Legislative Updates 2021


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2021 Fall Conference Registration is now open!

The 2021 POPAI Fall Conference will be returning to the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana on September 8, 9, and 10 2021.  The fantastic hotel and conference facility provides the perfect setting for probation professionals to improve themselves in a variety of ways, from the task specific, to the physical being, to the emotional self.  This conference is for anyone in the field of community supervision.  The goal of the conference is to provide another opportunity to assist you in obtaining the required 12 hours of annual continuing education required for Probation Officers in the State of Indiana.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to gain probation specific knowledge on techniques, services and technology of the future being utilized in Indiana today.  Opportunities will also be available for attendees to retreat, share ideas, participate in some outdoor activities and to enjoy an excellent training and networking environment.

Details are still being finalized but Early Bird conference registration and hotel reservations are ready!

Register for the Fall Conference: https://whova.com/portal/registration/popai_202109/

New this year:

  • Custom Department Invoices: sign up your Department, use discount code invoice and Karen will send you either that invoice or if delayed an exact date she will send your invoice within 24 hrs Monday through Friday.
  • T shirt Pre-Sales: Order and pay for your POPAI T shirt and we will bring it to the conference for your convenient pick up. These are great looking screen print shirts, we’ll post pictures soon.

Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount until 8/12/2021!

Vendors can use the same form and select the tier that best fits your budget. Current POPAI Corporate Members will use a discount code from the email Karen sent you showing you’ve already paid for 2021.

It’s not too early to sign up and get your hotel room at


Questions? Contact Anthony (Training@gopopai.org) or Karen (ContactUsatPOPAI@gmail.com)

More details to follow! We’ll be making announcements regularly through Monday Morning Emails.

Update 7/21: Invoices When you are entering your Whova order, just below the T Shirt selection you will see a link to enter your discount code:





If you want an invoice to pay by check enter the word invoice and you won’t be asked for your credit card info on the next page.

I’ll make and send you an invoice asap. Still questions? Feel free to email me at ContactUsAtPOPAI@gmail.com

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Nominations are now being accepted for 2021 Founder’s, Rookie Probation Officer, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

Nominations are being accepted until August 9, 2021 for three awards traditionally presented during our Annual Meeting.

The 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 his/her commitment of influence and promotion of professionalism to Indiana probation.

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 develop into leaders among their peers.

The Line Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize line probation officers who have performed their duties in an outstanding manner and/or made significant contributions to the field of probation at the local, regional or national level. The recipient may also have brought credit or honor to the profession of probation through participation or involvement in community activities or programs. Continue reading →

Supporting the Wellbeing of Adults on Probation

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University of Minnesota by Michelle Phelps, Ingie Osman, Victoria Piehowski, De Andre' Beadle

A new report from Michelle Phelps, Kelly Mitchell, and colleagues at the University of Minnesota outlines the economic, social, and health needs of adults on probation. The report concludes with policy recommendations to improve community supervision in Hennepin County and across jurisdictions throughout the U.S.

New Reports from 10 Nationwide Sites Highlight Key Factors that Drive Probation Violations and Revocations and Guidance for Reform

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CUNY Institute by Victoria Lawson, Research Project Director

One in 55 people are under community supervision—probation and parole—nationwide. Across all state prisons, nearly 25% of prison admissions are the result of technical violations of community supervision—often due to minor offenses, such as such as missing appointments with supervision officers, missed curfews, or failed drug tests. The Council of State Governments Justice Center reports that approximately 95,000 people are incarcerated as a result of technical violations on any given day, which costs states $2.8 billion annually.

For the past two years, the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) and Arnold Ventures have been working with 10 jurisdictions across the country to research their probation supervision practices to preserve public safety without over-punishing less harmful behaviors with the ultimate goal of reducing unnecessary incarceration.

Today, those 10 jurisdictions have each released their action research reports, which identify the local practices and factors that lead to probation being revoked and how revocation can be prevented, with the goal of informing specific policy and practice interventions.

Formal Mentor/Mentee Program Continues to accept applications through August 6

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As our membership is made up of our most respected professionals, we are soliciting current Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and Probation Supervisors to act as mentors to incoming leadership. We are also ready to accept applications from CPO, ACPO, and Supervisor members to be mentees.

If accepted into the program POPAI will cover the costs of the program participation. All travel expenses will be incurred by the participant.

If you’d like to be considered for the Mentor Program and agree to the intent and expectations of the Program please complete the appropriate application no later than August 6th, 2021 at noon.

These links will take you to detailed information about the program (including expectations and responsibilities) and an online application form.

