Category Archives: Articles

Case Clips: Knight v. State, 20A-CR-268, __ N.E.3d __ (Ind. Ct. App., Sep. 15, 2020)

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Indiana Office of Court Services

9/21/2020

Pyle, J.

James T. Knight (“Knight”)—who is a licensed Indiana attorney and who pled guilty to Class A misdemeanor battery in exchange for the dismissal of two felony criminal confinement charges, a felony domestic battery charge, and a misdemeanor domestic battery charge—appeals the trial court’s order amending the conditions of his probation pursuant to INDIANA CODE § […]

Olmsted County Community Corrections’ Approach to Probation

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Community Corrections has been on a journey to transform our practice of probation and parole. We interviewed parole officers as well as clients of Dodge/Fillmore/Olmstead (DFO) Community Corrections to get stories about their experiences. This short video (8 minutes) shows the impact Olmsted County is making. 

Alexis Stogdill, Probation Officer, Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department Recognized as an Outstanding Mental Health Provider by Mental Health America of Monroe County

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WBIW

9/24/2020

Alexis Stogdill, a Probation Officer in the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department will be recognized as an Outstanding Mental Health Provider by Mental Health America of Monroe County (BLOOMINGTON) – Mental Health America of Monroe County presents an online virtual event to recognize our Mental Health Champions and stand-out members of the community. The event […]

Building Resilience to Prepare for Tomorrow

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Indiana Court Times

9/14/2020

Paige Newland, Learning Consultant/Program Coordinator | Office of Court Services

An emergency like flood, fire, power outage, mold, active human threat—or, as we all now realize, a pandemic—can adversely impact the court system in ways we may not expect. Employee absence, loss of records, technology failure, or facility damage can greatly diminish the effectiveness of the court system and result in the delayed administration of […]

Drunk Driving: It All Begins with the Stop!

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Indiana Court Times

9/14/2020

The Honorable Earl G. Penrod, Senior Judge | Indiana Judicial Outreach Liaison, IOCS Education Division

Scenario: A police officer sees a vehicle pass by, but doesn’t see the driver. The officer doesn’t observe any traffic or improper driving violations, but runs the license plate and learns the registered owner has a suspended operator’s license. The officer stops the vehicle and immediately notices a strong odor of alcohol and multiple signs […]

Juvenile Justice Review Gets Underway

9/17/2020

The Children’s Commission’s preliminary review of Indiana’s juvenile justice system is set to begin with a task force meeting on September 30. Read the Announcement to Counties and Stakeholders (PDF file)

Thanking Brenda Rodeheffer

9/17/2020

After a 40-year accomplished legal career, General Counsel Brenda Rodeheffer is retiring from the Office of Judicial Administration on October 2. The Supreme Court and staff will thank Brenda for her service with a brief, remote ceremony. You are welcome to watch the live webcast at noon ET on September 22. Congratulations on a well-deserved […]

2020 Forward: Strategic Plan (Judicial Conference of Indiana)

Judicial Conference of Indiana

9/17/2020

The Judicial Conference of Indiana has published a new strategic plan to drive improvements to the state’s justice system. The 20-page blueprint urges reform in 7 key areas: access to justice, security, technology, clerk functions, court structure, judicial selection, and centralized funding. Learn more about the Strategic Planning Committee.

Centerstone receives $3.4 million grant to combat opioid crisis

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The Tribune

8/5/2020

Centerstone recently received a Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Center grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration worth $3.4 million over the next four years. Only one of two organizations nationwide to receive the federal grant, Centerstone plans to use the funds to establish the center, which will provide a full spectrum of treatment […]

Jessica Stall: POPAI Rookie of the Year 2020

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9/17/2020

The Rookie Probation Officer of the Year award was established in 2014 to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, have shown the attitude, aptitude, and desire to improve themselves and to develop into leaders among their peers. Judge Lance Hamner describes this year’s winner as a bright, enthusiastic and hard […]

Virtual Convening: The New Juvenile Probation: Lessons from the Frontlines

Virtual Convening: The New Juvenile Probation: Lessons from the Frontlines convening will examine cities and counties across the United States that have revolutionized their approach to juvenile probation. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2:00-3:30, ET, pm. It is sponsored by the Stoneleigh Foundation and the Columbia University Justice Lab. You can […]

POPAI Annual Business Meeting 2020

During the POPAI Annual Meeting on September 16, 2020: Board Members were elected President-Adam McQueen Secretary-Cherie Wood District 2-Heather Malone District 4-Mike Small District 6-Lindsey Villalpando District 8-Mignon Ware POPAI Job Opening announced: Conference Coordinator. Details including essential duties and responsibilities in a PDF document. Send cover letter and resume to Adam McQueen, POPAI President […]

NYPD Study: Implicit Bias Training Changes Minds, Not Necessarily Behavior

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NPR

09/10/2020

Martin Kaste

As U.S. law enforcement departments are accused of racist policing, one of the most common responses by the people in charge has been to have officers take “implicit bias” training. The training usually consists of a seminar in the psychological theory that unconscious stereotypes can lead people to make dangerous snap judgments. For instance, unconscious […]

Reminder: Please attend the POPAI Annual Business Meeting via Zoom

9/10/2020

POPAI Board

POPAI will hold its annual business meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.  All members are encouraged to log on to the meeting to learn about the status of the Association and vote on proposed bylaw changes posted here. We’ll also be conducting some random drawings to give away several […]

FREE Webinar with Mark Carey and Susan Burke: Using cognitive tools with youth under community supervision.

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The Carey Group

Join The Carey Group Wednesday,  September 30, 2020, from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm ET for a free webinar series on the use of cognitive tools to improve the success of those on supervision. These webinars will feature national colleagues who have reengineered their policies, practices, and organizational culture to incorporate the use of cognitive tools […]

New federal data: fewer kids in US foster care system

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Wane.com

8/24/2020

The Associated Press

The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has dropped for a second year in a row. That’s according to new federal data which also show that a record number of children in the child welfare system were able to find adoptive homes in 2019. The annual report from the Department of Health […]

Work for POPAI: Conference and Recruitment Coordinator and Membership Coordinator

The POPAI Board is seeking letters of intent and resumes from qualified individuals for two jobs at POPAI. The POPAI Conference and Recruitment Coordinator is responsible for planning, scheduling, coordinating, and implementing training, conferences, and educational opportunities for POPAI. Additionally, this position is responsible for recruiting new probation officer, associate, and corporate members. Download a […]

House will vote on removing cannabis from controlled substances list

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Fox 8

8/29/2020

In September, the House will vote on removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act as well as erasing some marijuana criminal records, The Hill reports. The bill would not legalize cannabis. That choice would still be left up to states. Even though the vote will not legalize the drug, it will still be a historic […]

Indiana Judge Killed In Plane Crash Remembered By Colleagues

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Indiana Public Media

08/30/2020

Associated Press

An Indiana judge killed in a small plane crash in southeastern Illinois was being remembered Sunday by fellow judges as a problem-solver who helped defendants start new lives. The plane crashed Saturday in southeastern Illinois, killed the pilot, Ryan Johanningsmeier, authorities said. He had been a judge in Indiana’s Knox County since 2015. “His tragic death leaves […]

Two Local Men Helping Addicts Take Steps Toward Recovery

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Times Union Online

8/7/2020

David Slone,

AUBURN – Two men from Kosciusko County, who have battled their own drug addictions, are part of a first-for-northeast Indiana detox treatment center in Auburn. Mickey Ashpole, a Wawasee High School graduate, is the co-founder and executive director of Allendale Treatment. Tommy Streeter, a Warsaw Community High School graduate, is the community outreach coordinator with […]

Young adults’ risks from first-time opioid prescriptions may not be as high as previously thought

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Indiana University Bloomington

8/11/2020

Young adults and adolescents who are prescribed opioids for the first time may be at a slightly greater risk of developing a substance-related problem later in life, according to a new study co-authored by Indiana University researchers. However, the risk may not be as high as previously thought. The study was published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics and […]

Taking up the Torch: Amy Karozos assumes new role as State Public Defender

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Indiana Court Times

5/4/2020

David Sexton

In December 2019, Stephen Owens retired from the position of State Public Defender, after serving for eight years as leader of the office. His full career in the State Public Defender’s Office lasted for over 33 years. The State Public Defender’s Office is a judicial branch agency. The Public Defender is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of […]

Gaps in Reporting Human Trafficking Incidents Result in Significant Undercounting

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National Institute of Justice

8/4/2020

Deficient data on the incidence of human trafficking offenses reflect pervasive issues with incident identification and reporting, a study combining stakeholder interviews and data analysis shows. Crime statistics on human trafficking are only as solid as the crime data informing them. Recent NIJ-supported research reveals that labor and sex trafficking data appearing in the FBI’s […]

United Way Lands $1M Grant to Fight Substance Abuse

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Inside Indiana Business

8/17/2020

Alex Brown

TERRE HAUTE – The United Way of the Wabash Valley has received a three-year $1 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The nonprofit says the funding will be used to expand service delivery for substance use and opioid use disorders in rural areas of Sullivan, Parke and Vermillion counties. The United […]

Holcomb Announces Expanded Peer Recovery Options For Hoosiers

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Eagle Country Online

8/7/2020

Gov. Eric Holcomb, press release

This expansion will add access to trained peer support recovery professionals throughout the Hoosier state. (Indianapolis, Ind.) – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced a partnership between the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction and Mental Health America of Indiana to expand access to trained peer support recovery professionals through the Indiana Recovery Network. […]

At-Risk Youth in Schools: A Wraparound Delinquency Prevention Program Produces Disappointing Results

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National Institute of Justice

9/10/2020

A rigorous evaluation of a well-grounded pilot program to boost the school performance and behavior of at-risk youth and improve safety in Palm Beach, Florida, schools revealed few positive or negative effects. NIJ sponsored the research. On paper, a “wraparound” approach to managing student delinquency while improving school safety makes perfect sense. The idea is […]

Civil rights activists, advocates and trailblazers among influential Indiana Women of the Century

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USA Today

8/15/2020

Roberta Heiman

Albion Fellows Bacon In 1909, it would be another 11 years before women gained the right to vote in Indiana. But Albion Fellows Bacon was waiting for the ballot. Her two daughters had contracted scarlet fever that was spreading from Evansville’s overcrowded and dilapidated tenements. Bacon began campaigning for housing reforms and other changes, and […]

COVID-19 means long stretch of stormy weather for people with alcohol and substance use disorders

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

7/14/2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment that is particularly problematic for individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders (ASUD), according to physician scientists at the National Institutes of Health.  In a commentary now online in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the researchers liken the global coronavirus emergency to a “perfect storm,” with dire […]

New Underage Drinking Trend

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ABC 8 Good Morning Texas

8/7/2020

Rickayla Mitchell



This Year, Give Back: Mentor Someone

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Forbes

12/29/2019

Jon Younger

My writing on the freelance revolution usually starts with a story about an interesting startup, a challenge facing freelancers, or a skill set that characterizes highly successful independent professionals. But, in this last piece of the year, I’m taking liberties by recommending that your 2020 agenda include at least one new responsibility. Mentor someone. Would it […]

More Work to Do: Analysis of Probation and Parole in the United States, 2017-2018

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Columbia Justice Lab

8/13/2020

Kendra Bradner

This research brief offers an initial analysis of newly-released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), which report on the number of people under probation and parole supervision in 2017 and 2018. This brief seeks to put the data into the context of historical and international community supervision trends and to examine supervision rates […]

POPAI to Hold Annual Business Meeting via Zoom

POPAI

08/12/2020

POPAI Board

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! POPAI will hold its annual business meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.  All members are encouraged to log on to the meeting to learn about the status of the Association and vote on proposed bylaw changes posted here. We’ll also be conducting some random drawings to […]

U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During Pandemic

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NPR

08/13/2020

Brian Mann

New data from around the U.S. confirms that drug overdoses are spiking during the coronavirus pandemic, rising by roughly 18%. Reports collected in real time by the Washington, D.C.-based group ODMAP — the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, located at the University of Baltimore — also found a significant spike in the number of fatal […]

Indiana Black Caucus Unveils Expansive Justice Reform Plan

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Indiana Public Media

08/13/2020

Brandon Smith

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus unveiled an expansive justice reform plan Thursday that reimagines policing across the state. The caucus hopes to advance the agenda in the next legislative session. It’s divided into five pillars: save lives, hold accountable, empower communities, change culture and improve transparency. There are more than three dozen proposed actions, including […]

More Work to Do: Analysis of Probation and Parole in the United States, 2017-2018

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Columbia Justice Lab

08/13/2020

Kendra Bradner, Vincent Schiraldi, Natasha Mejia, and Evangeline Lopoo

This research brief offers an initial analysis of newly-released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), which report on the number of people under probation and parole supervision in 2017 and 2018. This brief seeks to put the data into the context of historical and international community supervision trends and to examine supervision rates through a […]

Studies show initial success in state pretrial release assessments

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The Indiana Lawyer

08/05/2020

Olivia Covington

With the implementation of Criminal Rule 26 in January, courts across Indiana have been required to begin using evidence-based practices to make pretrial release decisions. But do those practices actually improve the criminal justice system? Up to this point, there’s been little evidence to determine whether pretrial risk assessment tools are effective. But a recent […]

Virtual Training: Rethinking Community Supervision, Sept. 16 and 17

POPAI is offering a virtual training opportunity in an attempt to assist everyone in obtaining EBP specific training hours this year. Dr. Brian Lovins, Principal at Justice System Partners, will be presenting his workshop Rethinking Community Supervision:  Moving from a Referee to a Coach Model on Wednesday, September 16th and Thursday, September 17th  from 9:00 […]

APPA Virtual Training Institute: Free for over 20 POPAI Members

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08/05/2020

POPAI

As an affiliate member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), POPAI is excited to announce that we are sponsoring over 20 of our members to attend APPA’s Virtual Training Institute for FREE!!! APPA’s 45th Annual Training Institute will be held virtually starting Monday, August 24th through August 28th.  Here’s a link for more […]

Tools to Support Remote Client Contact for Community Corrections – Part Two

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APPA Connect

8/3/2020

Michael Delaney

New norms are being established in community corrections amid the rapid changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many agencies have balanced their public safety mandates with the emerging public health threat by decreasing in-person officer-client interactions. Tele-supervision, as we have dubbed it, is the technology-enabled contact between staff and clients, whether during a sustained period […]

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson dies

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News and Tribune

8/1/2020

Aprile Rickert

FLOYD COUNTY — Longtime Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson has died, his office confirmed Saturday. Henderson, who served nearly two decades as prosecutor following an eight-year career as an Indiana State Trooper, died peacefully at his home Friday, according to a news release from Floyd County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Chris Lane. Henderson was surrounded by […]

POPAI 2020 Board Election Slate

The following candidates have been slated for the 2020 POPAI General Election with no contested positions. Adam McQueen, President Cherie Wood, Secretary Heather Malone, District 2 Representative Mike Small, District 4 Representative Lindsey Villalpando District 6 Representative Mignon Ware District 8 Representative

Last Chance to nominate for the 2020 Founder’s, Rookie Probation Officer, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

Time is running out. Nominations are being accepted until August 17, 2020. Learn more and download forms

Tools to Support Remote Client Contact for Community Corrections – Part One

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APPA Connect

6/4/2020

Michael Delaney

Practically overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced community corrections agencies to fundamentally change their supervision practices to adapt to remote supervision. With the need to adapt swiftly, agencies’ leadership teams have not had the benefit of the methodical process that usually accompanies significant shifts in operations. As a result, we don’t have all the answers […]

Food Stamp Use Could Skyrocket With Loss of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

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Route Fifty

7/28/2020

Andrea Noble

Even with the expanded benefits for out-of-work people, millions of families had to sign up for food stamps during the early months of the pandemic. Now even more people are expected to need the assistance. More than 6 million people began receiving food stamps during the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic—a number experts say is […]

Becoming Tele-Ready | Tele-Work in Ramsey County

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APPA Connect

7/26/2020

Jason Mereness

The day was March 16, 2020, in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. The event was the COVID-19 global pandemic. The task was instantly transforming our department’s probation supervision practices from traditional to almost exclusively remote. This task, while challenging, was not unique to us in Ramsey County Community Corrections. We hope you will find this […]

Facebook messages in police sting weren’t wrongly admitted in man’s jury trial

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The Indiana Lawyer

7/30/2020

Katie Stancombe

Facebook messages exchanged between a man wanted on warrant and a fake profile created by police were not wrongly admitted during his jury trial, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in a Thursday decision. When Lafayette police learned that Michael Parker was wanted on a warrant from another jurisdiction and that he was possibly in […]

Pandemic Preparedness and Response among Community Supervision Agencies: The Importance of Partnerships for Future Planning

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Abt Associates via APPA Website

7/10/2020

Abt Associates Holly Swan, PhD, Walter Campbell, PhD

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the United States (U.S.) justice system—from policing to reentry— has been profound (Chapman, Irazola, and Swan, 2020). Appropriately, much of the focus in media and scholarly outlets has been on the impact of the pandemic on prisons and incarcerated populations (Akiyama, et al., 2020; Busanksy, 2020; Burki, 2020; […]

JQC issues guidance on judges participating in marches, social issue events

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The Indiana Lawyer

7/20/20

Indiana judicial officers who want to participate in public events aimed at addressing social issues are allowed to do so, as long as they can in a manner that doesn’t impinge upon the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, a new advisory opinion from the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications says. The JQC issued Advisory […]

Pretrial Risk Assessment in Practice: Lessons and Research from Indiana

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Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

7/21/2020

Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Over 300 individuals registered for the NIJ webinar: Pretrial Risk Assessment in Practice Lessons & Research from Indiana on July 15th, 2020 to learn about implementation of the Indiana Risk Assessment System – Pretrial Assessment Tool (IRAS-PAT) in Indiana. This webinar is now publicly available on YouTube and can be found here:

Web Exclusive: Legal clinic offers education series through Facebook

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The Indiana Lawyer

7/22/2020

Katie Stancombe

  When in-person legal education events became virtually impossible during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic chose to go virtual. The clinic, out of necessity, decided to implement a new way of reaching the communities it serves through a social media platform that has recently taken off, Facebook Watch. “The concept of […]

2020 Knepple Scholarship Award Winner Patrick Hillenburg

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

Families of Prisoners Sue Over High Cost of Phone Calls

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Route Fifty

7/6/2020

Emma Coleman

The lawsuit alleges three private companies that provide telecom services in prisons lied to state and local governments about the cost of doing business. A new lawsuit filed in federal district court is taking aim at the high cost of making phone calls from prison. Families of incarcerated people are calling the prices charged for […]

Indiana Left It To County Courts To Release Prisoners During The COVID Crisis. Most Of Them Haven’t.

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Indiana Public Media

07/14/2020

Jake Harper

Public health experts and advocates have worried about correctional facilities since the beginning of the pandemic. In such close quarters, social distancing is difficult or impossible, and a coronavirus outbreak poses risks to inmates, staff and the surrounding communities. To mitigate those risks, some governors — including those in Indiana’s neighboring states — took steps to reduce […]

San Francisco Lawmaker Introduces ‘CAREN Act’ to Stop Racially-Biased 911 Calls

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Route Fifty

7/8/2020

Emma Coleman

The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act would create penalties for those who make false emergency reports. On Memorial Day in New York City, a white woman named Amy Cooper called the police on a Black birdwatcher, Christian Cooper (the two are not related), and falsely reported that he was threatening her. A video of the […]

Many Public Defenders Getting Compensated Less Than Minimum Wage

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Indiana Public Media

077/13/2020

Brandon Smith

Many attorneys doing public defender work do so under contract with counties – meaning they get paid a flat amount, regardless of the number of hours they work. And that’s the primary method of public defense in about a third of Indiana. (WFIU/WTIU News file) Many lawyers in Indiana doing public defender work earn less than […]

Nominations are now being accepted for 2020 Founder’s, Rookie Probation Officer, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

Nominations are being accepted until August 17, 2020 for three awards traditionally presented during our Annual Meeting. 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 […]

POPAI Board Submits Proposed Bylaw Changes

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7/8/2020

POPAI Board

According to the POPAI Bylaws, Article XIV AMENDMENTS These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by the membership if a quorum is present at any regular or special meeting. Any proposed alteration to the bylaws shall be submitted to the President of the Executive Board at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual […]

Justices grant expungement petition that led to change in law

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The Indiana Lawyer

06/24/2020

David Stafford

Confusion over prolonged expungement wait times that Indiana’s longest-serving judge called “unjust” was settled Wednesday when the Indiana Supreme Court declared a new law that eliminated the confusion applies retroactively. In a 4-1 ruling, the Indiana Supreme Court ordered the Elkhart Superior Court to grant the expungement that Naveed Gulzar has sought beginning in 2018. […]

Funding the Fight Against Opioids: How Naloxone distribution benefits struggling Hoosiers

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My Wabash Valley

7/9/2020

Nicole Krasean

 TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The pandemic has taken a toll on day-to-day life for most people, including those in the recovery community. From the loss of in-person recovery meetings, to unemployment and furloughs, to a general sense of disconnect, recovering addicts are faced with several COVID-19 related hurdles as they navigate through the […]

Wearing a mask is not about fear’: Retailer group urges governors to require everyone to wear a mask

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USA Today

7/7/2020

Kelly Tyko

As viral videos of shoppers’ tirades and confrontations over being asked to wear face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic erupt, major retailers are urging governors to make it a requirement for everyone to wear a mask. The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Walgreens, Home Depot and other major chains, says different local mandates across […]

‘Dramatic’ Reforms to Pretrial Practice Triggered by Pandemic: Survey

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The Crime Report

07/02/2020

Michael Gelb

There have been transformative changes in pretrial practices nationwide in the era of the coronavirus, according to a new, unpublished survey of several pretrial services agencies. “You saw a lot of criminal justice stakeholders getting together on how best to handle this [the pandemic],” said Jim Sawyer, executive director of the National Association of Pretrial Services […]

JDAI Promotes Placement Of The Right Kids, In The Right Places, For The Right Reasons, For The Right Amount Of Time

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WBIW.com

7/7/2020

(BEDFORD) – The Lawrence County Commissioners gave their approval for Lawrence County to be a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) county. Juvenile Referee Anah Hewetson Gouty told the commissioners Tuesday morning that the county has received a grant for around $50,000 to participate in the initiative. “The increased and unnecessary use of secure detention exposes […]

New Laws Take Effect July 1

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Indiana Public Media

06/30/2020

Lauren Chapman

The 2020 legislative session ended in March – but many of the major education and health care measures passed by the state legislature go into effect on Wednesday. Hands-Free Driving Hoosiers can no longer use their cell phones while driving unless they’re hands-free, starting Wednesday. Indiana Department of Transportation spokesperson Scott Manning said drivers can […]

State Courts Work Toward An Awkward Reopening

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Indiana Public Media

06/29/2020

Rebecca Green

The image of 12 people packed shoulder-to-shoulder in a jury box is a powerful one. Enshrined in the Constitution, and in countless hours on television. But now? Court officials around the country are weighing their options while dealing with the looming threat of COVID-19. In Indiana, jury trials are scheduled to resume on July 1, and […]

Does Reducing Supervision for Low-risk Probationers Jeopardize Community Safety?

