Category Archives: Articles

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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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 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


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)


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


Elkhart Four felony murder convictions overturned by Indiana Supreme Court

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Indy Star


(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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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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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


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


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


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 […]

New officers to target heroin abuse in (Hancock) county

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Daily Reporter

August 14, 2015

Caitlin VanOverberghe

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

Indiana Attorney General visits Jeffersonville to address awareness of human trafficking

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News and Tribune

September 2, 2015

Elizabeth Depompei

JEFFERSONVILLE — As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of human sex trafficking across the state, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller visited the Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services facility in Jeffersonville on Tuesday. The center, which provides support services to abused and neglected youth, houses a population that Zoeller said is […]

Ramsey County (MN) probation officer celebrates 37 years of lives changed

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Twin Cities Pioneer Press


Ben Bartenstein

  In 1960s Germantown, the Philadelphia neighborhood where Darrell Pridgen grew up, gangs were rampant, street crime the norm and gunshots an everyday event. Several of his cousins were locked in the penitentiary, and Pridgen said he might have joined them if he hadn’t found a creative outlet. Instead, he graduated from college, started a […]

Witness disputes account of probation officer’s visit

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Tyler Morning Herald


LONGVIEW (KYTX) -A Gregg County man may lose his probation and be sent back to prison, after he cursed out a probation officer. The man says the probation walked in on his wife undressed, but a witness is now coming forward and says she remembers it differently. “I wouldn’t have ever gotten involved in all […]

Judge wants education for jailed juveniles

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August 22, 2015

Carmen McCollum

Some of the most needy youth in the region are not receiving an education they deserve, according to the official in charge of their care. Those teens are confined at Lake County Juvenile Detention Center. Thomas Stefaniak Jr., the senior judge in Lake County’s Juvenile Division, said he believes these tweens and teens should be […]

McHenry County (IL) probation officers taking individual approach with juvenile offenders

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Northwest Herald


Hannah Prokop

WOODSTOCK – Senior Probation Officer Bill Pickens said some of the juveniles he’s worked with probably could have stayed out of the system if the proper program was available to help them. Mental health issues, drug abuse and family dysfunction can be factors that drive criminality, Pickens said, and it’s “not as simple as just […]

Deadline Extended for Rookie and Line Officer of the Year Awards.

Applications for Rookie of the Year and Line Officer of the Year Awards will be accepted until Monday 8-31-15 by 9am. Find the forms on the Awards & Scholarships page.

Former convict, Ind. probation officer share unlikely bond

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Renee Murphy

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Sometimes friendships are found in the most unlikely of places. For Jared Hinkle and Rupert Strawbridge, their bond was formed at the courthouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Hinkle is a convicted felon and Strawbridge is the probation officer who handles his case. Smiles and laughs now between two men that get each […]

Second Chances: Indiana’s Evolving Expungement Law

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Indiana Court Times


Libby Milliken

While still a subject of some controversy, expungement, the process by which an Indiana citizen can seal past criminal records, has undergone significant revision since its inception. In 2012, Indiana lawmakers enacted legislation popularly known as the “Second Chance Law.” Under the 2012 procedure, only those convicted of misdemeanors and non-violent class D felonies were […]

Last Chance To Submit Applications For 2015 Rookie Probation Officer of the Year and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards


Jim Taylor

Just a reminder to all Probation Officers (Juvenile and Adult) across the State, the last date to submit Applications for “Line Probation Officer of the Year” and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year” is fast approaching!! The last date for applications to be accepted is 8-24-15. So get your applications in as soon as possible! […]

Indiana Sex Offender’s Porn Ban tossed out by Appeals Court

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Indy Star

August 12, 2015

Tim Evans

Federal Panel’s ruling grants Indiana man access to “legal adult pornography,” which is protected by the First Amendment A federal appeals court panel has overturned a lower court’s order banning an Indiana sex offender from viewing adult pornography. The panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rules Thursday that […]

What happens when a minor commits a crime?

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Greene County Daily World

August 10, 2015

Bailey Hasler, Staff Intern

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

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

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FOX 29

August 4, 2015

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

Court suspends probation officer demotions

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The Boston Globe


Andrea Estes

Trial court officials have indefinitely suspended plans to demote probation officers who failed a controversial new exam as five officers filed discrimination complaints charging that the test was biased against minorities. Twelve acting chief probation officers — half of them minority members — had been facing the prospect of a demotion and pay cut on […]

Searches without suspicion are not unconstitutional, COA affirms

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The Indiana


Marilyn Odendahl

A one-month-old decision by the Indiana Supreme Court upended a probationer’s argument that the search of his nightstand was unconstitutional. Braeden Terrell was arrested after probation officers found he had alcohol, illegal drugs and a firearm when they searched his Martinsville residence. He was subsequently charged with marijuana possession, a Class B misdemeanor, and paraphernalia […]

YOUTH RESOURCES: Vanderburgh County Teen Court helps juvenile offenders

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Evansville Courier & Press

Juveniles commit crimes for many reasons, and one of the most common is that the juvenile has been a victim. Victimization can include assault, homicide, bullying, robbery, hate crimes, sexual assault, stalking, sibling violence, property theft, family or neighborhood violence and any type of abuse. The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that young […]

Pence cancels BMV contract, asks for ethics investigation

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Associated Press


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has canceled a contract the Bureau of Motor Vehicles with private license branch operator Express MVA and an investigation into a former government official. The Indianapolis Star reports a BMV official took a job at Express MVA after allowing it to charge customers a “convenience fee.” A Star […]

Community Corrections Grant Application & Collaboration Plan Trainings

August 2, 2015

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

Attention Permanency Roundtable Scribes

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The Indiana Judicial Center (IJC)

The Indiana Judicial Center (IJC) has a link to the updated Juvenile Delinquency Permanency Roundtable Action Plan. It was made available sometime since January 2015, and is much easier to complete than the plan originally issued to probation. You may find it at

First veteran graduates from special St. Joseph County court

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South Bend Tribune

July 21, 2015


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

2015 Election Slate

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Thank you to everyone who submitted their Intent to Run forms as well as to anyone who considered dedicating their time to the POPAI Board! The 2015 POPAI Election will be held at the Annual Business Meeting Thursday September 17, 2015 in French Lick. There is a contested election in District 5.

Technology led parole officer to a Jacksonville victim’s grave and police to a suspect

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The Florida Times

June 23, 2015

Dan Scanlan

Clyde Matthew King’s killer buried his body about 2  1/2 miles from his Southside business in early December, the last time evidence showed the 72-year-old was alive, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. His lone employee, Richard Greene, ran King’s Lawn Service “business as usual,” unaware the tracking device he wore for being a convicted […]

Podcast: Social Media During Emergencies-Craig Silverman-BuzzFeed

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DC Public Safety Radio


Listen to a podcast by DC Public Safety on how to address public misinformation, what to do, and what are the implications for public safety when misinformation goes viral.

E-filing pilot begins in Indiana

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The Indiana Lawyer


Dave Stafford

Lawyers will have to file electronically in all Indiana state courts by the end of 2018, according to a plan overseen by Supreme Court Justice Steven David and Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias. Hamilton County will get the ball rolling in a few weeks. Mathias said the response from attorneys has largely been, “Why […]

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council Meeting Minutes July 1, 2015

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

Heroin-related overdose deaths quadruple since 2002

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CNN News

July 7, 2015

Sandee LaMotte

Heroin use is increasing rapidly across the United States among all age, race, income and ethnic groups, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. And the increase comes with a devastating price: Deaths from heroin-related overdoses nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. Heroin use doubled among women and young adults ages 18 to […]

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

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July 3, 2015

Pat Munsey

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

Nominate Your Probation Officer Peers

  Nominations are being accepted until Monday August 24th. 2015 for two awards to recognize outstanding probation officers in the state. The “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, show the attitude, aptitude, and the desire to improve themselves and to […]

Is prison most economical crime preventer?

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South Bend Tribune


By Jeff Parrott

For decades, judges have been filling Indiana prisons with nonviolent offenders and drug users, with an emphasis on punishment. Financially, it’s been costly, with prison overcrowding forcing the state to consider new prison construction, and it’s also proven to be ineffective at reducing recidivism rates. “Imprisoning someone in a state prison is a very blunt […]

Teens sentence their peers in Tippecanoe County program

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The Michigan City News Dispatch

July 6, 2015

The Associated Press

A special Tippecanoe County Courthouse program has jurors, lawyers and defendants, but they’re all younger than 18. The program aims to keep young people who commit relatively minor offenses out of the criminal justice system by helping them to learn from their experiences, the (Lafayette) Journal & Courier ( ) reported. Defendants at teen court […]

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

July 10, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

APPA Atlanta Call for Presenters

The American Probation and Parole Association is pleased to issue a Call for Presenters for the 2016 Winter Training Institute to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, January 31-February 3, 2016. The underlying goal of this training institute is to provide participants with workshop opportunities that emphasize skill-building, increase relevant competencies and enhance overall career development. […]

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 PO Annual Meeting


Linda Brady

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

Proposed POPAI Bylaws Revision

July 10, 2015

Linda Brady

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

2015 Legislative Updates Available to POPAI Members

July 2, 2015

Linda Brady

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

ACLU: RFRA must let sex offenders worship at churches with schools

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Indy Star


Stephanie Wang

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Wednesday invoking the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act to contend that not allowing serious sex offenders to attend churches with attached schools is an undue burden on religious rights. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two unnamed sex offenders, challenges another new state law […]

June Board Meeting Minutes

Read the June Board Meeting Minutes here.

