017

Lindsey Wright

Indiana’s Commission to Combat Drug Abuse Thursday laid out a strategic plan to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. Saving lives and expanding access to treatment are two of the highest priorities within the plan. Jim McClelland, the executive director for drug treatment, prevention, and enforcement, says it’s all hands on deck in this fight. “Substantially […]

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). http://www.in.gov/judiciary/probation/2343.htm The 2018 schedule reflects a 2.1% increase.   2018 PO Salary Schedule

Rucker retires after 26 years on appellate bench

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The Indiana Lawyer www.theindianalawyer.com

05/17/2017

Olivia Covington

Ask a member of the Indiana judiciary to describe former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker, and you’ll get answers such as “empathetic” or “compassionate.” And those who sat on either side of Rucker during his nearly 18 years on the state’s highest bench say the now-retired justice never let his sense of humanity outweigh […]

Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs – adverse childhood experiences

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ACES Too High

5/2/2017

Jane Ellen Stevens

He says: Addiction shouldn’t be called “addiction”. It should be called “ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking”. He says: Ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking (what traditionalists call addiction) is a normal response to the adversity experienced in childhood, just like bleeding is a normal response to being stabbed. He says: The solution to changing the illegal or unhealthy ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking behavior […]

Carroll corrections program will move into a larger space

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Herald Journal

5/15/2017

Kathleen Merrill

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

PILLARS of JUSTICE

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The Journal Gazette

05/12/2017

Jessie Cook

The dual goals of our criminal justice system are to maximize public safety and to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice. The system operates with five components – law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, the judiciary and corrections. Each plays a key role in the process. Law enforcement agencies investigate allegations of acts determined […]

Juvenile Probation Officers Sworn In

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Nexstar Media Group

05/11/2017

WANE Staff Reporters

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Six new Allen County juvenile probation officers were sworn in Thursday. Abigail Fuller, Robin Beasley, Dontaey Paige, Michael Starks, Gregory Coleman and Dallas Colley were sworn in in a ceremony at the Allen County Juvenile Center along Wells Street. The new probation officers were sworn in by Allen County Judge Daniel […]

Justices will decide whether sending sexually explicit images to teens is legal

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The Indiana Lawyer

05/08/2017

IL Staff

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to answer the question of whether sending sexually explicit photos to 16- and 17-year-olds is permissible under state law after granting transfer to a case involving that issue last week. In its February opinion in State of Indiana v. Sameer Girish Thakar, 29S02-1705-CR-284, the Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously […]

MOSSWORDS: Happiness, sobriety coexist at Serenity House

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News and Tribune

05/08/2017

Dale Moss

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

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 […]

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

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Herald Times

4/30/2017

Abby Tonsing

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

IU student Hannah Wilson’s killer appeals conviction

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Indianapolis Star

05/01/2017

Madeline Buckley

A man convicted of beating to death an Indiana University student in 2015 is asking for a new trial, arguing that the judge should not have allowed prosecutors to speculate about the murder weapon. A jury in August convicted Daniel Messel, 52, of murder and being an habitual offender in the April 24, 2015, death of […]

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

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Herald Times

4/30/2017

Abby Tonsing

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

2017 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

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

Indiana Criminal Rule 26 UPDATE

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

Why Easter cards were rejected in Indiana prisons this year.

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Original: Indy Star (Evansville Courier adn Press)

05/02/2017

Ryan Martin , ryan.martin@indystar.com

Indiana offenders have found some unusual ways to get their hands on drugs while in prison. Heads of lettuce have been hollowed and filled with drugs, and tennis balls have been thrown over fences into the yards. All have led to new procedures or inspections for the Indiana Department of Correction. A recent trend of […]

Doing Less Time: Some States Cut Back On Probation

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STATELINE

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 […]

3 finalists picked for Supreme Court

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The Indiana Lawyer.com

04/19/2017

IL Staff

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

Police: Attica man found with homemade bombs

ATTICA, Ind. — Montgomery County probation officers surprised Robert William Bandy II with an unannounced check at his Attica apartment Friday morning, and Bandy surprised the probation officers with two bombs inside his white mini van, police said. “They weren’t pipe bombs. They were just homemade,” Attica Police Chief Bob Cole said Friday afternoon after the Indiana State […]