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United States Courts

6/2020

Haci Duru, Lori Brusman Lovins, Brian Lovins

The authors examine the relationship between supervision intensity and probation outcomes (i.e., increase in supervision level and rearrest) among low-risk individuals. Results show that individuals placed on the low-risk caseload were less likely to have probation revoked than low-risk probationers placed on regular caseloads. There was no significant relationship between low-intensity supervision and rearrest. Download […]

Board votes to transition in-patient jail addiction program

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News and Tribune

6/24/2020

Aprile Rickert

CLARK COUNTY — A Clark County board voted Tuesday to modify an in-patient addiction program for inmates to an outpatient-only program — a change some say is needed to protect against COVID-19 and others say will dampen the program’s effects. The Clark County Community Corrections board — which has representatives from multiple county departments and […]

Tools for Addictions Crisis

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The National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF)

The National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF) has created excellent tools to assist courts in addressing the addictions crisis. Many of these tools are “deliverables” or “bench-cards” for a judge to quickly reference, e.g. a Substance Use Disorder Dictionary for State Courts and a guide to treating pregnant women with opioid use disorder. The NJOTF’s […]

APPA’s 45th Annual Training Institute – Value and Vision: A Virtual Experience

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APPA Website

Registration is open for APPA’s 45th Annual Training Institute – Value and Vision: A Virtual Experience Date(s): August 24 — 28, 2020 Venue: Virtual Website: coming soon! student rate: $99 early, non-member rate: $230 late, non-member rate: $290 early bird discount available through 7/30/20. APPA Individual Member discount available, just sign-in. APPA Agency Member discount […]

Saying goodbye: Baker to retire after more than 40 years as a judge

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/24/2020

Olivia Covington

It wasn’t quite the retirement he expected. With COVID-19 forcing most of the population to work from home, Court of Appeals Judge John Baker quietly visited the Indiana Statehouse in early June to pack up his chambers. He’s been working from his Bloomington home, and even though he won’t officially retire until July 31, he […]

Coronavirus Relief Helping to Keep Down Poverty Rate—For Now, Research Finds

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Route Fifty

6/23/2020

Bill Lucia

A new report says the CARES Act has offered an important boost to low-income families. But aid will dry up as the year goes on. Cash payments and the expanded unemployment benefits many Americans qualify for under the coronavirus relief package that Congress passed this spring will help to prevent a sharp rise in poverty […]

August Training: The Midwest Gang Investigators Association, Indiana Chapter 2020 State Training Event

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MGIA Indiana Chapter 2020 State Training August 18 & 19, 2020 Hosted by Indiana Chapter of MGIA Location Embassy Suites by Hilton South Bend at Notre Dame 1140 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend, Indiana 46617 16 hours of ILEA Certified Training Lunch is on your own. Refreshments will be on-site. Training Schedule Registration: Starts at […]

Calls Grow for Amazon to End Ring Partnerships with Police Departments

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Route Fifty

6/23/2020

Emma Coleman

Footage captured on Ring, the video doorbell sold by Amazon, is available to over one thousand law enforcement agencies nationwide. Ring, the “smart” video doorbell owned by Amazon, is no stranger to controversy. Since it began partnering with police departments in 2018, critics have decried Ring as helping create a “surveillance state” in cities where […]

Pretrial Risk Assessment in Practice: Lessons and Research from Indiana

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Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

06/22/2020

School of Social Work - Wayne State University

Pretrial Risk Assessment in Practice: Lessons and Research from Indiana Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 12:00 – 1:15 pm Since 2016, researchers with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) have been studying the implementation of the Indiana Risk Assessment System – Pretrial Assessment Tool (IRAS-PAT) in Indiana. This research team has expanded and evolved to include Dr. Eric […]

Marion County Courts begin reopening in-person proceedings

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/15/20

IL Staff

Indianapolis courts are beginning to reopen to in-person proceedings this week, though social distancing and other public-safety measures remain in effect at the downtown City-County Building.

Lake County judges join call to reaffirm principles of justice, equality

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/16/2020

The presiding judges of the Lake Circuit and Superior Courts have issued a statement against racism and in support of due process and equal protection. The joint statement issued Friday was signed by Lake Circuit Judge Marissa McDermott and Lake Superior Chief Judge John Sedia and echoes Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush’s June 5 Statement on Race and […]

3-year sentence affirmed for woman who drove after lifetime ban

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/17/2020

Katie Stancombe

A woman who was found driving in violation of the lifetime forfeiture of her driver’s license could not convince the Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday that her sentence was inappropriate. After being pulled over for improperly changing lanes, Alicia Prince was charged and ultimately convicted of Level 5 felony operating a motor vehicle after […]

Supreme Court for now stays out of police immunity debate

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/15/2020

The Supreme Court of the United States is for now declining to get involved in an ongoing debate by citizens and in Congress over policing, rejecting cases Monday that would have allowed the justices to revisit when police can be held financially responsible for wrongdoing. With protests over racism and police brutality continuing nationwide, the […]

Why you might want to think twice about smoking weed during COVID-19 outbreak

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WISH TV

6/11/2020

Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An innocent inhale? The occasional puff? If you’re smoking weed these days to ease COVID-19 anxiety, you might want to reconsider. Smoking marijuana, infrequently as it may be, puts a person at greater risk of severe coronavirus complications. The negative side effects the psychotropic drug has on the lungs has been studied intensively for […]

Reminder: Letter of Intent for POPAI Election due Sunday July 12, 2020

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If you want to run for the POPAI Board in one of the following positions: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 please return the Intent to Run Form (docx) to Michael by Sunday July 12, 2020 (postmarked, emailed, or faxed).

POPAI Fall Conference News

Memo from Adam McQueen, President of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana, The widespread disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced Probation Departments across the State of Indiana to make compromises and sacrifices in order to protect the health of their staff members, as well as the general public. While the State has […]

Resources to Help Assist in the Supervision of High Risk Impaired Drivers in a Time of Pandemic

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APPA, IDA Resources

6/5/2020

As we all grapple with the incredible stressors brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic, high-risk impaired drivers, the population most likely to be dealing with alcohol/substance use and addiction, can be particularly impacted. With social distancing comes isolation and increased challenges in getting to support groups and treatment, as well as the desire to drink […]

Remembering Judge Michael Barnes: “A public servant’s public servant

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The Indiana Lawyer

06/10/2020

Marilyn Odendahl

  When Judge Michael Barnes arrived in Indianapolis to begin his tenure on the Indiana Court of Appeals in 2000, he was one of several state public servants hailing from South Bend. The group, which included then-Lt. Gov. Joe Kernan, was dubbed the South Bend Crew by Judge Nancy Vaidik, who had joined the appellate […]

‘A Parade, Not A Protest’: An Interview With Sheriff Who Took Off Riot Gear, Walked with Protesters

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Route Fifty

6/4/2020

Kate Elizabeth Queram

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson won attention for marching in solidarity with protesters in Flint Township, Michigan. He says he knows it will take more efforts to really improve many people’s perceptions of law enforcement. On May 30, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson and a handful of law enforcement officers reported to a Target parking lot in […]

APPA Statement on the Death of George Floyd

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APPA

6/4/2020

APPA

June 4, 2020 The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is stunned and saddened by the circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd. We strongly condemn the actions of the officers involved and call for all pretrial, probation, and parole agencies to join us in stating that this type of behavior is reprehensible and must […]

Indiana Court Times Spring 2020 Electronic Version

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Indiana Court Times

May 4 2020 interview with Chief Justice Rush: Dear Readers, Like all of you, we had plans for March, April, and May that were quickly cast aside. Our focus instead has been COVID-19. Our communication office turned its full attention to the growing public health emergency, and we put a number of projects on hold—including […]

Rush on race, equity: ‘We can and must do better’

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/5/2020

Citing failures of courts and justice systems to address racial inequities, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush on Friday issued a statement promising change as protests over the death of George Floyd continued in streets in the Hoosier state and across the nation. Rush issued a Statement on Race and Equity that begins, “The gravity of […]

New Resource: Considerations in Resuming Community Supervision Operations May 29, 2020

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A new link has been added to POPAI’s COVID-19 Resources Page:  Considerations in Resuming Community Supervision Operations May 29, 2020

In Loving Memory of Stanley W. DeKemper

Mental Health America of Indiana

6/3/2020

Stanley DeKemper: February 24, 1948 to June 3, 2020 Vice President for Education, Training & Credentialing;  Executive Director, ICAADA It is with great sadness that I must convey Stan DeKemper’s passing yesterday. This is a tremendous loss to our field, our community–and to me, as I considered Stan a close and trusted friend. As I have reflect […]

Law enforcement helps out with summer reading program

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The Republic

5/20/2020

Law enforcement officers from the Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department have teamed up with JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative) and Viewpoint Books to assist with a summer reading program. Beginning today, students and their families who have received books from JDAI will be able to go online and read along with law […]

Free APPA Webinar Recording: Community Corrections Virtual Roundtable II: As the COVID-19 Dust Settles: Agency Efforts to Recover

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New attorneys get help navigating COVID-19 in ISBA program

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/26/2020

An Indiana State Bar Association online program geared toward newly admitted attorneys is hoping to prepare and equip new lawyers on how to begin their legal careers in the midst of uncertain times posed by COVID-19. New lawyers are encouraged to learn about navigating the challenges of beginning a legal career during a pandemic and […]

A gift in tough times: Juvenile probation departments deliver for young clients, families

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The Indiana Lawyer

05/27/2020

Marilyn Odendahl

Chief probation officer Christine Kerl and her team from the juvenile division of the Marion Superior Court Probation Department fanned out to Dollar Tree stores across Indianapolis earlier this spring and loaded their carts with items for families to enjoy together during these trying and tiring times. The probation officers bought boxes of spaghetti, jars […]

The Indiana JDAI Implicit Bias Training Institute: Building Capacity for an Equitable Youth Justice System

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Indiana Court Times

05/04/2020

Nancy Wever and Tashi Teuschler

The Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Implicit Bias Training Institute is a four-part, capacity-building workshop to strengthen one’s understanding of implicit bias and how biases impact our daily decisions. The rigorous curriculum equips participants with skills and content to conduct implicit bias training and tools to complete equity impact assessments on policies. According to the Kirwin Institute […]

How to Build a Great Relationship with a Mentor

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Harvard Business Review

1/21/2020

Mark Horoszowski

(Editor’s Note: See POPAI’s Mentorship Program for Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and Probation Supervisors.) The research on the power of mentorship is pretty clear: People with mentors perform better, advance in their careers faster, and even experience more work-life satisfaction. And mentors benefit, too. After all, “to teach is to learn twice.” Despite all these benefits, and even though 76% of […]

Indiana to use nearly $1M federal grant to deliver Narcan

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Associated Press

5/18/2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will use nearly $1 million in federal funds to pay for the distribution of the opioid reversal drug naloxone to reach Hoosiers who are at risk of overdose, officials said Monday.

Judges prefer Zoom for remote court hearings, survey says

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/20/2020

Judges side with Zoom as their top choice of platforms for remote court hearings during the COVID-19 crisis, a National Judicial College survey found. An unscientific poll received more than 700 responses from jurists nationwide, 48% of whom said Zoom is their go-to platform for remote video court proceedings. The WebEx platform was a distant second […]

The State of the Child

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Indiana Court Times

5/4/2020

Julie L. Whitman, MSW, Executive Director | Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana

  The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana hosted the Indiana Youth Institute’s “State of the Child” presentation at the State House on February 25. The State of the Child has become an annual event to launch the most recent version of the Indiana KIDS COUNT Data Book. Every year IYI publishes this compilation of the […]

The Small-Business Die-Off Is Here

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Route Fifty

5/4/2020

Annie Lowrey,The Atlantic

COMMENTARY | Many small businesses won’t survive, and that will change the landscape of American commerce for years to come. Outside of Boston, a marketing company is struggling to figure out how to cover its bills. In Indiana, a dance studio is waiting on three emergency-loan applications. In Baltimore, a deli is closed and desperate […]

3-2 Supreme Court reverses, finds covered bridge arsonist insane

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/19/2020

Katie Stancombe

A man who confessed to burning down two Indiana covered bridges has had his guilty but mentally ill verdict reversed by a divided Indiana Supreme Court. The 3-2 majority cited unanimous expert opinion that the defendant is legally insane in overturning a jury’s conclusion. In 2005, Jesse Payne was charged with two counts of arson […]

The Midwest Gang Investigators Association, Indiana Chapter 2020 State Training Event

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MGIA Indiana Chapter 2020 State Training August 18 & 19, 2020 Hosted by Indiana Chapter of MGIA Location Embassy Suites by Hilton South Bend at Notre Dame 1140 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend, Indiana 46617 16 hours of ILEA Certified Training Lunch is on your own. Refreshments will be on-site. Training Schedule Registration: Starts at […]

In Some States that Are Reopening, Workers Face an Ultimatum: Go Back to Work or Lose Unemployment

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Route Fifty

5/4/2020

Emma Coleman

Leaders in at least a handful of states have made clear there will be limits on who can claim unemployment and general worker concerns about safety likely won’t pass muster. As some states begin to reopen their economies beyond just essential businesses, many workers remain leery about the prospect of returning to work due to warnings from […]

Guidelines for resuming operations of the trial courts and Order extending time for expanding trial court operations: 2 new documents from the Indiana Supreme Court

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The Indiana Supreme Court, in concert with other state officials, is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and has responded with guidance for state and local courts. This page is updated daily with information about how courts are continuing operations while maintaining safe practices and complying with the Governor’s executive orders issued March 23. Latest Updates […]

Indiana Dept. of Correction Trains Deployed National Guard as Facility Force Multipliers

New Castle, Ind. – Like so many other employers across Indiana, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) has been impacted by members of the workforce contracting the COVID-19 virus.  While other businesses may be able to operate with a reduction in their workforce, the unique duties performed by correctional staff must continue with proper staffing levels.  […]

High court further expands video, phone proceedings during COVID-19

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/14/2020

Katie Stancombe

Indiana Supreme Court justices have permitted the expansion of remote proceedings until further order amid the coronavirus public-health emergency. “Pursuant to Indiana Administrative Rule 17 and this Court’s inherent authority to supervise the administration of all courts of this state, the Court finds that the trial courts’ efficient and effective operation to hold timely hearings […]

Join the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic – IDOC Call for Mask Supplies

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Carlisle, Ind. – Several facilities in the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) have joined in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by making fabric masks for both inside the facilities and in the community. However, facilities are starting to run out of the needed supplies to continue the production of masks. That’s where you come […]

POPAI 2020 Election: Call for Letter of Intent

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We are now accepting Intent to Run Forms from POPAI Members ready to serve on the Board. Up for election in 2020: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 Intent to Run Form (docx) The Intent to Run form must be sent to Michael by Sunday July 12, 2020 (postmarked, emailed, or […]

Policy Reforms Can Strengthen Community Supervision

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Pew

4/23/2020

A framework to improve probation and parole Overview Since 1980, the nation’s community supervision population has ballooned by almost 240 percent. As of 2016, 1 in 55 U.S. adults (nearly 4.5 million people) are on probation or parole, more than twice the number incarcerated in state and federal prisons and local jails. Historically, probation and […]

Amid Pandemic, A Call to Rebalance State and Local Power

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Route Fifty

5/4/2020

Bill Lucia

As flare ups between states and localities over the coronavirus response get attention, one scholar says it may be a good time to reexamine the relationship between the two levels of government. Whether it’s plastic bag bans, minimum wage hikes, paid sick leave or a host of other issues, localities around the U.S. in recent […]

Ordering PPE from DOC, Free Psychological First Aid training class added to COVID-19 page

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Karen Oeding, Website Administrator

I’ve added two resources to the COVID-19 page. The new operations resource is a PDF document to help you order PPE from the DOC: PPE Supplies from IDOC (PDF document includes products and ordering information) Aspire Indiana is offering a free Psychological First Aid Course. “The Psychological Footprint of COVID19 will last longer and have […]

Don’t Forget the Other Pandemic Killing Thousands of Americans

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Daily Beast

5/4/2020

Kate Briquelet

(The article is free as part of The Daily Beast Coronavirus coverage) Authorities nationwide are reporting an uptick in fatal opioid overdoses during social distancing. Lynn sat in the parking lot of her opioid treatment clinic in Columbus, Ohio, for hours on a recent Tuesday. Like in other parts of the country, the coronavirus pandemic […]

Holcomb to ease stay-at-home restrictions starting Monday

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/1/2020

Indianapolis Business Journal Staff and Lindsey Erdody

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said he will ease social distancing restrictions in all but three counties starting Monday. In a new executive order released Friday that goes into effect Monday and lasts through May 23, retailers — including malls — will be allowed to open at 50% capacity; manufacturers not currently operating will be permitted […]

After her husband died from coronavirus, she found an emotional goodbye note on his phone

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CNN

4/25/2020

Alisha Ebrahimji

Interview with Anderson Cooper “I love you guys with all my heart and you’ve given me the best life I could have ever asked for.” That’s the beginning of a goodbye note one woman found on her husband’s phone after he died from coronavirus this week. Jonathan Coelho, [probation officer] 32, passed away on April […]

Ohio County Prosecutor: Pandemic Puts More Stress On Families Dealing With Addiction

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NPR

04/29/2020

Rachel Martin & Heidi Glenn

Vinton County, Ohio, has been on the front lines of the opioid crisis in the U.S. for several years. The drugs may have changed over the years — from opioids to meth — but the devastating effects on families have not. And even though the county hasn’t had high infection rates of the coronavirus, the necessary […]

In Monroe County, probation officers want juveniles to know they care

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The Indy Channel RTV6

4/16/2020

Tom Maccabe

So, special “care packs” are being sent. BLOOMINGTON — At the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Office, Juvenile Division, there is no “business as usual” these days. Chief Probation Officer Linda Brady says virtual and telephone appointments have replaced face-to-face connections between probation officers and the juveniles they are assigned to. Because of that, Brady says […]

Katie Messmann Named JDAI Coordinator For Lawrence County

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WBIW

4/14/2020

(BEDFORD) – In early February 2020 Justice Steven H. David of the Indiana Supreme Court, Chair of the Executive Committee for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), sent a letter to Indiana judges seeking interest and commitment to the JDAI initiative. Lawrence County Juvenile Referee, Anah Hewetson Gouty, submitted a Statement of Interest for Lawrence […]

Judges shooting defendant moves to unseal evidence, including surveillance video

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/21/20

Dave Stafford

The man accused of shooting two Indiana judges in a May 1 morning melee in a downtown Indianapolis White Castle parking lot is asking a judge to unseal evidence — including surveillance video of the incident — that his attorneys say is critical to his claim that he acted in self-defense. The state counters that […]

Probation Officer Salary Schedule 2021

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2021 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It’s contentious, but doctors, feds say yes

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USA Today

1/31/2020

Trevor Hughes and Stephanie Innes

Early one morning in March, Madison McIntosh showed up on his day off at the Scottsdale, Arizona, driving range and restaurant where he worked. The 24-year-old sat in his car until the place opened, then wandered around all day, alternating between gibberish and talk of suicide as co-workers tried to keep him away from customers. […]

Remembering Donald R. “Charley” Knepple

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Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed on April 28, 1997 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 […]

Indiana Correction Officials Outline COVID-19 Precautions

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WFYI Indianapolis

4/13/2020

Adam Pinsker

Ten prisoners in state Department of Correction facilities have now tested positive for COVID-19, along with 20 agency employees, prompting questions to WFIU’s City Limits: Coronavirus about how social distancing measures are being implemented in prisons and county jails. Since the middle of March, inmates entering the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington have been monitored […]

Indiana Women’s Prison Wee Ones Program Renamed in Honor of Fallen IMPD Officer Breann Leath

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Indiana Department of Correction

4/17/2020

Indianapolis, Ind – On the day IMPD Officer Breann Leath was laid to rest Governor Eric Holcomb announced the Wee Ones Nursery at the Indiana Women’s Prison would be renamed as the ‘Officer Breann Leath Memorial Maternal & Child Health Unit.’ The announcement was made by Gov. Eric Holcomb at the beginning of his daily […]