POPAI President Letter: Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council

June 26, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

Indiana Probation officer charged with misconduct

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The Lebanon Reporter

June 17, 2015

Staff Report The Lebanon Reporter

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

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

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June 24, 2015

WKBN Staff

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

States Try To Remove Barriers For Ex-Offenders

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June 18, 2015

Rebecca Beitsch

  Raymond Daughton has been out of prison for 36 days. When he got out he was homeless, had no clothes and no money. All his belongings from his old apartment have disappeared. Daughton, 31, doesn’t want to get into trouble again, so he is staying out of his old neighborhood—one of the roughest parts […]

Indiana Supreme Court State v. Brishen R. Vanderkolk

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Indiana Supreme Court

June 9, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Brent E. Dickson

On June 8, 2015, the Indiana Supreme Court reversed the partial denial of a man’s request to suppress drug evidence found during a routine warrantless search of the residence he shared with a man on probation. The probationer only consented to searches based on reasonable suspicion. Defendant Brishen Vanderkolk lived with Jordan Sullivan, who was on home […]

A FUTURE for students with a PAST: Whitley school putting troubled kids on better path

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The Journal Gazette

June 15, 2015

Shelby Lamm

The conventional graduation ceremonies occurring across Indiana offer an opportunity to recognize an unconventional one. A Columbia City high school is graduating five seniors from a student body of 38 this year – students nobody else could manage, one at a time, without pomp or ceremony, at about half the cost of a public school. […]

Overdose now #1 cause of accidental death in St. Joseph County

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June 15, 2015

Mark Peterson

The apparent overdose deaths of two teens in Granger are tragic—but not uncommon. In fact, the overdose is now the single most common cause for accidental death in St. Joseph County. “Drug overdose deaths are actually more prevalent than motor vehicle deaths in this county and this is certainly disconcerting from a public health standpoint. […]

Intent To Run For Elected Office

As a reminder, The Intent to Run forms must be sent to POPAI Election Committee Chair Cherie Wood by July 17th (postmarked, emailed or faxed). By August 17th, Cherie will send out the election slate to the POPAI membership. The Intent to Run form may be found on the POPAI web site. The election will […]

Floyd County’s top leaders take a stand against budget cuts

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June 10, 2015

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – Six of Floyd County’s top leaders took a defiant stand in a meeting Monday evening against budget cuts totaling $1.2 million across various departments. Three of the county judges including Judge Susan Orth, chief probation officer Rexann Farris, prosecutor Keith Henderson and Sheriff Frank Loop stood in front of the […]

Recovering drug addict moved away from old life in VW

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The Van Wert Independent

June 15, 2015

Dave Mosier

What happens to a person whose life is one spent in various kinds of trouble and “whacked out” on drugs? For Van Wert native Christine Miller, the solution was to leave that life behind and make a new start following an in-house substance abuse treatment program. “They say you can never move away from your […]

Reminder – Intent To Run For Election


Cherie L. Wood

As a reminder, The Intent to Run forms must be sent to POPAI Election Committee Chair Cherie Wood by July 17th (postmarked, emailed or faxed). By August 17th, the election slate will be sent to the POPAI membership. The Intent to Run form may be found on the POPAI web site and the election will […]

New Job Posting: Probation Officer Job in Owen County

See our Jobs Page for details on a Probation Officer job in Owen County.

2015 Indiana Judicial Center’s Legislative Session Digest

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Indiana Judicial Center

June 3, 3015

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

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

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May 18, 2015

Elvia Malagon

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

Job Cuts Part Of Tippecanoe Court Services Reorganization

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MAY 28, 2015


After several months of trying to dig itself out of a financial hole, Tippecanoe County’s Court Services division is undergoing a massive reorganization. Four of the agency’s seven full-time positions will be eliminated at the end of June as part of a broader change in the way the department serves low-level offenders. The move comes […]

Justice center developer offers scaled-down plan

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Indy Star


John Tuohy

The developer of a proposed justice center on Indianapolis’ Near Westside is offering a scaled-back version that would cut the price of construction by $17.5 million. But the leader of the Democrat-controlled City-County Council quickly dismissed the plan as an insufficient and desperate last-ditch plan to save the complex. WMB Heartland Justice Partners, the group […]

Murdered mother’s family questions probation officer (Florida)

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10NEWS/Tampa Bay

May 22, 2015

Jonathan Petramala,

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

Can One Man End the Global Drug War?

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May 27, 2015

Nathan Siegel

In between slurps of soup and sips of coffee,  Jindřich Vobořil  tells a story of his youth that would sell out a Broadway theater. He lived on and off the streets in his hometown of Brno, Czechoslovakia, running with local gangs. By age 12, he was burning through 30 cigarettes a day and says he […]

2016 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

Editorial: Some funding for corrections

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Kokomo Tribune

May 29, 2015

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

2015 POPAI Elections

May 22, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

Probation officer finds meth lab during home visit

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May 14, 2015

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A man was arrested in Steuben County after a probation officer saw materials to make methamphetamine during a home visit. The probation officer contacted the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and the state meth suppression lab team, during which officers found several more items used to make meth inside the home and […]

Trauma among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network


Patricia K. Kerig, Ph.D., and Julian D. Ford, Ph.D.

With rates of arrests for girls in the United States fast outpacing those for boys, the past decade has seen increasing attention devoted to understanding the causes, consequences, and solutions for girls’ delinquency. Girls now account for approximately 30 percent of the estimated 2.11 million juvenile arrests made each year, and on any given day […]

2015 Knepple Scholarship Awarded

May 14, 2015

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

Insane Clown Posse – Insane Clown Posse Scrap Tour Over Probation Issues

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The rappers have been on the road for their Marvelous Missing Link In-Store Insanity Tour, but had to pull out of dates last week (ends 08May15) to allow Shaggy 2 Dope to return to his native Detroit, Michigan to sort out the probation problem. They subsequently scrapped the rest of the trek and now a […]

How 4 teens became murderers without killing anyone

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Indy Star


ELKHART – — April Sparks was waiting in line to pre-pay for gas at a 7-Eleven store when she overheard a conversation she didn’t want to hear. “They don’t deserve that,” the cashier said. “They should spend their lives in prison,” the customer in front of her said. Sparks knew exactly whom they were talking […]

2015 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

May 13, 2015

Cherie Wood, POPAI Election Committee Chair

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

Board Meeting Minutes

The POPAI Board members met for an informal information meeting on Legislative updates. The minutes are online and the Legislative information is in the Members Only Discussion Area. The April 16 meeting’s minutes are here.

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

May 8, 2015

Susan Rice

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

The dirty little secret of drug abuse

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Tribune Star

May 2, 2015

Lisa Trigg

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

Work to prevent opiate drug abuse

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Indiana 10:13 p.m. EDT May 2, 2015

Since Gov. Mike Pence issued a public health disaster emergency order in response to the state’s HIV outbreak, public and private leaders have marshalled a remarkable effort to identify cases, provide care and support to those who have tested positive for HIV, and prevent new infections. This evidence-based approach is critical to effectively contain the […]

Flakka, synthetic drug behind increasingly bizarre crimes

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Evansville Courier and Press


Journal Media Group

One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him. Two others tried separately to break into the Fort Lauderdale Police […]

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

May 1, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

Why Not Start Addiction Treatment Right In The ER?

Full Article


April 29, 2015

Scott Hensley

­ ­When patients brought to the ER have uncontrolled blood pressure, neglected asthma or diabetes that hasn’t been dealt with, doctors often start treatment right then and there. But what happens when the patient turns out to be addicted to opioids, such as oxycodone or heroin? In case of an overdose, the medical team can […]

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 […]

St. Joseph County youth detention alternative gets grant

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South Bend Tribune

April 13, 2015

Amanda Gray

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

Are Police Violating Privacy With GPS Tracking?