POPAI Seeks Nominations for Vice-President

4/24/2017

Steve Keele

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

Indiana to receive $10.9 million in funding to fight opioid epidemic

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www.abc57.com

04/20/2017

Andrea Alvarez

Indiana drug treatment centers will finally get the help they need. State officials just announced that Indiana will receive $10.9 million in federal grant funding to help fight the opioid epidemic. That grant was awarded to the state by the Department of Health and Human Services and was announced by Senator Joe Donnelly’s office who […]

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 […]

15th Annual Indiana Juvenile Detention Association Summit

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

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

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VisitIndiana.com

02/14/2017

Chris Flook

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

Remembering April 28, 1997: Donald R. “Charley” Knepple

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Officer Down Memorial Page

Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed after being ambushed by a man at a counseling center on South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne. The suspect, a former juvenile corrections officer who had been convicted of attempted child molestation, had arranged a meeting with his counselor and Probation Officer Knepple with the intent of […]

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. […]

Seminar Slated on Opioid Crisis

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The Journal Gazette

04/12/2017

Frank Gray

Loved ones urged to attend April 22 One in four people know someone who is addicted to opioids. Between 4,000 and 6,000 people in Allen County are using heroin, and perhaps 40,000 altogether are addicted to opioids. In 2016, there were 804 overdoses in Allen County, including 82 in the first two months of the […]

Appellate Court Affirms Teenager’s Delinquency Adjudication

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The Indiana Lawyer

April 13, 2017

Olivia Covington

The Marion Superior Court properly adjudicated an Indianapolis teenager as a delinquent on theft and trespassing charges, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Thursday, holding the court’s true findings were supported by sufficient evidence. In December 2015, Lashawn Rogers was at an Indianapolis gas station buying cookies for her granddaughter when she tripped over a […]

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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WRTV 6

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” […]

Fewer offenders paying user fees

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The Indiana Lawyer

04/05/2017

Marilyn Odendahl

Miami County chief probation officer Susan Rice describes her department’s financial health in stark terms. “We’re poor,” she said. The poverty has been brought on by a money crunch linked to a decrease in user fee payments. These fees are charged for programs and services that offenders must participate in as part of their sentences. […]

Todd Leary’s road back: From IU to prison to feeding the homeless

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Indy Star

04/06/2017

Zak Keefer

Todd Leary knows the highs and lows. He was an Indiana All-Star and played in a Final Four game for Bob Knight. He spent time in prison for theft. And now he runs a thriving AAU basketball program called the Indiana Faith. The Chili Feed. His car trickles down the alley, and suddenly the city’s […]

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, […]

Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace

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tucson.com

3/24/2017

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on the American workplace, a new analysis shows. Employees who struggle with drinking and drug addiction miss many more days of work, have higher health care costs and are less productive than those without these disorders, researchers report. An analysis revealed that […]

Domestic Violence Victim Gun Bill Steered to Study

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theindianalawyer.com

3/29/2017

Dave Stafford

A controversial bill that would have allowed victims of domestic violence to legally carry a gun without a permit was steered to a summer study committee Wednesday following testimony from victims and advocates on both sides of the issue. The Senate Judiciary Committee also assigned to study committee “constitutional carry,” which essentially would permit any […]

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 […]

New task force meant to break down language barriers, aid court interpreters

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The INDIANA LAWYER com

03/22/17

Olivia Covington

Nearly 14,000 cases heard in Indiana’s trial courts in 2015 required a court interpretation service, a 21 percent increase from the previous year’s services and a 73 percent increase over 2013, when just under 8,000 cases required an interpreter. Those services meet the needs of a variety of people, from Indianapolis’ Burmese population to Latino […]

Using Community Corrections beds not an option for Vigo jail

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Tribune-Star

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 […]

Wabash Judge a Finalist for Indiana Supreme Court Position

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wane.com

March 23, 2017

Wane Staff Writers

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) The Judicial Nominating Commission named 11 finalists for an open Supreme Court judicial position, including a judge from Wabash. On May 12, 2017, Justice Robert D. Ruck will retire from the five-member Supreme Court. The Indiana Constitution requires the seven-member commission to recruit and select candidates to fill the vacancy on the state’s […]

Now accepting applications for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award

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3/19/2017

Submit your application to be considered for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award. The winner will be announced at the 2017 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference in May. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will be awarded $2,500.00 to help pay for their costs in continuing his or her education pursing a Masters […]