Slain Indianapolis officer remembered as compassionate

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Associated Press

04/16/2020

Rick Callahan

An Indianapolis police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call was remembered Thursday during her funeral as a dedicated, compassionate officer and a devoted young mother, with a police chaplain calling her “a beautiful flower that was picked way too soon.” Numerous speakers, including Gov. Eric Holcomb, spoke during the service for […]

Some Shelters Shutter to Protect Homeless, Staff

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Route Fifty

4/6/2020

Teresa Wiltz

Homeless shelters are running out of money, supplies and staff. For years, the Harbor House shelter had a routine for feeding and sheltering the hundreds of homeless people in Thousand Oaks, California, many of them elderly. Each evening, one of a dozen local churches, temples and mosques would host a dinner, and afterward, lay out […]

POPAI Chief, Assistant Chief, and Probation Supervisor Mentor Program

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POPAI Vision: To champion probation as a vital part of the criminal justice system. POPAI Mission: To promote, support, and grow the profession of probation in Indiana by collaborating with criminal justice partners, advancing and protecting the interests of our membership, and providing education and professional development opportunities in the use of evidence-based community supervision […]

Probation and Parole Officers Are Rethinking Their Rules As Coronavirus Spreads

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The Marshall Project

4/3/2020

Beth Schwartzapfel

In the effort to release people from jails to stem coronavirus outbreaks behind bars, those jailed for probation and parole violations have been an obvious choice. They’re locked up not for committing new crimes but for breaking the rules of their supervision, like drinking alcohol, traveling without permission, or missing appointments. In New York alone, Governor Andrew Cuomo last […]

IMPD officer shot, killed, female injured on city’s east side

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WRTV 6

04/09/2020

Andrew Smith

An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was shot and killed and a female was injured Thursday afternoon on the east side of Indianapolis, according to IMPD. The incident happened around 3 p.m. in the 1800 block of Edinburge Square, near 21st and Franklin. Officers were called to the apartment for a domestic incident, IMPD Assistant […]

States Share Covid-19 Patient Addresses with First Responders

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Route Fifty

9/6/2020

Andrea Noble

The move to share the home addresses of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus is meant to protect police and emergency workers, but some say the disclosures could give them a false sense of security. State and local governments are beginning to share the addresses of people who test positive for Covid-19 with […]

Bruises from Coronavirus Begin to Show on State Budgets

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Route Fifty

9/6/2020

Bill Lucia

Recent days have seen spending reductions and downbeat revenue forecasts. The mark the coronavirus is leaving on state budgets became more apparent in recent days, as governors took action to reduce spending and gloomy new revenue estimates emerged. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday said his state is now expecting a revenue shortfall of about […]

COVID-19 Resources Page on POPAI Website

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The POPAI Board has prepared a page of helpful and fact based resources to help Members navigate recommendations. Visit http://gopopai.org/covid-19/

Justices deny ACLU petition to release inmates amid COVID-19

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The Indiana Lawyer

04/09/2020

Katie Stancombe

Indiana Supreme Court justices have denied a petition from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana inviting the high court to engage in emergency rule making to facilitate the release of Hoosier inmates at risk for contracting COVID-19. The petition, filed March 30 by ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk and attorneys Stevie Pactor […]

APPA Releases Two Issue Papers

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APPA

04/07/2020

APPA Technology Committee

The APPA Technology Committee created two new issue papers on topics vital to the world of probation and parole, particularly how we supervise our clients. View the full issue papers here: Leveraging the Power of Smartphone Applications to Enhance Community Supervision Body Worn Cameras in Community Supervision

Inmates make protective gear to fight COVID-19 virus

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Fox 59

03/28/2020

Russ McQuaid

Before he was incarcerated inside the Miami Correctional Facility, an inmate named Wesley worked construction and he’s putting those skills to use in the battle against the COVID-19 virus that is raging outside Indiana prison walls. “This I been over here for fourteen months so I got all the sewing experience that’s needed for it […]

Louisville judges now putting defiant COVID-19 patients on house arrest

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WTHR and WHAS

03/30/2020

Andrea Ash and Shay McAlister

Some people in Louisville are being diagnosed with COVID-19 and then refusing to stay home, defying orders from doctors, city and state leaders. Now, judges are issuing court orders in an attempt to hold them legally liable. Court documents obtained by WHAS11 FOCUS investigative team reveal Jefferson County citizens are being court ordered to stay […]

State Leaders Tell Local Officials To Decide On Releasing County Jail Inmates

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Indiana Public Media

04/03/2020

Brandon Smith

State leaders from all three branches of government say local criminal justice officials should decide how to handle inmates in county jails during the COVID-19 crisis. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Chief Justice Loretta Rush, Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) and House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) released a joint letter to local officials Friday. That letter acknowledges […]

Opioid Addiction Is ‘A Disease Of Isolation,’ So Pandemic Puts Recovery At Risk

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NPR

03/27/2020

Martha Bebinger

Before the spreading coronavirus became a pandemic, Emma went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every week in the Boston area and to another support group at her methadone clinic. She says she felt safe, secure and never judged. “No one is thinking, ‘Oh my God, she did that?’ ” says Emma, “’cause they’ve been there.” […]

APPA Perspectives 2020 – V44 N1 – Full Issue

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What evidence do we have that our post-incarceration programs are working to their fullest? There are so many difficulties facing those returning to their communities that continued review of best practices is essential. Our latest issue takes an in-depth look at the links between Evidence-Based Practices and reentry to better understand how we can serve […]

Access to APPA Library: Several 2019 Resources are free in April

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APPA Email

As the lives of community corrections professionals have been upended by the threat of coronavirus, the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has received numerous requests for online training resources that officers may access while working from home. First, we’re proud to announce that beginning in late April, APPA will host a series of brand-new […]

COVID-19 Community Corrections Resources from APPA

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APPA Connect

In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19, APPA will regularly share our resources, updates from the CDC and WHO, as well as material specific to our industry. We will overcome this challenging situation through continued education and collaboration with our members, colleagues, and friends. “Hope is important because it can make the present […]

Free Webinar: Community Corrections Virtual Roundtable on the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Wed, Apr 8, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow, more and more community corrections professionals have concerns about how this is currently impacting their work and questions about how it will shape their future. To address those concerns, APPA will host a virtual roundtable facilitated by Dr. […]

COVID-19 Response and Statement from EXiT

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Executives Transforming Probation & Parole

On this page, the Justice Lab will gather and share examples of measures that probation and parole agencies are taking to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is designed as a growing resource for executives actively managing the crisis. Read the Statement from community supervision executives on the importance of using best practices during […]

Legislative Update

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03/27/2020

The 2020 legislative session ended on Wednesday, March 11th. A final list of bills that passed which may be interest to our membership is posted on the Legislation page. Included is a brief summary of the bill and links to the full text.

The Future Of Recovery Support Part II (Bill White And Mike Collins)

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Selected Papers William L. White

4/6/2018

Bill White

“Disruptive innovation, a term coined by Clayton Christensen, describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors.” The worlds of addiction treatment and recovery mutual aid are on the brink of being radically […]

‘I don’t get an extra check for locking you up’: a week with an LA probation officer

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The Guardian

3/5/2020

Lauren Lee White (text) and Joseph Rodriguez (photos)

Working for the county probation department, the largest in the nation, means being equal parts social worker and law enforcement On a Tuesday morning in October, Los Angeles deputy probation officer Booker Waugh made his way down a nearly sheer hillside, just a few feet from the entrance to the 10 freeway heading east. Waugh, […]

Opinion – Eric Hoffman: Truancy cannot go unaddressed

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Star Press

3/14/2020

Eric Hoffman

Some say that well over 200 years ago, Sir William Curtis coined the phrase “the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic,” which are the basic skills that should be taught in schools. To this day, I can still hear my grandmother talking about the importance of reading, writing and arithmetic. It has been said that […]

Coronavirus update: Supreme Court says 26 counties’ courts approved for emergency ops

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The Indiana Lawyer

3/18/2020

IL Staff

Updated 9:50 a.m. Friday, March 20 Go to the original article for the latest The Indiana Supreme Court has approved nearly three-quarters of Indiana trial court petitions to operate under emergency plans in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. About 70 of the state’s 92 counties have been approved to curtail operations per […]

Coronavirus update: Marion County Prosecutor’s Office implementing telework

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The Indiana Lawyer

3/12/2020

Editor’s note: This story is being regularly updated with the latest law-related responses to COVID-19. POPAI Note: This article was captured on 3/13/2020 and will not be updated. Please see the original article for most up to date edits. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is encouraging its employees to telework beginning Friday in response to […]

White House Announces Action Guide to Combat Rural Drug Addictions

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Hoosier AG Today

2/2/2020

NAFB News Service

The Trump Administration Friday released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to drug addiction. The Rural Community Action Guide is another tool from the administration to help local leaders address drug addiction in their community. Anne Hazlett, Senior Adviser for Rural Affairs in the White House Office […]

Knepple Scholarship Applicants: Send in your form soon

Applicants for the Knepple Scholarship should act quickly and apply on or before 12:00 noon EST on Monday, March 23, 2020 Download the application that contains Full Information including qualifications (updated 2/15/2020) Questions? Contact Bob Schuster, Chair of Awards and Recognition Committee at 219-326-6808 Ext. 2511 or your POPAI District Representative.

Police jail woman who paid bail with marijuana-scented cash

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AP

3/10/2020

ASHLAND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman was arrested on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate’s bail had a “strong odor of marijuana.” Authorities began investigating Stormy Lynn Parfait, 33, on Friday, shortly after she showed up at the Ashland jail to pay the bond fee for […]

No visitations at Indiana prisons due to coronavirus concerns, state says

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wane.com

3/11/2020

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) — The Indiana Department of Correction has suspended visitations at all of its facilities around the state due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The department said Wednesday that visitations would be suspended beginning Thursday and last “at least two weeks.” The DOC said the decision to suspend visitations was “precautionary,” and made […]

Hatfield: Vanderburgh County Council must act on jail expansion project

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Courier & Press

John T. Martin

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Vanderburgh County Council was handed jail expansion alternatives about four months ago, and it’s time for the council to act, County Commissioners President Jeff Hatfield said. Hatfield delivered a letter to councilors Friday saying the county must address its “critically overcrowded” jail. The jail on Harlan Avenue operates above capacity, with […]

Indiana County to Start Bringing Charges Against Residents Who Overdose

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Channel 27 News

2/29/2020

Overdose deaths have increased across the country over the last couple of years, but Hancock County in Indiana is choosing to combat the problem in a new, and controversial, way. In an article in the Indy Star, they lay out the size of the problem in Hancock County: “According to Indiana State Department of Health […]

Hiring Hoosiers: TOWER program prepares inmates for post-incarceration success

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The Indy Channel

2/28/2020

Meredith Barack

 Hiring Hoosiers is an initiative from RTV6 that works to connect Hoosiers to employment opportunities, career development resources, training programs and educational paths. Learn more about Hiring Hoosiers and see new stories weekdays at 6 a.m. on RTV6. HAMILTON COUNTY — A criminal record can impact someone’s ability to find a job, which can […]

How prepared is Indiana for coronavirus? Here’s what health officials say

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Indy Star

2/27/2020

Shari Rudavsky

Related: Indiana confirms first case of coronavirus Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box has this message for Hoosiers worried about the prospect of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus: The state has been taking the necessary steps to prepare for this eventuality, using a blueprint drawn up for the prospect of a pandemic such as […]

Can algorithms help judges make fair decisions?

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WHYY

02/20/20

Alan Yu

When judges impose sentences, they consider the crimes, and how likely the offenders are to offend again. Lori Dumas has been a judge in family, and criminal courts in Philadelphia for more than a decade. She said she knows people end up in front of her because they did something. But she also considers that a […]

Boone County Jail becomes first in state to administer suboxone for addiction treatment

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Fox 59

3/3/2020

Kelly Reinke

LEBANON, Ind. – Boone County is now administering suboxone to inmates to help control their cravings for opioids, a first of its kind addiction treatment program in a Hoosier jail. At least two inmates are now taking the narcotic. The goal is to get people on a treatment plan while they are behind bars so […]

Why Some Kids May Not Get Enough Mental Health Care

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WFYI

2/5/2020

Carter Barrett

Dr. Darla Hinshaw walks up to the podium in the Indiana Senate chamber. She’s there to tell lawmakers about the children she treats as a psychiatrist and the issue standing between kids and effective treatment. She tells a story of a foster care teenager who was admitted into a facility on a Friday. “He continued […]

The Outsize Influence of Your Middle-School Friends

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The Atlantic

1/28/2020

Lydia Denworth

The intensity of feelings generated by friendship in childhood and adolescence is by design. Early in 2010, the year we moved to Hong Kong, our three boys were 11, eight, and six. When we sat them down to tell them we’d be moving there for a few years, we tried to sell it as a […]

Fake urine allows addicts, users to cheat drug tests

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Local 12

1/27/2020

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Drug abuse continues to leave a tragic trail. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,237 people died from drug overdoses in 2017 alone. Drug abuse is also expensive, The Council of Economic Advisors estimates the cost of the opioid crisis in 2018 cost $696 billion in the value of […]

Look inside: Repurposed ambulance hits Baton Rouge streets to help combat opioid crisis

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The Advocate

2/3/2020

Lea Skene

Many people in the throes of opioid addiction are struggling to live another day without facing the pain of withdrawal. Their top priority is finding another fix, which often means sacrificing their health and safety. That’s why Baton Rouge officials are bringing addiction services where they’re needed most. Local leaders hosted an open house Monday […]

This Ohio county may need a second morgue to handle the number of fentanyl overdoses

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CNN

2/13/2020

(CNN)If overdose deaths don’t slow down in Franklin County, Ohio, a temporary morgue may be needed to store the bodies. The county has seen 23 overdose deaths from January 31 to February 7, Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the county’s coroner, said in a statement on her Facebook page. The next day, the county had five more. […]

What Trump’s drug policies have meant for America’s opioid epidemic

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CNN

2/2/2020

Maegan Vazquez

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump campaigned on ending the opioid crisis in the United States. He highlighted stories of those affected in his State of the Union addresses. The first lady has made visits to neonatal clinics treating addiction recovering babies a key part of her time at the White House. And according to new federal […]

They were young. They thought they had time. Then they nearly died of liver disease.

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Indy Star

02/18/2020

Shari Rudavsky

Although Rachel Martin would never deny she had a drinking problem, she figured years would pass before it would take a toll on her health. After all, she had not yet hit 40 and she had managed to eke out two years of complete sobriety about a decade ago. Even when she was drinking, she […]

Justice by geography? Bill aims to bring uniformity to indigency determinations

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The Indiana Lawyer

2/5/2020

Olivia Covington

The basic concept of indigency is well-understood in the law. A low-income defendant who can’t afford a lawyer will be appointed one, and their court fees also may be waived. But across Indiana, lawyers say judges in different counties often take different approaches to making an indigency determination. That’s led to what some call “justice […]

Apply for the 2020 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award

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Submit your application to be considered for the 2020 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award. The winner will be announced at the 2020 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference in April. 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 pursuing a […]

Homeless US student population ‘highest in more than a decade’

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BBC News

2/4/2020

The number of homeless students in the US is the highest in more than a decade according to a new study. Most of the 1.5m homeless children stayed with other families or friends after losing their homes. But 7% lived in abandoned buildings or cars, the report by the National Centre for Homeless Education showed. […]

Senator drops push to force Indiana marijuana prosecutions

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The Indiana Lawyer

02/02/2020

Associated Press

A Republican state senator has dropped a proposal attacking what he called “social justice prosecution” by empowering Indiana’s attorney general to appoint special prosecutors to take over criminal cases that local authorities decide they won’t pursue. The proposal followed Democratic Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears’ new policy of not pressing charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana. […]

How 2 Indiana companies are helping employees with child care needs

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IndyStar

12/24/2019

Stepfanie Romine

Companies say helping employees access quality child care is ‘just good business.’ Access to quality, affordable child care is a widespread problem across the country and in the state of Indiana, where it affects parents and children across the socioeconomic spectrum in all 92 counties. But, in addition to the challenges Indiana families have accessing care, […]

Ready, set, skate! SROs, students meet at the ice rink

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Bartholomew County and Columbus law enforcement, including school resource officers, invited local junior high and high school students to get to know them on the ice of Hamilton Center. The officers skated with 121 youth from area schools and enjoyed food and refreshments. There were also prize giveaways during the event. The two-hour event, sponsored […]

“Best Practices” in Corrections: The Systems-Level Challenges to Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

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University of Minnesota Robina Institute

12/29/2020

The purpose of this article is to review systems-level factors that impact implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in corrections which are often less understood in the research. I provide a brief overview of the National Implementation Research Network’s (NIRN’s) core implementation components I use as my framework for this discussion, and then go through two […]

There’s a growing problem in the opioid fight: diarrhea medication

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USA Today

1/19/2020

Jon Webb

(Opinion) In September, the FDA stepped in to limit abuse of Imodium and other anti-diarrhea drugs. Apparently it’s a growing problem. This lends itself to way more questions than answers, a friend of mine wrote on Facebook the other day above a weird photo. It showed three boxes of Imodium A-D — that trusted anti-diarrhea […]

What if the probation office was a place of joy instead of fear? New York City shows how.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

1/10/2020

Samantha Melamed

NEW YORK — By 8 a.m., the line already snaked all the way around the side of the South Bronx probation office, and more people were arriving, dragging metal shopping carts ready to receive canned vegetables, Thanksgiving turkeys, cat food, and boxed mac-and-cheese. The eager, polyglot crowd, most of whom are not under court supervision, […]

Justices to hear arguments in blood draw suppression case

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Indiana Lawyer

1/20/2020

IL Staff

The Indiana Supreme Court will consider this week whether to grant transfer to a wrong-way-driver case focused on a post-accident blood draw. Arguments on petition to transfer will be heard at 9 a.m. Thursday in State of Indiana v. Wesley Ryder, 18A-CR-02325. In that case, Wesley Ryder was charged with several felonies after he allegedly […]

Probation Officer Falls Ill While Searching Probationer in Westminster

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NBC Los Angeles

1/7/2020

City News Service

A probation officer fell ill while frisking a probationer Tuesday, prompting a hazardous materials alert at the agency’s offices in Westminster. The probation officer was searching the probationer and his items in the department’s offices at 14180 Beach Blvd. about 2:45 p.m. when the officer fell ill, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s […]

Indiana lawmakers push bill to grant driving cards to undocumented immigrants

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Fox59

1/13/2020

Kelly Reinke

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — State lawmakers are continuing to push a proposal that would allow undocumented immigrants in Indiana to legally drive. It is an idea that has been introduced seven times, but the bill has never received a hearing. Yet, some representatives believe it is an important issue to take on. During her first term, […]

In a County Jail, ‘The Barracks’ Aims to Give Veterans Resources and Hope

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Route Fifty

12/13/2020

Kate Elizabeth Queram

At the Gwinnett County Jail in Georgia, inmates who previously served in the military can choose to join a veterans-only housing unit that offers structure and tailored programming. Filling out intake paperwork at the Gwinnett County Jail, Dylan Antoine marked “yes” on a form that asked if he had served in the military. Weeks later, […]

Management Institute and Chief Probation Officer Summit

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2/7/2020

March 12 and 13, 2020 at the Drury Plaza Hotel, Indianapolis. The Probation Management Institute is designed to provide supervisory level staff with ongoing training opportunities in topics related to managing your department. This year, the POPAI Chief’s Executive Committee has chosen to focus on a variety of topics including : • Community Correction Grant […]

Successor sought for retiring Vanderburgh Superior judge

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/20/2020

IL Staff

Lawyers in southwest Indiana who would like to be considered for appointment to the Vanderburgh Superior Court bench have a few weeks remaining to make their interest known to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will select the successor for a longtime jurist. Holcomb announced last week that applications will be accepted through Feb. 12 from qualified candidates seeking […]

Advocates, legislators call for marijuana reform in Indiana hours before 2020 session starts

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Chicago Tribune

1/6/2020

Alexandra Kukulka

When he was 20 years old, Crown Point resident Ricky “Ricochet” Chandler broke his pelvic bone into nine pieces. He was prescribed opioids to help with the pain. But, to avoid the negative side effects of opioids, Chandler said he decided to take cannabidiol-based products instead. “CBD helped me get off opioids and it saved […]

COA: Order committing juvenile to DOC until age 18 must be corrected

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/22/2020

Katie Stancombe

An order that a juvenile delinquent be committed to the Indiana Department of Corrections until his 18th birthday has been remanded for correction after the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded the trial court abused its discretion in ordering the determinate commitment. Juvenile F.H.’s troubles began in May 2018 when he was alleged at age 14 […]

Tattoo Removal Programs Help Former Inmates Wipe The Slate Clean

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NPR

1-16-2020

Judith Kogan

Shane MacLeod spent 14 years in federal prison for armed robbery and he’s covered from head-to-toe in tattoos. The only things not covered are his butt cheeks and the tops of his feet. Inmates often tattoo one another with makeshift tools. Some get gang-related tattoos, which they consider a matter of survival. Others, such as […]

Bill Could Send 12-Year-Olds To Department Of Correction

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Indiana Public Media

01/29/2020

Brandon Smith

A Senate committee took hours of contentious testimony on a measure that would lower the age at which children are sent to the Department of Correction. Major portions of the bill were entirely removed, on the fly, moments before a final vote was taken. Provisions that remain expand the list of crimes that could send a delinquent […]

Criminal Rule 26 – New Rules For Bonding Out – Now In Effect

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Times Union Online

1/1/2020

Amanda Bridgman

New rules for bonding out of jail are in effect under Criminal Rule 26. The Indiana Supreme Court signed CR 26 into law to take effect in all courts Jan. 1, 2020, after two years of pilot programs in 11 counties. The rule is intended to improve pretrial practices in the state by encouraging trial […]

Double jeopardy found in gun convictions, but sentence affirmed

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/23/2020

Dave Stafford

A felon convicted on two gun charges and sentenced to an upper-range prison term received token relief from the Indiana Court of Appeals on Thursday, but he still is ordered to serve more than 10 years behind bars.

