Legislative Updates 2022


Individual and Corporate Memberships

Corporate Members

POPAI Board to select District 3 Representative

The District 3 Representative position has become vacant. District 3 is Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Kosciusko, Marshall, Miami, St. Joseph, Tipton, and Wabash counties.

The Board is now seeking Intent to Run forms from the Membership of District 3 to maintain the duties of District Representative.

All forms must be emailed by Thursday, June 30th at 5pm, see the form for Becky’s contact information.

Please contact any member of the Executive Board for more information.

Download an Intent to Run Form

50 State Survey: Probation and Parole Fees

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Fines and Fees Justice Center on 05/10/2022

Millions of adults—approximately 1 in every 75 people—are under probation or parole supervision in the U.S. In most states, people on probation or parole are required to pay supervision fees that can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. People also must often pay additional programming fees for mandatory mental health counseling, electronic monitoring, and drug testing. When people can’t afford probation and parole fees, they are often re-incarcerated and the length of supervision can be extended.

This report, co-published by the Fines and Fees Justice Center and REFORM Alliance, presents a state-by-state look at scope of probation and parole supervision fees, programming fees and the consequences for the failure-to-pay. The first two appendices included within this report outline the statutory and regulatory provisions granting a court or an agency authority to impose these fees. Where possible, supplemental information on how these provisions operate in practice obtained from interviews with probation and parole staff in some states, is included. The final appendix outlines how failure to pay fees associated with supervision or programming can affect a person’s probation or parole. Based on statutes alone, the report categorizes the authorized potential consequences individuals may face for failure to pay these fees.

Want to know where your state stands on probation and parole fees? View the full report to get specific information on each state and its statutes.

POPAI Paid Membership Levels: What’s the Difference?

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by Karen Oeding

POPAI Membership is open to individuals involved in Community Corrections in Indiana. Often, people think the Associate Level is exclusively for Probation Department administrative staff or students – but there’s more.

Probation Officer Membership – ($25 for 2022 and $30 for 2023) Probation Officer membership is for Certified persons currently employed as Probation Officers in the State of Indiana. These members vote in our elections and can be Board Members.

Associate Membership – ($10 for 2022 and $15 for 2023) Associate membership shall be awarded to individuals who are former Probation Officers in Indiana who do not qualify for a Life Membership; interns or support staff currently involved in the delivery of probation services in Indiana; Community Corrections Officers who are not Certified Probation Officers, and students currently enrolled in a college or university in Indiana with an interest in criminal justice or a related field.

This year, we’ve added the Associate Membership into our Fall Conference Registration to welcome Community Corrections Officers who can benefit from the interesting educational opportunities presented in beautiful French Lick Indiana.

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POPAI Fall Conference Registration Now Open for Attendees and Corporate Sponsor/Vendors

by Anthony Williams, Karen Oeding

We are so thrilled to announce the POPAI Fall Conference will be returning to the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana in 2022.  The fantastic hotel and conference facility provides the perfect setting for probation and community corrections professionals to connect with each other, learn from experts in several areas, and meet Corporate Sponsors providing valuable services and equipment.

Further registration information and links:

Overnight Accommodations
It is not too early to book your overnight accommodations at the beautiful French Lick Resort.  Rooms are $129 a night plus taxes and fees.   You can book your room by clicking here.

Karen is standing by to create your custom invoice. Please allow one full working day (the plan is to do them at 1pm Monday through Friday) from your registration to receive your invoice.

  • Individuals, apply the code invoice in the discount box on the first page.
  • Departments, please have everyone register on as close to the same day as possible so she can batch them together for you. Remember, you can also pay for 2022 Membership now, or even pay 2023 ahead with your conference registration.
  • Too complex for the app? Email Karen at ContactUsatPOPAI@gmail.com with the specifics.


Gov. Holcomb selects Judge Derek Molter to join Indiana Supreme Court

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State of Indiana on 02/10/2022 by Erin Murphy

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced he has selected Court of Appeals Judge Derek Molter as the next member of the Indiana Supreme Court. Molter will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Steven David.