COA rejects ineffective counsel claim based on judge’s sentencing practices

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The Indiana Lawyer

03/15/2017

Olivia Covington

A man who pleaded guilty to child molesting cannot prove that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday, but the post-conviction court must still address the issue of whether his plea was voluntary. In Gary Hanks v. State of Indiana, 10A01-1604-PC-690, Gary Hanks was charged with one count […]

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

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Indy Star

3/10/2017

Chris Sikich

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

March Board Meeting Minutes

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3/8/2017

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

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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WTTV TV 4

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 […]

Latest Edition of INDIANA COURT TIMES Now Available

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Indiana Supreme Court, Office of Communication, Education and Outreach

Issue 26.1 Spring 2017

Where does fentanyl come from? China is primary source in U.S., and much is ending up in Ohio

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The News-Herald NEWS

02/07/17

Andrew Cass

Fentanyl claimed the lives of 75 Ohioans in 2012, but by 2015 that number jumped to a staggering 1,155. Ohio is now the overdose capital of the United States in no small part because of the rise of fentanyl. Per the Drug Enforcement Agency, Ohio had 3,861 positive lab tests for fentanyl in 2015, more […]

Muncie man walks free after rape conviction set aside

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Indianapolis Star

03/09/2017

Douglas Walker

MUNCIE, Ind. – For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, William E. Barnhouse on Wednesday walked outside, into the sunshine, a free man. Delaware Circuit Court 2 Judge Kimberly Dowling granted a joint motion – by local prosecutors and attorneys with the Innocence Project – to set aside Barnhouse’s 1992 convictions for rape and […]

‘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 […]

Building Trust and Legitimacy Within Community Corrections

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National Institute of Justice

December 2016

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 […]

Members Only Content: Legislative Update 2-23-17

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

Senator urged to help fight opioid ‘epidemic’

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The Journal Gazette

2/23/2017

Brian Francisco

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

No slowdown in expungements

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The Indiana Lawyer

2/22/2017

Marilyn Odendahl

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

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

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APPA

2/24/2017

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

COA Affirms Revocation of Good Time Credit

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The Indiana Lawyer.com

January 30, 2017

Olivia Covington

A man whose disciplinary actions resulted in the loss of good time credit in a county community corrections program was not entitled to have that credit restored when his probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve the balance of his sentence, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Monday. In Richard D. Shepard v. […]

Arrestee DNA collection bill clears House panel

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The Indiana Lawyer.com

02/13/2017

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday voted 11-0 in favor of a proposal to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested and charged with a felony. House Bill 1577 advanced to the full House after committee discussed concerns about how collection of DNA buccal swabs may be expunged from criminal databases in the event charges are […]

When the Lion Kills Your Child

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February 4, 2017

Louis M. Profeta MD

The heroin epidemic has spread to the suburbs, and a nightmare is playing out daily in hospital emergency rooms across the U.S. Two days in a row, I straightened the sheets so they would look perhaps not quite as dead as they were. My own child about the same age at the time sat in […]

Focus Group Reports Core Professional Competencies

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Members Only Content

2/15/2017

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

Indiana Health Department Receives funding for Overdose Prevention

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Indiana State Department of Health

8-31-16

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has received $519,117 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand overdose prevention outreach in Indiana counties with high overdose rates. The award was announced on International Overdose Awareness Day, which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths.  The […]

Putnamville prison program rehabilitates men, horses

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WISH TV 8

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 […]

Roundup: Lawmakers advance legislation on road funding, pre-K and others

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Evansville Courier and Press

02/10/2017

Kaitlin Lange

With more than 1,000 bills flooding the Statehouse this legislative session, it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Here’s what you may have missed this week: •Legislatures undo some of former Gov. Mike Pence’s decisions: Representatives voted to override two of Vice President Pence’s vetoes Thursday. One bill would allow private university […]

Hendricks County Probation Officers Bust Several Sex Offenders

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Fox 59 News

01/26/2017

Alexis McAdams

HENDRICKS COUNTY – The Hendricks County probation department is cracking down on their clients and keeping a close eye on high-risk offenders. The team has already found multiple violations that sent two clients back to jail. FOX59 went along with the field team as they busted another sex offender for a violation. “There is going […]

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

ELIZABETH DEPOMPEI

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

1/18/2017

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 […]

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

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

Members Only Content: Legislative Update 1-26-17

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

Probation Officer Recognized in 2017 State of the Judiciary Speech

Full Article

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 […]