DCS worker’s attorney: Client being singled out for returning child to mother

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WTHR

12/2/2019

ANDERSON, Ind. (WTHR) — Police in Madison County are searching for a DCS caseworker indicted by a grand jury. It found Spencer Day Osborn should have never returned a 4-year-old boy to his mother. He’s now facing felony neglect of a dependent charges. Osborn had his initial hearing Wednesday afternoon. Osborn’s attorney Philip Sheward responded […]

Risk assessments for booked inmates take effect statewide

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/8/2020

Associated Press and IL Staff

A new Indiana rule requiring that booked inmates be assessed to determine risks or benefits of releasing them before trial is expected to eventually reduce overcrowding at the state’s county jails, criminal justice officials say. Criminal Rule 26, which set Indiana’s new pretrial release protocols, was adopted by the Indiana Supreme Court in 2017, but […]

Miami Valley Crime Lab to test Indiana drug evidence

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Dayton Daily News

1/8/2020

Chris Stewart

The Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab will soon be analyzing drug evidence for the Indiana State Police — the first contract with an out-of-state agency and one that may dramatically increase the lab’s caseload and benefit its bottom line. The contract approved by Montgomery County Commissioners on Tuesday calls for the lab to conduct solid-dose […]

Meth never left Daviess County

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Washington Times Herald

12/28/2019

Mike Grant

When the opioid problem hit rural Indiana it appeared that it would have a limited impact on Daviess County. The hit was nothing like the scourge that methamphetamine produced when it rolled into southwestern Indiana in the 1990s. Still, officials say the opioid problem did have an impact. “About two or three years ago we […]

Legislation Page Replaces Members Only on POPAI Website

1/22/2020

Karen Oeding

Today, our 2020 Bills to Follow page went live. You’ll find a list of bills that have been identified as interesting to follow by the POPAI Board. Members will no longer need to log in to view this information. It is now conveniently available to you with a single click from the far right side […]

New suicide hotline number to have three digits like 911

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The Associated Press

12/13/2019

“No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency,” said the CEO of a suicide-prevention nonprofit. “No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency.” Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to […]

Uber Sexual Assault Report Spurs Calls for New Government Policies

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Route Fifty

12/8/2019

Emma Coleman

New data released by Uber showing almost 6,000 sexual assaults in last two years is prompting some officials to call for new requirements on ride-hailing companies to improve safety. Stories of people assaulted in ride-hailing vehicles have made frequent headlines in recent years, prompting calls from policymakers for companies to release data on the number of riders […]

Why a broken foster-care system is sending more kids to prison than college

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Kansas City Star

12/15/2019

Laura Bauer and Judy L. Thomas

He still has the last name of a woman who adopted him in grade school — then gave him back. From the time he was 3 until he turned 14, Dominic Williamson was bounced to 80 different foster homes. When he turned 18, he found himself alone and homeless, and resorting to a life of […]

Recreational pot is legal in Michigan and soon Illinois: What does that mean for Indiana?

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WTHR

12/3/2019

Mary Milz

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Recreational marijuana is now legal in Michigan, with Illinois to follow January 1. That brings the number of states allowing recreational use to 11, with 33 states allowing for medical marijuana. Indiana is among the 16 states where marijuana use remains illegal in any form. But State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) thinks […]

Rush Hails Progress, Calls For More In 2020 State Of The Judiciary

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Indiana Public Media

01/16/2020

Brandon Smith

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush issued a call to arms for everyone involved in the state’s justice system in her annual State of the Judiciary Address Wednesday. Rush hailed much of the work that’s already been done in Indiana – from problem-solving courts to improved court technology to pretrial and criminal justice reform. But she […]

More than 100 public housing units in Bloomington to be renovated

Herald Times

1/7/2020

Emily Ernsberger

The Bloomington Housing Authority is looking for contractors to help complete a $7 million renovation project for more than 100 public housing units. Over the course of 18 months, 116 units in the Rev. E.D. Butler and Walnut Woods complexes will be renovated. Rhonda Moore, capital assets manager for the Bloomington Housing Authority, said the […]

Floyd County recognizes long-tenured probation officer

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News and Tribune

12/9/2019

John Boyle

NEW ALBANY — The day in Floyd County Circuit Court started off like any of the other annual swearing-in ceremonies for the county’s probation officers. More than a dozen officials renewed their oaths before judges Terrence Cody, James Hancock, Maria Granger and Magistrate Julie Fessel Flanigan on Monday. But at the end of the proceedings, […]

New Indiana Rule Adds Risk Assessments For Booked Inmates

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Indiana Public Media

01/06/2020

Associated Press

A new Indiana rule requiring that booked inmates be assessed to determine risks or benefits of releasing them before trial is expected to eventually reduce overcrowding at the state’s county jails, criminal justice officials said. Criminal Rule 26, which set Indiana’s new pretrial release protocols, was adopted by the Indiana Supreme Court in 2017 but […]

Franklin County Juvenile Court Shifts Course, Eliminating Probation Officers

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WOSU

12/4/2019

Adora Namigadde

Whitney Randolph goes into work every day knowing her job is coming to an end in a few months. Her Franklin County courtroom office has expansive windows that overlook the city. “Technically, it’s my department that’s going,” Randolph says with a laugh. “If you choose to stay and reapply for the new positions, you know […]

The Healthiest—and Unhealthiest—States

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Route Fifty

12/5/2019

Kate Elizabeth Queram

Reduced smoking rates, not much violent crime and low reports of sexually transmitted diseases make Vermont the healthiest state in the country, according to rankings released this week. Vermont is the healthiest state in the country thanks to decreased rates of smoking and mental distress, along with low incidences of violent crime and certain sexually […]

Indiana Supreme Court justice visits LaGrange County Monday

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The News Sun

12/3/2019

Patrick Redmond

LAGRANGE — Indiana State Supreme Court Justice Steven David returned to LaGrange County Monday, a guest of JDAI program director Randy Merrifield. David came to speak with local students in programs supported by the JDAI office and meet with local Amish businessmen. David has been to LaGrange County three times in the last two years […]

Ohio spends less per inmate, but imprisons more than many states

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The Center Square

12/4/2019

Todd DeFeo

Ohio imprisons 567 people per 100,000 residents, 15th most in the country, while spending $181 for every resident of the state to do so, a new analysis reveals. The review from HowMuch.net found Ohio spends less on a per capita basis than other nearby states, even as the number of people in prison in the state is higher than […]

‘Your Body Being Used’: Where Prisoners Who Can’t Vote Fill Voting Districts

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NPR

12/31/2019

Hansi Lo Wang and Kumari Devarajan

Robert Alexander has been away from home for more than a decade. His days and nights are spent locked up behind walls topped with barbed wire. “Prison kind of gives you that feeling that you’re like on an island,” says Alexander, 39, who is studying for a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies while serving his […]

Health Dept. launches teen anti-vaping campaign

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Greensburd Daily News

11/29/2019

Kevin Green

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) recently launched a public awareness campaign to educate youths about the dangers of e-cigarettes, or “vaping.” The “Behind the Haze” campaign is part of a $2 million effort announced by Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, to reduce vaping among Indiana youth. […]

Getting them out of jail sooner

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The Michigan City News-Dispatch

11/27/2019

Ted Yoakum

La PORTE — In January, La Porte County officials will flip the switch on some significant overhauls to the criminal justice system — changes leaders hope will result in a smaller jail population. At its meeting Monday, the La Porte County Council approved the hiring and training of two new pretrial service officers at the […]

Why Abolishing Bail for Some Crimes has Law Enforcement on Edge

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The New York Times

12/31/2019

Jesse McKinley, Alan Feuer and Luis Ferré-Sadurní

ALBANY, N.Y. — When Democrats pushed through a law last spring that sharply curtailed cash bail for nonviolent defendants, they hailed it as a landmark measure to stop the poor from being jailed before trial simply because they had few resources. Now, as the rules take effect on Jan. 1, a backlash has arisen among […]

Federal judge awards $1 million to woman sexually harassed by Casper probation agent

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Casper Star Tribune

11/20/2019

Shane Sanderson

A federal judge on Wednesday afternoon ordered a former probation agent to pay seven figures to a Casper woman whom he sexually harassed while she was on probation. The probation agent, Jaret Maul, no longer works for the probation office, which is a part of the Wyoming Department of Corrections. The government agency was never […]

Indiana Receives Grant To Address Opoid Use In Pregnancy

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Indiana Public Media

12/23/2019

Darian Benson

Indiana was awarded $5.2 million to help pregnant and postpartum women with opioid addictions. The grant comes from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. It is part of a collaboration between Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and CMS to combat opioid use in pregnancy. FSSA chief medical officer, Dr. Dan Rusyniak, says […]

The Steep Costs of Criminal Justice Fees and Fines

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Brennan Center for Justice

11/21/2019

Matthew Menendez. Michael Crowley, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Noah Atchison

Executive Summary The past decade has seen a troubling and well-documented increase in fees and fines imposed on defendants by criminal courts. Today, many states and localities rely on these fees and fines to fund their court systems or even basic government operations. A wealth of evidence has already shown that this system works against […]

Vanderburgh County jail expansion talk to resume; many tough questions remain

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Courier & Press

12/1/2019

John T. Martin

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –- Vanderburgh County government officials face a list of difficult questions this week as they dive back into jail expansion discussions. How many more jail beds does the county need? How many might be required in 10 years, 20 years? What can taxpayers reasonably afford? Could temporary structures become part of the solution? […]

4-day workweek boosted employees’ productivity by 40%, Microsoft says

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CNN Wire

11/5/2019

A growing number of smaller companies are adopting a four-day workweek. Now the results of a recent trial at Microsoft suggest it could work even for the biggest businesses. The company introduced a program this summer in Japan called the “Work Life Choice Challenge,” which shut down its offices every Friday in August and gave […]

JRAC’s Report on Bail Reform and Pretrial Issues

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The Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council’s report on Bail Reform and Pretrial Issues has been posted on their website.

Southern District gets more than $2 million in DOJ funds to fight opioid crisis

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The Indiana Lawyer

12/16/2019

IL Staff

Funding amounting to more than $2.4 million has been granted to agencies in the Southern District of Indiana to help combat drug and crime concerns stemming from the opioid crisis, US Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced Friday.  The grant funding is part of national awards of more than $333 million to help communities affected by the […]

How Indianapolis employers are adjusting to hiring ex-offenders amid tight labor market

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USA Today

11/6/2019

William Troutman Jr., 46, got his second chance at a recycling center. He started as a picker on the presort line, then he got his forklift certification. He was recently promoted. He makes $10.50 per hour working the floor where recycled material gets compressed and shipped away. “This place opened the doors when they didn’t […]

5th Annual Evaluation of the Criminal Code Reform Report

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The Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council’s report, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Annual Evaluation of Indiana’s Criminal Code Reform December 1, 2019 was posted to their website.

Porter County’s pretrial release program may be fix for jail overcrowding in other Indiana counties

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NWI.com

10/31/2019

Dan Carden

VALPARAISO — Porter County’s innovative pretrial release program is being held up as a potential model for all Indiana counties to follow, especially those with bulging jail populations. On Wednesday, the Indiana Jail Overcrowding Task Force, led by Supreme Court Justice Steven David, visited the Porter County Jail and Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso […]

Volunteering This Weekend? Look Out for Trafficking Victims!

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Email from Katie McCall, CEO 3rd Millennium Classrooms

Did you know that “transient” people are more vulnerable to human trafficking? This includes the homeless, runaway youth, and those transitioning through the foster system. Traffickers often use promises of shelter, food and money as a lure for the homeless or other vulnerable populations into the horrendous world of trafficking. According to Thorn, an anti-trafficking […]

DCS troubles continue with arrest of former caseworker

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The Indiana Lawyer

12/06/2019

Marilyn Odenhahl

Despite the attention the Statehouse has given to the Indiana Department of Child Services in the past two years – hiring outside consultants to review the agency and passing numerous laws regarding policies and practices within the department – an arrest of a former caseworker on neglect charges is bringing another call for more changes. Spencer Osborn of Anderson […]

(Monroe) County’s community corrections director retiring

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Herald Times

12/10/2019

Tom Rhodes, who has served as the Monroe County Community Corrections Director for almost 30 of the program’s 37 years of existence, is retiring. Rhodes also has served concurrently as the assistant chief probation officer for the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department. There [was] a retirement reception in courtroom 313 of the Charlotte T. Zietlow […]

JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY IN ALLEN COUNTY STUDIED

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Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

11/22/2019

Trine student assisting with assessment at Allen County Juvenile Center ANGOLA — Sydney Stephan hopes to one day become an attorney specializing in family and elder matters. She is preparing for that now by seeing how things work on the other side of the law. Stephan, a Trine University freshman from Fort Wayne, is working […]

New county program triples truancy referrals

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Kokomo Perspective

12/3/2019

Devin Zimmerman

A new initiative in Howard County designed to stem student truancy is firing on all cylinders, with student referrals from local schools exploding over last year’s totals. Earlier this year the makings of a new initiative began to take shape. Local judges noticed that student truancy referrals from schools were beginning to enter the court […]

Indiana Supreme Court justice visits LaGrange County Monday

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The News Sun

12/3/2019

Patrick Redmond

LAGRANGE — Indiana State Supreme Court Justice Steven David returned to LaGrange County Monday, a guest of JDAI program director Randy Merrifield. David came to speak with local students in programs supported by the JDAI office and meet with local Amish businessmen. David has been to LaGrange County three times in the last two years […]

JDAI appears to be paying off in Steuben County

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The Herald Republican

12/3/2019

Mike Marturello

ANGOLA — The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is paying dividends in Steuben County, its coordinator reported to the Steuben County Board of Commissioners on Monday. While speaking before the commissioners, JDAI Coordinator Kathy Armstrong presented statistics showing three categories regarding juvenile detention in Steuben County. The bottom line: There is a downward trend in the […]

POPAI and IACCAC Present at the Final Jail Overcrowding Task Force Meeting

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Indiana Office of Court Services

12/02/2019

The County Jail Overcrowding Task Force was established in 2019 (IC 11-12-6.8) to conduct a statewide review of jail overcrowding and identify common reasons and possible local, regional and statewide solutions. The task force will also study the issue of reducing recidivism for convicted felons in county jails by offering programs that address mental health […]

IYI focuses on help, hope

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KPC News

10/27/2019

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” — author Neil Postman The Indiana Youth Institute, with the assistance of a $1.25 million grant from the Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention, is developing programs to assist children impacted by the opioid crisis. The pilot projects, in partnership with […]

National Judicial Opioid Task Force Releases Final Report

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Indiana Public Media

11/21/2019

Jill Sheridan

The final report for the National Judicial Opioid Task Force was released this week and includes recommendations and resources for courts responding to addiction. The task force was formed in 2017. Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush co-chairs the group and says it was created in response to the growing number of court cases related to substance abuse. […]

Florida lawmaker files bill for judges to reduce outdated drug sentences

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Miami Herald

11/14/2019

Emily L. Mahoney

State Sen. Darryl Rouson, a Democrat from St. Petersburg, filed a bill which would set a framework for judges to re-sentence inmates who are serving outdated sentences no longer in state law. The problem was highlighted in a Times/Herald investigation published Wednesday. The story showed how Florida’s continued changes to its drug sentencing laws have […]

Fighting racism may play an important role in improving child welfare

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Indy Star

10/16/2019

Jessica Levy

Can education about bias and institutionalized racism help improve child welfare throughout Indiana? Nonprofit organization Child Advocates, with support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation, is betting that it can. Child Advocates has been leading educational workshops for hundreds of local businesses and community leaders since 2010, but it only recently launched a highly localized version of […]

Franklin County to eliminate current juvenile probation jobs; employees will have to reapply for new roles

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Dispatch News

10/3/2019

Rita Price

About 64 Franklin County Juvenile Court probation department employees will be affected next year when their jobs are eliminated and and they have to seek positions with vastly different, more complex responsibilities as part of a plan to transform the way juveniles are supervised. The new Community Restoration Services Department will operate under the idea […]

Indiana elections 2019: Carmel Clay Schools passes state’s first school safety referendum

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Indy Star

11/5/2019

Arika Herron

Carmel Clay Schools passed Indiana’s first school safety referendum, asking voters to approve a new type of property tax increase to pay for improved security measures. Carmel, the first district to test the new tool created by lawmakers earlier this year, was one of 10 school districts around the state asking voters for more money. Six of those districts […]

Supreme Court creates new ‘access to court records’ rules

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The Indiana Lawyer

11/19/2019

IL Staff

The Indiana Supreme has created the Indiana Rules on Access to Court Records to replace several portions of Administrative Rule 9. In orders handed down Friday, members of the Indiana Supreme Court amended Administrative Rule 9 and its references by striking them from the Indiana Rules of Court. In its place, the high court has created the Indiana […]

Lake Juvenile Court begins review of detention risk-assessment tool

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NWI.com

11/21/2019

Sarah Reese

CROWN POINT — More than two dozen people packed a small conference room Monday at the Lake County Juvenile Center to begin the process of fine-tuning a tool officials use to decide when children accused of delinquency should be detained. Lake Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak echoed Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David when he […]

Evansville awarded $1 million grant to help youth affected by substance abuse

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Courier & Press

11/13/2019

Earl Hopkins

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and other city officials announced Wednesday afternoon that Evansville was awarded a $1 million federal grant to help youth affected by opioid and substance abuse connect to local services. Winnecke, as well as other speakers, informed the crowd at Youth First Inc. about the grant, which was awarded to […]

Halt of simple pot prosecutions gets mixed reaction

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/16/2019

Olivia Covington

Reactions have been mixed to the recent announcement that the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will no longer prosecute cases of simple possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. Then-acting Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced the policy change Sept. 30 after what he said was about two years of discussion within the office and with other […]

Leaders with Juvenile Justice Center are close to settling lawsuit

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WSBT

10/8/2019

Katlin Connin

SOUTH BEND — Children at the Juvenile Justice Center in South Bend could see some big changes in their stays. The JJC is close to settling a lawsuit. That lawsuit centers around an 11-year-old boy. His parents say the JJC frequently kept their son in solitary confinement and offered him no special education or support. […]

Jacobs apologizes for Indianapolis shooting, says he ‘nearly lost’ everything

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The Indiana Lawyer

November 13, 2019

Olivia Covington

As he prepares to begin a 30-day, unpaid suspension, Clark Circuit Judge Bradley Jacobs is publicly apologizing for the first time for a night of drinking that led to him being critically wounded in a downtown Indianapolis shooting. “I have been a fortunate person. I have an amazing wife, three wonderful daughters, a father that […]

IOCS 2020 Training Dates

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11/15/2019

IOCS Justice Services

The Indiana Office of Court Services will be providing trainings in Indianapolis to kick off 2020!  All trainings will take place at our offices, located at 251 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.  Below is the list of the trainings, including registration links. IOCS will not provide lunch or hotel for these trainings.  Case Management:  […]

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

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TIME

October 15, 2019

BY TIM WALZ AND MIKE PARSON

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

A Medication To Treat Meth Addiction? Some Take A New Look At Naltrexone

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NPR

11-7-2019

Andrea Dukakis

Melinda McDowell had used drugs since she was a teenager. But she didn’t try methamphetamine until one fateful night in 2017 after her mother died suddenly of a stroke. She went to a neighbor’s house and he had crystal meth. “I tried it and I was hooked from the first hit,” McDowell says. “It was […]

Correctional Industrial Facility Celebrates Refurbishing 2,500 Chairs for Wheels of the World

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WBIW

10/11/2019

(PENDELTON) – Correctional Industrial Facility (CIF) hosted a tour of their Joni & Friends Wheels for the World wheelchair refurbishment shop. Senior Manager for Domestic Operations Paul Dorthalina was joined by Joni & Friends outreach staff from Chicago, program donors and volunteers, along with correctional staff from Ohio who are interested in starting this program […]

Meth, once the drug scourge of Indiana, is back but in a new and deadlier way

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Indy Star

9/5/2019

Shari Rudavsky

Methamphetamine use appears to be making a comeback as the country continues to grapple with the opioid epidemic. Methamphetamine use appears to be making a comeback as the country continues to grapple with the opioid epidemic. But unlike the period marked a decade ago by hodgepodge labs hidden in rural communities in Indiana and elsewhere, the reemergence appears […]

What Do Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence Have in Common?

Third Millenium Classrooms Newsletter

Katie McCall, CEO

Human trafficking and domestic violence both desire the same thing: power and control. They can manifest themselves in very similar ways — coercion, manipulation, force. These crimes against humanity affect millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes or voluntary work and nights out […]

Twenty years later, [Monroe County Circuit Court] drug court continues to redirect lives

Herald Times

11/7/2019

Laura Lane

“Monroe Circuit Court to give new ‘drug court’ a try,” said a June 1999 headline in the Herald-Times. The story described a pilot project that former Monroe Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Todd and then-Prosecutor Carl Salzmann had proposed to the county council that would redirect resources to a court focused on helping the addicted break […]

Authorities: Indiana man found with drugs, synthetic urine

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WSBT

9/29/2019

AP

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (AP) — A 49-year-old Indiana man on probation has been charged with new drug charges including possession of synthetic urine. The Star Press reports Kirk Allen Boughman was charged Friday with felony possession of methamphetamine and three misdemeanors. The Hartford City man was out on probation when authorities conducted a “compliance search” […]

Annual report highlights work of Indiana Supreme Court

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The Indiana Supreme Court

Find the full text of the Indiana Supreme Court annual report (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) online courts.in.gov/supreme/files/1819report.pdf.