Mentee: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2KTZ9NF

Mentor: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2KBK7CX

The program will kick off just prior to the opening of the Fall Conference on Wednesday September 8, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Professionally facilitated by Brian Riggs, Riggs Enterprise Corporation, participants will engage with each other over 12 months and eventually form POPAI’s Emerging Leaders Program.

Questions? Please direct them to any Board Member or POPAI Vice President Sarah Lochner at slochner@wabashcounty.in.gov

The POPAI Board has made a commitment to invest in the personal, professional and POPAI-related goals of the Mentees. We believe that new leaders will best be acclimated by entering into meaningful professional relationships with their peers and that a mentor is the perfect place to start growing their professional network.

Youth mentorship programs can have profound impact on young people exposed to violence, psychologist says

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Fox 59 on 7/15/2021 by Courtney Crown

INDIANAPOLIS — At least 142 people have been killed so far this year. The violence in Indy creates devastating ripple effects throughout our entire community.

Thankfully some invested adults are committed to encouraging our young people to rise above the violence. Mental health experts say a trusted adult and a safe environment can help children exposed to frequent community violence heal.

“This should bother you,” Kareem Hines, founder of a youth mentorship program, says to his students as he shows them a map of the most recent shooting outbreak in Indy. “Not only should it bother you, somebody should be sitting down and having a conversation.”

IOCS Skills-Based Workshop: Scholarship Application

A Scholarship Application is now available for community supervision staff to attend the Indiana Office of Court Services’ Skills-Based Workshop November 1-4, 2021 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis. It must be completed by September 1, 2021.

This four day program includes the following trainings: Real Colors, Interviewing Skills, Case Management, and Carey Guides.

It’s a great opportunity for new staff as well as seasoned staff who would like a refresher.

Hotel will be provided for those traveling from a distance and lunch provided to everyone each day. We are accepting applications until September 1st.

More details in this flyer.

Please contact IOCSjusticeservices@courts.in.gov with any questions.

Parole Is Better Than Prison. But That Doesn’t Mean I’m Free.

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The Marshall Project on 5/13/2021 by Abd’allah Lateef

At age 17, I was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. I got out due to Supreme Court decisions, but there was one catch: Parole for the rest of my life.

On the morning of Feb. 11, 2021, while residents of Philadelphia braced themselves for a winter storm, 83-year-old Joe Ligon prepared to take his first steps into the streets where he was arrested nearly seven decades earlier.

After participating in a spree of robberies and assaults that resulted in two deaths, Joe was convicted of murder in 1953, at age 15. At 16, he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. He went on to serve 67 years, 11 months, two weeks and five days in a half dozen facilities, including what was once known as the Pennsylvania Institution for Defective Delinquents. This made him the longest serving prisoner in the country.

Joe could have been released four years earlier — if he was willing to spend the rest of his life on parole. The Supreme Court had struck down automatic life without parole for juveniles in 2012, and the court made it retroactive in 2016. Under those decisions, Joe was re-sentenced to 35-years-to-life in 2017. Given that he had already served 65 years, he was automatically eligible for a parole hearing. But instead of living under the constraints of parole supervision, he chose to stay in prison and pursue legal recourse in hopes that one day he could leave truly free.

Joe’s decision surprised me.

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative: A Guide for States

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U.S. Department of Justice on 5/2021

This guide explains the features of the federal Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), how it is implemented in a state, and the potential benefits of each stage of a JRI implementation.

The JRI was developed and is administered by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The JRI offers a participating state the resources it needs to design and implement a data-driven, cost-effective approach for managing criminal justice populations. The 36 states that have participated in JRI have saved or averted just over $1 billion and invested half of that in strategies designed to reduce recidivism. The key feature of JRI is the provision of technical assistance for the development and guidance of an inter-branch, bipartisan, multidisciplinary workgroup of policymakers and justice system stakeholders that guide the data collection and analysis needed to assess and reform the state’s criminal justice policies to make them more cost-effective. Technical assistance resources are provided to a JRI client state by the Center for Effective Public Policy, the Crime and Justice Institute, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. In addition to describing the JRI procedural stages, this guide assists states in deciding whether the JRI is appropriate for them. This guide takes users through the nine-step JRI process. Steps are 1) assessment and state selection; 2) establish an interbranch, bipartisan workgroup; 3) engage stakeholders; 4) analyze data, identify drivers, and research best policies; 5) develop policy options and build consensus; 6) codify changes and invest in implementation; 7) translate system improvements into policy and practice; 8) reinvest savings; and 9) measure outcomes.

After SWAT standoff, Indiana troopers arrest man sought on probation violation

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WISH TV on 7/13/2021 by Gregg Montgomery

MACY, Ind. (WISH) — After a 2½-hour standoff Tuesday afternoon in Miami County, Indiana State Police arrested a 45-year-old man wanted for violation of parole from a 2013 conviction on drug and gun offenses out of Tippecanoe County.