Full Article


Allison Manning

About 3,000 people in Massachusetts are wearing court-ordered ankle monitors right now. And under a little-known agreement between police and probation officials, officers can use those monitors to see where many of those people are at any time. It’s a longstanding practice for probation officials to keep track of people who have agreed to wear […]

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

Full Article

April 23, 2014


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

Another Porter County Adult Probation Officer Retires: Mr. Rick Staresina

Jim Taylor District #1 POPAI Rep.

  On March 20th 2015, the first day of “Spring”, Adult Probation Officer Richard Staresina “Sprung out” of the day to day hustle n bustle of the Monday-Friday life as a Adult Probation Officer, and jumped right into a lifestyle of vacations & total relaxation. The same day, a retirement reception was held on the […]

New Job Post: Juvenile Probation Officer in Harrison Circuit Court

There’s an opening in Harrison County, details are on the Jobs & Internships page.

Indiana Legislature nearing deadline with unsettled issues

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Associated Press


Indiana lawmakers face decisions on the new state budget and some other contentious issues with less than two weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session. Legislators return to the Statehouse on Monday still looking for agreements on topics such as whether to allow needle exchange programs in more counties in response to an HIV outbreak […]

Last chance for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award

Its 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 2015 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference May 6 and 7, held in Indianapolis, IN. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will be awarded […]

UPDATED Indiana Bills Followed by POPAI

April 10, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

Work release may address overcrowding

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Kokomo Perspective

April 7, 2015

Pat Munsey

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

Smell Leads Police to body found in Indiana Home by Corrections Officer

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Police investigating a report of a smell in a home by a corrections officer led to a body being found in a bedroom closet. Fort Wayne police spokesman Officer Michael Joyner says the body was found Saturday. No arrests have been made. An autopsy will be performed by the Allen County […]

Boone working to expand juvenile justice system

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The Lebanon Reporter

March 14, 2015

Rod Rose

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

Technology & Intimate Partner Violence

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Indiana Court Times

February 24, 2015

Ruth Reichard

While technology is not inherently violent, people who engage in intimate partner violence often employ technology as a means of obtaining and maintaining coercive control. Various technologies equip offenders with very efficient means to commit the crimes of stalking, intimidation, and harassment, while also enabling them to pinpoint their victims’ physical locations. Although it is […]

Chasing smoke

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Indiana Daily Student


Hannah Alani

The World Health Organization ranks the United States first among 17 European and North American countries for prevalence of marijuana use.   Indiana has some of the harshest marijuana criminalization laws. Someone in possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. […]

Ambiguous probation condition leads to reversal of violation finding

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Indiana Legal News

March 31, 2015

Jennifer Nelson

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the revocation of a woman’s probation after two judges ruled the probation condition at issue is ambiguous regarding whether and when she had to report an arrest while on probation for a charge that allegedly occurred before the probation began. Jacqueline Jackson was on probation in February 2014 after […]

States Move to Ban Powdered Alcohol Before It Hits the Market

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Food Safety News


Dan Flynn

Lawmakers in several states want to ban a new powdered alcohol product before it’s even available on the market. “Palcohol” is the brand name for the new powdered alcohol that, when mixed with water, becomes a cosmopolitan, mojito, margarita or lemon drop cocktail. It’s the invention of Arizona entrepreneur Mark Phillips, whose company hopes to […]

Indiana ranks second in incarcerated parents: ‘I’ve missed way too much already’

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Chicago Tribune

March 21, 2015

Jerry Davich

Taped above Lavonta Henry’s bed is a note from his 7-year-old son. Written with a few backward letters, it says, “Papi, I can’t wait for you to come home. I love you, Jayden.” Henry keeps it taped inside his cell at the Indiana State Prison. It hangs near a thick stack of photos of himself […]

Heroin bill passes with needle exchange

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The Courier-Journal


Mike Wynn and Tom Loftus

FRANKFORT, Ky. The months of anguished pleas from parents and former addicts — Kentucky families gripped in a noxious heroin epidemic — found some resolution Tuesday as a landmark bill to improve drug treatment and clamp down on dealers won passage in the legislature. The long-negotiated compromise sailed out of the Democrat-led House on a […]

Now 55 cases in HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana

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Indy Star

March 20, 2015

Shari Rudavsky

State health officials say the number of HIV cases in an outbreak among intravenous drug users in southeastern Indiana has risen to 55 confirmed with an additional 13 preliminary positive cases.

POPAI Management Training Registration Reminder

Susan Rice, POPAI Training/Conference Planner

Probation management level staff can still register for the upcoming POPAI Management Institute, CPO Summit and New CPO trainings which will be held April 15th, 16th, and 17th in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The deadline for room reservations has been extended to Friday, March 27th.  Specific information on all three trainings can be found in this informational […]

Local corrections funds in doubt House and Senate at odds on money needed

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The Journal Gazette

March 23, 2015

Niki Kelly

INDIANAPOLIS – The enthusiasm for a major shift away from jailing low-level offenders to local treatment and supervision instead is clear at the Statehouse. But will the money be there when the budget is finalized at the end of April? It is the final question in a criminal justice overhaul that has been in the […]

Tully: The story of our heroin epidemic must be told

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Indy Star

March 13, 2015

Matthew Tully

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

Latessa: A Tool for Helping to Predict Crime Risk

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The Council of State Governments

March 8, 2015

Ed Latessa

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

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

March 13, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

List of Indiana Bills Followed by POPAI

March 13, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

New Job Posted: Assistant Chief Probation Officer in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles County DHR


LaTanya L. Hill

The County of Los Angeles is recruiting for a new Assistant Chief Probation Officer. The Assistant Chief Probation Officer reports directly to the Probation Officer and has executive decision-making authority and administrative responsibility for assisting the Probation Officer in the overall direction and administration of the department’s operation, programs and services, through subordinate managers. The Assistant […]

One and Done: How INcite is reducing redundant DNA collection

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Indiana Court Times


Mary L. DePrez

One of the responsibilities of probation officers is to collect body fluid samples from clients to test for the presence of drugs or alcohol when that is a condition of their probation. But did you also know that Indiana law requires officers to collect a DNA sample for persons convicted of a felony? The Indiana […]

4 held on drug charges after Whitley probation check

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The Journal Gazette

February 24, 2015

Four people have been arrested on drug-related charges after a meth lab was located inside a Columbia City home, Indiana State Police said today. State police at Fort Wayne said they were helping Columbia City police locate a probationer inside a North Walnut Street home Friday afternoon when they found items commonly associated with the […]

Pilot program identifies brain injuries in inmates

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Fox 59 News


Russ McQuaid

Each year five thousand offenders leave the Indiana prison system to return to the streets of Marion County where the recidivism rate may be as high as 30 percent. A recent survey has determined that one out of every ten of those returning offenders may be suffering the aftereffects of traumatic brain injury [TBI] and […]

2015 POPAI Management Institute Registration is Now Open

March 2, 2015

Susan Rice

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

February 2015 POPAI Board Meeting Minutes

The February POPAI Board Meeting Minutes are published.

Now accepting applications for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award


J. Taylor

Its 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 2015 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference May 6 and 7, held in Indianapolis, IN. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will be awarded […]

States Predict Inmates’ Future Crimes with Secretive Surveys

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Associated Press


Eileen Sullivan & Ronnie Greene

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — On a hot Friday last July, a parolee was mowing a lawn in a small cul-de-sac on the west side of the city when he stopped to ask for a glass of water. The 70-year-old widow whose yard he was mowing told him to wait on her porch. Instead, she […]

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

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Indy Star

February 17, 2015

Kristine Guerra

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

Juvenile delinquency down in Indiana and nationally

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Kokomo Tribune

February 18, 2015

Lauren Slagter

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

Judge to schools: stop arresting so many kids

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Fox 59

February 9, 2015

Jill Glavan

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 9, 2015) — A Marion County judge sent a letter to school superintendents urging them to cut down on the arrest of kids at school. Judge Marilyn Moores said that with turnover in administrations and the rise in arrests, she felt it necessary to crack down on an existing policy. “Locking up […]

Pilot rehabilitation program shows success

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The Herald Tribune

Jan. 30, 2015

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

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

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Kokomo Tribune

Jan. 27, 2015

Mike Fletcher

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

SAMHSA’s new report tracks the behavioral health of America

Full Article


January 26, 2015

SAMHSA’s new report, the “National Behavioral Health Barometer” (Barometer), provides data about key aspects of behavioral healthcare issues affecting American communities including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The Barometer shows this data at the national level, and for […]

Policing The Teen Brain

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Mike Emery

When a police officer approaches a teenager, the officer brings a badge, a gun and the power to arrest. What the officer doesn’t always have, though, is an understanding of the factors influencing the teen and the way their brain functions. Sometimes that’s a problem, and the situation escalates. There might be fewer problems in […]

County jails fear onslaught of addicts, mentally ill from prisons

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Indy Star

February 2, 2015

Kristine Guerra

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

Supreme Court seeks state funds for technology, access to courts

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The Indiana Lawyer


IL Staff

A group of four representatives of the Indiana Supreme Court explained to the House Ways & Means Committee Tuesday morning why the state should give the judiciary millions of dollars for court technology, access to courts and criminal code reform. Chief Justice Loretta Rush, Justice Steven David, Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias and […]

Porter County Adult Probation Officer Bob Hanaway Retires After 25 years of Service.


