Category Archives: Articles

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

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Evansville Courier and Press

12/06/2017

Jon Webb

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

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

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The Indianapolis Star

12/5/17

James Briggs and Ryan Martin

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

First Annual Justice Services Conference – CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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Indiana Office of Court Services

10/24/2017

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

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

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NPR

11/16/2017

Jake Harper

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

Addicts turning to anti-diarrhea medication to get high

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CBS News

5/6/2016

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

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

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

Commitment to Data Sharing

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Indiana Court Times

10/11/2017

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

Device stems opioid withdrawal pain

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The Herald Bulletin

11/16/17

Scott L. Miley

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

The Growing Toll of The Opioid Epidemic

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Inside Indiana Business

November 7, 2017

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

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

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

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Indy Star

November 20, 2017

Ryan Martin and Tim Evans

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

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

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WTHR

November 16, 2017

Bob Segall

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

Courtroom 107

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Indiana Court Times

10/11/2017

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

Prosecutors Support Governor’s Proposals to Attack the Drug Epidemic

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Noblesville Patch

November 8, 2017

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

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

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Indy Star

11/07/2017

Dwight Adams

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

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

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The New York Times

10/25/2017

Emily Palmer

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

Indianapolis judge being considered for drug czar

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The Indiana Lawyer

11/13/2017

Marilyn Odendahl

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

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

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Springfield News-Sun

11/2/2017

Katherine Collins

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

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

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National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center

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

Pretrial World Tour Webcast: Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017

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

USDOJ 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment

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

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

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Rand Corporation

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

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

Indiana pain doctor gets probation in ‘pill mill’ case

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The Indianapolis Star

11/4/17

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

Sheriff welcomes state’s jail demands

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Evansvi

11/8/2017

Zach Evans

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

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

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WDRB

10/26/2017

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

City releases body cam footage in movie incident

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Journal Review

10/02/2017

Nick Hedrick

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

Interim Study Committee on Corrections And Criminal Code Final 2017 Meeting

October 24, 2017

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

How addiction causes “hundreds of changes” in the brain

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ABC News

8/25/2017

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

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

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NPR

October 5, 2017

Eric Westervelt

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

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

October 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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Aurora Beacon News

8/27/2017

Denise Crosby

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

Surviving an opioid overdose may soon depend on where you live

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Chicago Tribune

9/14/2017

John Tozzi and Jared S. Hopkins

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

Policing the teen brain

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TheNewsDispatch.com

10/5/2017

Ben Davis

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

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

10/24/2017

Karen Oeding

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

Commitment to Data Sharing

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Indiana Court Times

10/11/2017

Indiana Court Times

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

‘A systems change’

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The Michigan City News-Dispatch

10/19/2017

Ben Davis

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

Child focused tools in juvenile court

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Indiana Court Times

10/11/2017

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

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

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Indiana Lawyer

10/20/2017

Olivia Covington

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

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

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The New York Times

10/7/2017

Katharine Q. Seelye

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

It’s not easy to win probation violation appeals

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The Herald Bulletin

10/1/2017

Stuart Hirsch

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

How a brain gets hooked on opioids

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PBS

10/9/2017

Nsikan Akpan and Julia Griffin

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

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

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Berkeley News

10/3/2017

Yasmin Anwar

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

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

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Justice Clearinghouse

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

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

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The Indianapolis Star

10/3/2017

Ryan Martin

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

How Harris County’s federal bail lawsuit spreads beyond Houston

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The Texas Tribune

10/02/2017

Jolie McCullough

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

Is Indiana Moving Away From Monetary Bail?

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WFYI

9/28/2017

Barbara Brosher

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

McKinney remembered as humorous, hardworking

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/4/2017

Marilyn Odendahl

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

CBD crackdown continued even after Indiana excise police announced enforcement moratorium

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Evansville Courier and Press (original article Indy Star)

10/5/2017

Kaitlin L Lange

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

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

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September 19, 2017

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

Chief Justice Rush to lead national Opioid task force

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September 22, 2017

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

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

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

Clark County Judge Vicki Carmichael awarded for state, local work

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News and Tribune

9/25/2017

Aprile Rickert

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

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

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Huffington Post

9/20/2017

Dominique Mosbergen

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

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

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The Indiana Lawyer

09/19/2017

Jennifer Nelson

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

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

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

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

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Associated Press

September 3, 2017

David Eggert

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

Renovations planned for the former youth detention center

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The Courier-Times

9/17/ 2017

Kevin Green

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

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

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The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

September 4, 2017

Neal St. Anthony

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

Jail Survey Results

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Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code

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

DOC cost-saving move disappoints

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The Journal Gazette

9/20/2017

Niki Kelly

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

Remembering Thomas E. Gahl

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

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

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WCVB

8/25/2017

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

Police: Intruder shot to death after kicking open wrong door

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Indy Star

09/15/2017

Vic Ryckaert, vic.ryckaert@indystar.com

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

Probation officer funding issues spark public safety tax discussion

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Herald Times

9/12/2017

Ernest Rollins

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

POPAI August 2017 Legislative Report

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

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

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The Indianapolis Star

9/10/17

Stephanie Wang

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

2017 Fall Conference Photo Album

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

2017 Founder’s Award: Glenna Shelby

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

2017 Rookie Probation Officer of the Year: Brittany Stodghill

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

2017 Line Probation Officer of the Year: Ben Neureiter

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

Criminal Rule 26 Timeline Change

September 6, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court

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

2017 Indiana Department of Correction Cost Savings Report

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

County Probation Officers Recognized

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The Hendricks County Flyer

09/01/2017

Stephanie Dolan

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

Special probation for prisoners with mental illness cuts recidivism

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REUTERS

8/16/17

Ronnie Cohen

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

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

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NBC News

08/22/2017

Jon Schuppe

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

People with mental illness reoffend less if on specialty probation

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Science Daily

8/9/2017

Yasmin Anwar

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

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

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News and Tribune

08/30/2017

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

Goff Supreme Court investiture ceremony set for Sept. 1

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The Indiana Lawyer com

8/25/17

IL Staff

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

Indiana EBDM Policy Team Meeting Materials, Reports and Documents

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

August 23, 2017

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

POPAI Fall Conference: September 6 – 8, 2017

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

New Clark County court practice considers risk when deciding bond amounts

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News and Tribune

8/12/2017

Aprile Rickert

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

Clark County inmate work release program ending this year

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News and Tribune

8/18/2017

Aprile Rickert

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

POPAI Stands with APPA’s Statement on Charlottesville

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

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

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

A Heart for Strays

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“The Vision”, the Providence High School alumni magazine

Katie Chrisco

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

Summer Drive Sober effort to run til Labor Day

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Evansville Courier and Press

08/10/2017

Tori Fater

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

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

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The Indianapolis Star

8/10/17

Vic Ryckaert

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

COA affirms denial of credit for time spent at halfway house

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The Indiana Lawyer

August 1, 2017

Olivia Covington

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

Getting the Mentally Ill Out of Jails

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The Pew Charitable Trusts

04/07/2017

Michael Ollove

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

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

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Herald Times

7/30/2017

Laura Lane

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

Six Jurisdictions Named to Receive Pretrial Justice Technical Assistance

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Pretrial Justice Institute www.pretrial.org

07/24/17

Pretrial Justice Institute PRESS RELEASE - Contact Fiona Druge

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

Remembering George Glass

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

2017 POPAI Election Slate

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

TV station challenging ban on airing court audio

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The Indiana Lawyer com

7/12/17

Olivia Covington

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

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

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

This is Indianapolis’ unconventional way to fight the opioid epidemic

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Indy Star

7/27/2017

Ryan Martin

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

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

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Modern Healthcare

07/10/2017

Steven Ross Johnson

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

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

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

POPAI Fall Conference: Early Bird Pricing Until August 9

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

It’s Time to Refocus the Punishment Paradigm

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07/10/2017

Adam Gelb and Barbara Broderick

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

FBI opens civil rights investigation into police shooting of Aaron Bailey

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Indianapolis Star

7/11/17

Madeline Buckley

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

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

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Washington Post

07/12/2017

Carolyn Thompson

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

Agreement stops Marion County Sheriff from holding immigrants for ICE

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The Indiana Lawyer

July 12, 2017

Marilyn Odendahl

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

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

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

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

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Chicago Tribune

6/17/2017

Becky Jacobs

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

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

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Indy Star

July 3, 2017

Holly Hays

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

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

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Yahoo News

7-6-2017

Michael Walsh

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

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

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

Jobs July 2017

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

Anonymous tip leads to Anderson drug bust

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The Herald Bulletin

6/22/2017

Stuart Hirsch

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

FAQ: Record Management

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Indiana Court Times

5/30/2017

Tom Jones

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

Indiana Department Of Correction Closing Indianapolis Re-entry Educational Facility

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

Indiana Courts Public Portal

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06/30/2017

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

Smart Pretrial Webcast Series: Six Sessions

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University of Pretrial

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

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

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The New York Times

06/11/2017

ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATE ZERNIKE

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

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

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The New York Times

06/11/2017

NATHANIEL POPPER

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

Goff joining Indiana Supreme Court July 24

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The Indiana Lawyer com

06/19/2017

IL Staff

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

Operation Blue Rain nets 99 arrests over three days

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Wane.com

June 23, 2017

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

Overdose video depicts probation response

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Kokomo Perspective

June 6, 2017

Devin Zimmerman

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

Probation department must reimburse offender’s fees

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Indiana Lawyer

June 23, 2017

Olivia Covington

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

Porter County probation chief retires after 35 years

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NWI Times

6-19-2017

Bob Kasarda

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

Holcomb praises justice pick’s ‘sharp legal mind’

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Indiana Lawyer

June 12, 2017

Olivia Covington

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

Teen Graduates Lawrence County Juvenile Problem Solving Court

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WBIW.com

6/21/2017

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

Indiana Supreme Court offices on the move

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The Indiana Lawyer

June 14, 2017

Dave Stafford

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

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

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Indianapolis Star

6/5/17

Marisa Kwiatkowski

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

Indianapolis Hires First Director of Re-entry

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The Indiana Lawyer

06/15/2017

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

Overdose video depicts probation response

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Kokomo Perspective

06-06-2017

Devin Zimmerman

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

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

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

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

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Courier-Journal

06/08/2017

Laura Ungar

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

Canine Companions

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Indiana Court Times

5/30/2017

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

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

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

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

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Cordant Health Solutions

5/17/2017

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

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

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WDRB.com

6/2/2017

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

Information Sharing Guide

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Indiana Court Times

05/30/2017

Court Times

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

2017 CASA Day Celebration

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Indiana Court Times

5/30/2017

Court Times

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

2017 Legislative Session Digest

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Indiana Office of Court Services

May 19, 2017

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

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

Enacted March 2017

American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)