Applications for Federal Title II Grants due November 25

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in.gov

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is making up to $837,156.00 in FY19 Federal Title II funding available for calendar year 2020 programs. Applications for the FY19 Federal Title II Funds are due by Monday, November 25th 2019. Only Indiana state agencies and units of local government are eligible to apply for Title II program […]

State Suspending Medicaid Work Requirement After Lawsuit

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Indiana Public Media

10-31-2019

Associated Press

Indiana officials are suspending work requirements for low-income residents who receive their health insurance through Medicaid while a federal lawsuit challenging the plan is sorted out. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration said Thursday it won’t be enforcing rules that require those not qualifying for exemptions to report 20 hours a month of work or related […]

Marion County installs kiosks for offenders to check in without probation officer

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WTHR

10/31/2019

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Marion County is now using technology to help streamline the check-ins some criminal offenders on parole. New kiosks have been installed at the City County building downtown. The kiosks allow some offenders on probation to check in instead of meeting directly with a probation officers. The kiosks only work with low-level offenders […]

Jail Overcrowding Task Force seeks input

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courts.in.gov

Purpose The County Jail Overcrowding Task Force was established in 2019 (IC 11-12-6.8) to conduct a statewide review of jail overcrowding and identify common reasons and possible local, regional and statewide solutions. The task force will also study the issue of reducing recidivism for convicted felons in county jails by offering programs that address mental […]

Companies reach tentative deal to settle opioids lawsuit

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/21/19

Associated Press

The nation’s three dominant drug distributors and a big drugmaker have reached a tentative deal to settle a lawsuit related to the opioid crisis just as the first federal trial over the crisis was due to begin Monday in Cleveland, according to a lead lawyer for the local governments suing the drug industry. The tentative […]

Juvenile symposium addresses race and inclusion

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The Morgan City News-Dispatch

10/10/2019

WESTVILLE – The La Porte Circuit Court’s annual Juvenile Symposium dealt with some of the most sensitive topics in law enforcement today: race, equity and inclusion. On Saturday, more than 160 stakeholders took part in the symposium at Purdue University Northwest’s Westville campus. The purpose was to “provide a venue whereby participants from varying disciplines […]

Google has a new tool aimed at drug addiction recovery

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Deseret News

9/21/2019

Amy Iverson

With 23 million Americans recovering from addiction and 20 million still seeking treatment, Google decided to use its power to help out, resulting in its new Recovery Resource Hub Only 10% of people who struggle with addiction receive treatment, according to the Addiction Center. Sometimes it can be difficult for those wanting help to find it, […]

Cass County Judge Richard Maughmer remembered as ‘tremendous jurist’

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The Indiana Lawyer

9/17/2019

Perhaps as a reflection of his time in the U.S. Air Force, Cass Superior Judge Richard Maughmer ran his court in a no-nonsense manner, and lawyers practicing before him knew they had better be on time, be prepared and follow the rules. “I respected him dearly,” said Yamir Gonzalez Velez, president of the Cass County […]

Restorative justice mediation fosters accountability, lets victims be heard

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/30/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

Nick Philbeck has witnessed repeatedly how the anger crime victims can feel will melt when they sit across the table and see the offender is a 15-year-old kid. Since 2004, Philbeck has worked at the Community Justice & Mediation Center in Bloomington, where he has mediated in the restorative justice program. Now as the restorative […]

Suspect in judges shooting agrees to plead guilty

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/18/19

IL Staff

One of two men accused of confronting three southern Indiana judges, leading to a brawl in which two of the jurists were shot, has agreed to plead guilty, according to court records.

Indiana Drug Court Celebrates 20 Years

October 9, 2019

Steve Malone, Problem Solving Court Director, Monroe Circuit Court

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

5 Ways To Make The Office More Welcoming For People Of All Gender Identities

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NPR

10-16-2019

Yuki Noguchi

A common vocabulary can be an essential ingredient to creating the kind of respect, diversity and inclusiveness that many employers say they aspire to create. Here are some steps that advocates, therapists and human resources experts say can help you be a good colleague. Do your own research. It’s OK to have questions, but rather than […]

3 judges face discipline in Indianapolis shooting

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/16/2019

Olivia Covington

Three judges involved in a May shooting in downtown Indianapolis are each now facing multiple judicial discipline charges. Clark Circuit Judges Andrew Adams and Bradley Jacobs and Crawford Circuit Judge Sabrina Bell each have been charged with violations of Rules 1.2 and 3.1(C) of the Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct for their roles in a […]

New Task Force Seeks Input

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Indiana Office of Court Services

October 9, 2019

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

Corrections and Criminal Code Study Committee Update

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Indiana General Assembly

October 8, 2019

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

Indiana’s struggle with insanity defense mirrors coming SCOTUS case

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The Indiana Lawyer

9/5/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

A case that split the Indiana Supreme Court last December over a criminal defendant’s mental capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions dovetails into a larger question looming before the U.S. Supreme Court — whether states have to provide laws that allow for an insanity defense. Cases raising the issue of how much evidence […]

How To Talk To Teens About Vaping

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NPR

10/06/2019

Emily Vaughn

Vape pens are easy to conceal, they’re easy to confuse with other electronic gadgets like USB flash drives, and they generally don’t leave lingering smells on clothes. All these things make them appealing to underage users, and confounding to parents. Gone are the days when sniffing a teenager’s jacket or gym bag counted as passive […]

IU conducts probation revocation study to combat mass incarceration

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Indiana Daily Student

10/06/2019

Claire Peters

IU is working with the Monroe County Circuit Court Probation Department to decrease the number of people sent to jail over probation violations as part of a nationwide study conducted to reduce mass incarceration. When people are on probation, if they break any of the rules, such as not showing up for appointments, they are […]

Divided ruling: Felony reduced to misdemeanor means longer expungement wait

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The Indiana Lawyer

9/6/2019

The Indiana Court of Appeals on Friday asked the Indiana General Assembly for guidance as it sharply divided over whether minor felonies reduced to misdemeanor convictions should trigger new five-year waiting periods for people seeking to expunge their criminal records. The majority ruled they should, a result the dissenting judge called “unjust and ill-advised.” The […]

Stakeholders praise pretrial reforms at statewide summit

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/04/2019

Olivia Covington

Across Indiana, 44 local jails are currently at capacity. But if half of all pretrial detainees were released, that number would fall to 11. State Rep. Greg Steuerwald presented that statistic Friday during the opening session of the Indiana Pretrial Summit. Interdisciplinary teams from all 92 counties gathered in Indianapolis to learn about pretrial best […]

POPAI 2019 Election Results

CJ Miller, District 5 was re-elected as Treasurer Melanie Pitstick, Marion County was re-elected as District Five Representative Due to not receiving any nominations for Districts 1 and 3, the Board filled the vacancies. Robert Schuster (District 1) Sarah Lochner (District 3) were nominated by the Board and accepted the positions/terms. The full Board Member […]

Call for Papers – 2020 Justice Services Conference

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10/3/2019

Indiana Office of Court Services

The Indiana Office of Court Services is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the 2020 Justice Services Conference. The conference will be held on April 27-29, 2020 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 […]

Mears steps into top job, halts minor marijuana prosecutions

Indiana Lawyer

10/2/2019

Marilyn Odendahl and Olivia Covington

A week after he became acting Marion County prosecutor, Ryan Mears announced the office will no longer be prosecuting defendants accused of possessing 30 grams or less of marijuana. “Too often, an arrest for marijuana possession puts individuals into the system who otherwise would not be,” Mears said at a press conference Sept. 30 announcing […]

Judicial commission investigating shooting involving judges

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The Indiana Lawyer

9/11/2019

Olivia Covington

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications is investigating the May 1 shooting that left two Clark County judges wounded and one convicted of misdemeanor battery, the Indiana Supreme Court confirmed Wednesday. A court spokeswoman said the JQC is investigating the shooting outside of a downtown Indianapolis White Castle that put Clark County Judges Andrew Adams […]

Public invited to comment on proposed rules for pretrial services

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Posted

9/30/2019

To the Bench, Bar and Public: The Board of Directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference is seeking public comment on proposed new rules for the certification of pretrial services. The proposed rules include: Procedures for certification through the Indiana Office of Court Services The creation of a multidisciplinary pretrial policy team Pretrial services staff requirements […]

2019 Gang Trends & Updates November 6th, 2019 Hosted by The Midwest Gang Investigators Association Indiana Chapter

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The Midwest Gang Investigators Association Indiana Chapter invites you to attend: 2019 Gang Trends & Updates November 6th, 2019 In conjunction with the Indiana State Police (ISP), Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC), and the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD). LOCATION: Monroe Convention Center ADDRESS: 302 South College Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47403 8-hours of ILEA training […]

Criminal suspects can’t be forced to pay for their own GPS monitoring, court rules

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Arizona Republic

10/01/2019

Lauren Castle

Judge Peter Swann (from left), Judge Paul McMurdie and Judge Lawrence Winthrop hear arguments in Hiskett v. Hon. Lambert/State at the Arizona Court of Appeals in Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo: Thomas Hawthorne/The Republic) A state law allowing the electronic monitoring of people accused of sex offenses does not give counties the authority to force defendants […]

Arnold Ventures and the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance Announce 10 Jurisdictions Selected as Probation Research and Reform Sites

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CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance

9/24/2019

New York, New York – Today, Arnold Ventures and the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) announced the selection of 10 jurisdictions to participate in the Reducing Revocations Challenge, a national initiative dedicated to transforming probation supervision and reducing the number of unnecessary failures. The Challenge was launched in response to the growing […]

Chief justice: ‘We were tough on drugs, but now we need to be smart’

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Herald-Times

09/25/2019

Laura Lane

Indiana’s top judge says nothing in her lifetime has hit society and the courts as hard as the festering opioid epidemic that has swept the nation. “This opioid crisis caught us all sort of flat-footed. We saw the addiction wave coming and we have not been good at addressing it.” That was Indiana Supreme Court […]

(Monroe Circuit Court) Probation Department Donates to Vets

Herald Times

In celebration of the 2019 Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week, the Monroe Circuit Court probation department staff completed a service project for veterans. The department collected donations to provide gift bags to local veterans in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs Bloomington Community-Based Outpatient Clinic and the VA’s Bloomington Mental Health Clinic. The […]

Man gets maximum prison term for shooting at probation officers in Billings

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Billings Gazette

9/17/2019

Phoebe Tollefson

The man who fired 15 times at his probation officers inside his Billings home in 2018 was given the maximum prison term Tuesday. Michael Jeffrey Anderson, 62, was sentenced to 40 years in the Montana State Prison, as prosecutors had sought. Yellowstone County District Judge Donald Harris also imposed a 20-year parole restriction. Defense attorney […]

POPAI and IACCAC Testify at the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code

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9/18/2019

POPAI and IACCAC leadership made a joint presentation at the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code on September 18, 2019.  The topic was concerning trends in community supervision. We were able to show the increase in community corrections population from July 2015 to September 2019.                   […]

Washington probation officers save woman’s life with gummy bears, apple juice

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K5 News

8/27/2019

Katherine Cook

It was a rewarding night’s work for two Washington probation officers when they saved a woman’s life while conducting a routine home check. WOODLAND, Washington — The Washington State Department of Corrections is commending two community corrections officers who helped save a woman’s life. It happened in Woodland during a routine home check. “Some days […]

2019 POPAI Founder’s Award Winner: Troy Hatfield

On Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) annual fall conference, Troy Hatfield, Deputy Chief Probation Officer of the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department and vice president of POPAI, was awarded the “Founder’s Award”. The “Founder’s Award” is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the […]

2019 Line Probation Officer of the Year Award Winner: Lindsay Long

On Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) annual fall conference, Lindsay Long, a probation officer with Miami County Probation, was presented the Line Probation Officer of the Year Award. The Line Probation Officer of the Year Award was established in 2014 to recognize line probation officers who have […]

2019 Knepple Scholarship Award Winner: Elizabeth Darenski

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

Chief Justice Rush Reflects On Lack Of Judicial Diversity In Indiana

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Indiana Public Media

09/13/2019

Brandon Smith

A recent study shows state Supreme Courts across the country lack gender and racial diversity – and Indiana is no exception. All but three of the 110 justices in Hoosier State history have been white men. Indiana Public Broadcasting Statehouse reporter Brandon Smith talks with Chief Justice Loretta Rush – the state’s first female chief […]

2019 IACCAC Fall Training Institute

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Conference Theme: “Stages of Change” The 2019 IACCAC Fall Training Institute will be held on November 20-22, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency  Indianapolis, located at One South Capitol, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. (Intensive sessions begin on November 19, 2019). The 2019 IACCAC Fall Training Institute will feature… Wednesday – Keynote: Dialogue and Collective Leadership: Co-Creating Cultural […]

Do Cash Rewards For Crime Tips Work?

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NPR

09/17/2019

Cheryl Corley

Remember those old “wanted” posters on TV Westerns? They offered rewards for handing over a person to law enforcement. In more recent times, rewards are less about bounty hunting and more about persuading people to provide information that can help solve a crime. It’s an attempt to use money to overcome fear and apathy, and […]

Jury awards husband and wife prison employees $11.4M in racial discrimination case

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Detroit Free Press

9/9/2019

Paul Egan

LANSING – An all-white jury in Genesee County awarded $11.4 million Monday to two black Corrections Department workers in a case alleging racial discrimination and retaliation. The jury found that Lisa Griffey, a probation officer, was discriminated against and harassed because she is black. The jury found that her husband, Cedric Griffey, was retaliated against until […]

A sixth person died from vaping-related lung disease. Here’s what you need to know

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CNN

9/12/2019

Jacqueline Howard

(CNN) A sixth person in the United States has died from lung disease related to vaping, Kansas health officials said Tuesday. The woman was older than 50 and had a history of health problems. She became seriously ill shortly after she started using e-cigarettes and her symptoms progressed rapidly. It’s not clear what type of […]

AZ Court: State Can’t Force Defendants to Pay for GPS Monitors

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Public News Service

8/27/2019

Mark Richardson

KINGMAN, Ariz. — An Arizona appeals court has ruled a defendant whose trial is pending cannot be forced to either pay hefty fees for GPS monitoring or wait in jail. The ACLU of Arizona challenged before the Arizona Court of Appeals the case of a man who was released while awaiting trial, couldn’t afford to pay hundreds […]

To Safely Cut Incarceration, States Rethink Responses to Supervision Violations

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Pew Charitable Trust

7/16/2019

Issue Brief Pew Charitable Trust

Overview Recent research from The Pew Charitable Trusts found that about 4.5 million people in the United States are on community supervision as of 2016. Probation and parole provide a measure of accountability while allowing those who would otherwise have been incarcerated or have already served a term behind bars to meet their obligations to […]

Scientists Unveil Weed Breathalyzer, Launching Debate Over Next Steps

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NPR

09/05/2019

Francesca Paris

The alcohol Breathalyzer came to life slowly, over the course of decades. From the 1930s through the 1960s, scientists, lawmakers, police and the public quarreled over the veracity of the numbers spit out by the device, the appropriate legal limit for drivers and whether they could trust a machine over a cop’s testimony. Today, the same […]

Indiana Officials Call Meth Emerging Drug Crisis

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WBAA

8/9/2019

Carter Barrett

Meth – this is the drug the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse says needs more attention. The commission met Thursday to discuss the emerging drug, in a shift that comes after years of statewide focus on the opioid epidemic. A recent preliminary Centers for Disease Control report shows promising signs that the opioid epidemic may be […]

Probation and Parole Systems Marked by High Stakes, Missed Opportunities

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PEW

9/25/2019

Issue Brief, Pew Charitable Trusts

Overview Incarceration has long dominated the national conversation on criminal justice, because the U.S. prison population skyrocketed between the 1980s and late 2000s. Starting in 2007, policymakers seeking to protect public safety, improve accountability, and save taxpayer dollars initiated a wave of bipartisan reforms that has reduced the number of people behind bars in many […]

Feds to revamp confidentiality rules for addiction treatment

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ABC News

8/22/2019

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press

Federal health officials proposed Thursday to revamp stringent patient confidentiality regulations from the 1970s to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating people caught in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the goal is to make it easier to share a patient’s drug treatment history with doctors treating that person […]

Justices: Decades-old rule in fixed plea modifications still stands

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The Indiana Lawyer

8/17/2019

Olivia Covington

In upholding a decades-old rule recently codified through a legislative amendment, the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled in companion cases that trial courts can only modify a sentence entered as part of a fixed-plea agreement if the modified sentence would not have violated the plea agreement at the time the sentence was originally imposed. The […]

Teen murder wavier to adult court affirmed; police custody issue splits COA

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The Indiana Lawyer

8/19/2019

Dave Stafford

A juvenile court’s rulings in a murder case implicating a 15-year-old boy who had gone to the police station to answer questions after he had been treated for stab wounds were upheld Monday by the Indiana Court of Appeals. The panel affirmed the Lake Superior Court’s finding that there was probable cause to find O.E.W. […]

(Kosciusko) County Council Approves Adding Probation Officer

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Times Union

8/22/2019

The Kosciusko County Probation Department will get a new officer in 2020 after Judge David Cates further explained Thursday to the county council how Criminal Rule 26 will affect the county. During a budget hearing Monday, he asked the council to reconsider their decision to not approve any additional probation officers for 2020 because of […]

CNN Host Van Jones Sees Urgency in Movement for Probation and Parole Reform

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The Chronicle of Social Change

08/22/2019

Jeremy Loudenback

“Timing is everything,” CNN host and author Van Jones told a room full of law enforcement officials, gathered in San Francisco on Monday for the announcement of a new initiative that hopes to drastically shrink the number of Americans under the supervision of probation or parole. In recent years, the number of people on adult parole […]

States are trying to change a system that keeps poor people in jail. The bail industry is blocking them.

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CNN

08/30/2019

Collete Richards and Drew Griffen

On the side of a building just outside the county jail in Des Moines, Iowa, there is a drive-thru window. But it is not dishing out burgers and fries. The main item on its menu is freedom, and it can come at a steep price. “Get your bail bond here. Don’t wait at jail,” reads […]

Leaders on the Front Lines of Probation and Parole Propose an Exit From a Broken Status Quo

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Arnold Ventures

08/19/2019

Michael Hardy

Probation and parole were invented in the 19th century as alternatives to prison. Today, however, they too often function as traps that keep people entangled with the criminal justice system, sending them back behind bars for mere technical violations like missing an appointment with a probation officer or failing a drug test, and contributing to […]

County to implement pretrial release rule

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The Elkhart Truth

8/19/2019

Jordan Fouts

Effort aims to get low-level offenders out of jail faster GOSHEN — People facing lower-level criminal charges who pose little risk to re-offend may get out of jail quicker under new rules that go into effect next year. The state guideline, called Criminal Rule 26, was piloted in 11 counties after the Indiana Supreme Court […]

Susan Rice, Miami County’s CPO Takes Oath of Office as APPA’s Vice President

POPAI’s own Susan Rice takes the Oath of Office as the newly elected Vice President of the American Probation and Parole Association in San Francisco. Election Results The American Probation and Parole Association is pleased to announce the election of new officers and members of its Board of Directors. The newly elected officers are Brian Lovins, […]

Addiction Clinics Market Unproven Infusion Treatments To Desperate Patients

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NPR

08/22/2019

Jake Harper

Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days. “He was reaching for things, and he was talking to Bill Gates and he was talking to somebody else I’m just certain he hasn’t met,” his mother, Cheryl, says. She remembers finding […]

Elkhart officials announce new whole-family rehab program for juvenile offenders

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WNDU

8/16/2019

Ibrahim Samra

ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) – Officials in Elkhart announced an innovative rehabilitation program on Friday to help juvenile offenders get back on their feet. “Working together is the only way we are going to solve juvenile delinquency,” Elkhart Juvenile Court Magistrate Deborah Domine said. It’s a nationwide problem that officials are trying to solve locally in Elkhart. […]

Loretta Rush Reappointed As Indiana Chief Justice

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Indiana Public Media

08/21/2019

Brandon Smith

Loretta Rush will continue to serve as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court for another five years.The state’s Judicial Nominating Commission officially reappointed her Wednesday. Rush’s reappointment as chief justice was a foregone conclusion as the commission formally met with each member of the five-person court. The other justices talked about challenges the court […]

New law lets some defendants’ community service offset court costs

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The Indiana Lawyer

8/7/2019

Olivia Covington

In the criminal justice world, indigency is a binary question: you either are, or you aren’t. But the reality is often not so black and white — just because you’re not indigent doesn’t mean you’re not hurting for money. In the gap between people of means and people in poverty, the criminal justice system can […]

Meet Tommy Rieman: POPAI Fall Conference Closing Session Speaker

Tommy Rieman is a decorated Army Veteran, Silver Star Recipient, AND a member of the first graduating class of a Veteran’s Treatment Court in North Carolina. Tommy served 15 years in the US Army as an infantryman and was deployed three times. His favorite job in the Army was his time on a LRS (Long […]

MDMA, or Ecstasy, Shows Promise as a PTSD Treatment

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NPR

08/14/2019

Will Stone

The first time Lori Tipton tried MDMA, she was skeptical it would make a difference. “I really was, at the beginning, very nervous,” Tipton remembers. MDMA is the main ingredient in club drugs ecstasy or molly. But Tipton wasn’t taking pills sold on the street to get high at a party. She was trying to […]

Last Indiana county open for voluntary e-filing

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The Indiana Lawyer

08/12/2019

IL staff

Electronic filing is available in each of Indiana’s 92 counties now that Sullivan County rolled out voluntary e-filing this month. Sullivan Circuit and Superior Courts were the last to make the e-filing transition across Indiana’s 92 counties, implementing voluntary e-filing Friday and concluding the statewide rollout in county courts. E-filing will become mandatory in Sullivan […]

It’s The Go-To Drug To Treat Opioid Addiction. Why Won’t More Pharmacies Stock It?