Jim Taylor POPAI District #1 Rep

On 1-22-15, after 25 years of hard work and dedicated service as a Adult Probation Officer in Porter County, IN., Robert (Bob) Hanaway decided, its time to retire and rid himself of the M-F “Shirt and tie” wear, in exchange for some much needed relaxation to enjoy whatever the days and nights may bring ahead. […]

Indiana Switching Vendor for License Plate Production

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Evansville Courier & Press

January 27, 2015

Chelsea Schneider

INDIANAPOLIS — The state is changing the vendor it uses for the production of Indiana license plates, a decision that ends a long-time relationship in which state prison inmates were involved in the manufacturing of the plates. The new $72 million contract with Intellectual Technology, Inc., will save the state approximately $14 million by not […]

Proposed bill to protect juveniles involved in human trafficking

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January, 25, 2015


TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A proposed bill would treat juveniles involved in human and sexual trafficking as victims not criminals. The Indiana Attorney General’s office had 100 reported complaints of human trafficking come into their office in 2014. In an effort to curtail these rising numbers, the new bill proposed that if police come […]

POPAI on Facebook and LinkedIn

We’re now present on Facebook and LinkedIn. We’ll be using both as an avenue to educate the public about Probation as well as bring you announcements or the most popular article of the month. You’ll we have two groups on LinkedIn. One is public and you can join it right away. The other is for Members […]

French Lick Resort confirms compromise to credit card payment system.

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WHAS 11 News


FRENCH LICK, Ind. (WHAS11) – The French Lick Resort is warning the public they have learned of a possible compromise to their credit card payment system. The resort says after a review and internal investigation, involving the services of an expert IT data security company, it was determined that sensitive information belonging to guests and […]

January 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

The January Board Meeting Minutes are available on the website.

United Way: Support 2-1-1

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Evansville Courier and Press


Carol Braden-Clarke

Every hour of every day, people need essential human services. In the 2015 State Legislative session, lawmakers will be considering HB 1010 authored by Representative Jud McMillan to provide $2 million in state funding for the Indiana 211 Partnership for funding the 2-1-1 Information and Referral service. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember number that […]

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

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News and Tribune

January 20, 2015

Gary Popp

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

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

Full Article


Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush

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

Pence’s $51M prison expansion proposal met by skepticism

Full Article

January 18, 2015

Tom Davies, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal for expanding two state prisons is drawing skepticism from some legislative leaders as it comes just months after Indiana’s criminal sentencing laws changed in part to reduce the need for more prison space. An alternative plan with bipartisan support in the Indiana House calls for directing $50 million […]

What will happen to probation and parole in 2015?

Full Article

December 16, 2014

Brad Drown

Another year ends! The holiday season is the time to look forward and apply past experience to future planning. Realistic planning can be done in 5-year time spans and requires some predictions made with uncertain information. So let’s predict. Probation and parole is a government funded program and subject to the politics of the times. […]

Clark County getting new probation head

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The Courier-Journal

January 7, 2015

Charlie White

The Clark County Circuit Court Board of Judges has named Jamie Hayden as the county’s chief probation officer, effective Jan. 12. Hayden, a probation officer for 21 years who most recently worked as division chief of its adult probation division, will assume the leadership duties held for the last three years by Henry Ford, who […]

An Interesting Take On Graduated Sanctions: The Hawaii Edition

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America Tonight


Amy Walters

Paradise on earth is how most people know Hawaii – white sandy beaches and coconut palms. But there are Hawaiians living outside the frame on the picture postcard. The roughly 8 million tourists who visit the state each year attract a lot of property crime. Even an ocean away from the mainland, the methamphetamine market […]

New Laws Going into Effect on First Day of 2015

Full Article


Jessica Smith

It’s a new year and that means several new laws. Two of the biggest changes of 2015 will impact drivers. Starting Thursday, low-powered scooters will have to be registered. Until now, driving low-speed mopeds or scooters has largely been unregulated. Now in order to ride a 50 cc or smaller scooter, riders will now need […]

How Funding Mental Health Could Keep People Out Of Prison

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Indiana Public Media

January 2, 2015

Gretchen Frazee

Birdena Lee Oakley was at the peak of her career as an opera singer. “I toured throughout France, Spain, Italy, Germany,” she says. “I went on to perform in different countries such as Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, I traveled all over the world. It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.” It wasn’t easy […]

Monroe County Probation Pilot Program Could Be State Model

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Indiana Public Media

December 29, 2014

Gretchen Frazee

Monroe County officials are beginning work on a program they hope will reduce the number of people in the county’s jail and keep offenders from missing court appointment. The Indiana Supreme Court is also keeping an eye the Monroe County program to see if it is an example of a system that can be expanded […]

December 10 Board Meeting Minutes

The December Board Meeting minutes are posted. 

Doing the right thing: Probation officer returns money found

Full Article

Dec 30, 2014

By Chanti Carter-Rene, C1 Contributor

Though she’d been the victim of identity theft, Probation Officer Chanti Carter-Rene returned an envelope of thousands of dollars she found in the street to a nearby bank… It was Monday, December 23, 2013, and I had some letters to drop off at the post office during my lunch hour. Having been the recent victim […]

Region legislators to craft state laws through committee work

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December 17, 2014

Dan Carden

INDIANAPOLIS | The nitty-gritty work of writing Indiana’s laws most of the time gets done not in the glittering House and Senate chambers, but in dreary, plain committee rooms scattered throughout the Statehouse. It is there representatives and senators go through legislative proposals line byline, make changes they decide are needed and hear the opinions […]

Is Indiana ready to legalize Marijuana?

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December 18, 2014

Kristine Guerra

(INDY STAR) — State Sen. Karen Tallian has tried for years to legalize marijuana. The Democrat from Portage, Ind., has introduced bills that would have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Those efforts have so far failed. This coming session, Tallian hopes a more narrowly defined bill to legalize marijuana for people with […]

Drug Addiction Treatment in the Criminal Justice System

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

April 2014

Drug Use, Crime, and Incarceration The connection between drug use and crime is well known. Drug use is implicated in at least five types of drug-related offenses: Offenses related to drug possession or sales Offenses directly related to obtaining drugs (e.g., stealing to get money for drugs) Offenses related to a lifestyle that includes association […]

Online database shows convictions bring consequences beyond incarceration

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Marilyn Odendahl

The American Bar Association has completed work on a national database that identifies the legal restrictions and prohibitions that individuals convicted of a crime face in addition to the sentence imposed by the court. The National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction, available at, is an online directory that lists the federal and state […]

New Ind. program would use cell phones to track, reform offenders

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The News-Sentinel


Kevin Leininger

Does the government use people’s cell phones to track their movements?  For some people in Allen County, that soon could be true–and that’s a good thing, officials say. The Allen County Commissioners today were expected to approve a pilot program under which the county’s Community Corrections department would monitor the whereabouts of about 70 released […]

40 sex offenders to appear on Indy billboards

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David Barras

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

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

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The Indiana Law Blog


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

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

December 7, 2014

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

Juvenile center unveils new computer lab

Full Article

November 19, 2014

A new multipurpose computer lab aimed at helping young offenders was to open today at the Allen County Juvenile ​Center. “The computer lab is part of a larger strategy to get kids on juvenile probation back on track, in school and away from crime,” said Judge Dan Heath of the Family Relations Division of the […]

Man in Facebook Threat Case Scrutinized for Note to Prosecutor

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The Wall Street Journal


Brent Kendall

The man at the center of a Supreme Court case about posting threats on Facebook has caught the attention of U.S. probation officials for more recent comments he allegedly made about cross burning in a prison note to a prosecutor. The high court heard oral argument Monday on whether to uphold the 2011 conviction of […]

APPA Leadership Institute

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APPA Leadership Institute A Twelve Month Journey of Self Discovery and Organizational Change for Community Corrections Professionals APPLICATION DEADLINE – April 1, 2015 Are you concerned about succession planning? Are you seeing many of your senior staff making retirement plans? Are you seeking staff training opportunities to enhance the skills of developing leaders in your […]

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

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Lewiston Tribune, re-printed by