JF, of rural Macy, was jailed in Miami County with new, preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement; criminal recklessness with a firearm; possession of heroin; possession of methamphetamine; dealing heroin; dealing methamphetamine; pointing a loaded firearm; violent felon in possession of a handgun; and possession of a syringe.

Family Law Taskforce Shares Innovative Recommendations

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Indiana Court Times on 7/29/2021 by Leslie Dunn, Deputy Director of Children & Families Division | Office of Court Services

The Indiana Supreme Court established the Indiana Innovation Initiative on September 24, 2019. As part of the Initiative, they created the Family Law Taskforce to evaluate existing research on court reform, strategies to improve court processes, and the impact of innovation in other states, and then provide a written report with findings and recommendations. Chaired by Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Tavitas—with members including judges, law professors, mediators, family law practitioners, and Office of Judicial Administration employees—the taskforce conferred with experts from around the country to educate members and create the framework for their recommendations.

New tenants, same vision Huntington County embraces Victory Noll legacy

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Visions: Newsletter of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters on July 2021 by Sister Mary Jo Nelson

It all began with questions…

In February 2017, the OLVM Leadership Team invited a wide variety of human service providers in the Huntington Community to meet with them. We asked them two questions: 1) what is the most critical need in our community, and 2) how could our
campus buildings be repurposed to meet this need of the community? We continued this conversation for about 18 months. Although we had no direction for the use
of our buildings, we did come away with an expanded consciousness about the systemic drug addiction problem in our city and county.

After several years of exploring options and having many conversations both within and beyond the congregation, the Sisters decided at their 2020 Chapter to give their land back to God and deconstruct our buildings. A follow-up letter about this decision was then sent to all our colleagues and partners.

A few weeks later, Mayor Richard Strick of Huntington called Sister Mary Jo after he received this letter. He asked, “Are you open to exploring another option for your
buildings, or is it too late?” The Leadership Team decided to meet with representatives of Huntington County and City. A couple of weeks later we received a proposal from Huntington County Community Corrections, entitled “Restorative Programming, Residential Service and Treatment.” This program is for persons struggling with addictions, who also have demonstrated a desire to change, are low risk to others, and have a high need for personal formation, job training, life skills development, healing and wellness. These are our neighbors who are on the edge. They need a lot of supportive services to change their lives and become good parents, good friends, good
employees, and contribute back to society.

We were both hopeful and cautious, and decided to keep the conversation going.

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New burrito spot helping city’s high-risk adults re-enter the workforce

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WISH TV on 6/16/2021 by Randall Newsome

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — There’s something special cooking in the basement of the Brookside Community Church on the near east side of Indianapolis. It’s a new place to get a quick bite for breakfast and it’s putting a spotlight on the neighborhood.

The Brookside Burrito Company, which opened for business in April of 2021, is beginning to buzz around town. Manager Jennifer Wilkins says It’s not just the fresh ingredients in their burritos, it’s also the mission that’s being driven by the people working in the kitchen.

“I say all the time it’s never going to be about the burrito, it’s always going to be about the people,” Wilkins said. “We work with people coming out of homelessness, incarceration and chronic addiction and that’s primarily who I employ.”

Marion County prosecutor details plan to keep more children out of juvenile detention

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WTHR on 7/1/2021 by WTHR Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, Marion County — Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears detailed a program on Thursday that would give low-level, non-violent juvenile offenders a second chance to avoid the criminal justice system.

The “Second Chance Program” will partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis.

Instead of a nonviolent juvenile offender ending up in the criminal justice system, they will get a one-year membership to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis.

2021 Legislation Update

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POPAI on 06/30/2021

The main 2021 legislative session concluded near the end of April.  However, the House and Senate will reconvene later in the year to deal with redistricting after they receive the necessary information from the 2020 federal census.

POPAI worked hard to advocate for our membership and though we were not successful in every endeavor (SEA 232), we managed to add probation officers and community corrections officers to the list of persons whose residential addresses may not be disclosed on a public property database website operated by a local government (HEA 1383). This means as of July 1st we can ask our local department (usually the surveyor) who operates a Geographic Information System (GIS) property database to have our names hidden from public view.  This will make it more difficult our clients and members of the public to learn our home addresses or the addresses of any property we may own within the county.

In addition to the above actions, POPAI also provided support in other areas that we believe aids in improving the criminal justice system as a whole.  The 2021 Legislative webpage has been updated with a list of House and Senate Enrolled Acts which may be informative for our membership.

Additionally, Amanda Wishin, Staff Attorney for the Indiana Office of Court Services, provided a summary of legislation for the Indiana Court Times magazine and has additional information that should be reviewed.