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

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The Washington Post

12/12/2016

Christopher Ingraham

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

Judge: Floyd County Courts, probation office has many needs

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News and Tribune

Chris Morris

NEW ALBANY — It didn’t take long for three new Floyd County Council members to find out the complexities of dealing with budgets and incumbrances at the first meeting of the new year Tuesday. They also received a lesson in the needs of Floyd County courts in 2017 and beyond. Floyd County Circuit Court Judge […]

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  

Wolf Blitzer Blames Indiana for Chicago Gun Crime

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07/03/2017

Alex Jones

Prison Planet.com » Wolf Blitzer Blames Indiana for Chicago Gun Crime During the January 2 airing of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Blitzer brought up Chicago’s near-800 homicides during 2016 and blamed the deaths on Indiana gun laws. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA-49) was the guest, and Blitzer looked at him and said, “There were […]

Link between addiction, criminal justice discussed with legislators

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Indiana Lawyer

1/2/2017

Olivia Covington

In Indianapolis, a person is more likely to die from a drug-related incident than a car crash. Chris Naylor, assistant executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, shared that statistic and other drug-related facts with the members of the Indiana House Courts and Criminal Code Committee at a meeting Wednesday. Representatives from the state’s […]

Legislative Update 1-13-17

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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 […]

Report: Indiana has 2nd most gun background checks

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Indy Star

01/05/2017

Joe Tamborello

Indiana ranks second for the most gun background checks per capita, according to a new report by security company GetSafe. Over a five-year span, only Kentucky finished ahead of Indiana for the amount of firearm background checks per 100,000 residents. Nearly 17 background checks were performed per 100,000 Hoosiers. That falls behind Kentucky’s 51. Background […]

Program having huge success with opiate crisis

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Channel 59 News

11/16/2016

We’re sharing a story of hope at a time when we hear too many devastating stories of opiate addiction in Indiana. Viewers have asked numerous times where they can get help for their addiction, so we spoke with Trinity Life Ministry and their huge success. For more information, watch this week’s segment of Angela Answers, sponsored by American […]

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

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POPAI Jobs Page

12/30/2016

Karen Oeding

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

Latest (Opioid) Treatment Shows Promise

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Kokomo Perspecitive

12/22/2016

Devin Zimmerman

There’s one more tool in Howard County’s bag of tricks to help combat the opiate crisis. For about three months now the Howard County Probation Department has been issuing referrals to some of its clients suffering from addiction to opiates and alcohol. With that, they may take a monthly shot that not only lessens the […]

Latest Edition of INDIANA COURT TIMES Now Available

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Indiana Supreme Court - Office of Communication, Education and Outreach

NOV/DEC 2016

Carter Named to Lead Indiana Department of Correction

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Tribune Star

12/19/2016

Lisa Trigg

Indiana’s prison system has a new leader who hails from Clay County. Rob Carter has been appointed commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction by Governor-elect Eric Holcomb. Carter, whose career has included two-terms as Clay County Sheriff and director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will take office on Jan. 9. “Rob has […]

Trump Justice Dept. could shift drug prosecution policies

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Indiana Lawyer

November 23, 2016

AP

An Obama administration Justice Department that emphasized the need to be “smart on crime” is being replaced with a Trump presidency that campaigned on being “tough on crime.” The difference between those two philosophies remains to be seen, but one area where the divide is likely to be felt most acutely is in the thousands […]

New Post: December Board Meeting Minutes

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State’s public defender system bashed

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South Bend Tribune

12/16/2016

Virginia Black

Two civil rights attorneys call for Indiana’s Supreme Court to oversee the state’s public defender system on the heels of a report that questions the “Indiana model” of hit-and-miss legal representation of poor people. Indianapolis lawyer Michael Sutherlin and Fort Wayne lawyer David Frank planned to file a “petition for rule-making” today. The petition asks […]

COA: Man’s sex-offender probation conditions ‘overly broad’

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The Indiana Lawyer.com

12/12/2016

Olivia Covington

Although a Boone County man waived his right to object to the delay of the imposition of the sex-offender conditions of his probation, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Monday that a handful of those convictions were erroneously imposed. In September 2008, Antonio Waters went to a bar with S.C., then returned to S.C.’s home, […]

New Sentencing Calculator Tool Available

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public.courts.IN.gov

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 […]