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

Monroe County inmates honored for educational achievements

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Herald Times

5/23/2017

Abby Tonsing

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

Brain Injury and the Criminal Justice System

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

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

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

Drug Task Force Lays Out Strategic Plan To Combat Opioid Epidemic

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WFYI Indianapolis

05/18/2017

Lindsey Wright

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

2018 Probation Officer Minimum Salary Schedule

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Indiana Office of Court Services

The 2018 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers is posted to the Indiana Office of Court Service’s website in the probation section (under Salary Materials). http://www.in.gov/judiciary/probation/2343.htm The 2018 schedule reflects a 2.1% increase.   2018 PO Salary Schedule

Rucker retires after 26 years on appellate bench

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The Indiana Lawyer www.theindianalawyer.com

05/17/2017

Olivia Covington

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

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

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ACES Too High

5/2/2017

Jane Ellen Stevens

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

Carroll corrections program will move into a larger space

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Herald Journal

5/15/2017

Kathleen Merrill

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

PILLARS of JUSTICE

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The Journal Gazette

05/12/2017

Jessie Cook

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

Juvenile Probation Officers Sworn In

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Nexstar Media Group

05/11/2017

WANE Staff Reporters

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

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

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The Indiana Lawyer

05/08/2017

IL Staff

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

MOSSWORDS: Happiness, sobriety coexist at Serenity House

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News and Tribune

05/08/2017

Dale Moss

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

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

Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN)

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

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

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Herald Times

4/30/2017

Abby Tonsing

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

IU student Hannah Wilson’s killer appeals conviction

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Indianapolis Star

05/01/2017

Madeline Buckley

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

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

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Herald Times

4/30/2017

Abby Tonsing

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

2017 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

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

Indiana Criminal Rule 26 UPDATE

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

Why Easter cards were rejected in Indiana prisons this year.

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Original: Indy Star (Evansville Courier adn Press)

05/02/2017

Ryan Martin , ryan.martin@indystar.com

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

Doing Less Time: Some States Cut Back On Probation

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STATELINE

April 26, 2017

Teresa Wiltz

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

Update to Level 6 Felons and DOC Commitments

April 26, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court, Office of Judicial Administration

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

Little 5 offenders clear their slates while cleaning up the neighborhood

Herald Times

April 24, 2017

Brittani Howell

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

3 finalists picked for Supreme Court

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The Indiana Lawyer.com

04/19/2017

IL Staff

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

Police: Attica man found with homemade bombs

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

POPAI Seeks Nominations for Vice-President

4/24/2017

Steve Keele

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

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

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www.abc57.com

04/20/2017

Andrea Alvarez

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

Monroe County Jail adds new substance abuse unit for addiction recovery

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Fox 59

April 12, 2017

Deanna Allbrittin

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

15th Annual Indiana Juvenile Detention Association Summit

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

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

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VisitIndiana.com

02/14/2017

Chris Flook

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

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

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Officer Down Memorial Page

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

Judge to council: Appropriate the funds

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Connersville News Examiner

April 2, 2017

James Sprague

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

DOC Community Corrections Funding Recommendations

April 10, 2017

Deborah L. Braun

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

Seminar Slated on Opioid Crisis

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The Journal Gazette

04/12/2017

Frank Gray

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

Appellate Court Affirms Teenager’s Delinquency Adjudication

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The Indiana Lawyer

April 13, 2017

Olivia Covington

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

Dangerous Drug Bulletin from Indiana State police

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March 28, 2017

Indiana State Police

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

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

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WRTV 6

April 4, 2017

Mike Pelton, Katie Cox

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

Fewer offenders paying user fees

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The Indiana Lawyer

04/05/2017

Marilyn Odendahl

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

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

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Indy Star

04/06/2017

Zak Keefer

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

ISU Criminology students simulate offenders reentering society

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Indiana Statesman

March 30, 2017

Ashton Hensley, Reporter

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

Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace

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tucson.com

3/24/2017

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

Domestic Violence Victim Gun Bill Steered to Study

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theindianalawyer.com

3/29/2017

Dave Stafford

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

Registration Continues for POPAI Management Institute

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

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

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The INDIANA LAWYER com

03/22/17

Olivia Covington

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

Using Community Corrections beds not an option for Vigo jail

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Tribune-Star

Mar 14, 2017

Howard Greninger

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

Wabash Judge a Finalist for Indiana Supreme Court Position

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wane.com

March 23, 2017

Wane Staff Writers

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

Now accepting applications for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award

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3/19/2017

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

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

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The Indiana Lawyer

03/15/2017

Olivia Covington

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

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

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Indy Star

3/10/2017

Chris Sikich

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

March Board Meeting Minutes

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3/8/2017

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

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

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

Sheriffs seek help from lawmakers for jail overcrowding

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WTTV TV 4

March 7, 2017

Russ McQuaid

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

Latest Edition of INDIANA COURT TIMES Now Available

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Indiana Supreme Court, Office of Communication, Education and Outreach

Issue 26.1 Spring 2017

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

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The News-Herald NEWS

02/07/17

Andrew Cass

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

Muncie man walks free after rape conviction set aside

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Indianapolis Star

03/09/2017

Douglas Walker

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

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

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Daily Reporter

February 24, 2017

Caitlin VanOverberghe

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

Building Trust and Legitimacy Within Community Corrections

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National Institute of Justice

December 2016

Wendy Still, Barbara Broderick and Steven Raphael

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

Members Only Content: Legislative Update 2-23-17

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

Senator urged to help fight opioid ‘epidemic’

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The Journal Gazette

2/23/2017

Brian Francisco

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

No slowdown in expungements

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The Indiana Lawyer

2/22/2017

Marilyn Odendahl

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

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

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APPA

2/24/2017

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

COA Affirms Revocation of Good Time Credit

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The Indiana Lawyer.com

January 30, 2017

Olivia Covington

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

Arrestee DNA collection bill clears House panel

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The Indiana Lawyer.com

02/13/2017

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

When the Lion Kills Your Child

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February 4, 2017

Louis M. Profeta MD

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

Focus Group Reports Core Professional Competencies

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Members Only Content

2/15/2017

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

Indiana Health Department Receives funding for Overdose Prevention

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Indiana State Department of Health

8-31-16

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

Putnamville prison program rehabilitates men, horses

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WISH TV 8

February 10, 2017

Scott Sander

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

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

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Evansville Courier and Press

02/10/2017

Kaitlin Lange

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

Hendricks County Probation Officers Bust Several Sex Offenders

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Fox 59 News

01/26/2017

Alexis McAdams

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

Daviess County a model program for DOC

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Washington Times Herald

January 30, 2017

Melody Brunson

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

Device could aid heroin addiction recovery

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Daily Journal

January 31, 2017

Annie Goeller

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

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

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Executive Session on Community Corrections, Harvard Kennedy School

Wendy Still, Barbara Broderick and Steven Raphael

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

SAVE THE DATES: 2017 POPAI Management Training

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

Clark County Community Corrections addiction treatment program underway

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News and Tribune

January 19, 2017

ELIZABETH DEPOMPEI

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

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

Corydon Democrat

1/18/2017

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

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

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

Members Only Content: Legislative Update 1-26-17

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

Probation Officer Recognized in 2017 State of the Judiciary Speech

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January 19, 2017

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

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

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Kokomo Tribune

January 18, 2017

George Meyers

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

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

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The Washington Post

12/12/2016

Christopher Ingraham

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

Judge: Floyd County Courts, probation office has many needs

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News and Tribune

Chris Morris

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

TRAINING: Midwest Gang Investigators Association

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

Wolf Blitzer Blames Indiana for Chicago Gun Crime

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07/03/2017

Alex Jones

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

Link between addiction, criminal justice discussed with legislators

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Indiana Lawyer

1/2/2017

Olivia Covington

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

Legislative Update 1-13-17

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2017 Legislative Session

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

Bill would alter plea agreement, sentencing requirements

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The Indiana Lawyer

January 5, 2017

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

Report: Indiana has 2nd most gun background checks

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Indy Star

01/05/2017

Joe Tamborello

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

Program having huge success with opiate crisis

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Channel 59 News

11/16/2016

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

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

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POPAI Jobs Page

12/30/2016

Karen Oeding

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

Latest (Opioid) Treatment Shows Promise

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Kokomo Perspecitive

12/22/2016

Devin Zimmerman

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

Latest Edition of INDIANA COURT TIMES Now Available

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Indiana Supreme Court - Office of Communication, Education and Outreach

NOV/DEC 2016

Carter Named to Lead Indiana Department of Correction

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Tribune Star

12/19/2016

Lisa Trigg

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

Trump Justice Dept. could shift drug prosecution policies

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Indiana Lawyer

November 23, 2016

AP

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

New Post: December Board Meeting Minutes

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State’s public defender system bashed

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South Bend Tribune

12/16/2016

Virginia Black

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

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

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The Indiana Lawyer.com

12/12/2016

Olivia Covington

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

New Sentencing Calculator Tool Available

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public.courts.IN.gov

December 15, 2016

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

2017 IRAS and IYAS Initial Training Dates

December 12, 2016

Michelle Goodman, Staff Attorney, Indiana Office of Court Services

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

Ceremony honors graduates of St. Joseph County Veterans Treatment Court

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The Indiana Lawyer

November 30, 2016

Marilyn Odendahl

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

DNA-collection bills to be introduced in 2017 Legislature

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The Indiana Lawyer

November 8, 2016

Marilyn Odendahl

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

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

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Kaiser Health News and The Marshall Project

12/06/2016

Jay Hancock and Beth Schwartzapfel

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

Senator sets 5 year goal to combat drug epidemic

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Fox 59 News

12/06/2016

Aishe Hasnie

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

2016 Indiana Probation Fall Training Postponed

December 2, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

HOPE Probation Recorded Webinar Now Available Online

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Community Corrections Collaborative Network

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

Technology Bridges Distances for a Reentry Program in Western Wisconsin

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CSG Justice Center

11/8/2016

Maureen Richey

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

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

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Government Technology

11/28/2016

Shusuke Murai, Japan Times, Tokyo

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

Probation Statistics available from Indiana Supreme Court

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November 10, 2016

Indiana Judicial Service Report Over 1.3 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts in 2015. Details on court operations at the county and appellate level for 2015 are available in the Indiana Judicial Service Report and the Indiana Probation Report which can be found online at courts.in.gov/admin/3520.htm. The following is just some of […]

