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Olmsted County Community Corrections’ Approach to Probation

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

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

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WBIW on 9/24/2020

Alexis Stogdill, a Probation Officer in the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department was nominated for an award as an Outstanding Mental Health Provider by Mental Health America of Monroe County

(BLOOMINGTON) – Mental Health America of Monroe County presents an online virtual event to recognize our Mental Health Champions and stand-out members of the community.

The event will be held on October 1 from 4 p.m. until 5 pm. on Facebook LIVE!

Building Resilience to Prepare for Tomorrow

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Indiana Court Times on 9/14/2020 by Paige Newland, Learning Consultant/Program Coordinator | Office of Court Services

An emergency like flood, fire, power outage, mold, active human threat—or, as we all now realize, a pandemic—can adversely impact the court system in ways we may not expect. Employee absence, loss of records, technology failure, or facility damage can greatly diminish the effectiveness of the court system and result in the delayed administration of justice. The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the critical need for courts to be prepared for the unexpected.

The importance of court emergency preparedness is aptly summarized by the following from a 2019 National Center for State Courts Report:

Given the critical nature of [the courts’] responsibilities, the development of effective emergency management strategies and a Continuity of Operations Plan is essential to the courts’ ability to continue their mission-essential functions.”

Long before the pandemic, the Indiana Office of Court Services planned an emergency preparedness and COOP education program to cap off the 2020 Spring Judicial College. But as COVID-19 arrived in Indiana, IOCS had to heed its own advice and adapt this program for remote delivery.

Drunk Driving: It All Begins with the Stop!

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Indiana Court Times on 9/14/2020 by The Honorable Earl G. Penrod, Senior Judge | Indiana Judicial Outreach Liaison, IOCS Education Division


A police officer sees a vehicle pass by, but doesn’t see the driver. The officer doesn’t observe any traffic or improper driving violations, but runs the license plate and learns the registered owner has a suspended operator’s license. The officer stops the vehicle and immediately notices a strong odor of alcohol and multiple signs of impairment. Defendant tests .14% on a certified test; he is arrested and charged with OVWI. A motion to suppress all evidence is filed based on an improper stop under the Fourth Amendment. How would you rule?

Thanking Brenda Rodeheffer

on 9/17/2020

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

2020 Forward: Strategic Plan (Judicial Conference of Indiana)

Judicial Conference of Indiana on 9/17/2020

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

Centerstone receives $3.4 million grant to combat opioid crisis

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The Tribune on 8/5/2020

Centerstone recently received a Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Center grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration worth $3.4 million over the next four years.

Only one of two organizations nationwide to receive the federal grant, Centerstone plans to use the funds to establish the center, which will provide a full spectrum of treatment and recovery support services to those suffering with addiction, also known as substance use disorders.

The award provides Centerstone with additional capacity to serve residents from Jackson, Bartholomew, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Scott counties.

According to Centerstone, this region is among the hardest hit by the ongoing opioid crisis. Six of these nine counties exceed the state’s average for drug overdose deaths, four counties exceed the state’s average for emergency department visits for nonfatal overdoses and two of these counties are among the highest risk in the nation for HIV or hepatitis C outbreaks.

Jessica Stall: POPAI Rookie of the Year 2020

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on 9/17/2020

The Rookie Probation Officer of the Year award was established in 2014 to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, have shown the attitude, aptitude, and desire to improve themselves and to develop into leaders among their peers.

Judge Lance Hamner describes this year’s winner as a bright, enthusiastic and hard working young woman and stated the “It would be hard to think of a more worthy candidate.”CPO Angela Morris added “She builds relationships with her clients through care and compassion….this just comes naturally to her.”

This year’s winner of the POPAI Rookie Probation Officer of the Year award goes to Jessica Darr-Stall. Congratulations to Jessica.

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

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

POPAI Annual Business Meeting 2020

During the POPAI Annual Meeting on September 16, 2020:

  • Board Members were elected

President-Adam McQueen
Secretary-Cherie Wood
District 2-Heather Malone
District 4-Mike Small
District 6-Lindsey Villalpando
District 8-Mignon Ware

More detailed Annual Meeting Minutes will be posted here by Wednesday September 23.

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

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NPR on 09/10/2020 by Martin Kaste

As U.S. law enforcement departments are accused of racist policing, one of the most common responses by the people in charge has been to have officers take “implicit bias” training.

The training usually consists of a seminar in the psychological theory that unconscious stereotypes can lead people to make dangerous snap judgments. For instance, unconscious associations of African Americans with crime might make cops quicker to see them as suspects.

After the 2014 Ferguson, Mo., protests, states rushed to require the training. Now a majority do, with New Jersey joining the list late last month.

But despite the boom in implicit bias training, there has been little real-life research into whether it actually changes what police officers do on the job.

“It’s like I’m offering you a pill to fix some disease, and I haven’t tested to see whether it actually works,” says Joshua Correll, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he studies racial bias. “Expecting that we can take people in and train them to reduce their implicit bias — I don’t think it’s been supported by the literature.”

That’s why Correll is excited about a new study at the New York Police Department that allowed researchers to track the effects of mandatory implicit bias training as it was implemented in 2018.

Reminder: Please attend the POPAI Annual Business Meeting via Zoom

on 9/10/2020 by POPAI Board

POPAI will hold its annual business meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.  All members are encouraged to log on to the meeting to learn about the status of the Association and vote on proposed bylaw changes posted here.

We’ll also be conducting some random drawings to give away several door prizes during the meeting and you must be present on the Zoom to win.


We hope to see you there!


Update 9/16/2020 A quorum was reached, bylaw changes approved. Thank you to all who took the time to attend.

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

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The Carey Group

Join The Carey Group

Wednesday,  September 30, 2020,

from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm ET for a free webinar series on the use of cognitive tools to improve the success of those on supervision. These webinars will feature national colleagues who have reengineered their policies, practices, and organizational culture to incorporate the use of cognitive tools in their case management work. Panelists will discuss strategies and tips to foster routine, high-fidelity use of cognitive tools.

Webinar Facilitators Mark Carey and Susan Burke, The Carey Group

Practitioner Panelists

· Elizabeth (Beth) Fritz, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

· Stacy Ledvina, Social Work Supervisor, Manitowoc County Human Services Department, Wisconsin

· Greg Moore, Juvenile Probation Officer, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

· Carlos Sabuco, Chief Probation Officer, 3rd District Juvenile Court, Utah

Webinar #2 – September 30

Using cognitive tools with youth under community supervision.

Webinar #3 – To be announced shortly

Using cognitive tools with youth and adults in residential and day reporting settings.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. For more information go to https://thecareygroup.com/ and look for the Tools Talk icon.

Register Now for Webinar #2

New federal data: fewer kids in US foster care system

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Wane.com on 8/24/2020 by The Associated Press

The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has dropped for a second year in a row.

That’s according to new federal data which also show that a record number of children in the child welfare system were able to find adoptive homes in 2019.

The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services counted about 424,000 children in foster care as of Sept. 30, 2019.

That’s down from about 435,000 a year earlier.