October 19, 2014

By Ralph Bartholdt

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

Indiana panel hears testimony on human trafficking

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Associated Press

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

Cost of an Inmate – Tippecanoe County, IN

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News 18

November 19, 2014

Krista Henery

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

Sitting at desks just part of a Probation Officer’s job

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Newark Advocate


Bethany Bruner

NEWARK – Their leader calls them the “Secret Service” of the Licking County Courthouse. But these 13 men and women are not the Secret Service. They’re the probation officers working in the Adult Court Services Department. Located in offices in Pataskala, the Licking County Justice Center and the Licking County Courthouse, the probation department is […]

All Courts Shall Be Open

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Indiana Court Times


Kathryn Dolan

Continued emphasis on fair and impartial justice as Dickson transfers leadership to Rush On June 11, 2014, Brent E. Dickson announced he would step down as Chief Justice of Indiana before September first and continue serving as an Associate Justice on the five-member Supreme Court. When Dickson informed the Judicial Nominating Commission of his plans, […]

SAVE THE DATES: POPAI Fall Training 2015 & 2016


Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

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

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Indy Star


Mike Fender

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

Adding Positive Reinforcement In Justice Settings

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Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment-National Library of Medicine

April 2012

Danielle Rudes, Faye Taxman, Shannon Portillo, Amy Murphy, Anne Rhodes, Maxine Stitzer, Peter Luongo, Peter Friedmann

Researchers have long recommended expanding treatment options for those with a drug abuse history, leading to the founding and proliferation of drug courts and other treatment diversion programs.  The effectiveness of such programs has varied across the horizon as some jurisdictions continue to rely on traditional criminal justice sanction systems, while others endorse newer evidence-based practices. One […]

Kinsey Youth Center sees uptick in mentally ill kids

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Kokomo Tribune

October 19, 2014

When Erik May started working as the referee for Howard County Circuit Court’s juvenile court eight years ago, he said it was rare to see children younger than 15 run up against the criminal justice system. “If the juvenile was younger than 13, I’d look at our prosecutor and say, ‘Why the heck am I […]

POPAI Board Meeting Minutes November 2014

November 2014 Board Meeting Minutes.

Jobs Posted

Check out the new job openings in Adams and Noble County.

Indiana Chief PO named Probation Executive of the Year

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National Association of Probation Executives

Fall 2014

NAPE Executive Exchange

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

Suspect in Halloween hit and run Deaths had violated probation 7 times

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Los Angeles Times


Emily Foxhall and Joseph Serna

A 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run driving in the Halloween collision in Santa Ana that left three girls dead has a years-long criminal history and was driving on a suspended license, court records show..

Data tools credited for reducing pretrial crime

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September 17, 2014

Laura Dorman

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

Woman who set off pipe bombs goes before judge again, gets 3 years for probation violation

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First Posted: October 31, 2014 - 12:57 pm

By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Georgia — A judge gave Celia Savage a break in February when he sentenced her to probation after federal authorities found pipe bombs and guns in her home during a raid. He warned her not to make him look like a fool. Less than six months later, Savage, 25, was arrested on drug charges, […]

Job Posting

There’s a new job posting for  an Adult Probation Officer in Tippecanoe County.  

How probation officers can stay safe during home visits

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Cherrie Greco

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

Probation And Parole In The United States, 2013

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Bureau of Justice Statistics


Thomas Bonczar, Erinn Herberman, Ph.D.

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

Texas prosecutor: Indiana suspect history unknown

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Evansville Courier and Press

October 27. 2014

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas prosecutors may not have offered a suspected serial killer such a lenient prison sentence in a 2009 sexual assault case had they known about his conviction on a similar charge in Indiana five years earlier, a district attorney’s spokesman said Monday. Darren Vann, who last week confessed to killing seven […]

Lake Detention Complex chief retires after 37 years

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Post-Tribune, A Chicago publication

October 21, 2014

Ruth Ann Krause

Bob Bennett turned 65 on Thursday, and on Friday retired with more than 37 years as director of the Lake County Juvenile Detention Complex with a sense of pride and accomplishment. “I’ve talked to thousands of kids over the years and I hope some of them heard me,” Bennett said. “I had a job to […]


A limited number and variety of POPAI shirts and fleece are now available for purchase. All items have the POPAI Logo. Go Shopping!

Indiana Probation Departments Host Halloween Events for Registered Sex Offenders

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

Sources: Probation officer on leave after questionable Facebook post

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Margo Gray

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

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

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The Huffington Post


Hilary Hanson

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

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

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

More Older Adults Are Struggling with Substance Abuse

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New York Times


Abby Ellin

BEFORE her drinking spiraled out of control, Sylvia Dobrow “drank like a lady,” as she put it, matching her wine to her sandwiches: “Tuna and chardonnay, roast beef and rosé.” But soon she was “drinking around the clock,” downing glasses of vodka and skim milk. “When you try to hide your drinking from your grandchildren, […]

2014 Probation Fall training registration is now open


Angie Hensley-Langrel, Program Coordinator, Indiana Judicial Center

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

New Bloomington mental health court starting up

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

Declining PERF Enrollment, A Cause For Concern?

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Troy Kehoe

Pension withdrawals causing new concerns at Statehouse A technicality in state law is permitting thousands of new Hoosier public workers to opt out of Indiana’s public pension plans, such as the Public Employee Retirement Fund [PERF], and seek alternatives in retirement planning.   This loophole has bolstered autonomy for Hoosiers who have entered the public employee […]

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

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Scientific American


Scott O. Lilienfeld and Hal Arkowitz

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

Jury finds convict guilty of stalking probation officer

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NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Pa. — A convict found guilty of stalking his probation officer by sending her threatening emails will be spending more time behind bars. The Morning Call reports that Clinton D. Oxford was found guilty of stalking, terroristic threats and harassment. He was immediately sentenced to five and a half to fifteen years behind […]

POPAI Survey Results re: Location for Annual Fall Conference


Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

Indiana to Address Brain Trauma Among Released Offenders

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Public News Service Indiana


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

Indiana committee hears alternatives for juvenile justice

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

Drug court graduates choose treatment over prison

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Fox 59 News

October 6, 2014

Russ McQuaid

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

Millions more sought for representation of juveniles in Indiana

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The Indiana Lawyer

October 8, 2014

Dave Stafford

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

Board Meeting Minutes October 8


The minutes from the October 8 Board Meeting are available.

Seven more counties to participate in juvenile detention program

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The Statehouse File


Hannah Troyer

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

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

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The Herald Bulletin /AP


Andy Knight

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

New Community Corrections Program To Be Implemented

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SPONLINE - Kosciusko County’s Only Free Digital Newspaper


Phoebe Muthart

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

Flipping the script: Innovative truancy effort keyed to prevention, not punishment

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The Journal Gazette

September 28, 2014

Fred McKissack

He looks like he works there. He’s got an office at New Haven High School with computer, desks, chairs and books. He’s got an athletic build but, with his measured, friendly tone, he reminds one of a thoughtful guidance counselor rather than an employee of the Allen County Juvenile Court. Yet, for 25 New Haven […]

Efforts renewed to protect at-risk children

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Kokomo Perspective

October 2, 2014

Pat Munsey

The people on the front line in the struggle to prevent juvenile delinquency met last week to reaffirm their commitment to the community’s youth. Led by Howard Circuit Court Judge Lynn Murray, these individuals signed an updated memorandum to provide education, treatment, and supervision to juveniles. “This is to renew our strategy of systematic information […]

New detention model designed to lower juvenile incarceration

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Indiana's News Center

October 1, 2014

Jeff Neumeyer

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (21ALIVE) — A plan is unfolding here in Allen County to reduce the number of juveniles housed in corrections facilities. It involves a strategy that a local judge insists can save money and protect public safety at the same time. On an average day, 83 juvenile offenders are locked up at the […]

Indiana Parole Officers Fired And Arrested

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

Photos from the Fall Conference for the Website



Do you have photos from the Fall Conference that we can add to our Fall Conference 2014 Page? Please email me and I’ll send you a link to upload them.