Judiciary addressing rising number of CHINS cases around state

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The Indiana Lawyer

11/21/2016

Olivia Covington

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

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

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News and Tribune

11/17/2017

Elizabeth DePompei

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

Wayne County judge completes education program

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Pal-Item

11/16/2016

Mike Emery

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

2017 IDOC Community Corrections & Probation Training Calendar

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

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

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CorrectionsOne.com

11/14/2016

Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer

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

JUSTICE DELAYED: Clark County courts most overworked in state

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News and Tribune

10/29/2016

Elizabeth DePompei

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

Southern Indiana jail makes changes after reality show

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Indiana Lawyer

November 14, 2016

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

UPDATE: Recovery Works Survey

November 15, 2016

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

Domestic violence victims fight fear on road to independence

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Indy Star

11/10/16

Maureen Gilmer

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

Indy women accused in human trafficking case involving a teenager

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Indy Star

11/10/2016

Holly Hays

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

IU Researcher Awarded Funding to Evaluate Criminal Justice Program

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IU Bloomington News Room

10/11/2016

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

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

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Fox 59

October 31, 2016

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

Sex offenders required to report on Halloween

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Indiana Daily Student

October 31, 2016

Dominick Jean

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

Durlauf appointed as community corrections assistant director

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Dubois County Free Press

10/12/2016

Jim O'Neal WITZ News Director

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

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

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/31/2016

Olivia Covington

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

Ankle monitor leads to arrest of 6 in stolen vehicle case

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The Charlotte Observer

11/1/2016

Joe Marusak

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

2016 IACCAC Fall Training Institute

Chris Cunningham, Grant County Community Corrections

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

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Publishes Annual Report

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

Allen County: Getting detox started in jail

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The Journal Gazette

October 23, 2016

JAMIE DUFFY

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

Pew Report on Polling: Public Strongly Supports Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration

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The PEW Charitable Trusts

10/21/2016

Public Safety Performance Project

Voters’ top priority is keeping communities safe, but large majorities also believe that the nation imprisons too many people for too long.  A body of national- and state-level public opinion research dating to 2010 has found overwhelming support across political parties, regions, ages, genders, and racial/ethnic groups for policy changes that shift nonviolent offenders from […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Approves Grant Funding Recommendations

October 23, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

Revolutionary move away from paper in progress

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Indiana Court Times

09/21/20016

Lindsey Borschel , Elizabeth Fullen

Indiana’s e-filing project is at full steam just two years after the Supreme Court announced it would pursue a uniform, statewide system. By the end of 2018, all Indiana courts will have voluntary e-filing available, and attorneys will be required to electronically file most pleadings. Twenty-first century pioneers Change is difficult; progress is even harder. […]

Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative Update

October 23, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

Funding helps Orange Co. expand its probation staff

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Times-Mail

October 5, 2016

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

Recovering Addicts Using Crossfit to Exercise Their Demons

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Philly Voice

October 12, 2016

NATALIE HOPE MCDONALD

When he got arrested for a DUI almost 10 years ago, Scott Klaverkamp was living in Boulder, Colorado, and self-medicating what he would soon learn was a debilitating form of depression. His was an exhaustive cycle of stale-beer barrooms, late nights and harried hangovers that came to a crashing end with flashing red lights by the […]

Fentanyl Exposure: 5 Safety Tips for Cops

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Policeone.com

September 19, 2016

Keith Graves

The United States is in a fentanyl crisis. I don’t use the word crisis lightly. Between 2013 and 2014, fentanyl submissions to the DEA lab from Ohio increased by a whopping 1,043 percent. Along with those submissions came a 526 percent increase in fentanyl related overdose deaths. This all happened while fentanyl prescriptions dropped. There […]

Indiana Criminal Justice Association Awards

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The Michigan City News-Dispatch

October 8, 2016

Richard Chambers

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

Justices Say Inmates Can’t Sue Private Employer for Unpaid Wages During Incarceration

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The Indiana Lawyer

10/12/2016

The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer and affirmed Wednesday a trial court’s decision to dismiss a complaint seeking unpaid wages brought by inmates who claim they were underpaid while working for a private company while they were in prison. During their incarceration at the Indiana Department of Correction’s Correctional Industrial Facility, inmates Chuck Adams and […]

KNOX POLICE ISSUE WARNINGS ABOUT CLOWN SIGHTINGS

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Punxsy Weekday News Headlines

09/29/16

The rash of “clown” sightings around the state and the country finds Knox Boro police not clowning around. According to our newspartner exploreclarion.com, Knox Boro Police have issued a warning following several reports of clown sightings within the borough. They note they have received several complaints of clowns within the borough and have issued a […]

Abuse against women: The secret no one wants to talk about

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Indy Star

10/4/16

Maureen C. Gilmer , maureen.gilmer@indystar.com

‘We keep this issue of domestic violence as if it was a lover in our bedrooms. No one wants to talk about it.’ The speaker asked for a show of hands. How many in the audience had suffered abuse? First, one hand, then another and another. A quick glance around the room revealed maybe 20 […]

Board Meeting Minutes for October 2016 and The Annual Meeting Are Online

Recently posted Board Meeting Minutes include: October 12, 2016 Annual Meeting September 2016  

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

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Indiana Supreme Court

October 3, 2016

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

Hamilton Co. inmates pour into empty juvenile justice center

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CBS4Indy

September 21, 2016

James Gherardi

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

Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis

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The Council of State Governments

7/6/2016

Liz Edmondson

Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia currently allow marijuana use either for medicinal and/or recreational purposes.1 As marijuana use becomes more prevalent in states and legalization gains more popular support, states are addressing the myriad issues arising out of marijuana legalization, such as banking, environmental impacts and driving.2 In light of a new report […]

POPAI Fall Conference Photos – 2016

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  The photos from the Conference are now online. You’ll be able to look through them faster  in the thumbnail gallery. Do you have an image that belongs in this gallery? Please send it to Karen (or attached to an email to website.popai@gmx.com).

Report: Probation, parole sentences decrease without risking public safety

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St. Joseph News-Press

9/4/2016

Megan Favignano St. Joseph News-Press

A Missouri policy has lightened the caseload for probation and parole officers by allowing individuals convicted of lower-level felonies to shorten their probation or parole sentences. Pew Charitable Trusts researchers recently reviewed the impact the Missouri policy change from 2012 has had on probation and parole. Adam Gelb, director of Pew Charitable Trusts’ public safety […]

Presentations from APPA’s 41st Annual Training Institute Now Available for Download

Presentation slides from APPA’s 41st Annual Training Institute are available for download.

Young: Remembering US Probation Officer Tom Gahl

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The Indiana Lawyer.com

09/21/2016

Richard L. Young

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

New study: State needs 17 more judicial officers

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Indiana Lawyer

9/23/2016

Dave Stafford

The biggest assessment of Indiana trial court caseloads and resources ever conducted reveals state trial courts need 17 more judges, magistrates and judicial officers than currently allocated. A study conducted for the Indiana judiciary by the National Center for State Courts surveyed judges and judicial officers in every county of the state who tracked the […]

February trial set for Elkhart woman in newborn son’s death

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Indiana Lawyer

9/23/2016

The trial for a northern Indiana woman accused in her newborn son’s death has been postponed until February. The Elkhart Truth reports that 21-year-old Mikayla Munn’s trial now is scheduled for Feb. 6 in Wabash Circuit Court. She’s charged with felony counts of murder and child neglect. The former Manchester University student gave birth in […]

Regional Stakeholder Training on the IRAS and IYAS

September 21, 2016

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

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

IACCAC Fall Training Institute November 15-18, 2016

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Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties

9/21/2016

You’re invited to a training opportunity: 2016 IACCAC Fall Training Institute Hyatt Regency Indianapolis November 16-18 “What Matters Most: Impacting Influences – Research Based Programs, Measurable Results, and Robust Organizations” Keynotes: Wednesday (Opening Session) Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Breakthroughs: Reflections on 35 Years of Change in the Field of Corrections Mark Carey, The Carey Group Thursday […]

POPAI Members Only Content: Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council August Proposed Minutes, September Draft Agenda

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The proposed minutes from the August meeting of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) are now posted along with attached documents in our Members Only Area. You will need to log in first here. Then find the post under the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Forum, specifically here. Our Members Only Area requires log in from an account […]

Beber named top probation officer of the year

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KPCNews.com

9/13/2016

Nicole Minier

WHITLEY COUNTY — Ed Beber is not your average probation officer. After serving eight years with the Whitley County Probation Office, Beber was named the top probation officer in the state at last week’s conference of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana in French Lick. Beber was nomiated by Chief Probation Officer Amy Motter, […]

An Effective but Exhausting Alternative to High-School Suspensions

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The New York Times Magazine

September 7, 2016

SUSAN DOMINUS

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

Indiana courts aim to end bail for many people arrested

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Associated Press

September 8, 2016

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

Bail Reforms Encourage Risk Assessments In Pretrial Release Decisions

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The Indiana Lawyer

September 7, 2016

As part of an effort to reform the state’s bail system and reduce recidivism rates, the Indiana Supreme Court has adopted a new criminal rule to encourage the prompt release of arrestees who do not pose a significant threat to public safety. Through Criminal Rule 26, which can be read here, the Supreme Court is […]

2016 Line Probation Officer of the Year: Edward Beber

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

2016 Founder’s Award Winner: Susan Rice

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

Checking out: Drug users take advantage of public libraries

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Associated Press

9/10/2016

KANTELE FRANKO

The same qualities that make libraries ideal for studying and reading — unfettered public access, quiet corners and nooks, minimal interaction with other people — also make them appealing places to shoot up heroin, librarians are finding. In Norfolk, Virginia, a 47-year-old man died after a patron found him in a library restroom. In Batesville, […]

Why ITT closing hits veterans hardest

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Indy Star

09/06/16

James Briggs

9:28 AM UPDATE: ITT Tech announced Tuesday it was shutting down all it’s campuses. Earlier: Matthew Pecoraro doesn’t know how ITT Technical Institute got his phone number. But he was glad to take the call. Pecoraro had left the U.S. Marine Corps in 2007 and had military education benefits to use. He was looking for […]

Indiana Trooper Saves Heroin User’s Life

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THE NEWS-SENTINEL (FORT WAYNE, IND.)

