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The Perils of Probation: How Supervision Contributes to Jail Populations

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Vera Institute of Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice recently published a report analyzing data from nine cities and counties participating in the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) which seeks to address over-incarceration by changing the way the United States thinks about and uses jails. This report explores how probation drives jail populations in racially disparate ways—through stringent and difficult to meet probation conditions that can result in revocation and through the detention of people awaiting violation hearings.

Corporate Sponsorships now available for 2022

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We’re ready to reveal our big 2022 Corporate Sponsor plans.

Here is a link to the new Tier sheet. Please notice now Gold Sponsors are limited to 3 on a first come, first served basis and will be the only tier on our Jobs page.

Please mark your calendars to join us at these conferences:

  •     POPAI Management Institute March  9, 10, and 11 2022 Indianapolis
  •     POPAI Annual Fall Training September 7, 8, 9 2022 French Lick

Since the Membership Year runs from January to December, Corporate Sponsors are welcome to respond as soon as they are comfortable with their  Tier Choice.

If you have further questions please reach out

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(Cobb County, Georgia) County Judge Bans Elf on the Shelf ‘Tyranny’ as ‘Gift To Tired Parents’

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Route Fifty on 11/9/2021 by Kate Elizabeth Queram

Cobb County, Georgia Superior Court Judge Robert D. Leonard II, in a blistering decision, banned the elf, a stuffed toy that serves as a lookout for Santa around the world.

Santa Claus may have to find a new way to spy on children in Cobb County, Georgia after a blistering court decision banning the Elf on the Shelf in homes throughout the area.

The order—delivered in jest via Twitter—was “my gift to tired parents,” said Superior Court Judge Robert D. Leonard II.

No Mountain Too High: Innovation Groups Explore How Courts Can Be Better

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Court Times on 11/5/2021 by Kathryn Dolan, Chief Public Information Officer | Office of Communication, Education & Outreach

When you reach a summit, it’s only natural to declare victory, but some journeys demand looking for an even higher peak. Exploring what Indiana’s court system can be—how it can best serve the community and resolve disputes fairly and efficiently—means looking for the next mountain to climb. This is exactly what the Supreme Court has charged the Innovation Initiative to do.

The Court established the Initiative in 2019, as part of its Office of Judicial Administration, to develop projects aimed at making Indiana’s justice system more efficient, less expensive, and easier to navigate while continuing to ensure justice is fairly administered and the rights of all litigants are protected.

The Initiative has three subcommittees focusing on technology, family law, and civil litigation. Two of the subcommittees have delivered formal reports to the Indiana Supreme Court suggesting dozens of ways to improve Indiana’s court system. The third subcommittee is working to formalize its ideas.

My Healthy Baby: State Program for Pregnant and New Mothers – Sign Up Link for Updates and Informational Webinars

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Get information about My Healthy Baby, a Statewide initiative to support new and expecting Mothers by matching them with helpful free resources. Sign up to receive updates and invitations to informational webinars from the Indiana OB Navigator Program: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INSDHB5/signup/16028

Congress must replace youth prisons with something that actually helps youth

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The Hill on 10/5/2021 by Patrick McCarthy and K. Ricky Watson, Jr.

This past October marked Youth Justice Action Month, which has now become a national rallying cry for a new approach to youth justice. In the 13 years since the first action month, many conditions have changed for youth in the legal system, but one fact remains the same: the youth legal system doesn’t work.

Congress has the opportunity to build a youth legal system that truly puts the safety and well-being of young Americans first, by creating age-appropriate protections and practices for children who come into contact with the federal legal system, and passing a budget that includes funding for states to close and repurpose youth prisons.

Today, children as young as 6 years old are being pushed into courtrooms and expected to follow complex court proceedings that most adults have to attend law school and pass the bar exam to understand. While judges ask them whether they understand the ramifications of their actions, children color pictures with crayons as shackles intended for adults fall off their wrists.

Fingerprint Drug Tests

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The Recovery Village on 5/20/2021 by Megan Hull

Intelligent fingerprinting may be a valuable new way to detect drug use. A fingerprint drug test uses small amounts of sweat on the tip of a person’s finger to measure drug content in their body. The finger is pressed against a tamper-proof cartridge and results appear on a screen. The sample can be collected in as little as five seconds. If drugs have been used, a screen will report the kind of drug present within ten minutes. Tests have been used to cross-analyze results of these tests with fluid collected from saliva and found them to be just as accurate.

Fingerprint drug tests have been used on a trial basis in the United Kingdom as part of family care services, which helps families who are struggling with drug addiction. Many kinds of drugs can be screened for using this process, including opioids and marijuana. This technology is proving to be useful and effective for quickly and easily detecting drug use. Its potential extends to public health personnel, such as law enforcement and family services workers.