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NPR

08/13/2019

Nina Feldman

Louis Morano knows what he needs, and he knows where to get it. Morano, 29, has done seven stints in rehab for opioid addiction in the past 15 years. So, he has come to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city’s overdose crisis. […]

POPAI 2019 Fall Conference: Time to Register and Book Your Room

The Fall Conference is just around the corner. Remember to register and book your stay since the hotel fills up quickly. Plan to arrive around 11 am on Wednesday September 4th so you can check in and attend the Opening Session and Keynote with Harvey Alston at 1 then find a breakout session. On Thursday […]

Habitual offender enhancement in plea not involuntary, COA holds

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Indiana Lawyer

8/8/2019

Katie Stancombe

The denial of a prisoner’s petition for post-conviction relief has been upheld after the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded the man’s guilty plea that included a habitual criminal offender enhancement was not involuntary. After Alandus James was charged with Class D felony battery on a child, Class D felony strangulation and Class D felony residential […]

‘I do not understand’: David, Rush publish sharp dissent to CHINS transfer denial

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Indiana Lawyer

7/25/2019

Olivia Covington

In a published dissent to a denial of transfer, two Indiana Supreme Court justices had sharp words for the Department of Child Services and the lower courts that, according to the dissent, did not take advantage of an opportunity to “make things right” for a father and his two children. Majority justices Mark Massa, Geoffrey […]

POPAI Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief with Court of Appeals — UPDATE

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07/25/2019

UPDATE: The Indiana Supreme Court denied transfer of the case on July 25, 2019.  The Indiana Court of Appeals opinion (in our favor) was certified on July 29, 2019.  Read the Court of Appeals opinion here.     On January 22, 2019, POPAI authorized the filing of an Amicus Curiae brief drafted by counsel hired […]

Bartholomew County Jail to begin new addiction treatment program

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WTHR

08/05/2019

Jennie Runevitch

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — The Bartholomew County Jail has a new plan to battle Indiana’s ongoing problem of drug addiction. They’re advertising for a new position — Jail Addiction Treatment Program Coordinator. That person will work to break a cycle so many communities are dealing with: addiction, arrest, jail, repeat. By late winter, getting locked […]

Meet Harvey Alston: POPAI Fall Conference Keynote Speaker

Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America, Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Harvey Alston brings to the finish line. Harvey Alston has […]

There’s not just corn in Indiana

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The Paper of Montgomery County

8/2/2019

Joe LaRue

This summer and spring have been by all accounts the worst summer and spring for farming in quite a while, and not just here in the county. Corn and soybean farmers across Indiana, Ohio and Illinois suffered delayed planting caused by record-setting spring rains. Hoping for the wet to recede but not vanish, some farmers […]

Hemp vs Marijuana: The Difference Explained (2019 Update)

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CBD Origin

5/19/2019

Aaron Cadena

The difference between hemp vs marijuana is a subject that is all to often improperly explained.

Lake County Juvenile Court partners with Ivy Tech to prepare kids for adulthood

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NWITimes

7/27/2019

Sarah Reese

CROWN POINT — Five boys being held at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center listened intently Monday as Ivy Tech Community College instructor Alicia Hampton walked them through the basics of welding. “I don’t know what to do,” said one boy, the first to try a welding simulator Hampton brought with her. “I’m going to […]

Settlement reached in suit over bail system (Texas)

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Texarkana Gazette

7/28/2019

Associated Press

HOUSTON—A settlement that ensures most misdemeanor defendants are quickly released and don’t languish in jail has been reached in a federal lawsuit over the bail system in Texas’ most populous county, officials announced Friday. The bail system in Harris County, where Houston is located, had been deemed unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal, who […]

Indiana Office of Court Services – Justice Services Deputy Director Angie Hensley

Email

8/1/2019

MK Hudson

I am pleased to announce that Angie Hensley has been appointed to serve as the IOCS Justice Services Deputy Director. Angie has worked at IOCS as a program coordinator within the Justice Services Division since 2011. Her duties have included developing and conducting evidence-based practice trainings for probation officers and problem solving courts; developing distance […]

Seizures Of Methamphetamine Are Surging In The U.S.

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NPR

07/29/2019

Martha Bebinger

Methamphetamine, an illegal drug that sends the body into overdrive, is surging through the United States. Federal drug data provided exclusively to NPR show seizures of meth by authorities have spiked, rising 142% between 2017 and 2018. “Seizures indicate increasing trafficking in these drugs,” says John Eadie, public health coordinator for the federal government’s National […]

Susan Rice, Miami County’s CPO Elected APPA Vice President

POPAI’s own Susan Rice has been elected Vice President of the American Probation and Parole Association. The good news was announced in an email: Election Results The American Probation and Parole Association is pleased to announce the election of new officers and members of its Board of Directors. The newly elected officers are Brian Lovins, […]

POPAI 2019 Election: Slate, Request an Absentee Ballot, and Meet the Candidates

The Elections Page is now updated with current information about the 2019 POPAI Board Election. Request an Absentee Ballot Meet the Candidates  

Indiana woman steals dentures, wears them to meeting with probation officer: police

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Fox News

An Indiana sheriff’s office took a “bite out of crime” Monday when they caught a woman wearing a set of dentures “that clearly were not hers” at her own probation meeting. Earlier that day, someone reported that a woman, identified as Joann Childers, from Jennings County, stole her teeth and accused her of wearing them around. A probation officer who […]

Marion County Runs Felon-Focused Addiction Treatment

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Indiana Public Media

7/12/2019

BENTE BOUTHIER

Opioid drug abuse continues to plague the state, particularly with populations who are or have been incarcerated. Nearly 20 percent of people sentenced to state prison or jail report regular opioid use according to the Substance Abuse and Mental health Administration. This is dangerous because people’s tolerance to opioids goes down while they are incarcerated, […]

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

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Associated Press

6/25/19

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) –  Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the 11th state to do so and the first to implement a comprehensive statewide cannabis marketplace designed by legislators. Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal […]

Final days to nominate someone for Founder’s, Rookie Probation Officer, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

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The due date for Fall Awards nominations is August 5, 2019. Remember, if emailing the form and documentation, use cwood@vanderburghgov.org. Full Details

Man’s ‘barely legible’ suit against judge, clerk, DOC staff rightly tossed

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Indiana Lawyer

7/19/2019

Dave Stafford

Despite recent changes to the Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct meant to aid pro se litigants’ ability to be heard in court, an appellate panel ruled Friday that an inmate’s suit against a judge, a clerk and others was so confusing and repetitive that it was rightly dismissed. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the […]

Wasp spray used as alternative meth, contributed to three overdoses

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WISHTV 8

7/18/2019

WLFA/CNN Newsource

 BOONE COUNTY, W. Va. (WFLA/CNN) – Police in West Virginia say they’re seeing a dangerous trend in Boone county. Authorities say some drug abusers are using wasp spray as an alternative form of meth and the practice may have contributed to several overdoses. On Friday, stores in Boone County reported selling nearly 30 cans […]

Organizations team up to bring awareness to child sexual abuse in southwest Indiana

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14 News

5/23/2019

Chellsie Brown

Organizations team up to bring awareness to child sexual abuse in southwest Indiana See original article for video. EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – Several organizations teamed up to bring awareness to the rising issue of child sexual abuse in southwest Indiana. Authorities, survivors, and organizations that work to help victims all listened to each others stories. […]

Court must consider competency in community corrections revocation, COA says

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The Indiana Lawyer

7/15/2019

Dave Stafford

A convicted robber whose community corrections placement was revoked was denied due process because a court failed to consider his competency after evaluations had been ordered, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled

GPS monitoring helps domestic violence victims not live in fear

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News 4 Jax

7/8/2019

Joy Purdy

(Video in original article.) FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Victims of domestic violence often have little more than a piece of paper to protect them from their attackers. But some local agencies — like the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office — are working to change that. Flagler County has been using a GPS ankle monitoring system for […]

Positive Momentum Showing in Indiana’s Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

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wlfi.com

6/19/2019

Anna Darling

A new report said Indiana’s numbers are down more than 35% since 2013. Nationally, that average number is only at 33%. INDIANA, (WLFI) – After years of a constant uphill battle against the opioid epidemic, Indiana is seeing some positive change. New numbers from the American Medical Association show Indiana’s opioid prescription drug rates are going down faster than […]

Juvenile incarceration, crime falling nationwide

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Indiana Lawyer

7/10/2019

Olivia Covington

Across the country, the number of youth who are incarcerated is down. In 2017, 43,580 minors were incarcerated, a 4 percent drop from 2016. Compare those numbers with 2001, when 104,219 juveniles were detained – 58 percent more than in 2017. Juvenile incarceration peaked in 2000, according The Sentencing Project, and has been on a downward decline […]

11 counties test Indiana’s bail bond relief pilot program

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Washington Post

7/7/2019

Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) – Officials in Porter County and 10 other Indiana counties are testing a risk-assessment program to determine whether people who have been arrested should be required to post bail while awaiting trial. Melanie Golumbeck, Porter County’s chief adult probation officer, said Indiana’s pretrial release program that launched in March 2017 evaluates jail […]

County receives grants for Veterans’, Family Recovery courts

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The Star

7/2/2019

Kathryn Bassett

AUBURN — DeKalb County has received grant funds totaling $142,579 for the DeKalb County’s Veterans’ Treatment Court and Family Recovery Court programs, the DeKalb County Council heard Monday. Assistant Chief Probation Officer and Veterans’ Court coordinator Ryan Hull announced the grants and outlined how the funds would be used during Monday’s county council meeting. The […]

Hendricks Judge Freese suspended 45 days over friend’s estate theft

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/4/2019

Olivia Covington

Hendricks Superior Judge Robert W. Freese has been suspended from judicial office without pay for 45 days after appointing a friend as a trustee of an estate case he was presiding over and failing to take action when the friend did not fulfill his duties, resulting in a “massive theft.” Freese’s judicial suspension will take […]

Elkhart man revives efforts for new trial in 2002 murder

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The Indiana Lawyer

07/11/2019

Olivia Covington

A mentally disabled man serving a 55-year prison sentence for a murder 17 years ago that he maintains he did not commit is reviving his efforts for post-conviction relief. Andrew Royer has filed a successive PCR petition in the Elkhart Circuit Court, alleging new evidence that he says proves he is actually innocent of the […]

Malware Attack on LaPorte County results in change of email submission for the Knepple Scholarship Application and awards presented at the Fall Conference

Karen Oeding, POPAI Website Administrator

A malware attack on LaPorte County’s system has rendered email sent on or after July 5, 2019 (and continues at the time of the writing of this article) to our Board Member and Chair of Awards and Recognition Committee Bob Schuster unretrievable. Knepple Scholarship Applications returned via email on or after July 5 must be […]

Important Change In Submission of 2019 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award Applications

Last week, LaPorte County was the target of a Malware Attack. All email sent since July 5, 2019 to our Board Member and Chair of Awards and Recognition Committee Bob Schuster is unretrievable. Knepple Scholarship Applications returned via email on or after July 5 must be resubmitted to Cherie Wood cwood@vanderburghgov.org. We are extending the […]

How France Cut Heroin Overdoses by 79 Percent in 4 Years And the United States could, too

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The Atlantic

4/16/2018

Olga Khazan

In the 1980s, France went through a heroin epidemic in which hundreds of thousands became addicted. Mohamed Mechmache, a community activist, described the scene in the poor banlieuesback then: “To begin with, they would disappear to shoot up. But after a bit we’d see them all over the place, in the stairwells and halls, the […]

Going straight – Some offenders trade jail time for skills through Ripley County’s Community Corrections initiative

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The Herald-Tribune

07/01/2019

Debbie Blank

VERSAILLES – After Ripley County Circuit Court Judge Ryan King and Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Sharp took their offices in 2015, they successfully pursued a Community Corrections grant from the Indiana Department of Correction. The focus was to come up with alternatives to prison to lessen overcrowding. At the same time, Ripley County Court Services […]

Judge certifies class action in Henry County Jail overcrowding suit

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/27/2019

Dave Stafford

Current and former inmates at the Henry County Jail will proceed as a class in a federal lawsuit broadly alleging overcrowded, unconstitutional and inhumane conditions at the facility in New Castle. Indiana Southern District Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker on Tuesday granted a motion for class certification on behalf of more than 100 current inmates, […]

Nominations are now being accepted for Founder’s, Rookie Probation Officer, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

Nominations are being accepted until August 5, 2019 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 […]

New Analysis Shows How Parole and Probation Violations Significantly Impact States’ Prison Populations and Budgets

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The Council of State Governments Justice Center

6/18/2019

The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff

 New data released today by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center reveal the startling extent to which probation and parole violations contribute to states’ high prison admissions and populations, as well as the subsequent cost to taxpayers. The report — Confined and Costly: How Supervision Violations Are Filling Prisons and Burdening Budgets […]

How Chicago Women Created The World’s First Juvenile Justice System

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WBEZ

05/11/2019

Quinn Myers

Today, if you’re under 18 and charged with a crime, your case will likely be decided, and punishment meted out, through a legal system designed for minors. But until the beginning of the 20th century, kids under the age of 18 were tried — and jailed or imprisoned — alongside adults. That is, until the […]

Suspects charged in judges’ shooting, judge also charged with felony battery

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/28/2019

A Clark County judge and the two men initially suspected of shooting two judges in May have been charged with felonies related to the shooting. Charges against Clark Circuit Judge Andrew Adams and Indianapolis residents Brandon Kaiser and Alfredo Vazquez were filed Friday. Adams is charged with two counts of felony battery, four counts of misdemeanor battery […]

Illinois becomes the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana

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CNN

06/25/2019

Veronica Stracqualursi

Illinois is now the 11th state in the United States to legalize the purchase and possession of recreational marijuana. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill Tuesday that allows adults 21 and over in the state to buy and possess small amounts of the drug. Adults will be able to purchase and possess 30 grams […]

Henry, Madison counties considering possible shared jail

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The Indiana Lawyer

06/24/2019

Associated Press

Officials from two central Indiana counties are considering the possibility of opening a regional jail that they would share. County council members from Madison and Henry counties are expected to meet soon to discuss the process for what could be combined 800-bed facility. State Rep. Thomas Saunders of New Castle told The Herald Bulletin of […]

Lake County juvenile probation program undergoing transformation

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Northwest Indiana Times

06/17/2019

Sarah Reese

CROWN POINT — After reducing the number of children held in juvenile detention by more than 70 percent since 2010, Lake County now is shifting its focus to better preparing kids on probation for adulthood. Lake Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak said he has given juvenile probation officers a clear directive to “treat (clients) as […]

‘Wake-Up Call’ About A Broken System: New Study Shows Failings Of Probation, Parole

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NPR

06/18/2019

Carrie Johnson

Nearly half the people admitted to state prisons in the U.S. are there because of violations of probation or parole, according to a new nationwide study that highlights the personal and economic costs of the practice. The Council of State Governments Justice Center said the majority of these violations are for “minor infractions,” such as failing a […]

Knepple Scholarship Applicants: Send in your form soon

Applicants for the Knepple Scholarship should act quickly and apply on or before July 12, 2019 More information including the downloadable application Questions? Contact Bob Schuster, Chair of Awards and Recognition Committee at 219-326-6808 Ext. 2511 or your POPAI District Representative.

Report: Indiana opioid prescriptions fell by 35% since 2013

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The Indiana Lawyer

6/17/19

Associated Press

A national report says opioid prescriptions in Indiana have decreased by 35.1 percent over five years. The American Medical Association Opioid Task Force 2019 Progress Report shows Indiana’s reduction in opioid prescriptions from 2013 to 2018 is two percentage points higher than the national average of 33 percent.

Deadline for Intent To Run Forms approaches

Please submit your Intent to Run in the 2019 POPAI Elections soon, the deadline is Sunday July 7, 2019. Up for election in 2019: Vice-President Treasurer District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 POPAI District 6 Representative Andria Geigle, is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent to Run Form The Intent to Run […]

The FDA Just Approved the First Generic Nasal Spray to Reverse Opioid Overdoses

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Time

4/22/2019

Jamie Ducharme

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced that it granted final approval to the first generic naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray, which can be used to reverse opioid overdoses. The approval is part of the FDA’s wider effort to make tools for stopping or preventing opioid overdoses more accessible and widely used. The agency […]

7th Circuit rules DOC sex offender program violates Constitution

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/26/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

Finding the disclosures provide information that any law enforcement agent “would love to have,” the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Indiana’s requirement that sex offender inmates give detailed accounts of their past actions violates the Constitution’s protections against self-incrimination. Donald Lacy, a sex offender inmate in the Indiana Department of Correction, filed a class […]

No charges for personal drug possession: Seattle’s bold gamble to bring ‘peace’ after the war on drugs

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The Washington Post

6/11/2019

Justin Jouvenal

SEATTLE — Police officers sprang from a black patrol van on a recent day, surrounding two men smoking crack on a gritty downtown block. The officers asked for ID and confiscated a homemade pipe fashioned from glass and surgical hose.. Such stops have played out for decades on the front lines of the war on […]

Prosecutor, probation officer disagree on sentencing in drug case

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Greenfield Reporter

4/24/2019

HANCOCK COUNTY — If the sentencing is handed down the way deputy prosecutor David Thornburg believes it should be, a couple who were involved in a drug overdose in a Greenfield motel room will face jail time. Grant Hoefener, 33, Indianapolis, and his wife, Crystal Lee, 28, Anderson, were scheduled to be sentenced on multiple […]

Re-Making Bail

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CBS News

June 2, 2019

Sari Aviv

“Anger got the better of me,” said Bill Peyser, who took what was meant to be a noise complaint to another level, when he brought the handgun with him. Back in April of 2017, he got so frustrated with his loud neighbors, that instead of just knocking on their door, surveillance cameras captured him pointing […]

APPA Position Paper: Use of Social Media as a Supervision Tool

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American Probation and Parole Association Technology Committee

Social media platforms allow users to engage with each other using the Internet to participate in, comment on, and create content, including photos and videos, as a means of communication. Examples of social media include blogs, social networking sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr and Instagram), and other location-based networks. Social media […]

New Indiana Laws Will Make Accessing Substance Addiction Treatment Easier

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Eagle Country

6/3/2019

Mike Perleberg

Senate Enrolled Act 33 and House Enrolled Act 1175 will make it easier for Hoosiers with drug addiction to receive treatment. (Indianapolis, Ind.) – A bill recently signed by Governor Eric Holcomb is expanding the number of opioid treatment centers in Indiana. In 2017, nearly 1,800 Hoosiers died of opioid overdoses, an all-time high for the […]

More states sue opioid maker alleging deceptive marketing

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AP

6/4/2019

Andrew Oxford

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California, Hawaii, Maine and the District of Columbia filed lawsuits Monday against the maker of OxyContin and the company’s former president, alleging the firm falsely promoted the drug by downplaying the risk of addiction while it emerged as one of the most widely abused opioids in the U.S. The lawsuits were […]

Illinois is close to legalizing recreational marijuana. Here’s what that means for Indiana.