September

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

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

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New York TImes

September 2, 2016

By JOSH KELLER and ADAM PEARCE

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

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

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RHI Resource Facilitation

September 2, 2016

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

Dangerous new drug linked to 50 deaths, 2 in Indiana

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WTHR

August 23, 2016

JENNIE RUNEVITCH

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

Speedy guilty verdict for Batesville man

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The Herald-Tribune

08/24/2016

Diane Raver

VERSAILLES – After hearing testimony from witnesses Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in Ripley Circuit Court in the trial of Todd Norman, 51, Batesville, who is charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony, the jury began deliberations around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24. It only took 30 minutes for them to […]

Supercharged heroin puts Indy on alert

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IndyStar

08/24/2016

Vic Ryckaert and Shari Rudavsky,

A supercharged form of heroin appears to be the cause of nearly 50 overdoses in nearby cities, putting local public safety officers on alert as they brace for the possibility of the drug’s arrival here. The heroin is laced with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller used to treat patients recovering after surgery. The Drug Enforcement Administration calls the synthetic opioid 50 times […]

High Rates Of Opioid-Addicted Babies Born To High-Risk Moms

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WFYI Indianapolis www.wfyi.org

8/19/16

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A pilot program enacted by the state legislature has found one in five infants born to at-risk mothers at four Indiana hospitals had opiates in their system at birth. The program began earlier this year and measures the prevalence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS. NAS refers to a group of […]

Notre Dame and Holy Cross lead transformational liberal arts education program at Indiana prison

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University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters

August 13, 2016

Josh Weinhold

Kris remembers the moment that everything changed. It came as he was reading The Goldfinch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt. It was the moment he discovered the true power of literature. The way it could move him, shape him, change him. The way it could ignite a spark and make him want to read […]

Judge: 65 years for man who fatally slammed baby to ground

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wane.com

August 17, 2016

WANE staff reporters

PORTLAND, Ind. (WANE) The Jay County man who killed his girlfriend’s five-week-old daughter by slamming her to the ground repeatedly was sentenced Wednesday. Jay Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison sentenced 22-year-old Dalton R. Davis to 65 years for the death of young Lillian Grace Lloyd on Sept. 28, The (Muncie) Star Press reports. It was […]

Trauma and the Courts

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Indiana Court Times

June 23, 2016

Ruth Reichard

Unless they are there for a wedding or an adoption, people rarely come to court for a happy, positive reason. Judges who handle criminal cases involving allegations of spousal or child abuse, sexual assault, or other violent crimes can count on seeing people who have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes. But […]

Indiana JDAI Newsletter

August 2016

For additional information, please contact: Michelle Tennell, Statewide Director of JDAI at michelle.tennell@courts.in.gov

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

Criminal justice system responds to addiction epidemic

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News and Tribune

07/23/2016

Elizabeth DePompei

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

Thinking For a Change 4.0

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http://nicic.gov/library/032650

Within the past few months the National Institute of Corrections has released an update to Thinking for a Change, transitioning from 3.1 to 4.0. Webinars will include information about the transition from Thinking for a Change 3.1 to the updated 4.0 materials, as well as a refresher on program standards.  Only those instructors who complete the […]

Meet the Candidates

The Board Election will take place at the Annual Meeting on September 7, 2016. Each candidate has submitted an Intent to Run form. Here’s how each candidate responded to the question “Why do you wish to hold this position? What do you hope to accomplish as a POPAI Board Member?” PRESIDENT Linda Brady, Chief Probation […]

Stepping ahead of addiction

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Kokomo Perspective

8/4/2016

Devin Zimmerman

Howard County Probation looking to implement pretrial services and addiction-fighting drug For those struggling with addiction, help may be coming a bit sooner. Howard County Probation Department is making progress not only in implementing a program to administer Vivitrol to clients struggling with addiction, but also efforts are underway on a comprehensive pretrial program that […]

Parole authorities: ‘Pokemon NO’ for sex offenders

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The Leader

8/1/2016

Michael Virtanen

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed state authorities to prevent nearly 3,000 registered sex offenders now on parole from playing “Pokemon Go” in an effort to safeguard children who play. The state’s Department of Corrections and Community Services is making that a condition of supervised release from state prison for all […]

Indiana’s Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council website goes live

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

Reminder: Nominations for for “Founder’s Award”, “Line Probation Officer of the Year”, and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year”

Nominations for for “Founder’s Award”, “Line Probation Officer of the Year”, and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year” will be accepted until August 22, 2016. The Awards will be presented during the Lunch / Business Meeting at this years POPAI Conference at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN. Winners of the “Probation Line […]

Court rules detention of youth who reported drug justified

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The Indiana Lawyer

7/29/16

Marilyn Odendahl

A probation officer who arrested and detained a middle school student for violating court policy has quasi-judicial immunity against charges of negligence and constitutional violations. Dawn Krantz filed a lawsuit against Spencer County Juvenile Probation Officer Jan Cochenour, after Krantz’s daughter was taken into custody for allegedly possessing drugs on school grounds. Krantz alleged the […]

Offender on parole gets probation revocation reversed

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The Indiana Lawyer

7/29/16

Marilyn Odendahl

Even though he violated the terms of his probation, an offender should not have been ordered back to jail because at his release Indiana Department of Correction made a mistake and put him on parole. Anthony May was originally sentence to eight years with four years suspended to probation after being convicted of Class C […]

Marion County Jail still overcrowded, despite $800,000 in new funds

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Indy Star

7/28/16

Madeline Buckley

While the Marion County Jail continues to battle overcrowding, Indianapolis and county officials have begun distributing state grant money to help counties handle an influx of inmates resulting from criminal justice reforms. The City-County Council at its meeting earlier this month approved nearly $800,000  from the Indiana Department of Correction for programs that would treat low-level offenders […]

New Clark County Community Corrections director chosen

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Clark County Tribune

7/28/16

Elizabeth DePompei

CLARK COUNTY — He’s served in an interim role since July 1, but by about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Lindon Dodd officially became the director of Clark County Community Corrections. Danielle Grissett left the director’s post and moved to the Clark County Probation Office as a probation officer at the end of June. Dodd, who previously […]

Sex Offender Caught Playing Pokemon Go with Teen

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Indianapolis Star

July 14, 2016

Vic Ryckaert

INDIANAPOLIS — A sex offender is in the Hancock County Jail after police say he played Pokemon Go with a teen. Randy Zuick, police say, violated his probation on a child molesting conviction when a law enforcement official saw him playing the augmented reality video game with a 16-year-old boy near the Hancock County Courthouse, Fox59 reported.

Task Force Created

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The Paper

July 21, 2016

Howard County – Indiana State Police Peru Post Commander Lt. Jeremy Kelly, Kokomo Police Chief Robert Baker, and Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers have dedicated officers to team up with the Indiana Department of Correction Parole Division and the Howard County Probation Department. Probation and parole officers requested the three police departments dedicate resources to […]

Probation numbers causing concern among Indiana counties

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Goshen News

June 25, 2016

MAUREEN HAYDEN Goshen News Statehouse Reporter

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

Can Indiana trade overcrowded jails for treatment reform?

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IndyStar

July 10, 2016

Madeline Buckley and Kristine Guerra

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

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

July 24, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

Fall Conference T-shirts

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Dear POPAI Members: We need your creative talents!  As an additional way to help celebrate our 20th anniversary conference, we are having a t-shirt design contest.  Between now and August 5th, we are accepting design ideas for  t-shirts which will be printed prior to the conference and distributed to all attendees.   For those of you […]

2016 POPAI Election and Absentee Voting

The following candidates have been slated for the 2016 POPAI General Election. As it stands, the seat for President is the only contested position. An Officer for the contested position will be elected by the general voting membership during registration for POPAI’s Fall Conference on September 7, 2016. POPAI Members who are not able to […]

Can Indiana Trade Overcrowded Jails for Treatment Reform

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Indy Star

July 10, 2016

Madeline Buckley and Kristina Guerra

Two years ago, Ashley Sorrel wore a hospital gown inside the Marion County Jail, with twigs and dirt snarled in her hair and 92 stitches stretched across her body. Hours before, Sorrel, now 29, led Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers on a high-speed chase after she was caught stealing FedEx packages from residential porches to pay for her drug habit. Sorrel crashed, […]

Revisions to Overtime Pay Regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act: Likely Impact on Nonprofit Employment

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Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

June 2016

Indiana Nonprofit Sector Project

Introduction New regulations on overtime pay (part of the Fair Labor Standards Act) will take effect on December 1, 2016 and require mandatory overtime pay for employees earning less than $47,476 per year, up from $23,660 per year. The full impact of these new regulations on nonprofit employers in Indiana is likely to be significant, […]

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

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The Elkhart Truth

June 30, 2016

Sharon Hernandez

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

‘How come we can afford a new hotel, but we don’t have money to help homeless people?’

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Evansville Courier and Press

06/25/2016

Jessie Higgins

When Aurora’s Homeless Outreach van arrived at the United Caring Shelter on Friday morning, Robert Payne and his two little girls hurried forward. His daughter went immediately toward the group’s cooler for a water bottle to pour over her head, while Payne waited for his turn to speak with the caseworker. He hoped that the […]

June Board Meeting Minutes are available on the website.

Find the June Board Meeting Minutes at: POPAI Executive Board Meeting June 8, 2016 (in person meeting) Marion County Probation Office South

Latest Edition of INDIANA COURT TIMES Now Available

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6/23/16 Issue 25.3 MAY/JUNE 2016

Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration

Growing probation rolls worry county officials in Indiana

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June 24, 2016

MAUREEN HAYDEN CNHI State Reporter

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

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

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Evansville Courier & Press

June 22,2016

Zach Osowski

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

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

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Chicago Tribune

June 21, 2016

Associated Press

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

Deadline for mandatory e-filing nears for Hamilton County, Indiana appellate courts

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theindianalawyer.com

6/29/2016

Dave Stafford

Ready or not, the era of e-filing begins July 1 for everyone submitting court documents in Hamilton County and in Indiana’s appellate courts. There’s evidence that despite the buildup over recent months, many lawyers and filers may be caught off guard. Indianapolis solo practitioner Dylan Vigh handles cases in state and federal trial courts, including […]

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

Nominations for  for  “Founder’s Award”, “Line Probation Officer of the Year”, and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year” will be accepted until August 22, 2016. The Awards will be presented during the Lunch / Business Meeting at this years POPAI Conference at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN. Winners of the “Probation Line […]

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Linked to Reductions in Opioid Overdose Deaths

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

June 22, 2016

New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that state implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) was associated with a reduction in opioid-related overdose deaths. The study, published in Health Affairs, also found that PDMPs that monitored greater numbers of drugs with abuse potential and updated their data more frequently […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council – June 20, 2016 Update

June 20, 2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

2016 POPAI Elections – Reminder

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

Suspicious indicators can help foil terrorists before they strike

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Force Science Institute Ltd, News

06/21/2016

Suspicious indicators can help foil terrorists before they strike “Response is the traditional role of law enforcement, but protecting your community from terrorist attack requires a different strategy. Being prepared to respond is very different from being proactive. If you have to respond to a terrorist event, that’s a failure. With those challenging observations, Michael […]

Making an Impact with Justice in Mind

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The Indiana Lawyer

June 15, 2016

Marilyn Odendahl

Perseverance paid off for a group that is teaching children there are better ways to resolve their disputes than by clenching their fist and throwing a punch. The Peace Learning Center, a nonprofit focused on conflict resolution, is the 2015 recipient of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Impact Fund Grant. Since 2011, the grant program has […]

2017 PO Minimum Salary Schedule CORRECTED

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Indiana Judicial Center

June 15, 2016

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

Madison County inmates offered alternative treatment for opioid addiction

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WISH - TV

June 9, 2016

Tim McNicholas

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

Brock Turner case: Probation department’s report spared scrutiny

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San Jose Mercury News

06/16/2016

Jacqueline Lee

While public criticism has focused on a Santa Clara County judge for handing out what many consider a lenient sentence to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of felony sexual assault, the recommendation he followed has escaped similar scrutiny. That recommendation came from a county probation officer days before Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock […]

Members Only Discussion: Internet Presence

We’ve opened a new section in the Members Only Area called “Internet Presence“. This section is for questions and tips regarding websites, social media, using the internet as an investigation tool, and more. This area is also for sharing website and social media work that your department has found successful. I’ll be joining this discussion […]

Having a Parent Behind Bars Costs Children, States

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The PEW Charitable Trusts

05/16/2016

Teresa Wiltz

Jamaill never knew his mother. When he was 1, his father was incarcerated, and Jamaill got to know him largely through letters and phone calls. Twice a year, he would trek from Brooklyn to an upstate New York prison to visit — a trip that involved a plane ride, a long drive and an overnight […]

2016 POPAI Elections Reminder

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

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council News

June 9, 2016

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

The POPAI Fall Conference Celebrates its 20th Year in 2016!