“Derek Molter is devoted to the cause of justice and maintaining the integrity of our justice system,” Gov. Holcomb said. “He’s proven during his lengthy legal career and his tenure on the Indiana Court of Appeals his dedication to the critical role the judiciary plays in our system of government and the future of our state.”

Judge Molter was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Gov. Holcomb and began his service on Oct. 1, 2021.

“Derek Molter is a thoughtful and even-tempered judge,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush said. “From Newton County farming roots to pro bono work to Washington D.C. law firm experience, Derek brings a unique skill set that will be a lasting credit to the Indiana Supreme Court. It is a pleasure to welcome soon-to-be Justice Derek Molter.”

During his time on the Court of Appeals, Judge Molter has remained active as an officer in the Appellate Section of the Indiana State Bar, including recently leading an effort to organize an all-day continuing legal education seminar regarding state constitutional law.

Before joining the Court of Appeals, Molter was a partner at Ice Miller in Indianapolis and prior to that he was an attorney in Washington D.C. at Arnold & Porter LLP. Judge Molter became one of the most distinguished appellate lawyers in Indiana. He has appeared before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and numerous federal trial and appellate courts. He has played a key role in appellate preservation in many trials that reached jury verdicts and appeals.

“While I will miss working each day alongside my extraordinary colleagues on the Court of Appeals, I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve on the Supreme Court and honored to have been considered alongside two of Indiana’s finest public servants, Judge Dana Kenworthy and Justin Forkner,” Judge Derek Molter said.

Judge Molter was born and raised in Newton County. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law where he earned a place in the Order of the Coif Honor Society and graduated in the top three percent of his class.

Following graduation, Molter served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Theresa L. Springmann, a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Indiana. He then practiced at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington D.C.

Judge Molter continues to give back to his community. He recently partnered with Appellate Judge Leanna Weissmann and the State Bar to organize a collection effort to provide necessary supplies to Afghan evacuees at Camp Atterbury. Since 2011, he has helped administer a leadership fund that provides scholarships to students at his alma mater, South Newton High School. Judge Molter  lives in Indianapolis with his wife Katie, an attorney, and his three children.

A date for Judge Molter’s robing ceremony will be determined by the Indiana Supreme Court. Grant County Superior Court Judge Dana Kenworthy and Justin Forkner, chief administrative officer of the Indiana Supreme Court, were the other two finalists nominated by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission.

Mentoring Programs for Youth: A Promising Intervention for Delinquency Prevention

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National Institute of Justice on 5/26/2021 by David L. DuBois

Mentoring programs are a prominent strategy in the United States for preventing negative outcomes and promoting resilience among at-risk youth.[1] Although diverse in their design and implementation, mentoring programs share a common aim of providing young people with structured support from older or more experienced people, such as adult volunteers or students at higher grade levels.

These programs date back to initiatives in the early 20th century that sought to engage men from local communities to be positive role models for boys from disadvantaged life circumstances and, in doing so, stem the tide of young males becoming involved in the justice system.[2] Today’s mentoring programs serve a wide range of age groups — from young children to older adolescents — and populations with diverse needs and risk factors — from poverty and neighborhood disadvantage to specific vulnerabilities such as disability, mental health challenges, or experiences of commercial sexual exploitation. Current program models and approaches differ according to the age of the mentor (e.g., older peers vs. adults), whether mentors are volunteers or paid staff, format (e.g., one-to-one vs. group), and location (e.g., school vs. community). Some programs focus on delinquency prevention while others promote mental health and academic achievement.

State Action to Narrow the School to Prison Pipeline

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The Sentencing Project on 2/9/2022 by Richard Mendel

Thanks to a $122 billion infusion of federal funds for public education included in the March 2021 American Rescue Plan, schools and communities have the opportunity to invest vast resources in effective new approaches to close the school-to-prison pipeline. The Sentencing Project has examined the plans submitted by every state for use of these federal funds.