SAVE THE DATES: Indiana Judicial Center Probation Officer Training

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

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

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

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

Juvenile deliquency down thanks to alternative programs

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Kokomo Tribune


Lauren Slagter

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

Mentally ill inmates straining jail and DOC resources

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

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

INcite Juvenile Reports Announcement

Indiana Judicial Center


Michelle C. Goodman, Staff Attorney Indiana Judicial Center

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

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

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The New York Times



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

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

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The Republic/ AP


Charles D. Wilson

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

2015 POPAI Management Institute and Chief PO Summit SAVE THE DATES


Susan Rice

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

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

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

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

Man claims he robbed store to pay probation costs

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Highlands Today

September 16, 2014

Jay Meisel

SEBRING — An Avon Park teenager who told authorities he robbed a convenience store clerk to get money to pay his $500 probation fine will spend the next 10 years in prison, a judge decided this week. “I felt like I needed the money to, you know, pay off my probation and stuff,” Jalen Williams […]

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

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CBS Chicago



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

Compassion Fatigue in Probation

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National Institute of Corrections


Lori Whitten

Probation Officers’ Stress and Burnout Associated With Caseload Events Compassion fatigue is a combination of burnout and secondary trauma that can significantly decrease our effectiveness at work and in life.  Anyone who works with people in distress on a regular basis is at risk.  This is not a medical disease, but if ignored can develop […]

IACCAC Fall Training Institute Announcement


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

Judge James Fox concerned over budget cuts

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Fox 28


Amanda Skrzypchak

SOUTH BEND – Recent budget cuts to the Juvenile Justice Center of St. Joseph County has probate Judge James Fox worried about the area’s at risk youth. The center was asked to cut three percent of the remainder of their 2014 budget, forking over nearly 160,000 dollars. The center is expected to cut even more […]

Former probation official William Burke asks for court-appointed lawyer to handle appeals

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The Republican

September 5, 2014

Shira Schoenberg

Former Probation Department deputy commissioner William Burke has gone into debt to pay the legal bills related to his trial for helping to run a rigged hiring scheme at the Massachusetts Probation Department, according to a court filing by his attorney, John Amabile. He is now asking for a court-appointed attorney. Burke was convicted in […]

Justice Brent Dickson Receives POPAI Founder’s Award


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

POPAI Presents Line PO of the Year Award to Dave Williams


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

POPAI Presents Rookie PO of the Year Award to Melanie Strode


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

POPAI “Members Only” Discussion Forum Now Ready


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

Revised POPAI By-laws Approved, Membership Year to Change


Linda Brady, POPAI President

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

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

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The Chronicle-Telegram


Brad Dicken

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

2015 Probation Officer Minimum Salary Schedule

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Judicial Conference of Indiana

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

Midwest Gang Investigators Association Training

Midwest Gang Investigators Association Indiana Chapter Training October 21, 2014 Ft. Wayne, Indiana 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Website Topics include History of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Current Trends of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in Indiana. Conference-Registration Form with more details

Board Meeting Minutes: 2014 Annual POPAI Business Meeting and September 5, 2014

2014 Annual POPAI Business Meeting (September 4, 2014) September 5, 2014  

The Skinny on Evidence-Based Practices

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Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

August 12, 2014

Benjamin Chambers

Read Benjamin Chambers’ introduction to the newly-launched Evidence-based Practices section of the JJ Resource Hub

Sex offenders released early for good behavior

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WLWT Cincinnati


Jackie Congedo

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. —Seven years after molesting a little girl, a Fairfield man was arrested on child porn charges. WLWT News 5’s Jackie Congedo looked into how some sex offenders get out of jail without completing their sentence, only to reoffend.

Juvenile probation chief retiring after 30 years at department

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The Herald Bulletin


Jack Molitor

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

POPAI Members Only Discussion Forum

  Visit our new Member Discussion Page to find and share policy and procedure documents or ask questions. This addition is for your benefit so feel free to ask questions and suggest topics that will help you. This area is moderated and password protected for POPAI Members only. Please report any questionable content to Karen. […]

Leaders: The 6 Golden Rules of Meeting Management

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Don Jacobson

Meetings are unpopular because they take up time–usually that of many people. However, there are good meetings and there are bad meetings. Meetings can be an excellent use of time when they are well-run. Unfortunately, the converse is also true, and it seems that time-wasting, poorly run meetings are far too common. This article describes […]

Blood tests for DWI cases costing Hancock County

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Associated Press


In the hands of a jury, a simple blood test can mean the difference between a drunken-driver who is convicted and one who walks free. With the popularity of crime dramas causing what public safety officials call “the CSI effect,” jurors today have come to expect law enforcement to provide irrefutable data in cases that […]

Delayed releases continuing problem at Marion County Jail

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The Indiana Lawyer


Two Marion Superior criminal court judges said Friday they continue to be frustrated by delayed releases of arrestees detained after orders have been signed for their release. Criminal Division 6 Judge Mark Stoner and Criminal Division 8 Judge Amy Jones told the Marion Superior Executive Committee that delayed releases continue despite efforts to improve the […]

Indiana excise police warn retirement home about alcohol

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The Associated Press

July 12, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Excise police are known for breaking up parties in college towns like Bloomington, but Meadowood Retirement Community residents were a bit surprised when they received word from the agency they could no longer be served beer and wine at their weekly social hour. Meadowood stopped the practice last month after excise police told […]

Fall Conference 2014

The Fall Conference is this week: September 3, 4, and 5 at The French Lick Resort.  

Indiana Probation Standards revised effective July 1st

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Indiana Court Times


The Judicial Conference of Indiana Board of Directors voted unanimously at its March 2014 meeting to approve revisions to the Indiana Probation Standards. The revisions mark the first significant changes to the Probation Standards since 2001 and become effective on July 1st. The Probation Officers Advisory Board worked on the revisions for two years, with […]

County, judges reach deal to add probation officers

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August 18, 2014

Carrie Napoleon CROWN POINT — The understaffed criminal courts will be getting five new probation officers, but how the county plans to pay for them remains up in the air. The Lake County Council on Tuesday approved hiring the five new probation officers for a total of $184,801 in salary plus benefits to bring the […]

Loretta Rush becomes Indiana’s chief justice

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Indy Star


Tim Evans

The fact that the new chief justice of Indiana’s Supreme Court took the oath of office in the court’s cramped but historic law library at the Statehouse was no coincidence. Loretta Rush, the first female to lead the state’s high court, said Monday she picked the location of her ceremonial swearing in with purpose. “I […]

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

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The Indiana Law Blog


Marcia Oddi

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

Juvenile detention left hanging from St. Joe budge cuts

Full Article Fox 28, August 20, 2014 By: Alexi Gray, Multimedia Journalist SOUTH BEND –  A big task is underway right now in St. Joseph County. Department heads forced to cut three percent from their budgets. They’re getting down to business, making hard choices about where and how to spend your tax dollars. But there’s a human […]

Poll – Annual Meeting Location

Please tell us your preference on next year’s Annual Meeting location in the new poll on any side bar.

August Board Meeting Minutes – Including News About AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) Reporting

The August Board Meeting Minutes are available and include information from Don Travis about AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) Reporting.

Probation: A tougher path, voluntarily

Full Article (requires Log in, so the full text is included here.) Bluffton News-Banner August 12, 2014 JESSICA WILLIAMS If the Wells County Probation Department and Wells Circuit Court Judge Kent Kiracofe get what they want, a new program will be put in place next year to help those most at risk to fail while […]

Synthetic drugs pose challenges for parents, schools

Full Article by Summer Ballentine 10:09 p.m. EDT August 10, 2014 Sam Motsay’s place as forward on the Center Grove junior varsity basketball team was on the line. Friends say he wanted to dip into the world of LSD, a drug of 1970s fame that users say bathes reality in a rainbow of colorful hallucinations. […]

Plane stowaway gets jail for probation violation

Full Article Aug. 13, 2014 LOS ANGELES (AP) A woman who flew from San Jose to Southern California without a ticket was sentenced to 177 days in jail Wednesday after acknowledging that she violated her probation by returning to the Los Angeles airport. Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, was found wandering through airport terminals after a […]

Changing lives: Prevention and intervention to reduce serious offending

Full Article Justice Research, U.S. Department of Justice William J. Sabol, Acting Director, NIJ August 2014 Decades of study have revealed much about risk factors for delinquency and crime.  Individual characteristics and various factors can increase the probability of offending and may also predict substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, dropping out of school and other problems during […]

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

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

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

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

Kokomo officers make extra rounds to mentor juveniles on probation, keep them away from crime

Full Article The Republic By Lauren Fitch-Slagter (Kokomo Tribune) KOKOMO, Indiana — One or two nights a week after wrapping up his work day for the Kokomo Police Department, Detective Mike Banush heads out to make some extra rounds. He and five other officers take turns covering four- to five-hour shifts visiting juveniles seven days […]

Marty Walsh misses the point in probation case

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

Rush to be 1st woman to lead Indiana Supreme Court

Full Article ABC News August 6, 2014 Tom LoBianco, Associated Press Loretta Rush, a longtime juvenile court judge who joined the Indiana Supreme Court in 2012, was unanimously chosen as the state’s first female chief justice Wednesday, setting the stage for what could be a long run at the court’s helm. The seven-member Judicial Nominating […]

Probation with some POP

Full Article Star-Telegram By Mitch Mitchell FORT WORTH — Daniel Black had flirted with rock bottom before, but he had never fallen this far. One dark day in December 2012, Black’s boss demoted him, his girlfriend dumped him and the court system added another year to the four-year probationary sentence he was serving for attacking […]

Nominate your probation officer peers now!