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the fall conference, the Board is providing 20 members an opportunity to attend the conference with no registration fee cost. More information to follow along with the registration information. Please consider joining us at the Fall Conference as we celebrate our 20th fall event of education, networking and […]

Howard County eliminates probation position Chief probation officer asks for consideration in future for workload

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06/07/2016

Devin Zimmerman

Howard County’s attrition ordinance continues to be enacted, this time within the probation department. During last month’s meeting, the Howard County Council removed a position from the county’s probation department. The move, made unanimously, resulted in the position’s $36,951.39 salary and other benefits being returned to the county’s general fund. “We had an employee that […]

Henryville Correctional Facility in Clark County to close by July 1

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WDRB

6/1/2016

Jessica Bard

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

Prisoners’ code word caught by software that eavesdrops on calls

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Scientist

6/1/2016

Hal Hodson

Plug a machine-learning system in to prison phone lines and you can find out secrets a human monitor would never notice. SAY it out loud and the machines will know. Search engines are moving beyond the web and into the messy real world. And they’re finding some odd things. Every call into or out of […]

Reentry from Prison-An Offender’s Story

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DC Public Safety Radio Show

4-29-2016

We interviewed Jeffery Porter, who was released from prison in November of 2015. He is currently under the supervision of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) in Washington, D.C. CSOSA produces “DC Public Safety” radio and television. Mr. Porter tells his story about multiple contacts with the criminal justice system, and his views […]

Teen courts across Northwest Indiana dole out justice

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WLFI

05/18/2016

Elvia Malagon

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl sat outside the courtroom in Hammond City Hall with her mother, making small talk as she waited for her case to be called in front of the Lake County Teen Court. The Hobart teen was with a friend about 2 p.m. July 7 at Cabela’s in Hammond when […]

2016 Knepple Scholarship Awarded to Wabash County Probation Officer

May 22, 2016

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

2017 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

Indiana Judicial Center

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

New Indiana Rule on Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)

May 13, 2016

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

Ind. Decisions – Court authorizes bulk release of data excluded from public access re certain juvenile cases

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Indiana Law Blog www.indianalawblog.com

5/19/16

Marcia Oddi

Ind. Decisions – Court authorizes bulk release of data excluded from public access re certain juvenile cases In the Matter of the Request by the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute for Release of Bulk Data or Compiled Information Excluded from Public Access is a 5-page, May 17th order of the Supreme Court authorizing the release […]

2016 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

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

No savings seen yet in state prisoner shift

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The Journal Gazette

May 13, 2016

Niki Kelly

DOC says too soon to tell; plan is to have fewer prison inmates Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Correction is enjoying a steady drop in the number of adult offenders at the same time local jails are seeing an increase. The shift is part of a plan by […]

Taking it to the streets: Probation officers addressing gun violence with community presence

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Evansville Courier & Press

4/29/2016

Mark Wilson

Violent crime among juveniles, especially gun-related crime, is increasing dramatically in Vanderburgh County and it is causing court officials to rethink the way it is handled. “It has kind of exploded in the last two or three years,” said Trent Barnett, a Juvenile Court probation officer. Barnett supervises a new Juvenile Probation field officer unit […]

Swarens: Aubrey’s journey — from sex trafficking victim to survivor

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Indy Star

5/13/2016

Kelly Wilkinson

Aubrey Lloyd is a survivor of sex trafficking. Two decades later, she helps counsel girls who have been caught up in human trafficking. The grooming of Aubrey Lloyd, the manipulation that pushed her down the path to forced prostitution, began with a new friendship. The older girl who befriended Aubrey showered her with all of […]

Henry County Probation Officer JoAnn King Cronk Obituary

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The Courier-TImes

May 10, 2016

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

Training Helps Inmates Build A Bridge To Life Outside Prison Walls

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NPR

4/30/2016

Carrie Johnson

The nation’s top law enforcement officer walked past a barbed-wire fence, through passages lined with rust-colored walls, to meet with a special audience. But this was not a normal meet-and-greet — a stern-looking FBI security detail tracked her every move. Inside the visitation room in this federal correctional institution, five men in khaki uniforms and […]

Connecting People Returning from Incarceration with Housing and Homelessness Assistance

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United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

This tip sheet provides ways for corrections agencies, reentry service providers, state and local governments, and community partners to help people exiting the criminal justice system connect with available housing resources. Housing is a stabilizing force and provides a consistent base for people so they can focus on accessing the services they need to successfully reenter their communities and […]

Extended-release naltrexone lowers relapse rates in ex-offenders

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

03/31/2016

Science Spotlight New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) revealed that the initial relapse rates among opioid-dependent adults in the criminal justice system was lower for participants receiving extended-release naltrexone than for those receiving treatment as usual (brief counseling and referrals for community treatment programs). Administered as a monthly injection, naltrexone […]

Latest Edition of Indiana Court Times Now Available

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4/26/16

DOC Commissioner Approves Community Corrections Grant Awards

April 26, 2016

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

Man Who Was Visiting Friend Not Subject To Illegal Search

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theindianalawyer.com

4/27/2016

Scott Roberts

A man who was visiting a friend when police found him in possession of a handgun was not a victim of an illegal search, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. Andrew Shotts stopped by his friend’s house as the home was being searched for heroin and evidence of drug trafficking. After a couple of […]

MA launches new breathalyzer system with facial recognition

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Fox 6

April 22, 2016

Lindsay Iadeluca

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

2017 Community Corrections Grant Recommendations

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April 22, 2016

Indiana Department of Correction

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

177 people ticketed between Thursday and Sunday

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Indiana Daily Student

4/17/2016

Sarah Gardner

On a warm, clear Saturday night after the men’s Little 500 race, two naked college students were having sex on a couch on the front lawn of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house. Though they were surrounded by broken lawn chairs and within sight of the students on Phi Gamma Delta’s homemade sand volleyball court, they […]

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

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Officer Down Memorial Page

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

Now fighting opioid abuse: A drug Vivitrol found to prevent relapse; at least $800 a dose

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The Journal Gazette

april 10, 2016

Rebecca S. Green

It would be nice if there were a silver bullet to treat opioid addiction. You know, that one thing you can go to time after time, knowing it is going to knock out the problem. Opioid abuse, including prescription drugs such as oxycodone and illicit narcotics such as heroin, is making headlines here and around […]

Register Now for Webinar: Reentry Housing Options for Sex Offenders

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4/7/2016

Pamela Wray

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Tuesday, April 19 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET Registered sex offenders face numerous barriers to finding stable housing when they return to the community from jail or prison. Improved housing stability reduces the likelihood of recidivism […]

How to Find Active Gang members On Facebook

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McAfee Institute

4/13/2016

This short tutorial will show ways to find active gang members within the Facebook platform. Our goal is to identify active gang members, see who they are connected to, what they are posting about, & try and locate any photos they have taken which can be utilized as evidence during a criminal investigation. We will […]

Pilot Evaluating People for Pre-Trial Release Nears Start

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The Indiana Lawyer

April 6, 2016

Marilyn Odendahl

The days of detaining arrestees solely because they cannot afford bail could be coming to an end in Indiana. A pilot project is getting ready to launch that will test the use and effectiveness of a risk-assessment tool in determining which offenders can be released on their own recognizance. Nine counties have been selected as […]

Family Support Court graduates first two participants

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Kokomo Tribune

March 31, 2016

Staff Report

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

Untreated

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Indiana Daily Student

04/05/2016

Words Megan Jula | Development James Benedict | Photos Katelyn Rowe and Yulin Yu

Dr. Nishanie Gunawardane — “call me Dr. G” — prescribes drugs to drug addicts. Gunawardane is a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction. She was hired last August at Bloomington’s branch of Centerstone, a series of community-based healthcare providers treating mental illness and substance abuse. There, Gunawardane works with recovering addicts who are overcome by opioids […]

7 things to know about local human trafficking

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Courier-Journal

04/01/2016

Lexy Gross

What is human trafficking? Does it happen in the U.S.? Why don’t victims come forward to get help? These questions and dozens more were addressed at a conference held at Indiana University Southeast on Friday. Local and state experts, as well as active social workers, gathered to talk about ways to recognize and combat human […]

Chief Probation Officer: Hendricks County

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The Hendricks County Probation Department is seeking a Chief Probation Officer. Interested applicants should send their resume and a list of references to Catherine Haines, One Courthouse Square, Suite 101, Danville, IN 46122, or by sending them electronically to Chaines@co.hendricks.in.us.   Full Details in a PDF document or see our Jobs Page

INDIANA’S JUSTICE REINVESTMENT JOURNEY: A Revamped Criminal Code

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Executive Exchange

Spring 2016

Linda Brady, Chief Probation Officer, Monroe Circuit Court

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

Environmental Scan 2015

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National Institute of Corrections (NIC)

February 2016

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

Ripley County Community corrections program a success

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The Herald-Tribune

March 8, 2016

Diane Raver

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

The Risks and Rewards of Pretrial Release

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courtstoday.com

2/29/2016

Donna Rogers

With the high cost of incarceration and many lives wasted by incarceration, risk assessment tools, community supervision and technology that can support pretrial release into the community seems not only to be substantially cutting costs, but helping offenders too, experts say. By employing pretrial release, say community corrections supervisors, pregnant woman and those with chronic […]

Juvenile Defense Stakeholder Group Meeting Information

We have a new post in the Members Only area with information from last week’s Juvenile  Defense Stakeholder Group Meeting. Members can log on then look for the topic “Juvenile Matters“. If you need help with your password, email Karen (website.popai@gmx.com).

Pharmacists, state court administration enlisted in fight against meth labs

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Indiana Lawyer

03/21/2016

Marilyn Odendahl

Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill along with two other pieces of legislation — SEA 161 and HEA 1157 — aimed at curbing meth labs around the state. He described the three bills as “a positive step in combating drugs.”