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Indianapolis Star

6/6/2019

Dwight Adams

Indiana could soon have another next-door neighbor that allows recreational marijuana use. Illinois is on the verge of legalizing marijuana with major new legislation that also would expunge criminal records of people with minor pot possession convictions. The Illinois legislature gave final approval to the bill last week, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he […]

Workplace drug use an ongoing challenge

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The Herald Tribune

6/4/2019

New resources, including important state workforce recovery guidelines and a supporting video toolkit to assist in their implementation, are now available for Indiana employers dealing with drug use in the workplace. In addition, a new statewide survey finds many employers underestimating the impact on their own organizations and are not seeking tools to help them […]

Prisoner rights case challenges forced labor in private prisons

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/15/2019

Olivia Covington

When a defendant is convicted and sentenced to prison, it’s expected that they will be required to work while incarcerated. But a group of inmates at the New Castle Correctional Facility, Indiana’s only privately run state prison, have brought a unique legal challenge that could limit the scope of what inmates at private prisons are […]

Tired Of Being ‘Dope Sick,’ A Drug User Gets Help From Police To Get Sober

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NPR

05/26/2019

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

Two key ingredients came together for Shannon McCarty to get off drugs in late 2017: connections and timing. “The police showed up because they said they got a call that we were shooting up in the car,” Shannon said. Everett police officer, Inci Yarkut walked up to window of the car where Shannon was living. […]

Justices reject marijuana ‘pursuit of happiness’ appeal

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/15/2019

The state’s high court will not partake in arguments that laws criminalizing marijuana violated a man’s right to the pursuit of happiness, snuffing out his challenge to Indiana’s pot prohibition. Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court last week denied transfer in John L. Solomon v. State of Indiana, 18A-CR-2041, which posed to the court the novel question […]

Former Inmates Are Getting Jobs As Employers Ignore Stigma In Bright Economy

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NPR

05/23/2019

Jasmine Garsd

In 1998, Ichard Oden committed a crime that got him sent away for two decades. He was 19. He got out of prison in February. Today, he’s a 40-year-old man with very little job experience. As it turns out, Oden is coming back into society at a time when the economy is booming and attitudes […]

Domestic violence coalition to offer training on pro bono victim representation

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Indiana Lawyer

5/20/2019

Attorneys interested in receiving training on modest means and pro bono representation of domestic violence victims will have an opportunity to do so at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana next month. The Southern District Court announced the “Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Satellite Attorney Recruitment & Training Program” on Friday. […]

Bloomington woman shares her journey to sobriety

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CBS Indy 4

5/21/2019

Debby Knox

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Crissie Brault is a Bloomington woman whose journey to sobriety has been fraught with arrests, the loss of her children, relapse and for now, sobriety. Brault entered a rehab facility in Anderson during the summer of 2018, where she agreed to document her daily struggle to remain sober. In the videos, she […]

Statewide e-filing nears completion end as Clinton, Pike connect

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Indiana Lawyer

5/20/2019

One Indiana county remains to voluntarily implement electronic filing in its circuit and superior courts, wrapping up a years-long effort to make all 92 Indiana counties compliant with a statewide e-filing system. E-filing became available in Clinton and Pike counties Friday, leaving just Sullivan County to make the digital switch before the year’s end. Clinton […]

Marion County deputies, community awarded opportunity to help combat opioid crisis

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WTTV 4

5/13/2019

Courtney Crown

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, along with other community resource leaders, just received enough funding to take part in a nationwide planning initiative to create better care for anyone entering jail while addicted to opioids. Through this money, a group of five will travel to Washington D.C. twice from July 2019 through February 2020 for […]

DiSario family files civil suit against Licking County officials in Kirkersville chief death

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Newark Advocate

5/8/2019

Michaela Sumner, Newark Advocate

NEWARK – The DiSario family has filed a civil lawsuit against several officials in Licking County Municipal Court, alleging their actions led to the death of Kirkersville police chief Steven Eric DiSario two years ago Sunday. According to Licking County court records, a complaint was filed in Licking County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. Plaintiffs […]

Apply for the 2019 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 2019 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference in August. 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 pursuing a Masters […]

Supreme Court again hears arguments in fixed-plea sentence modification cases

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The Indiana Lawyer

5/14/2019

Katie Stancombe

The Indiana Supreme Court once again granted transfer in two cases dealing with issues of modified fixed-plea sentences, hearing back-to-back oral arguments last week. Justices on Thursday heard the cases of State v. Stafford,  86 N.E.3d 190 (Ind. Ct. App. 2017) and Rodriguez v. State, 91 N.E.3d 1033 (Ind. Ct. App. 2018). The high court last year remanded the casesto […]

Judges’ shootings: What happened, and what happens next?

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Indiana Lawyer

5/15/2019

Two Clark County judges are recovering from gunshot wounds in Indianapolis after being shot in downtown Indianapolis earlier this month. Meanwhile, two men accused in the shooting have been released from their bonds after the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office declined to file charges. Clark Circuit Judges Andrew Adams and Bradley Jacobs sustained injuries during an […]

IU McKinney students bring energy, enthusiasm to re-entry program

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Indiana Lawyer

5/13/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

The people who arrive at Magistrate Judge Tim Baker’s courtroom the first Thursday of every month are realizing that the path to redemption requires learning to trust, changing their mindset, sometimes turning away from family and friends, and securing the ordinary things of everyday life like clothes, food and toothpaste. These people are working to […]

ACLU report highlights Indiana’s prison problem

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Indiana Lawyer

5/13/2019

While acknowledging Indiana’s efforts to reform its criminal justice system has slowed the growth of the state’s prison population, a new report by the ACLU of Indiana asserts that additional reforms, including expanded access to treatment for mental health and substance abuse, could reduce the number of incarcerated by 50 percent and save Hoosier taxpayers […]

The Use of Naloxone by Community Supervision Agencies

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APPA

4/1/2019

APPA Technology Committee

The U.S. Surgeon General has recommended that all individuals who may come into contact with opioid abusers carry and know how to use naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug that saves lives (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2018). Because community supervision agencies regularly interact with opioid abusers, it is important they consider equipping […]

Incorporating Location Tracking Systems Into Community Supervision

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APPA

4/11/2019

APPA Technology Committee

For several decades, supervision agencies have been leveraging a variety of technological innovations to better manage justice-involved individuals in the community. Perhaps no tool has captured the imagination of the criminal justice professionals and the public alike as much as location tracking system (LTS) technology, first introduced in 1996. The ability to track an individual […]

Clarksville man arrested in Derby weekend human trafficking sting

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News and Tribune

5/6/2019

Charles Gazaway

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An undercover operation by Louisville Metro police resulted in at least four arrests of men accused of promoting human trafficking over Derby weekend, according to newsgathering partner WAVE3 News. Arrest reports for three of the suspects — Mohith Akula, 27, of Santa Clara, California; Jackson Jones, 54, of Radcliff, Kentucky and […]

Why is unemployment for blacks 86% higher than US average?

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USA Today

5/6/2019

Douglas A. McIntyre

The Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment Situation” data for April appeared to contain nothing but good news. Unemployment dropped to the lowest level since December 1969, as it fell to 3.6%. Jobs added in the month totaled 263,000. Notably, however, the jobs situation for black Americans remains substantially worse than that of almost any other […]

Breaking Through Barriers: Language Access for Crime Victims

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Indiana Court Times

04/01/2019

Lisa Manning and Lun Pieper

As our population continues to diversify, judges encounter an increased demand to provide language access in criminal court proceedings. Although the obligation to provide court interpretation for defendants may be readily apparent, the court’s duty can get murky when a victim requires language access. The obligation becomes less clear when the victim is merely observing […]

County Jails Struggle With A New Role As America’s Prime Centers For Opioid Detox

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NPR

08/24/2019

Eric Westervelt

Faced with a flood of addicted inmates and challenged by lawsuits, America’s county jails are struggling to adjust to an opioid health crisis that has turned many of the jails into their area’s largest drug treatment centers. In an effort to get a handle on the problem, more jails are adding some form of medication-assisted […]

Credit Calculations for Sentencing

The Sentencing Tools Application has been updated to reflect the proper Credit Class P calculations based on Thompson v. State, where a person placed on pretrial home detention earns accrued time (calculated at a day for a day). For all Credit Classes except P, a defendant incarcerated in jail for even 6 to 8 hours prior to posting […]

Miami Correctional Facility Inmate Getting New Trial

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Your News Local from Kokomo Tribune

BUNKER HILL – An inmate at Miami Correctional Facility, who said he was using self-defense when he punched and injured a prison guard who pushed him, is getting a new trial. In February 2018, Michael Hickingbottom was found guilty by a jury of battery resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer, a Level […]

2019 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

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It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2019: Vice-President Treasurer District 1 District 3 District 5 District 7 POPAI District 6 Representative Andria Geigle, is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent to Run Form The Intent to Run form must be sent to Andria by Sunday July 7, 2019 (postmarked, […]

At launch of 100th problem-solving court, judges hail results

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/17/2019

Olivia Covington

Across 50 Indiana counties, 100 courts are operating under a nontraditional judicial model. The proceedings in these courts aren’t adversarial, they’re collaborative, allowing judges, litigants and lawyers to collectively work toward a desired outcome. And the parties aren’t limited to judges, attorneys and clients – community stakeholders are also integral. As Indiana’s 100th problem-solving court […]

Dr. Brian Lovins – Probation Coaches

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Criminal Justice Office Hours

10/17/2018

Dr. Brian Lovins – Assistant Director for Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department – joins the podcast to talk about the state of community corrections and probation officers as coaches. In many agencies, probation officers have been encouraged or been permitted  to follow the job role of “referee.” Because research links supervision effectiveness to officers […]

Public defenders: ‘Pay now or pay later’

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/17/2019

Olivia Covington

In the 2½ years since the Sixth Amendment Center released a report strongly condemning indigent criminal defense in Indiana, public defenders have pressed for reforms. Now, those efforts are beginning to bear fruit as the Indiana General Assembly takes action on reform legislation. The process has been admittedly slow. The Indiana Public Defender Commission presented […]

Working to reduce recidivism

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Jamestown Sun

2/1/2019

Since 2015, the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has moved into improving staff and inmate interaction and community involvement as ways to prepare inmates for life outside the prison as well as reducing recidivism. North Dakota prisons have a recidivism rate of 35 to 40 percent, according to Chad Pringle, warden of the […]

Court Text Messaging Alerts and Reminders

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Indiana Court Times

4/1/2019

Mary L. DePrez, Director and Counsel for Trial Court Technology, Office of Judicial Administration

Text messaging has become an important tool for judges who continue to look for ways to improve customer service and bring the courts into the 21st century. Victim Safety Trial courts began using text reminders in April 2011. At that time, the statewide Protection Order Registry, a Registry of all protection orders developed by the […]

America’s Penal System & the Probation Trap

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Citizen Truth

9/8/2019

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and while there are many disturbing factors that have contributed to this trend, one of the least-discussed is the complex system of parole and probation that continues to ensnare convicted individuals long after they have paid their debt to society. An Economically Unjust and […]

Southern Indiana has strong presence with problem-solving courts

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News and Tribune

4/15/2019

Aprile Rickert

SOUTHERN INDIANA — Indiana recently reached a milestone when it added its 100th problem-solving court, a system Clark and Floyd counties have been leading the way in for nearly a decade. The Indiana Supreme Court released a complete list of the courts in early April, announcing Pulaski County’s newly certified veterans treatment court as the […]

Johnny Bobbitt gets probation in GoFundMe scam, still faces federal charges

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The Indiana Gazette/Philadelphia Inquirer

04/13/2019

Jan Hefler

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — Johnny Bobbitt Jr. was sentenced Friday to five years on special probation and ordered to enroll in a long-term, live-in drug rehabilitation program after admitting to his role in a $402,706 GoFundMe scam. Bobbitt and his coconspirators solicited funds from more than 14,000 donors across the country with a fraudulent Good […]

Report: Indiana’s outsized foster population lags educationally

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/10/2019

Dave Stafford

Indiana, which places a greater percentage of its children in the foster care system than almost any other state, must take steps to close educational shortcomings for children in the system, according to a first-of-its-kind report released recently that details a wide achievement gap. Only 64.6 percent of high school seniors who were in foster […]

2020 Probation Officer Minimum Salary Schedule

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IN.gov

As established by Judicial Conference of Indiana per I.C. 11-13-1-8, the 2020 schedule has been posted. See more information or contact Jenny Bauer with questions.

‘Reliability of exhibits’ overcomes challenge to probation revocation

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The Indiana Lawyer

4/16/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

The revocation of a Madison County man’s probation was upheld after the Indiana Court of Appeals found the evidence presented to the trial court of his continued drug activity met the test for reliability. Mark Lee Votra was determined to have violated the terms of his probation on two occasions in early 2018. Elwood Police […]

Nation’s only court for kids with autism is in Nevada

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Fox 5 KVVU-TV

4/11/2019

Alexandra de Leon

CLARK COUNTY, Nevada (FOX5) – Detention Alternative for Autistic Youth (DAAY) is the only court of its kind in the nation with the goal to help those on the autism spectrum get out of the juvenile system. DAAY’s goal is to keep those kids from becoming adult offenders. “Most of youth that we see have […]

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 […]

Fighting addiction in America: Why we can never settle for the soft bigotry of low expectations

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The Hill

3/7/2019

Andrew Burki, Opinion Contributor

This is the 106th year of the drug war since the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act in 1914. It’s fair to say that we’re still losing. Our losses, both in human life and financial costs, are so staggering that they are incomprehensible. To many, it looks like we’ve stopped fighting to win. The […]

Over $3M Worth of Marijuana Found During Indiana Traffic Stop

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NBC Chicago

3/17/2019

Police also said they found 50,000 vape cartridges in the cargo storage area of the truck Two men are facing felony charges after being found with $3.5 million worth of marijuana and THC-filled vape cartridges during a traffic stop last week in central Indiana. Danny J. Luttrell II and Brandon M. Pierson, both 27, were […]

Indiana Supreme Court to hear cellphone privacy case

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AP News

3/23/2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court is hearing the case of a woman who refused to unlock her cellphone for police in a stalking investigation. Attorneys in the case say the court’s decision could undermine privacy interests and constitutional rights, or public safety and law enforcement. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next month […]

Indiana teachers were shot with pellets for a drill. Are active-shooting trainings going too far?

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Vox

3/24/2019

Amanda Sakuma

‘Active-shooter’ trainings are becoming a remarkable new normal. An active-shooter training in Indiana took a gruesome turn earlier this year when sheriff’s deputies shot elementary school teachers in the back with plastic pellets, mock-execution style. The teachers union detailed the incident this week, highlighting the extreme and potentially ineffective measures many schools have undertaken to avert […]

Man charged in Indiana woman’s 1988 slaying dies in jail

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AP News

3/24/2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to the 1988 beating death of a pregnant mother in South Bend, Indiana, has died in jail. The St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office says 78-year-old George Kearney was found unresponsive Saturday night in the county jail’s medical unit. He was pronounced dead early Sunday. Authorities […]

Spat over Lake County probation officers sparks suit

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KPVI

4/5/2019

Will Racke

Lake County has sued Indiana in a long-running dispute about who is responsible for defending probation officers accused of wrongdoing in their official capacity. Filed late March in Porter County Superior Court, the lawsuit names the state of Indiana, the office of the Indiana attorney general and the Lake County Probation Department as defendants. It […]

Text Me: How Messaging Is Helping People Avoid Jail

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Law 360

03/24/2019

Michael Phillis

On Feb. 16, Rachael Michelle Olson received a text message telling her that three days later she was expected at Hennepin County, Minnesota, court at 1:30 p.m. She had no idea what was going on. “I was freaked out,” she said. Olson described the text as a complete surprise and said she did not know […]

It’s Time to Think Globally About Ending Violence in Schools

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Crisis Prevention Blog

9/13/2019

Heather Vaughn

Your local perspective on violence in schools reflects a global concern. When you think about violence in schools, what immediately comes to mind? Maybe you remember an incident of bullying that you or a child you know has experienced, or a school shooting that has devastated a local community. These are certainly two significant kinds […]

7 Tips for Empathic Listening

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Crisis Prevention Institute Blog

10/12/2016

Aryn Lietzke

What does it mean to listen? Is it the passive process of taking in sound waves? What about absorbing the context of words and the feelings behind them? Listening has layers of meaning that stretch beyond the inert and into the active. Working at the Crisis Prevention Institute, I often hear the term “Empathic Listening.” […]

Study says drug court remakes lives

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The Herald-Times

4/3/2019

Laura Lane

Drug court, it pays off. An Indiana University School of Social Work professor’s evaluation of Monroe County’s 20-year-old Drug Treatment Court found that participants are much less likely to commit other crimes than drug offenders who do not participate in drug court. While 54 percent of non-drug court participants got arrested again, just 18 percent […]

County considers allowing probation officers to carry guns

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Kokomo Perspective

4/1/2019

Devin Zimmerman

Probation officers seek safety; sheriff fears introducing firearms into equation Officials within the Howard County Community Corrections Advisory Board are debating allowing those who make home visits to citizens on probation or in-home detention to carry firearms, and the prospect drew mixed opinions. The discussion of whether to allow probation officers and field officers within […]

Can High-Potency Pot Make You Crazy?

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HealthDay

3/19/2019

Dennis Thompson

The jittery, delusional potheads of the old movie “Reefer Madness” have prompted eye rolls and chuckles over the years, but a new study argues that the cult classic might contain a kernel of truth. Smoking pot every day could increase your risk of a psychotic break with reality, particularly if you have access to high-potency […]

Social media linked to rise in mental health disorders in teens, survey finds

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NBC News

3/14/2019

Shamard Charles, M.D.

Young adults born after 1995 are experiencing more mental health issues. Researchers point to lack of sleep and the rise of social media. Mental health issues have risen significantly over the last decade and the rise of digital media may be one reason why, according to a national survey released Thursday. The research, published by […]

Probation officers sent to the hospital after man brings fentanyl into office

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Wave 3 News

3/26/2019

Natalia Martinez

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One of Kentucky’s Probation and Parole offices in Louisville was shut down after an officer came in contact with fentanyl, WAVE 3 News has learned. According to the Department of Corrections, the suspect, Wade Carr, was reporting to the District 18 Probation and Parole Office on Stephen Drive off Dixie Highway […]

Philadelphia DA plans to end ‘mass supervision’ by cutting length of probation and parole

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ABA Journal

3/22/2019

DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced Thursday that his office will seek lower terms of probation and parole when making sentencing recommendations and negotiating plea deals. Krasner already has sought shorter sentences, charged crimes at a lower level, and reduced reliance on cash bail for low-level offenses. Now he hopes to address “mass supervision” of […]

Why Treatment for Women Struggling with Addiction Needs to Address Women-Specific Issues

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Center for Network Therapy

3/19/2019

WEST ORANGE, N.J., March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As the addiction epidemic continues to spread, it is ensnaring more women. 19.5 million women over age 18 (15.4%) used illicit drugs in the past year; 8.4 million misused prescription drugs; and, the growth rate of addiction to heroin for women has outpaced that of men since 2003. Dr. Indra Cidambi, […]

Court of Appeals: Probation Officers protected under quasi-judicial immunity

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The Indiana Lawyer

3/19/2019

Katie Stancombe

An inmate ordered to serve the reminder of his sentence after violating his probation lost his argument against several probation officers involved in his case when the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the officers were protected under quasi-judicial immunity. After Randy Thornton pled guilty to Class C felony possession of cocaine, he was ordered to […]

Justice Partners Addictions Response Training and Grant

03/27/2019

In partnership with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration/Division of Mental Health and Addiction, the Indiana Office of Court Services is accepting grant applications to provide financial assistance to counties using a Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) approach to enhance collaborative partnerships between the local criminal justice system and behavioral health care providers to address […]

Probation officers entitled to earned PTO payout, panel rules

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The Indiana Lawyer

3/19/2019

Dave Stafford

Related Article: POPAI Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief with Court of Appeals Holding that probation officers as court employees are entitled to cash payouts of unused paid time off at the time of their separation of employment, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a judgment in favor of a former Hendricks County probation officer. The […]

Indiana 211 now offering free rides to drug treatment: ‘It gives people hope’

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Fox 59

3/14/2019

Melissa Crash

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Stranded and in need of life saving support – imagine wanting to get addiction help, but simply not having a ride to get there. That’s one of the biggest challenges Hoosiers with addiction face. A new program is hoping to change that. Indiana 211 is now a green light to vital care. […]

New court for families affected by addiction

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Journal Gazette

3/17/2019

Matthew LeBlanc

The Noble County woman was using drugs – “pretty much anything,” but mostly meth. It was 2009, she’d just had a daughter, and another baby, a boy, was on the way. The Indiana Department of Child Services took custody of her son before she could leave the hospital with him. “That’s how bad it was,” […]

Traffic Stop takes 3.5 Million Dollars Worth of Drugs off The Streets

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Indiana State Police

3/14/2019

Hendricks County – Wednesday, March 13, at 11:33 a.m., an Indiana State Trooper stopped a vehicle on Interstate 70 eastbound, near the 66 mile marker, for a traffic violation of following too closely.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Danny J. Luttrell II, 27, Indianapolis, Indiana, and a passenger in the vehicle was identified […]

FY2019 Amendment Announcement and New Grant Cycle

3/19/2019

Kristen Banschbach, Director of Community Corrections

(Website Administrator’s note: Board Members received the following email this week and I am publishing it here for your information. Karen) The Indiana Department of Correction has received many challenges with the current timeline of the grants. We have analyzed the concerns and will begin a grant cycle based on a calendar year beginning in […]

More Book Recommendations (From POPAI Members)

3/18/2019

Karen Oeding

I posted an article with a list of books recently and Members responded with some more. I thought you’d be interested in them. Never Split the Difference, Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It Amazon Summary Check your local library. I found physical, electronic, and audio versions through Monroe County. “Although not about probation officers, […]

E-cigarette company Juul is now doing health research, but the findings from its first study are limited

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Business Insider

2/23/2019

Erin Brodwin

On Saturday for the first time in its roughly two-year history, e-cigarette company Juul shared some limited data from a clinical trial with the press. In general, that kind of research is considered a key way to protect public health by ensuring a product does not cause undo harm. As a startup, Juul developed a […]

Remembering Wabash Superior Court Judge Amy Cornell

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The Paper of Wabash County

2/26/2019

Joseph Slacian

A loving wife and mother of three young children. A woman with a strong faith in God. A woman who strived to be fair to everyone. A woman who left a legacy of love and courage. A woman who was a rising star in the community. Those are just some of the ways colleagues are […]

10 must-read books for probation and parole officers

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Corrections One

2/26/2019

C1 Staff

(POPAI Website Administrator’s note: based on the Amazon summary and reviews I’m not all for #2 but the rest are worth checking out.   Update: I’ve started to hear from members with more titles you might enjoy. I’ll add as I hear more.  ~ Karen) To be a good officer, you need street smarts; to be […]

FDA opioids adviser: ‘One thing is clear’ about the ongoing crisis

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Yahoo Finance

2/23/2019

Adriana Belmonte

Opioid abuse in the U.S. is a crisis, so much so that President Trump declared the epidemic to be a public health emergency under federal law in October 2017 and signed bipartisan legislation to address the issue in October 2018. Dr. Raeford Brown, a pediatric anesthesia specialist at the UK Kentucky Children’s Hospital and chair […]

POPAI Membership Renewal

The POPAI Membership Year runs from January through December. If you haven’t had the opportunity to renew your membership you may do so in several ways. Online Individuals Corporate Members By mail Download and print the Application then mail a check to Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana, Inc. P.O. Box 44148 Indianapolis, IN 46244 […]

New IOCS Executive Director Named

03/06/2019

Chief Administrative Officer Justin Forkner has selected IOCS Justice Services Deputy Director Mary Kay Hudson to be the new Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Court Services.