Cities Crack Down on Unvaccinated Municipal Workers

https://www.route-fifty.com/public-safety/2021/10/cities-crack-down-unvaccinated-municipal-workers/186259/ on 10/20/2021 by Andrea Noble

New York City expanded its vaccine mandate to all employees Wednesday while Chicago began to place police officers who refused to disclose vaccine status on unpaid leave.

Cities that mandate Covid-19 vaccinations for municipal workers are beginning to crack down on employees who refuse inoculations, with some preparing to suspend or fire holdouts in the coming weeks.

Chicago pulled 21 officers off the street this week and suspended them without pay for failure to disclose their vaccination status, said Police Superintendent David Brown. The deadline for all city employees to enter their vaccination status into a city-run portal was Oct. 15. After that, unvaccinated employees were expected to undergo weekly coronavirus testing. But Chicago’s local Fraternal Order of Police encouraged officers not to disclose their vaccine status, arguing that the city should have been required to negotiate the requirements with the union.

The Chicago Police Department had the lowest response rate of any city agencies, followed by the fire department, according to data provided by the city. Approximately 67% of department employees had verified their vaccination status in the portal as of Tuesday, said Brown.

Incentivizing ex-cons to get jobs reduces crime and helps small businesses

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The Hill on 9/29/2021 by Devon Kurtz, opinion contributor

After months of lockdowns, capacity restrictions and mandated closures, small businesses crept back into the economy this summer only to face a record-setting labor shortage. Among small businesses, 49 percent reported persistent job vacancies this summer, especially in low-skill industries. This labor crisis presents a unique opportunity to get millions of formerly incarcerated Americans into stable jobs and out of criminal activity, all while helping small businesses recover.

With a record 10.9 million job openings in the U.S., there is no better time for policies that encourage the 870,000 people on parole and 3.5 million people on probation to find jobs. Of the 5 million formerly incarcerated people in the U.S., more than one in four are unemployed. And in their first year out of prison, over 60 percent of people are unemployed.

We Can’t Transform Policing Without Addressing Trauma

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Route Fifty on 10/28/2021 by Tashante McCoy and Eric Jones

COMMENTARY | Studies show that many police officers suffer trauma on the job. Officer wellness programs can help them better serve their communities.

Public demand for police reform continues unabated nearly a year and a half since the killing of George Floyd. Congress, statehouses and city councils nationwide are weighing a dizzying array of proposals. These efforts are laudable, but most reforms ignore one vexing problem that haunts communities and the men and women who police them: trauma.

We’re both well acquainted with the perils and power of trauma from very different perspectives. One of us is a reform advocate who has lost loved ones to police shootings. And the other is a police chief striving to reduce use-of-force incidents and help officers cope with the psychological impacts of their work.

Corrections case manager helps detention center inmate get her diploma

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The Star on 10/8/2021 by Amelia Blades Steward

EASTON — Although small in stature, Amanda Tondin, a case manager with the Talbot County Department of Corrections, commands respect from her peers and has a huge heart for the inmate population she serves. Recently she helped an 18-year-old female inmate get her high school diploma — an important completer step toward the inmate’s future.

“I was a first-generation college student myself. I understand wanting to do something to make your family proud,” Tondin said, reflecting about the recent year helping inmate Ty’Mereah Camper of Cambridge reach her goals.

POPAI Board Seeks New District 5 Representative

C.J. Miller, POPAI District 5 Representative, has been selected to be the POPAI Treasurer. This leaves the District 5 Representative position open so POPAI seeks Intent to Run forms from interested qualified candidates.

Candidates must be POPAI Members in good standing and able to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the Intent to Run Form as well as be Certified Probation Officer in District 5 – Boone, Hancock, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, or Shelby counties.

The form must be returned to C.J. Miller (contact information on the form) by Tuesday, November 29th at 5pm EST.

Justice David announces fall 2022 retirement

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Indiana Supreme Court on 11/03/2021

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven H. David will step down from the bench in the fall of 2022 after nearly 30 years as a judicial branch leader. He is Indiana’s 106th Supreme Court justice and the longest-serving justice currently on the Court. In addition to his commitment to the Indiana Judiciary, David retired from the United States Army in 2010 with the rank of Colonel.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Guide to Advancing Justice-Related Goals

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Justice Center

This guide outlines need-to-know information about how state and local leaders can leverage American Rescue Plan funding to advance eight key criminal justice priorities.

In March 2021, Congress passed a $1.9 trillion federal stimulus bill aimed at combating the devastating economic and public health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Rescue Plan offers an unprecedented opportunity to invest in more effective and less costly approaches to public health and safety. Specifically, states and local communities can leverage American Rescue Plan resources to spur long-term, system-wide improvements—including strategies to reduce justice involvement, connect people to community-based services, and put people on a pathway to success.

While every jurisdiction has its own unique needs and challenges, American Rescue Plan funding can help create and scale programs that will ultimately make communities safer, healthier, and more equitable.