When Stars Align

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Indiana Court Times

2/25/2016

Hon. Charles F. Pratt , Hon. Mary Willis

For many years, those working in the juvenile justice system have been concerned with the children that are involved with, and have needs in, both the juvenile delinquency and child welfare systems. Juvenile judges, juvenile probation officers and Department of Child Services’ case managers have lamented for years the imaginary firewall that existed between juvenile […]

Road to Recovery Show

Steered Straight Indiana

03/21/2016

POPAI Members are invited to an Education Assembly. Founder of Steered Straight, Michael Deleon is a Nationally known Speaker with a powerful message specifically for First Responders, Law Enforcement, EMT, Courts etc to inform, educate and offer solutions. Also joining Michael is 20 yr IMPD Narcotics Unit UC Officer Brad Thomas. Topics will include: Current Drug […]

Mass. probation chief: State ‘over-criminalizing people’

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Sentinel & Enterprise News

March 16, 2016

Andy Metzger

BOSTON — Responsible for monitoring nearly 90,000 individuals, the Bay State’s probation chief recently warned against overly strict supervision, saying he wants to focus on cases with the highest risk of failure. “The system’s sort of like a machine — it pulls you in, and we monitor your behavior, and we document every time you’re […]

Moved by a man’s progress, judge steps off bench for a hug

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Northwest Indiana Times

12/11/2015

Elvia Malagon

CROWN POINT — After hearing about a defendant’s efforts to better himself, Lake County Criminal Judge Diane Boswell stepped off the bench Thursday to give him a hug. Jermal L. Norris, 31, of Lake Station, was in court for his sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, a Class D felony. He nervously […]

Former homeless man returns to court to shake judge’s hand

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Northwest Indiana Times

3/17/2016

Elvia Malagon

CROWN POINT — About a year ago, David Potchen told Lake County Criminal Judge Clarence Murray he wanted to come back to his courtroom one day as a working man to shake his hand. Dressed in a black button-up shirt tucked into his jeans, Potchen returned Thursday to face Murray for his criminal case’s one-year […]

Bill giving longer sentences to drug dealers headed to governor

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The Indiana Lawyer

03/07/2016

Marilyn Odendahl

A bill imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders has been approved by the Indiana Legislature and is expected to be signed by Gov. Mike Pence. House Bill 1235, authored by Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Danville, would toughen some of the state’s criminal laws by requiring defendants convicted of dealing in controlled substances to serve at […]

Indy hosts national forum outlining police-community relations

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Indy Star

03/09/2016

Jill Disis

The police are the community, and the community are the police. That mantra was repeated throughout a national public safety forum Wednesday at the Indianapolis Central Library Downtown. The event, officials said, was intended to foster discussion about trends and challenges facing police and community relations across the country. Experts from Michigan, Colorado and elsewhere […]

Now accepting applications for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award

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It’s that time of year again to submit your application to be considered for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award which will be given to one lucky person at the 2016 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference May 4 and 5, held in Indianapolis, IN. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship will be awarded $2,500.00 […]

Alcohol Monitoring: A Vital Part of Probation

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NPAMC Blog

March 01, 2016

The Honorable Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.)

Crime and Substance Abuse are Linked The link between substance abuse and crime is clear. About 90% of criminal cases have involvement of alcohol or other drugs. Because of this link, it is not unusual for abstinence to be a requirement for release on bond or own recognizance; a condition of probation; or, a condition […]

15 justice semifinalists remain

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theindianalawyer.com

2/24/2016

Dave Stafford

Nine judges, four lawyers in private practice, a state lawmaker and a state attorney are semifinalists to replace Justice Brent Dickson on the Indiana Supreme Court. Thirteen men and two women from every region in the state will return for a second round of interviews next month. The Judicial Nominating Commission selected 15 people as […]

The Changing Relationship Between Ex-Criminals and Their Parole Officers

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Governing

10/2015

J.B. Wogan

Rather than acting as former offenders’ enemies, parole and probation officers are now working to be their mentors. Can it reduce recidivism? As a parole and probation officer in Multnomah County, Ore., Andrew Skidmore can be tough when he has to be. He is trained in hand-to-hand combat. He likes guns enough to have a […]

Current Job Postings

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Current Job Listings include Family Support Services Counselor in Marshall County,  Alcohol and Drug Program Coordinator/Probation Officer in DeKalb County, Probation Officer in DeKalb County,  Executive Director in Johnson County, Adult Case Manager in Johnson County, and Probation Officer in Marion County.

Pseudoephedrine, captive hunting bills advance

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The Journal Gazette

2/22/2016

Niki Kelly

INDIANAPOLIS — The House Public Health Committee voted 6-5 Monday to tighten access to pseudephedrine, a key ingredient used to make meth. The committee essentially put language that passed the House from House Bill 1390 into Senate Bill 80. Nothing would change for Hoosiers with an existing relationship with a pharmacy. They could still buy […]

The Dropout Problem: Part 2

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Indiana Court Times

01/25/2016

Ruth Reichard

What is behind it and what judges can do about it In Part 1 of this article in the September/October issue of Court Times, we considered research on the high victim attrition rate in criminal domestic violence cases, as well as some laws that judges can use to help ensure the integrity of the proceedings. […]

Interstate Compact Alert

Indiana Judicial Center

February 18, 2016

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

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 2016 POPAI Management Training

Susan Rice, Chief Probation Officer, Miami County Probation Department

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

Purdue-Richmond will be hosting a Graduate School Open House

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Purdue Polytechnic Richmond

02/16/2016

Purdue Polytechnic Richmond will be hosting a Graduate School Open House on Monday, February 22, 2016 in Tom Raper Hall, room 214, from 5:00 – 6:30pm. Purdue Polytechnic Richmond, 2325 Chester Blvd.,Richmond, IN 47374 Free refreshments will be available, compliments of Purdue Polytechnic’s Center for Professional Studies (ProSTAR). A representative from ProSTAR will be here to […]

County cracks down on probationers on Super Bowl Sunday

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Fontana Herald News

February 8, 2016

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Feb. 7, there were lots of Super Bowl 50 activities that may have included alcohol, and that’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Office of Traffic Safety and law enforcement officials cracked down on drinking and driving. The San Bernardino County […]

Grant Program Working to Keep Low Level Criminals Out of Prison

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Indiana Court Times

January 25, 2016

Jennifer Bauer

  The Indiana General Assembly focused on criminal code reform during the 2014 and 2015 legislative sessions. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1006, authored both years by Representative Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, rewrote criminal penalties and sentencing statutes to keep low-level offenders in local communities where they will have better access to mental health and substance abuse […]

Community-Based Treatment sees first graduate

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Peru Tribune

02/11/2016

Daniel Herda

A special hearing was conducted in Miami County Circuit Court on Wednesday to recognize the first graduate of a new program started by Community Corrections. Earl VanHoose is the first graduate of the Miami County Correction’s Community-Based Treatment (CBT) program and said that it has helped him get his life back. “For the first six months […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Minutes Posted

February 4, 2016

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

Commissioners moving forward with community corrections proposal

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KPCNews.com

February 1, 2016

KATHRYN BASSETT

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

County moves to relocate probation department

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The Shelbyville News

February 2, 2016

John Walker

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

Congress: drugmakers planned price hikes to boost profits

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Associated Press

02/02/2016

By Matthew Perrone And Tom Murphy, The Associated Press

Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart disease, AIDS and cancer, according to excerpts from thousands of documents released by federal lawmakers. A congressional review of more than 300,000 pages from Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals reveals […]

Heroin in disguise: The new threat hitting the streets

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WAVE 3 NEWs

01/26/2016

Natalia Martinez

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – A new trend is leading down a dangerous path. People think they are buying prescription pills to get high, but they are given something even more addictive. “We’ll be seeing this pretty soon and again it’s the demand,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Monday. While they may look exactly […]

12-year-old murder suspect denied mental health treatment for months

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WTHR 13 Investigates

1/20/2016

Bob Segall

The state’s recent response to an Elkhart murder reinforces a longstanding perception that Indiana’s mental healthcare system for children is badly broken. Bob Segall/13 Investigates ELKHART, Ind. – Firefighters arrived at the smoke-filled apartment to find it was covered in blood. They carried out Maria Torres who, minutes earlier, had been stabbed to death inside. […]

Young: Federal re-entry programs continue to benefit community

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The Indiana Lawyer

01/13/2016

Chief Judge Richard L. Young

On Nov. 1, 2015, approximately 6,000 federal inmates were released from prison earlier than originally expected, representing the largest one-time influx of offenders coming under supervision by the United States probation system. This mass release was due to a sentencing guideline amendment that was approved by the United States Sentencing Commission in 2014, which reduced […]

Panel recommends FDA approve implant to treat opiate addiction

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USA Today

01/12/2016

Liz Szabo

An advisory committee recommended Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve an implant designed to reduce addicts’ cravings for heroin or prescription painkillers. The implant, probuphine, provides a steady dose of buprenorphine, which has been shown to ease withdrawal symptoms, decrease cravings and cut the risk of relapse. Buprenorphine is currently available only as a pill or dissolvable […]

New Public Forum: Community Corrections Collaborative Network

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National Institute of Corrections (NIC)

January 14, 2016

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

Pretrial release project to test assessment tool

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The Indiana Lawyer www.theindianalawyer.com

1/7/16

Marilyn Odendahl

The Indiana Supreme Court is preparing to test the viability of allowing certain offenders to be released pretrial without having to pay a bail. Ten counties are interested in participating in the pilot project that will test the effectiveness of a risk assessment tool, according to a just-released December status report from the Indiana Supreme […]

Indiana Chief Justice: Drug Crisis Flooding Courts, Welfare System

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Indy Star

January 13, 2016

Rick Callahan, Associated Press

Indiana’s drug crisis is flooding the state’s courts with a growing number of cases and sending a surge of children into its welfare system, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush told a joint session of the legislature Wednesday. During her second State of the Judiciary address, Rush said the court’s five members heard firsthand […]

Opioid Abuse Costs Employers Billions

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Yahoo Health

01/20/2016

Korin Miller

Painkiller abuse is a serious and growing problem for American workers, new research reveals. A December survey conducted by the National Safety Council found that 80 percent of employers in Indiana say they’ve observed an issue with painkillers among their employees — and a whopping 60 percent say they’ve observed some kind of issue with the […]

Clark, Scott Co. police to get heroin overdose remedy kits

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Courier-Journal

01/08/2016

Lexy Gross

Police and first responders in Clark and Scott counties will soon be equipped with a drug that can reverse potentially fatal opioid and heroin overdoses. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced more than $127,000 in grants to purchase 3,500 antidote kits for first responders statewide. Clark County will receive about 150 of those kits by June to distribute to […]

THE PEOPLE’S COURT: Indiana representative pushes for cameras in Clark County courtrooms