Does Community Supervision Have a Future?

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The Crime Report

03/01/2019

Isidoro Rodriguez

The nation’s probation and parole systems, usually grouped under the category of Community Supervision, were designed to help people navigate the transition from prison back to civilian life—and become productive, law-abiding citizens. But they are more likely to make things worse for individuals—and by extension for their families and communities—say experts who believe it’s time […]

‘Getting kids out of the system’ Alevizos says county’s juvenile justice system on right track

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The Michigan City News Dispatch

3/5/2019

Kelley Smith

La PORTE – For the second consecutive year, La Porte County has ranked among the top six Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) counties in the state. And for consistently exceeding JDAI standards, La Porte Circuit Court has been awarded $49,000 in performance grant funds, up from the $38,000 it was awarded in 2018. “It’s been […]

Probation sanction affirmed on ‘unduly harsh’ appeal

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The Indiana Lawyer

01/02/2019

Dave Stafford

A man’s argument that the execution of a suspended sentence for a crime he committed while on probation was an unduly harsh sanction failed before the Indiana Court of Appeals. The COA on Monday affirmed a Bartholomew Circuit Court order requiring Nicholas L. Porter to serve two years that had been suspended to probation after […]

POPAI Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief with Court of Appeals

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UPDATE: The Indiana Court of Appeals issued an opinion on March 19, 2019 affirming the trial court.  Read the opinion here.     On January 22, 2019, POPAI authorized the filing of an Amicus Curiae brief drafted by counsel hired by the Association in the Indiana Court of Appeals case number 18A-PL-02528. In the history of […]

Senate Backs Study of Juvenile Justice System

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The Indiana Lawyer

02/22/2019

Katie Stancombe

Concerns surrounding the way Indiana adjudicates and rehabilitates its juvenile offenders has resulted in the proposal of a summer interim committee to address how adequately the juvenile justice system is governed. Authored by Republican Sens. Victoria Spartz and Aaron Freeman, Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 would assign an interim study committee the task of assessing the laws […]

Scrubbing The Past To Give Those With A Criminal Record A Second Chance

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NPR

02/19/2019

Eric Westervelt & Barbara Brosher

Latosha Poston says she made a lot of mistakes in her life. Her legal troubles began in her teens after her first child was born in Indianpolis. Over the years, bad decisions led to some arrests, some convictions. “Sometimes we get stuck in our past and let our past guide us,” she says. The 44-year-old has […]

Indiana parolees find success, employment after prison

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The Indiana Lawyer

2/19/19

Associated Press

Most people in Indiana’s parole program are finding jobs after their release from prison despite having felony convictions, the program’s director says. About 80 percent of Indiana residents on parole have found employment, and most of those who fail on parole haven’t found a job or have their parole revoked because they use drugs and […]

Using Artificial Intelligence to Address Criminal Justice Needs

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National Institute of Justice

Christopher Rigano

10/8/2018

NIJ is committed to realizing the full potential of artificial intelligence to promote public safety and reduce crime. “Intelligent machines” have long been the subject of science fiction. However, we now live in an era in which artificial intelligence (Al) is a reality, and it is having very real and deep impacts on our daily […]

Dual Status in Indiana

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Indiana Court Times

1/15/2019

Hon. Vicki Carmichael | Judge, Clark Circuit Court #4 and Hon. Charles F. Pratt | Judge, Allen Superior Court

A Cultural Shift Historically, two distinct and separate paths were followed in the provision of services to children who came to the attention of the juvenile justice system. The selected path was generally not determined as a result of an assessment of the totality of the child’s circumstances and needs. Rather, the path was determined […]

Indiana agrees to provide Hepatitis C drugs to more Medicaid recipients

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The Indiana Lawyer

2/19/2019

Marilyn Odendahl

An agreement reached in federal court in February will allow Indiana Medicaid recipients infected with Hepatitis C to receive direct-acting antiviral medications, or DAAs, sooner rather than having to wait until the disease has significantly damaged their livers. An order signed Feb. 12 by Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court for […]

POPAI “Likes” Your Probation Organization Facebook Page

2/22/2019

Karen Oeding

We’d be happy to officially “Like” our Member Department and Corporate Member Facebook Pages. Our Facebook Page is at https://www.facebook.com/POPAIProbationIndiana/ Help me locate and like your page by sending your Facebook Page link to me through Facebook Message on our page. I need to let you know I am going to be checking to make […]

U.S. high court buttresses constitutional ban on ‘excessive fines’

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Reuters

02/20/2019

Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a decision that may curb the rise of financial penalties and property seizures in the U.S. criminal justice system, the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the first time ruled that the U.S. Constitution’s ban on “excess fines” applies to states as well as the federal government. The nine justices ruled unanimously […]

From A Cell To A Home: Newly Released Inmates Matched With Welcoming Hosts

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NPR

1/16/2019

Eric Westervelt

It’s a Friday night and roommates Jason Jones and Tamiko Panzella are hanging out in the Oakland, Calif., apartment they share, laughing about an epic gym workout misfire. “I get there and we have to take our shoes and socks off. And I’m like, oh no, she got me into yoga. She tricked me,” Jones […]

Juror with family drunk driving history not biased in OWI case

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The Indiana Lawyer

02/08/2019

Katie Stancombe

The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a woman’s drunken driving conviction after finding that she failed to provide sufficient evidence that one of the jurors hearing her case withheld potentially prejudicial information. When emergency personnel found Tracie Easler after receiving a report of an unconscious person, she was unresponsive, sitting behind the wheel of her […]

Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think?

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New Yorker

1/14/2019

Malcom Gladwell

Permitting pot is one thing; promoting its use is another. A few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis. The report they prepared, which came out in January of 2017, runs to four hundred and sixty-eight pages. It contains no […]

Opinion | The opioid crisis is part of a decades-long overdose epidemic. Fixing it requires rethinking everything.

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NBC News

Michelle Chen

The reason drugs are killing more Americans every year has to do with the social toxins in our communities. As opioid deaths surge nationwide, the overdose crisis that claims so many young lives every day has spiraled into a public health emergency. But the epidemic started long before your teenage neighbor took his last hit […]

David, Rush publish dissent as high court lets stand sentencing via video

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The Indiana Lawyer

2/13/2019

Dave Stafford

ndiana’s chief justice and the most senior jurist on the Indiana Supreme Court published a sharp dissent Tuesday from a 3-2 ruling that could pave the way for defendants to be sentenced via video. Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Justice Steven David argued in the minority that defendants have a constitutional right to be physically […]

Request for Presenters at 2019 Justice Services Conference

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Indiana Office of Court Services

01/28/2019

Indiana Office of Court Services

The Indiana Office of Court Services is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the 2019 Justice Services Conference. The conference will be held on August 6th – 8th, 2019 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 […]

Indiana’s abortion ultrasound requirement could get final say from the Supreme Court

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Indy Star

02/04/2019

Shari Rudavsky

The Supreme Court of the United States may have the ultimate say on whether women in Indiana seeking abortions will have to pay an additional visit to a doctor’s office for an ultrasound before undergoing the procedure. On Monday the state of Indiana asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s preliminary injunction blocking […]

State, national groups support Indiana public defense reform

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The Indiana Lawyer

02/06/2019

Olivia Covington

Leaders of state and national criminal justice organizations are declaring their support for the Indiana Public Defender Commission’s reform initiative, which the commission is presenting to the Indiana General Assembly this year in an effort to secure additional funds to expand and improve indigent defense services statewide. In a letter submitted to House Speaker Brian […]

Odds of dying from accidental opioid overdose in the US surpass those of dying in car accident

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CNN

1/14/2019

By Kevin Flower and Meera Senthilingam

For the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident. The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017. The NSC also found the lifetime odds […]

Harris County judges unveil drastic new plan for releasing defendants on no-cash bail

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Houston Chronicle

01/18/2019

Gabrielle Banks

The new slate of Democratic judges have approved comprehensive revisions to Harris County’s bail system that could clear the way for thousands of people, regardless of income, to avoid spending time in jail while awaiting trial on minor offenses. The county judges plan to present their new court protocol to a federal judge, in a […]

Pretrial Release producing expected results

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Chronicle Tribune

01/27/2019

Spencer Durham

Ten months into piloting a pretrial release program, Grant County officials are seeing the outcome they wanted – defendants showing up to their court date. Grant County was one of 11 counties selected to pilot a pretrial release program that helps judges make more informed decisions on who they release. The program began on March […]

Rush, Goff publish dissent on poverty as probation violation

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The Indiana Lawyer

January 16, 2019

Katie Stancombe

A split Indiana Supreme Court denied a petition to transfer a homeless man’s probation violation appeal, with two justices writing in a published dissent that the litigant was an indigent man incarcerated for probation violations that resulted from his poverty, not his intentions. Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Justice Christopher Goff both dissented from the […]

Decatur lawyer sentenced to jail for forgery, counterfeiting

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/27/2019

Dave Stafford

An attorney in northeastern Indiana has been suspended from the practice of law after she was criminally charged. The lawyer has been accused of signing a judge’s name to a phony order in a divorce case and sending emails to an expungement client’s widow posing as a deputy prosecutor. Jill N. Holtzclaw of Decatur was […]

LGBTQ Youth and Juvenile Detention

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MST Services

1/24/2019

According to the US Department of Justice, 856,130 juveniles were arrested across the country during 2016, 45,567 of which were held in 1,772 juvenile facilities. Of those 45,567 juveniles, an average of fifteen to eighteen percent identified as LGBTQ–that’s twice the rate at which LGBTQ are represented within the general US population. In a recent […]

Rush stresses ‘customer service’ during 2019 State of the Judiciary

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The Indiana Lawyer

1/23/2019

Katie Stancombe

With applause amplified from all corners of the Indiana General Assembly’s House Chamber, the leader of Indiana’s judiciary declared the state’s judiciary is “sound, steady and strong” in 2019. Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush shared the highlights of the judiciary’s work in 2018 while looking toward the year ahead during the 2019 State of the […]

Update on Evidence-Based Pretrial Practices

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Indiana Court Times

01/15/2019

Mary Kay Hudson

Part Two In 2016, eleven counties committed to participate in local criminal justice reform initiatives through Indiana’s Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Initiative in collaboration with the Indiana EBDM policy team (state team). Since then, all eleven counties, under the leadership of their local EBDM policy teams and guided by the state team, have launched pretrial […]

‘We Know What Types of Supervision … Help Reduce Recidivism and Incarceration’

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Pew Charitable Trusts

01/08/2019

Arizona probation chief envisions smaller, less punitive, more effective system Barbara Broderick has devoted most of her 40-year criminal justice career to improving state and local community supervision in Arizona and New York. Since December 2000, she has served as chief probation officer of the Maricopa County (Arizona) Adult Probation Department, the nation’s sixth-largest, with […]

Johnson County names new chief probation officer

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Daily Journal

1/16/2019

Magen Kritsch

A juvenile probation officer has been named as the county’s chief probation officer. Angela C. Morris has been appointed chief probation officer for the Johnson County courts. She will supervise both adult and juvenile probation divisions. She starts her new job Jan. 26. Morris replaces Suzanne Miller, who is retiring after serving in the role […]

The five most addictive substances in the world

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CNN

1/06/2019

Eric Bowman

What are the most addictive drugs? This question seems simple, but the answer depends on whom you ask. From the points of view of different researchers, the potential for a drug to be addictive can be judged in terms of the harm it causes, the street value of the drug, the extent to which the […]

Indy attorney who told court ‘someone is going to die’ suspended

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The Indiana Lawyer

January 14, 2019

Katie Stancombe

An Indianapolis attorney charged with intimidation against a Marion County court and other offenses has been suspended from the practice of law after the Indiana Supreme Court granted a petition for his emergency suspension. The high court granted the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission’s emergency petition in a Friday order that requested the suspension of Kraig A. […]

SNAP Eligibility Changes for Felons

FSSA

01/16/2019

Suzanne Tryan

Currently, per the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, individuals who are convicted of an offense that occurred on or after 8-22-96, and had an element of possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance, are ineligible for SNAP. Indiana passed legislation (IC 12-14-30-3) effective January 1, 2020, that will allow for SNAP applicants and recipients […]

State of the Judiciary

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Indiana Supreme Court

01/16/2019

Chief Justice Loretta Rush

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush addressed the Governor and a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly for the annual State of the Judiciary. The formal update on the work of the judicial branch was held Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST in the chamber of the Indiana House of Representatives. Read […]

Recovery Works Update for Criminal Justice Partners

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FSSA

12/1/2018

Angela Boarman

Over the past three years the Recovery Works team has had the opportunity to serve over 35,000 unique individuals across the State of Indiana. Read more in this downloadable PDF: Recovery Works Update for Criminal Justice Partners.

Animal shelter saves money by letting low-level offenders work off sentences

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WISH TV

01/10/2019

Elizabeth Choi

Johnson County is saving taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars by putting low-level offenders to work at an animal shelter. People who have been convicted of minor offenses, a misdemeanor or an infraction, qualify for the partnership between the court and the Johnson County Animal Shelter. A judge can order community service to be completed at the shelter. […]

Following your Friends to a Faulty Connection

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Indiana Court Times

12/04/2018

Marcus Alan McGhee

A Snapshot of New Social Media Challenges Judiciaries across the nation appear to have received the message from judicial conduct commissions regarding vitriolic posts on social media platforms. Such commentary has been condemned as indecorous and lacking the unbiased impartiality required from the bench. However, as judicial discipline cases and advisory opinions about social media […]

Partial Government Shutdown impacts local services

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Evansville Courier and Press

01/08/2019

Segann March

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — While the nearly three-week government shutdown has impacted more than 800,000 federal employees and various agencies nationwide, its local impact has been minimal. News reports surfaced over the weekend that one well-known federal initiative — Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — may have limited funding after Jan. 31 which would impact the […]

Newly elected misdemeanor judges drop appeal in landmark Harris County bail lawsuit

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Houston Chronicle

01/07/2019

Keri Blakinger and Gabrielle Banks

Less than a week after the new jurists were sworn into office, Harris County’s misdemeanor judges on Monday withdrew their appeal in the landmark lawsuit over local bail practices that a federal judge said unfairly targeted poor people accused of crimes. The historic litigation began in 2016, when attorneys and civil rights groups sued the […]

Probation sanction affirmed on ‘unduly harsh’ appeal

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The Indiana Lawyer

01/02/2019

Dave Stafford

A man’s argument that the execution of a suspended sentence for a crime he committed while on probation was an unduly harsh sanction failed before the Indiana Court of Appeals. The COA on Monday affirmed a Bartholomew Circuit Court order requiring Nicholas L. Porter to serve two years that had been suspended to probation after […]

Indiana Supreme Court Reduces Drug Sentence and Orders Defendant’s Removal From DOC

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The Indiana Lawyer

1-2-2019

Olivia Covington

Finding the circumstances of an Orange County case to be “exceptional,” a majority of the Indiana Supreme Court has reduced a woman’s sentence and ordered that she be removed from the Department of Correction and instead placed in community corrections. A dissenting justice would have denied transfer of the case. Friday’s decision in Lisa Livingston […]

New curriculum available to teach opioid risks to middle school students

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Scienmag

9/25/2018

A new and free science-based curriculum designed to teach adolescents about the risks of opioids has been released by Project ALERT, a national evidence-based drug education program created and managed by the nonprofit RAND Corporation. The curriculum is available for download from the Project ALERT website at http://www.projectalert.com. The opioid risk curriculum is part of […]

How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?

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NY Times

12/11/2018

By Katharine Q. Seelye, Julie Turkewitz, Jack Healy and Alan Blinder

Amid an opioid crisis, police and strangers with cameras are posting raw images of drug users passed out. For those whose bleakest moments now live online, life is never the same. The first time Kelmae Hemphill watched herself overdose, she sobbed. There she was in a shaky video filmed by her own heroin dealer, sprawled […]

Proposed Revisions to the Court Alcohol & Drug Program Rules (Dec 2018)

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Indiana Office of Court Services

12/20/2018

To the Bench, Bar and Public: The Indiana Judicial Conference Board of Directors and Court Alcohol and Drug Program Advisory Committee (CADPAC) seek public comment on proposed amendments to Rules for Court-Administered Alcohol & Drug Programs. CADPAC proposes amending five sections and adding a new section on chemical testing. The most significant change is proposed […]

Crisis at the Crossroads of America

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Vera

Oliver Hinds and Jack Norton

Jail Expansion as Prison Reform in Indiana During the 2016 presidential race, Governor Mike Pence said: “We need to adopt criminal justice reform nationally. I signed criminal justice reform in the state of Indiana, and we are very proud of it.” He was referring to House Bill 1006, which he signed on May 5, 2015 […]

Teen vaping continues to rise while other drug use declines, survey finds

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CNN Health

12/17/2018

Jacqueline Howard

Vaping among America’s teenagers continues to climb, while the use of other substances — such as alcohol and opioids — has declined in recent years, according to a new report. Monday’s report, called Monitoring the Future, comes from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and is based on an annual survey of drug […]

Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill Closer To Becoming Law After Congressional Approval

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NPR

12/18/2018

Ayesha Rascoe

A bipartisan bill aimed at overhauling federal prisons and reducing recidivism has been overwhelmingly approved by Congress. The legislation is now on the verge of becoming law, with the House’s approval on Thursday, the Senate’s passage on Tuesday and the backing of President Trump. Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan previously voiced support for […]

Southwestern Indiana county gets grant to expand drug court

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/15/2018

Associated Press

Knox County in southwestern Indiana has landed a $500,000 federal grant that will allow officials to nearly double the county’s drug court. The courts in Vincennes will use the Justice Department funding to hire another full-time case worker, buy portable breathalyzer machines and make other improvements to expand the drug court over the next four […]

Consider Donating to the Butte County Probation Officers Who Have Lost their Homes to the Camp Fire

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12/21/2018

The California Probation, Parole, and Corrections Association has a donation page for Butte County Probation staff and their families who have been evacuated or displaced (29), or lost their homes (19) in the Camp Fire. 100% of donations collected will go directly to the affected Probation Officers and their families. If you would like to […]

Suspensions Are Down In U.S. Schools But Large Racial Gaps Remain

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NPR

12/17/2018

Anya Kamenetz

Students in U.S. schools were less likely to be suspended in 2016 than they were in 2012. But the progress is incremental, and large gaps — by race and by special education status — remain. This data comes from an analysis of federal data for NPR in partnership with the nonprofit organization Child Trends. And […]

New Job Hope For Adults In Drug And Alcohol Recovery

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NPR

12/16/2018

Nina Feldman

For most of his life when he was in between jobs, Tim Tulvey would toss his resume up on a hiring site like Indeed.com. He had decades of management experience working for landscaping companies, and even owned his own pest control business for a while. “I was getting hits left and right,” Tulvey said, recalling […]

Violent crime is down in Indianapolis; mayor says ‘there’s nothing to celebrate’

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Indy Star

12/19/2018

Suzette Hackney

The overall crime rate continues to fluctuate in Indianapolis — with notable downward trends in important categories — but the number of homicides year over year won’t budge. In fact, the city is on track to set a record for homicides for the fourth straight year. More alarming is that neither Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett […]

The struggles addicts face during the holiday season, and how you can help

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Business Insider

12/18/2018

Lindsay Dodgson

Christmas is just around the corner, meaning a few days of merriment and over-indulgence for many people. For others, though, it’s a tough time of year. People struggling with addiction, for example, can face a number of hurdles, according to the American Addiction Centers’ chief medical officer Lawrence Weinstein. “The holidays can be a challenging […]

Teen Planned to Commit Violence at Indiana School

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CNN

12/12/2018

Eliott C. McLaughlin and Chuck Johnston, CNN

Teen planned to commit violence at Indiana school, but police say tipster helped them stop him A teenager was en route to an Indiana middle school Thursday to commit an act of violence, but police were able to stop him after receiving a tip, state police said. The 14-year-old exchanged gunfire with police at Dennis […]

Public Defense Information Session

Indiana Task Force on Public Defense

12/14/2018

The Indiana Task Force on Public Defense has released a comprehensive report addressing the current strengths and challenges of Indiana’s public defense services. The Indiana Public Defender Commission has responded with a comprehensive public policy reform agenda. An information session will occur on Monday, December 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Indiana […]

Indiana Probation Standards & Safety and Security Guide

Indiana Office of Court Services

12/14/2018

The updates to the Probation Standards and Safety and Security Guide are now posted on the IOCS website.  Please note that standard 1.25 requires probation departments to adopt policies on suicide awareness and prevention for adult and juvenile probation officers.  New links for free online training opportunities have been added to the probation training page […]

Fentanyl A Leading Cause Of Deadly Opioid Overdoses

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WFIU/WTIU

12/13/2018

Sean Hogan

Studies are indicating fentanyl is causing more cases of deadly opioid overdoses than heroin. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that when overdosed usually results in the substance attacking areas in the brain that control respiration. Brad Ray is the Director of Indiana University Center for Health and Justice Research. He says all prescribed opioids have a […]

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on PA mayor

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13 WTHR

12/9/2018

Michael Rubinkam

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old, just resigned mayor of the tiny Pennsylvania town of Mount Carbon — in what she assumed was a deep sleep. She tried to wake him for his overnight shift at the local supermarket, but he couldn’t be roused, even after she sprinkled […]

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 […]