Full Article – Forms and More Information August 8, 2014 Nominations are being accepted until Friday August 15th for two new awards to recognize outstanding probation officers in the state. The “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, show the attitude, […]

Community impact from Ind. sentencing reform in question

Full Article Kokomo Tribune ( July 20, 2014 By Mike Fletcher KOKOMO, Ind. — Sentencing reform aims to reduce Indiana’s prison population, but the law may have the opposite effect on county jails. The reforms passed this year mean to divert low-level offenders away from state prisons and into county jails or community-based programs by […]

Sealing Court Records: The How and the Why (Not)

Full Article Indiana Court Times June 26, 2014 by Ruth Reichard Some cases are embarrassing for the parties involved—with free, easy public access to many court records via the Internet, some people rue the day they ever decided to go to the courthouse and file a case. For a variety of reasons, the parties would […]

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

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

Kids Behind Bars (Indiana’s Wabash Correctional Facility)

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

8-year-old arrested, taken into custody

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

Poll: The POPAI Conference, Are You Attending? Why or Why Not?

There’s a new poll on the POPAI Website. We’re interested in your thoughts about attending the POPAI Conference this September. Your opinion is very important to us. Find the poll on the right side of most of our pages.

Juvenile probation running short on detention funds

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

Lawrence County allocates $175 thousand from grant for drug woes

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

DEA serves search warrants at several Indiana clinics

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

Credit Time Calculator

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

Revised POPAI By-laws UPDATE

July 27, 2014 Dear POPAI Membership: According to the POPAI Bylaws, Article XIV AMENDMENTS These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by the membership if a quorum is present at any regular or special meeting. Any proposed alteration to the bylaws shall be submitted to the President of the Executive Board at least sixty (60) days […]

Suboxone case could be first in the nation

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

Leaking juvenile facility roof may be deemed county emergency

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

Should juvenile offenders serve time in adult prison?

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

Indiana’s probation standards revised for first time since 2001

Full Article Evansville Courier & Press July 13, 2014 By Mark Wilson EVANSVILLE, Ind. — As Indiana’s criminal justice system has evolved in its approach to rehabilitating offenders the role of probation officers has also evolved. “It’s a lot different from it was 20 years ago. Trail ‘em, nail ‘em and jail ‘em. That’s how we […]

Probation Officer shot, suspect killed

Full Article Norfolk Reflector by Allison Manning and Theodore Decker July 11, 2014 A man was killed and a probation officer was shot in a struggle for a gun in an East Side condominium this morning. Two Franklin County probation officers went to 2850 Petzinger Rd. to revoke the probation of Tyshawn Hancock, 37, around […]

Grant extends juvenile initiative

Full Article Journal Gazette By: Vivian Sade July 12, 2014 Money helps county to find options for kids in court system FORT WAYNE – Coming up with alternatives for Allen County juveniles who have broken laws and are now involved in the court system will be a continuing initiative after the county commissioners Friday accepted a […]

New Jobs Added

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

Wayne County public defender lands state honor

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

POPAI By-laws Proposed Revisions

July 11, 2014 Greetings POPAI Membership: According to the POPAI Bylaws, Article XIV AMENDMENTS These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by the membership if a quorum is present at any regular or special meeting. Any proposed alteration to the bylaws shall be submitted to the President of the Executive Board at least sixty (60) days […]

POPAI President Appointed to Legislative Committee

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

POPAI Creates New Awards to Recognize Probation Officers

July 9, 2014   The POPAI Executive Board has created two new awards for 2014 to recognize outstanding probation officers in the state. The “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, show the attitude, aptitude, and the desire to improve themselves […]

Your Opinion, Please

There’s a new poll on the POPAI Website sidebar about the content you might want to see in a Members Only Area/Discussion Board. We’d like your opinion to help shape the future of our website in a direction that helps you best. Answer at

Discounted Early Bird Registration for POPAI Fall Conference Continues

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

Probation officer shot, suspect killed on East Side (Columbus, Ohio)

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A Franklin County probation officer and another person have been shot on the East Side. A probation officer called into Columbus police that his partner had been shot, as well as the suspect, at 2850 Petzinger Rd., according to a police dispatcher. The officer who was shot has been identified as Jonathan D. Farnsworth, 45, who has […]

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

July 9, 2014 The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) “Founder’s Award” is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general, and specifically to the POPAI organization.  The recipient need not be a probation officer or POPAI member.  The selected person, however, shall be characterized by […]

POPAI Elections Slate

Please see the slate for the 2014 POPAI Election. Thank you to everyone who submitted their Intent to Run forms as well as to anyone who considered dedicating their time to the POPAI Board!  The 2014 POPAI Election will be held at the Annual Conference in French Lick on September 4, 2014. For the contested […]

Counties worry about cost of criminal code changes

Full Article Indianapolis Business Journal Associated Press July 1, 2014 Sweeping changes to Indiana’s criminal code took effect Tuesday that will send more low-level, nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons, causing concern by some about the financial burden it will put on counties.

Retired Chief Probation Officer Virgil Seay Obituary

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

Officials fear overcrowding with policy change

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

Former Chief Probation Officer Wrongful Termination Suit Targets State

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

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

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

New Era In Criminal Justice

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

In mad dash by state lawmakers, errors can happen

Full Article Tom LoBianco of The Associated Press June 23, 2014 When Indiana’s legislative leaders called the General Assembly back for one day last week, it was because they had discovered a handful of mistakes made earlier this year that just couldn’t wait until the next session to be fixed. Senate President Pro Tem David […]

2014 POPAI Fall Conference

More Details including online registration and discounted registration fee for those who register prior to August 1, 2014.

June Board Meeting Minutes

The June Board Meeting Minutes are published.

Supreme Court says police must get warrants for most cellphone searches

Full Article from The Washington Post by Robert Barnes The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that police generally must obtain a warrant before searching the cellphone of someone they arrest, saying it was applying to modern technology the same privacy rights that date back to the nation’s birth. Modern cellphones “hold for many Americans the privacies of […]

Board Elections: Remember to Send Your Intent to Run Form

The Intent to Run forms are due by July 3. More information

Storeowners complain new shoplifting law in Indiana too lax

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

Former Lafayette, Indiana Probationer Kills Cops

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

New site tracks previous meth lab properties

Full Article Indianapolis, IN- Indiana State Police unveil a new link on their meth website. The link lists properties that have previously been identified by law enforcement as the location of a meth lab. This site provides the user with the date of seizure, county, street address, type of lab and location of the […]

IMPD: Drunk steals Marion County jail wagon

Full Article Bill McCleery June 19, 2014 A drunk man swiped a Marion County Sheriff’s Department van from an Eastside church parking lot late Wednesday, police said. A deputy apparently left keys inside the van when he parked it at a church in the 900 block of Wallace Avenue near the deputy’s home, said […]

Lawmakers to make ‘technical corrections’ to criminal code

Full Article June 12, 2014 WLFI INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — After “inadvertent” or “unintended” mistakes in Indiana’s criminal code, Indiana lawmakers will return to the statehouse next week to make technical corrections to a law set to take effect July 1. Without the changes – they warn – court systems could become bogged down with unnecessary work, […]

Howard Co. prosecutor plans crackdown on parents of truant children

Full Article June 10, 2014 Kokomo Tribune Lauren Fitch More than 800 Howard County students missed at least 10 days of school without an excuse in 2012-13, and the prosecutor’s office plans to make parents more accountable for ongoing absences.

State board bans compounds used in making synthetic drugs

Full Article May 23,2014 Indystar Barb Berggoetz More compounds used in making synthetic drugs, such as spice and K2, have been banned by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy. The board announced Thursday it passed emergency rules, effective in 30 days, banning four types of these substances. The rules remain in effect until next year, when […]

Criminal code changes take effect in July

Full Article June 3, 2014 WISH TV 8 By Bennett Haeberle INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Question: What’s the difference between stealing an $800 television and one that costs $700? Answer: After July 1 it will mean the difference between being charged with a felony and a misdemeanor in Indiana.  

What Works to Reduce Recidivism by Domestic Violence Offenders?

Full Article Washington State Institute for Public Policy If your agency is thinking of using the Duluth model you need to read this report. It explains why the Duluth model for domestic violence (DV) treatment does not reduce DV recidivism. Group treatment of DV offenders with the Duluth model and four other models (cognitive behavioral […]

Rush County LCC hears of community corrections efforts

Full Article May 20, 2014 Rushville Republican By Frank Denzler Rush County Local Coordinating Council members met recently and heard a presentation from the county’s community corrections director Ashley Stevens. In January 2013, as a means to relieve overcrowding issues at the Rush County Jail and to find a means to keeps non-violent offenders employed […]

Indiana reforms could push greater costs on counties

Full Article June 2, 2014 By Chelsea SchneiderEvansville Courier & Press INDIANAPOLIS — Key pieces of the first overhaul of the state’s criminal code in 35 years will take effect in July, and two Southwestern Indiana sheriffs say the changes may place a strain on their operations. The Indiana General Assembly approved the reforms the byproduct […]

Program to target youth and young adult crime

Full Article Jun 03, 2014 By WTHR Channel 13 INDIANAPOLIS – A veteran homicide detective has created a new foundation to curb the surge of violent crime that began several years ago in Indianapolis. HIM By HER (Helping Improve Mankind By Healing Every Race) was created by IMPD Det. Harry C. Dunn, III, a third […]

New Jobs June 8

Available jobs posted this week include Probation Oversight Manager (DCS), Adult Probation Officer in Montgomery County, Probation Officer in Monroe County, and U.S. Probation/Pretrial Officer Assistant positions in Fort Wayne and Hammond.