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

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Kaiser Health News and The Marshall Project

12/06/2016

Jay Hancock and Beth Schwartzapfel

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

Senator sets 5 year goal to combat drug epidemic

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Fox 59 News

12/06/2016

Aishe Hasnie

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – From heroin to prescription pain pills, Hoosiers are dying from drug overdoses at an alarming rate and now the Governor’s Drug Task Force report is out with steps to fight back. The Task Force spent a year researching the deadly epidemic and put together 17 recommendations to tackle enforcement, treatment, and prevention. […]

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

Technology Bridges Distances for a Reentry Program in Western Wisconsin

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CSG Justice Center

11/8/2016

Maureen Richey

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

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

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Government Technology

11/28/2016

Shusuke Murai, Japan Times, Tokyo

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

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 courts.in.gov/admin/3520.htm. The following is just some of […]

Judiciary addressing rising number of CHINS cases around state

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The Indiana Lawyer

11/21/2016

Olivia Covington

A sharp increase in the number of case filings involving children in need of services comes as the number of juvenile delinquencies across Indiana is decreasing, which Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush attributes to the state court system’s focus on increasing resources to juvenile courts and assigning appropriate punishments to juvenile offenders. In […]

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

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News and Tribune

11/17/2017

Elizabeth DePompei

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

Wayne County judge completes education program

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Pal-Item

11/16/2016

Mike Emery

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

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 […]

Prisons fight opioids with $1,000 injection: Does it work?

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CorrectionsOne.com

11/14/2016

Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer

U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released, but skeptics question its effectiveness and say the manufacturer has aggressively marketed an unproven drug to corrections officials. A single shot of Vivitrol, given in the buttocks, lasts for four weeks and eliminates the […]

JUSTICE DELAYED: Clark County courts most overworked in state

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News and Tribune

10/29/2016

Elizabeth DePompei

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

Southern Indiana jail makes changes after reality show

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Indiana Lawyer

November 14, 2016

A southern Indiana jail has made changes including additional officers and more resources for inmates after letting a cable television program film for four months inside its walls, a sheriff said. The Clark County Jail also has added two body scanners to better detect weapons, drugs and other contraband being smuggled into the jail, Sheriff […]

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. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

Domestic violence victims fight fear on road to independence

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Indy Star

11/10/16

Maureen Gilmer

Yin Walker couldn’t take the abuse any longer. The 42-year-old Indianapolis woman called The Julian Center, a shelter and resource center for domestic violence victims. She left her husband and moved into the facility, where she stayed for several months before moving into transitional housing. Today, she is one of nine women enrolled in a […]

Indy women accused in human trafficking case involving a teenager

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Indy Star

11/10/2016

Holly Hays

Three Indianapolis women were arrested and charged earlier this week in connection with a human trafficking investigation. Ciera Beauchamp, Brandi Beauchamp and Ashley Breedlove were charged Tuesday with one count of promotion of human trafficking of a minor and promoting prostitution, both felonies, according to court documents. Ciera was also charged with contributing to the […]

IU Researcher Awarded Funding to Evaluate Criminal Justice Program

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IU Bloomington News Room

10/11/2016

IU researcher awarded funding to evaluate criminal justice program: IU Bloomington Newsroom: Indiana University Bloomington   BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The U.S. Justice Department has awarded Indiana University criminal justice faculty member Natalie Hipple a $790,000 grant to evaluate the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program, a federal initiative that seeks to reduce crime and improve community […]

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 […]

Durlauf appointed as community corrections assistant director

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Dubois County Free Press

10/12/2016

Jim O'Neal WITZ News Director

The Community Corrections Advisory Board voted Tuesday afternoon to promote Megan Durlauf to Dubois County Community Corrections Assistant Director after she was recommended by a hiring committee and director William Wells. Wells called her “tremendously qualified” for the position and said they were lucky to have her in the department. Durlauf has been with Dubois County […]

COA: Mentally disabled man belongs in work release, not prison

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/31/2016

Olivia Covington

A Greene County man whose home detention was revoked in favor of imprisonment will now be sent to a work-release facility after the Indiana Court of Appeals found that the man’s financial situation and documented mental illnesses were  mitigating factors in his sentencing. In December 2014, Justin Johnson pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent […]

Ankle monitor leads to arrest of 6 in stolen vehicle case

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The Charlotte Observer

11/1/2016

Joe Marusak

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

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 […]