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News and Tribune

01/12/2016

Elizabeth DePompei

As it was with the 2006 pilot program and as it is in other states, Carmichael would like to see an agreement that allowed one camera or one feed for all media to use, instead of cramming several cameras into Clark County’s small courtrooms. As for her concern that the public and media would only […]

Ex-convict who owes victims $8M vacations at beach resort

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Modesto Bee

January 11, 2016

Garth Stapley

MODESTO, Calif. — Convicted swindler Tony Daniloo enjoyed luxury cars and jewelry while bilking millions of dollars from victims in Modesto, Turlock and beyond. When he had trouble keeping a job soon after his release from prison three years ago, a federal judge agreed to lower Daniloo’s repayment duty to $50 a month. Daniloo, now […]

2016 State of the Judiciary

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January 13, 2016

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

Senator Merritt Proposes New Bills to Tackle Drug Epidemic

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Indiana Public Media

01/12/2016

Jill Sheridan

Photo: Gretchen Frazee The state voted last year to expand Indiana’s Lifeline Law to include drug overdoses. Six more bills to address drug addiction in Indiana were added to the legislative agenda on Monday. State Sen. Jim Merritt (R- Fall Creek) pointed to the state’s drug epidemic as he announced his proposals. “We all know we […]

Rush sites growth of problem-solving courts during State of Judiciary

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TheIndianaLawyer.com

01/13/2016

Dave Stafford

A Lawrence County schoolteacher who lost her job after she fell victim to heroin addiction is emblematic of Indiana’s problem-solving courts that Chief Justice Loretta Rush said are helping communities statewide deal with a crippling drug crisis. “We cannot afford to incarcerate or institutionalize our way out of this drug crisis,” Rush said in her […]

POPAI Legislative Update

1/8/2016

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: It’s hard to believe it is time for the Indiana General Assembly to be in session again! Here is the link to the bills filed for far….http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/ POPAI was asked to provide feedback re: HEA 1006 to Jane Seigel who was scheduled to speak before the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee […]

New POPAI District 4 Representative

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

Clay County finds alternative temporary housing for juvenile offenders

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The Brazil Times

January 7, 2016

FRANK PHILLIPS, Times Reporter

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

Another shot at Sunday alcohol sales is likely.

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Indy Star

01/06/2016

Amy Haneline and Tony Cook

The battle over Sunday alcohol sales for carryout is likely to return this year to the Indiana General Assembly. House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, told IndyStar on Wednesday that he has crafted a bill that will be revealed next week. He is waiting on final drafts. “I do believe there is an opportunity […]

Indiana Naloxone Project brings training to police and jail officers

Herald Times

1/7/2016

Abby Tonsing

If there was an auto-injector pen that could save a person’s life in a car accident, everyone would carry one. Remove the stigma of addiction, and naloxone is that antidote to heroin and opioid drug overdoses, Christopher Abert, of the Indiana Recovery Alliance, told a room full of police officers at the Indiana University Police […]

Recovery Works Update

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Department of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA)

12/22/2015

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

Tippecanoe program aims to break cycle of incarceration

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theindianalawyer.com

12/28/2015

When Curt Howard left prison in September 2014, he was doing OK. He moved in with his mother in Lafayette, and he found a job. Then Howard, a recovering addict, reunited with his former girlfriend, who still was using heroin, he said. “My boss is telling me, ‘Why you moving out?’ My mom is telling […]

Woman Beats DUI Rap With Claim Her Body Brews Alcohol

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Associated Press

12/30/15

Mary Esch

Drunken-driving charges against an upstate New York woman have been dismissed based on an unusual defense: Her body is a brewery. The woman was arrested while driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. She then discovered she has a rare condition called “auto-brewery syndrome,” in which her digestive system converts […]

The Dropout Problem: Part 1

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Indiana Court Times

11/20/2015

Ruth Reichard

A judge presiding over a criminal docket will quickly conclude that family violence cases are different. In an auto theft case, for example, the victim is usually cooperative: she wants to help the police and prosecutor bring the perpetrator to justice for his crime. But in a case involving family violence—especially intimate partner violence—the victim […]

Clark County Holds Staff Retreat

12/14/15

James Hayden

Clark County Probation recently held its first staff retreat for the probation officers and probation admin staff.  The retreat was held at Wooded Glen Retreat and Conference Center in Henryville, Indiana. The day was broken up into conference time and team building activities.  In the morning conference session the topics included a breakdown on caseload […]

Panel on R.I. Probation Releases its Study

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Providence Journal

12/15/2015

John Hill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island needs to make significant changes in its overburdened probation system, by lessening the time people spend on probation, making it harder to send them back for violations and better assessing who needs treatment more than prison, the staff of a special panel studying the issue said in a report released […]

FINAL REPORT: 2015 Corrections and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee

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

39 graduate at 40th Drug Court

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The Journal Gazette

December 15, 2015

Frank Gray

Allen Superior Court’s Drug Court held its 40th graduation ceremony Monday, with 39 graduates receiving certificates and also having charges against them dropped. The various participants, from 21 to 59 years old, some facing first of­fenses and others with lengthy criminal records, spent between nine and 24 months in the program, under­going counseling and testing […]

Court divided over drug sentence

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TheIndianaLawyer.com

12/10/2015

Jennifer Nelson

The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a man’s convictions for making and delivering methamphetamine, but the judges did not agree that the 32-year sentence imposed by the trial court was appropriate. Ronald L. Eckelbarger was convicted of three counts of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine – two by delivery and one by manufacturing – […]

Addiction Impact Panel gives grieving parents a platform

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Kokomo Tribune

12-10-15

Josh Sigler

Chuck McCoskey keeps a chart posted on a bulletin board on the wall of his office in the basement of the Howard County courthouse. The assistant chief of probation wants to keep for himself, and those serving probation, a sobering reminder of what the continued abuse of drugs and alcohol can do to an individual. […]

IRAS/IYAS Training and Recertifiication for 2016

12/10/2015

Indiana Judicial Center

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

Lifeline Law could be extended to include illegal drugs

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December 1, 2015

By Zach Osowski

INDIANAPOLIS — Expanding Indiana’s Lifeline Law beyond alcohol offenses will be one of Gov. Mike Pence’s legislative priorities during the 2016 session. Pence released more directives based on recommendations from his Drug Task Force aimed at helping Indiana battle drug usage. Among the directives was a promise to support three bills from Sen. Jim Merritt, […]

Indiana prosecutors call for harsher sentences on drug offenses

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IndyStar

12/09/2015

Indiana prosecutors are calling for tougher punishments on drug crimes in a proposal that they say would target career drug dealers and violent criminals. The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, or IPAC, is urging state lawmakers to consider a bill this coming session that would give prosecutors more tools to charge suspected drug dealers with higher-level offenses. The proposed legislation […]

December Board Meeting Minutes

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The December Board Meeting minutes have been posted.

Community-Based Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adults

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National Institute of Justice: September 2015 (No. 1)

Vincent Schiraldi, Bruce Western and Kendra Bradner

This paper raises important questions about the criminal justice system’s response to young adults. Recent advances in behavior and neuroscience research confirm that brain development continues well into a person’s 20s, meaning that young adults have more psychosocial similarities to children than to older adults. This developmental distinction should help inform the justice system’s response to criminal behavior among this age group. The […]

Ga. leads US in probation; critics say money is reason

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AP

11/21/2015

  ATLANTA — Georgia leads the nation in placing its citizens on probation, a distinction that is now being studied by the state’s criminal justice reform experts, a federal report shows. The state’s probation population at the end of last year was 471,067, according to newly released numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. […]

Human trafficking victims find ‘safe places’ in Tippecanoe County

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18WLFI.com

November 22, 2015

Alexis Moberger

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

Retired Henry County Probation Officer Michael Cassidy

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

COA reverses sentence imposed after failed drug program completion

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The IndianaLawyer.com

11/23/2015

Jennifer Nelson

A man who was ordered to serve 20 years – the maximum sentence for a Class B felony – after not completing a drug court program due to smoking Spice will be resentenced. The Indiana Court of Appeals found the trial court selected his sentence based on his failure to complete the program. Ralph Jackson […]

Latest Edition of INDIANA COURT TIMES Available

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Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration

11/20/15

SEPT/OCT 2015 Edition

Shelter care growing at Kinsey

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Kokomo Perspective

11/26/2015

Pat Munsey

The Robert J. Kinsey Youth Center is serving more children than ever before, and it shows in the bottom line. With a switch in detention philosophies over the past 20 years, the center had to adapt to today’s needs. According to director Jeff Lipinski, those changes are paying dividends for the youth and the county. […]

After Thousands Of Inmates Released Early, Probation Officers Will Be Watching

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NPR

November 3, 2015

Carrie Johnson

  Over the past few days, thousands of federal prisoners have been leaving confinement early and returning to their communities — the result of changes to sentencing guidelines for drug-related crimes. And who will be monitoring those former inmates? In some ways, the buck stops with Matthew Rowland. He’s the chief of the probation and […]

HEA 1006 Power Point from Probation Officer Regional Meetings

Indiana Judicial Center

11/22/2015

At the Probation Officer Regional Meetings this year, the Indiana Judicial Center (IJC) presented information on HEA 1006 grant funding. The attached Power Point presented by IJC includes highlights, application tips, collaboration examples, and information about the grant requests coming out very shortly. Any questions should be directed to Jane Seigel, Jenny Bauer, and/or Mary […]

State funds for felon treatment programs start flowing

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IndianaLawyer.com

November 4, 2015

Marilyn Odendahl

The Indiana Department of Correction has begun disbursing $5 million in new state funding meant to help local communities provide treatment and rehabilitation programs for low-risk offenders.