PERF benefit to decline amid fund shortfall

Full Article Dave Stafford May 21, 2014 Public employees, including thousands who work in Indiana’s justice system, face a looming change in retirement benefits that could cost them. Estate-planning attorneys say government workers who are considering retirement in the next couple of years should weigh their options carefully.

Palcohol powdered alcohol may present serious health risks, experts say

Full Article CBS Apr 23, 2014 (CBS) – A new product going by the brand name Palcohol got a rush of media attention this week. Palcohol is simply freeze-dried alcohol in powder form, packaged in small packets that promise an easy way to take a stiff drink on the go. Some health experts are concerned it […]

Sure, you’re drunk and annoying, but are you a criminal?

Full Article Indystar Tim Evans May 14, 2014 Get a few drinks in some people, and they can become a little annoying. But just when does that behavior cross the line from simply obnoxious to criminal? Indiana’s public intoxication law doesn’t make that clear, even though it allows for a criminal charge if a person […]

New Probation Standards Adopted for Indiana

Indiana Probation Standards Revised March 7, 2014 From the Indiana Judicial Center May 16, 2014 The Judicial Conference of Indiana Board of Directors approved revisions to the Probation Standards at their March meeting.  Attached you will find the revised Probation Standards which become effective on July 1st. Also, Jane Seigel announced at the Probation Annual […]

Evidence Based Decision Making: From Principle to Practice

Full Article ICCA Conference, Reno, NV September 2013 Indiana’s Grant County Participates in Framework Initiative “NIC partnered with the Center for Effective Public Policy to build a system-wide framework (arrest through final disposition and discharge) that when implemented will result in more collaborative, evidence-based decision making and practices in local criminal justice systems. The purpose […]

2015 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

From the Indiana Judicial Center Dear Trial Judges and Chief Probation Officers: Since 1979, IC 11-13-1-8 has directed the Judicial Conference of Indiana Board of Directors to set minimum standards for compensation of probation officers. The Board fulfilled this duty with adoption of the Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers. The minimum salaries are adjusted […]

Your Story Made Here: Edge Manufacturing

Full Article Indianasnewscenter by Melissa Long-21Alive by Ian Hoover-21Alive May 20, 2014 BLUFFTON, Ind. (21Alive) — How many companies can say that one of their goals is to get their employees to leave? That’s what Edge Manufacturing of Bluffton is hoping for each time it reaches out to hire someone with a record. In today’s […]

Kentucky ag agency sues for release of hemp seeds

Full Article By The Associated Press Kentucky’s Agriculture Department has filed a lawsuit seeking the release of imported hemp seeds being held up by federal officials. Defendants in the suit filed Wednesday in Louisville include the U.S. Justice Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Justice Department did not immediately […]

Meeting about curfew turned into conversation about much more

Full Article WISHTV By Teresa Mackin INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It started as a conversation about curfew, but it ended in a conversation about much more. A meeting about a proposal that would amend the current curfew law in Indianapolis was packed Tuesday evening. The proposal would move curfew for those 15-17 years old, to 11 […]

Monroe County’s corrections programs receive high grade

Full Article Herald Times By Rachel Bunn May 12, 2014 Monroe County’s Community Corrections Department now has even more proof it’s one of the best in the state. For the second year in a row, the corrections department has earned a grade above 90 in a programming audit by the Indiana Department of Correction. This […]

Heroin Returns: Indiana sees 126 percent increase in cases

Full Article Publication Author Indiana leads the nation when it comes to meth lab busts, but the rise of another drug has law enforcement concerned. Heroin has already taken root in the Wabash Valley. It’s the most addictive of illegal drugs and its deadly effects are once again emerging from the shadows. “It’s extremely alarming,” […]

Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal

Full Article Associated Press By Carolyn Thompson Growth of texting as crisis negotiation tool challenges police accustomed to taking voice cues The suspect in a gas station robbery and 100 mph chase kept pointing his handgun to his head, and police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep the man from committing suicide. […]

Violence sparks debate over gangs in South Bend

Full Article Associated Press Madeline Buckley SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – In some cases, the crews wreaking havoc with guns on the streets are loosely affiliated bands of neighborhood teenagers and young adults, joining together in crime sprees one minute and then shooting each other the next, officials say. Other times, the violence and criminal […]


Full Article Indiana University Northwest News By sharing information, agencies can work together for public safety in a way that has never been done before In 2012, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram wanted to begin using crime data analysis to help identify patterns of activity in the city and tailor responses and deploy personnel accordingly. […]

Law could alleviate prison overcrowding

Full Article By DENNIS BARBOSA | IDS A new law revamping the state’s criminal code for felony classifications could cause stress on local community jails in an attempt to alleviate prison overcrowding. Gov. Mike Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1006 in March. It will take effect July 1 of this year. Level 6 felons with less than 90 […]

Community Justice 2014 Draws International Audience Seeking Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Crime and Recidivism

Full Article SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2014 Center for Court Innovation Participants from more than 75 U.S. jurisdictions and 10 countries gathered in San Francisco for Community Justice 2014, an international summit on how to reduce crime and incarceration while improving public trust in justice.

Expungement law favors reformed criminals over victims, appeals court says

Full Article April 24, 2014 Tim Evans Indystar Judges must expunge old criminal convictions if a person meets all of the legal requirements even if the victim is opposed to the request, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled. The decision appears to help resolve widespread confusion over the original version of the state’s expungement […]

New POPAI Website

Dear POPAI Membership: In early 2013, the POPAI Board added a new member to our team, Karen Oeding, as our Website Administrator.  With the help of Karen’s 20 years of website experience and infectious enthusiasm, POPAI embarked on the project of updating our organization’s website design.  Our primary goal with this redesign is to better […]

Knepple Scholarship Awarded

by Linda Brady POPAI President The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (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 Election 2014

Dear POPAI Members, It’s that time of year again!! Time to decide if you would like to become involved with POPAI as a District Representative or an Executive Board Member holding the office of Secretary or President!  The following positions are up for election in 2014:  President, Secretary, District 2, District 4, District 6, and […]

COA: Man not entitled to have restricted access to OWI conviction

Full Article Because a man committed another crime while on probation, he failed to satisfy the obligations imposed as part of his sentence, so he did not qualify to have access to his conviction records restricted under Indiana Code 35-38-8, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed.Austin Pittman was convicted of Class C misdemeanor operating a […]

Clark judges carry heaviest caseload in Indiana

Full Article The Courier-JournalBy Charlie White4/21/14www.courier-journal.comClark County’s circuit courts were the most overloaded with new cases of any Hoosier county last year, with judges handling more than double the state standard, according to Indiana’s latest caseload study.The average Indiana county’s courts had about 120 percent of the standard caseload last year, according to the study, […]

Crime & treatment: In her courtroom full of addicts, treatment works better than punishment

Full Article Indiana Daily StudentApril 29, 2014By Katie MettlerThe drug court judge peppered the addict with questions.“So who’s the friend you thought you could trust?” she asked him abruptly. Her stare was met by his downcast eyes.He had been accepted to drug court after a string of DUIs, but then his urine test came back […]

New sentencing laws prompt local worries

Full Article April 29, 2014 By Maureen Hayden CNHI Indiana Statehouse Bureau Pharos-Tribune INDIANAPOLIS — After 40 years in law enforcement, Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy knows what doesn’t work when it comes to reducing crime: Locking up non-violent offenders whose petty crimes are driven by addiction. BIG CHANGES QUESTIONS ON NUMBERS FEARS STATEWIDE Local […]

Indiana To Begin Treating Low Level Offenders At Local Level

Full Article by Jimmy Jenkins Indiana Public Media Changes made to the Indiana Criminal code set to take effect this summer will place a renewed emphasis on Community Corrections.

Report: America’s Prison Population Is Growing Again

Report: America’s Prison Population Is Growing Again Newsweek Stav Ziv7 hrs ago © John Moore/Getty The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported a slight increase in the number of inmates in state prisons on Friday. The ACLU calls the U.S. the largest jailer in the world, holding roughly 25 percent of the world’s prison population despite […]