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New Chief PO/Assistant Chief PO Training will be rescheduled in 2014.

POPAI Management Institute Training will be rescheduled in 2014.

Watch the POPAI website for new dates.


Fall Conference
French Lick Resort
September 3-5, 2014.

Click here for 2014 Donald "Charley" Knepple Scholarship Application.

Remember to Apply for KNEPPLE Scholarship by April 18th

Submitted by Linda Brady
Title: President
March 28, 2014

POPAI is now accepting applications for the Donald "Charley" Knepple scholarship. POPAI provides this scholarship to honor an outstanding professional and to promote further professionalism.

The 2014 recipient of the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship will receive funding for six credit hours to an accredited university, not to exceed $2,500.

Application and all supplemental documentation must be received by 4:00 p.m. E.T. Friday April 18, 2014. Submit via email, FAX or U.S. mail to:
James “Jimmy” Taylor
Porter County Adult Probation Dept.
16 Lincolnway Suite 142
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Fax: (219) 462-7558
Questions? Contact Jimmy @ (219) 465-3420

The scholarship winner will be announced at the Annual Probation Officers’ Meeting April 30, 2014.

Please click on the scrolling link on the POPAI website Home page for this year's application or go to the POPAI website’s Awards and Recognition page.

Smartphone App May Help People Overcome Alcoholism

Submitted by Ryan Hull
Title: Vice President
April 11, 2014
By: Dennis Thompson

WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone application, or "app," designed to tackle addiction has helped recovering alcoholics stay sober or reduce their risky drinking, a new clinical trial reports.

Participants using the A-CHESS app were 65 percent more likely to abstain from drinking in the year following their release from a treatment center, compared to others who left the center without support from the app, researchers found.


Probation officer resigns (murder suspect was on probation)

Submitted by Linda Brady
Title: President
April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014
John Tuohy

Murder suspect Simeon Adams's probation officer — who could have asked the court to lock up the teen a month before he allegedly murdered Nathan Trapuzzano — resigned Thursday.

Court documents show Adams, Indianapolis, was free to roam the streets for a month while awaiting a hearing on 13 probation violations, including nine violations of his house arrest.

School says no to Reid's court-ordered talks with students

Submitted by Linda Brady
Title: President
April 11, 2014

The Brazil Times
April 11, 2014

Incident too recent in minds of students, superintendent says
Clay Community Schools has declined a court-ordered provision of a Carbon woman's probation that required she do community service at the district's two high schools.

Kelsey Reid, 20, was sentenced in Clay Superior Court on Wednesday on two counts of involuntary manslaughter for an April 2013 incident where she was driving too fast and crashed, killing her two passengers.

Local residents could pay for state's criminal 'reform'

Submitted by Linda Brady
Title: President
April 11, 2014

Submitted by POPAI member Tom Rhodes

By Kevin Leininger
The News-Sentinel
April 1, 2014

Congress admittedly passed Obamacare without knowing what was in it or what it would do to America's medical system. Allen County officials are equally in the dark about the impact of a new law that was intended to update the state's criminal code but could, in fact, dramatically increase the burden on local taxpayers.

Nobody really knows for sure, which means nobody can really prepare for what may be coming. “It's the great unknown,” said Allen Circuit Judge Tom Felts, who with three other Indiana judges will tour the state this month presenting seminars on House Bill 1006, which increases felony classifications from four to six while also requiring prisoners to serve at least 75 percent of their sentence instead of the current 50 percent. The changes are supposed to give judges more discretion and make the punishment better fit the crime, while reserving state prisons for the most serious offenders. But Beth Lock, government affairs director for the Allen County Commissioners, said a provision was added late in this year's session that has created concern among county officials here and throughout the state who must pay for courts and jails.

Sheriff fears jail overcrowding possibility after change in law

Submitted by Linda Brady
Title: President
April 11, 2014

FOX 59 News
April 8, 2014

JOHNSON COUNTY – A change to Indiana’s criminal code has some concerned about the possibility of overcrowding in county jails.

House Bill 1006, an act to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure, was enacted into law this year. Lawmakers wanted to find a way to keep offenders of lower class crimes out of state prisons and get them into community corrections programs that could help them turn their lives around.

However, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox has expressed concerns that those who fail to succeed in these programs will wind up in county jails like his which is already near capacity.

“Our population max is 322, but really, honestly, we’re overpopulated at 300,” said Cox.

If more inmates start pouring into county jails, Cox said, it would only create problems like more medical costs, less food and a threat to safety.

Changes in boating, hunting and fishing rules

Submitted by Linda Brady
Title: President
April 11, 2014

By Maureen Hayden
CNHI Indiana Statehouse Bureau
Rushville Republican

April 11, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Patrons of the B-52 Pik-Up convenience store and tackle shop near the popular state-owned Brookville Lake may welcome news that tough penalties for violating some outdoor recreation rules are going away.

Some crimes – such as sounding a boat horn when there’s no emergency or exceeding the fish catch limit – are coming off the books or being reduced from misdemeanors to infractions this summer.

House judiciary chair (Rep. Steuerwald) faces a no-win task

Submitted by Linda Brady
Title: President
April 11, 2014

Indiana columnist

April 8, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Steering lawmakers through a rewrite of the state’s criminal code won House Judiciary Chairman Greg Steuerwald bipartisan accolades this year.

His colleagues appreciated how the even-tempered attorney from Hendricks County used his legal expertise and inclination toward consensus to deliver legislation that makes punishment more fitting of the crime.


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