Howard County receives grant from Indiana Department of Correction

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Kokomo Tribune

11/17/2015

George Myers

The Howard County Commissioners approved a grant Monday from the Indiana Department of Correction that will increase staffing in Community Corrections and adult probation. Overall, the county will receive $124,422 from IDOC, with $65,000 going to adult probation, and $51,000 to Community Corrections. The remaining $8,422 will be granted as a bonus to Community Corrections […]

Indiana Program to get Offenders Treatment not Prison Cell

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The Elkhart Truth

11/08/2015

Rick Callahan

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s first statewide program that pays for addiction and mental health treatment for convicted felons sent to community corrections instead of jail or prison is now underway in a push that’s targeting uninsured offenders. Courts, probation and parole officers and community correction managers on could begin referring eligible felons on Nov. 1 […]

Elkhart County officers learning more about teen brains

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WSBT

11/10/2015

Suzanne Spencer

ELKHART COUNTY – More than a dozen police officers across Elkhart County are learning how to better connect with teenagers. “It’s really important that our officers know that when you’re dealing with adolescents…teenagers, that you’re talking in ways that match up with their cognitive abilities and their developmental stages,” said Brian Lumpkin, a former law enforcement […]

‘Dabbing’ a new drug choice for Tippecanoe teens

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WIVB

11/11/2015

Alexis Moberger, Media General Contributor

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A drug called butane hash oil is becoming increasingly popular among teens in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. BHO is part of a classification of marijuana. On the street, it goes by names like shatter, wax or honey. The trend is called “dabbing” and it takes marijuana to a new and potentially deadly […]

New POPAI Vice-president Appointed

11/5/2015

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

POPAI Seeks Applicants for District 4 Representative

11/5/2015

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

Indiana Supreme Court rules against officer’s ‘0INK’ plate

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Evansville Courier and Press

11/6/2015

Brian Slodysko

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s highest court ruled Friday that state officials had the right to deny a police officer an “offensive” vanity license plate that said “0INK.” The unanimous Indiana Supreme Court decision found that messages on state-issued license plates amount to government speech, not constitutionally protected personal speech. It cited a recent U.S. Supreme Court […]

Chief PO Sinks Honored

NAPE Executive Exchange Winter 2015 Issue

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

Executive Board Meeting Minutes for November 5, 2015

The Executive Board Meeting Minutes for November 5, 2015 have been posted.    

Announcing New Recovery Works Website & Listserv

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October 30, 2015

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

As a probation officer, I have to believe that people can change (Ireland)

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The Guardian

10/9/15

Lesley Bell

Part of the “A day in the life of…” series. Role I am one of 11 probation officers based in the Belfast intensive supervision unit, supervising people convicted of violent or sexual offences. Most are on licence following release from prison – they are still serving a sentence but can live in the community. I […]

Probation officer Gina Sanderson’s Womanhood Program helps educate, empower

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Gazettenet.com

10/22/15

Rebecca Everett

BELCHERTOWN — Gina Sanderson has worked for the Massachusetts Trial Court for nearly 30 years, most recently as a probation officer in Eastern Hampshire District Court. She said in the last three to five years she has seen the number of female probationers grow “exponentially.” “It was a rarity, back in the day, to see […]

Obama announces new steps to combat heroin, prescription drug abuse

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The Washington Post

10/21/2015

Steven Mufson and Katie Zezima

Faced with a nationwide epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, the Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will take steps to increase access to drug treatment and expand the training of doctors who prescribe opiate painkillers. The efforts are likely to have a modest effect on the steep increase in heroin and prescription drug […]

POPAI Seeks Applicants for Vice-President

October 25, 2015

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

Indiana 2014 Probation Report Published

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Indiana State Court Administration

10/21/2015

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

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

Indiana Man Avoids 25 years on Sex Offender Registry, Given Probation

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ABC News

October 19, 2015

Chris James and Lauren Effron

Zach Anderson, a 20-year-old Indiana man who was ordered to spend the next 25 years on two state sex offender registries for having what he believed was consensual sex with a teen girl who lied about her age, was resentenced to two years probation. Berrien County Judge Angela Pasula handed down the new punishment to […]

JRAC FY2016 Community Corrections Expansion Grant Recommendations

10/21/2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

Indiana giving military veterans a second chance

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The Brazil Times

October 13, 2015

Indiana has recently joined a growing number of states offering many first offender military service veterans a second chance. This past legislative session Indiana lawmakers included enabling legislation and funding in the budget bill to help formally expand veteran’s treatment courts. “The Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana and our partners thank Senators Zakas and Kenley […]

Indiana Supreme Court Justice receives national award for work with children

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The Brazil Times

October 9, 2015

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven H. David recently received national recognition for his work with children in court. Justice David was presented with the Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Distinguished System Leadership Award. He accepted the award on behalf of the Court family saying, “My role is easy when you have […]

Fake urine a problem for Ohio drug screens

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Dayton Daily News

10/04/2015

Josh Sweigart

DAYTON, Ohio — More than once while clinging to a cell phone tower hundreds of feet in the air while under the influence of heroin, cocaine or marijuana, it occurred to Chris how easy it would be to make a mistake and bring down the whole tower. Somebody could get killed. But that didn’t stop […]

Free APPA Course: Key Provisions in the Affordable Care Act

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APPA developed and has just released a new free online self-paced training course titled Key Provisions in the Affordable Care Act and How Community Corrections Can Increase Outreach and Enrollment: http://appa.academy.reliaslearning.com/Key-Provisions-in-the-Affordable-Care-Act-and-How-Community-Corrections-Can-Increase-Outreach-and-E-.aspx The course was funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. You can find this course and others on the APPA Relias Academy online training […]

October Board Meeting Minutes

We’ve posted the October Board Meeting minutes. (http://gopopai.org/?p=5116)

2015 POPAI Line Probation Officer of the Year Award

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

Indiana Supreme Court upholds arrest, felony charges in ‘spice’ case

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IndyStar

October 8, 2015

Michael Anthony Adams

Decisions strengthens Indiana’s ability to control dangerous synthetic drugs, Marion County prosecutor says. The Indiana Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2012 arrest and felony charges of a retail store owner accused of selling synthetic drugs has strengthened Indiana’s ability to control dangerous and constantly evolving synthetic drugs such as “spice” and “bath salts”, Marion […]

2015 POPAI “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award

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

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

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

U.S. to release 6,000 inmates in one of the largest mass discharges from federal prisons in American history

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National Post

October 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is preparing to release roughly 6,000 inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and roll back the harsh penalties given to nonviolent drug dealers in the 1980s and ’90s, according to federal law enforcement officials. About a third […]

Professionals tackle the issue of juveniles in solitary

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NUVO

09/30/2015

Mary Kuhlman

Experts attending a conference in Phoenix, Arizona this week are saying “no more solitary confinement for kids.” The harm it causes, including deaths, is too great according to advocates at the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) 2015 Inter-Site Conference. JDAI programs are in place in 19 Indiana counties, with the goal of keeping kids out […]

New NIH-funded study shows possible link between e-cigarettes and initiation of tobacco use

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National Institutes of Health

August 18, 2015

Students who have used electronic cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine to the lungs by heating a liquid solution […]

2015 Fall Conference Photos

Several photos from the Fall Conference are posted here. If you have more photos or if you see one of yourself you’d rather not have in the album, email Karen at website.administrator@gopopai.org. Many thanks to Ken Bugler who submitted the most photos for this album.

POPAI Founder’s Award presented to Joe Hooker

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

Communities request more funds than DOC has available

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The Indiana Lawyer

September 28, 2015

Marilyn Odendahl

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

2015 POPAI Election

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

POPAI By-laws Revised at Annual Business Meeting

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September 29, 2015

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

County Looking Into Probation Office Expansion

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The Shelbyville News

9/29/2015

Alex Krach

Discussions are currently ongoing between the Shelby County Commissioners, the Shelby County Council and the Shelby County Probation Office at the possibility of expanding the probation office by building a center, which would be connected to the Shelby County Community Corrections building. “We’re just packed in here like sardines, at two people per office in […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC): September 25th Meeting Documents

Dear POPAI Members: I serve as the probation representative on the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC).  At JRAC’s September 25th meeting, several packets of written materials were distributed to members. These written materials are now posted on the POPAI website in the MEMBERS ONLY area of our website under “POPAI Legislative Updates”. (Requires log in first, […]

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Prescription Drug Use By Teens Declines

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

09/10/2015

Michael P. Botticelli

Today, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) released the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report which shows progress in reducing some forms of substance use – especially among adolescents.  Substance use levels in many areas, however have remained relatively constant. With regard to substance use, the report found […]

Latest Issue of INDIANA COURT TIMES Available

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Indiana Supreme Court - Division of State Court Administration

INDIANA COURT TIMES Issue 24.3 MAY/JUNE 2015 www.indianacourts.us/times/

Elkhart Four felony murder convictions overturned by Indiana Supreme Court

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Indy Star

09/18/2015

(This is a follow-up to a previously published article.) The Indiana Supreme Court threw out the felony murder convictions of inmates connected to theElkhart Four, a group of four young men who gained international attention after they were convicted for the shooting death of their friend even though none of them pulled the trigger. Levi Sparks, 20; Blake Layman, […]

Defendant Cites Membership in First Church of Cannabis for Pot Use

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Star Tribune

September 14, 2015

Rochelle Olson

A Golden Valley woman is asking the courts to allow her to smoke marijuana for religious reasons — because she belongs to the First Church of Cannabis. Through her lawyer, 31-year-old Ashley Firnschild is arguing to the Hennepin County District Court that the weed’s illegality places an “undue burden” on her “sincerely held” religious beliefs […]

Washington City Offices Close Friday 9/18 To Honor Former Mayor

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WBIW

09/17/2015

Dave Abel, who led the city of Washington as mayor on two separate occasions, died Monday after a battle with cancer. … Following graduation from Purdue University in 1975,  Abel worked as Chief Probation Officer for the Daviess Circuit Courts, which led to the development of the local Big Brother, Big Sisters Program, now known […]

Florida woman had 3,714 cutting weapons in trailer

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CNN

09/17/2015

Sheriff’s deputies discovered a virtual warehouse of knives, swords, machetes and hatchets inside a house trailer when they arrested a Florida woman, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. In total, deputies counted 3,714 bladed weapons, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Denise Moloney said. Each room in the trailer had at least 500 weapons, she said. Photos […]

Solutions offered for Indiana’s criminal justice ills

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Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper

09/10/2015

By JESSICA R. KEY @QueenCuriosity3

Criminal justice system reform has been high on states’ priority lists. Many states, including Indiana, are making progress, but experts say more needs to be done. The Charles Koch Institute recently held a forum called “Indiana’s Justice Agenda: Second Chances in the Hoosier State” to address some of Indiana’s remaining criminal justice issues. The forum […]

Court documents on Indy drug ring read like a movie script

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Indy Star

09/08/2015

Mark Alesia and Tim Evans

The planned shooting had gone awry. The “mission” was foiled when the intended target, who was in the shower, had been alerted by his dog. David McMichel, the alleged leader of a violent Indianapolis drug ring, lamented the missed opportunity in a phone call with an associate — captured, according to court documents, on a […]

Appeals court rules Marion County judicial elections unconstitutional

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Indy Star

09/09/2015

Kristine Guerra

7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds prior ruling against system of ensuring a seat for judicial candidates slated by their parties. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a previous ruling that deemed unconstitutional Marion County’s system of electing judges, a rare process in which judicial candidates who get party nominations for […]

POPAI Fall Conference Spotlight: Keynote and Closing Presentation

  This year, POPAI will be sponsoring a special EBP track which will provide up to 9 hours of evidence based specific education and training. Mark Carey and Madeline Carter of the Carey Group will be providing both the opening and closing sessions and facilitating the EBP breakout sessions. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! Keynote Presentation: Evidence Based Practices: […]

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

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Greene County Daily World

September 2, 2015

Grant Karazsia, Staff Writer

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