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POPAI Fall Conference 2022: Call for Proposals

POPAI will host its 2022 Fall Conference on September 7-9, 2022 at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana.

Last year, the Conference drew over 400 attendees from all over the State of Indiana who work in the field of Probation.

POPAI is seeking proposals for sessions/workshops that present best practices in service delivery, collaboration and justice programming that enhance outcomes for participants in the field of probation.

POPAI is actively seeking proposals in the area of:

  • Adult Probation
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Evidence Based Practices
  • Personal Development
  • Professional Development

Presentations shall be at least 1 hour in length

If selected, presenters agree to provide POPAI with preliminary electronic copies of any handout materials for their presentation(s) by Friday, August 19, 2022. All handouts will be made available to attendees via the conference website and mobile app.

Presenters are not expected to register for the conference. However, for those who do, they may receive a discount on their registration, with a maximum of 2 discounts provided per training proposal.

 

Deadline: 5 p.m. EST | Friday, June 10, 2022

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POPAI Proposes to Amend the Minimum Salary Schedule for Indiana Probation Officers

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POPAI on 04/01/2022 by POPAI Executive Board

The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) Executive Board has concerns the minimum salary schedule for probation officers has not changed since adopted in its current form on September 10, 2002.  Though slight cost of living adjustments have occurred in the years since its adoption, frequently these increases have not permitted the schedule to keep pace with inflation and other professions that also require a bachelor’s degree to perform.

Though we had received feedback from a few chief probation officers in previous years regarding the slow pace of adjustments to the salary schedule, there has been a greater call to look at the schedule more recently.  From October 19 to November 4, 2021, POPAI conducted a survey of chief probation officers in Indiana regarding the Minimum Salary Scheduled for Probation Officers.  A link to the survey was emailed to every chief probation officer in every jurisdiction across the state, including city and town court chief probation officers.  Our overall response rate from the survey was 85% and responses were received from at least one chief probation officer in 87 of the 92 counties.

The following document presents the results of this survey and recommended changes to the salary schedule being proposed by the POPAI Executive Board.  A new survey of chief probation officers is being conducted to learn their thoughts on the recommended changes and to receive additional feedback on the salary schedule.

After receiving the results of the new survey of chiefs and after receiving feedback from our membership, the POPAI Executive Board will review all of the information received and may alter our proposed recommendations.  The proposal will be updated and provided to the membership when completed.  After completion, we plan to approach the Probation Officers Advisory Board, Indiana Office of Court Services, and the Judicial Conference with our recommendations and hope to gain their support.  We will keep our membership informed of our activities.

As you read through the document, please feel free to contact any member of the POPAI Executive Board with questions or comments.  You can also use our general email (ContactUsatPOPAI@gmail.com) and it will be forwarded to the Board.  We appreciate hearing from our members about the work we are doing for you!  Thank you for your support.

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New Prison, Criminal Justice Reform Dominate Budget Debate (Nebraska)

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Nebraska Public Media on 3/16/2022 by Fred Knapp

The Nebraska Legislature continued debating the state budget Wednesday, with the focus on questions about building a new prison and criminal justice reform.

The budget up for debate Wednesday includes all sorts of proposals, including $15.5 million for improvement to the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney, $25 million for an ag innovation building at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, $8.3 million for 8 miles of a hiker-biker trail connecting Lincoln and Omaha, and $3.6 million for a 15 percent increase in pay rates for providers of juvenile and behavioral health services.

But by far the largest part of the debate focused on two other issues that were not part of the bill being debated: Gov. Pete Ricketts’ proposal for a new, 1,512 bed, $270 million prison to replace the Nebraska State Penitentiary which was designed to hold 818 people, and proposals for criminal justice reforms designed to hold down future prison population.

‘Parents Need to Stay on Top’ of Which Emojis Are Codes for Drugs, Expert Says — Here’s a List

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People on 9/9/2022 by Alexandra Rockey Fleming

Emojis used by drug dealers trying to sell drugs on social media.
Credit: DEA

“Unfortunately, they’re very dynamic and change over time,” Dr. Tim K. Mackey tells PEOPLE

Countless messages, comments and posts are dedicated to drug sales on the internet, and parents must be aware of efforts — from local vendors to larger criminal groups — to market illicit substances to their children, experts say.

“That could be social media, internet pharmacies or the dark web,” Dr. Tim K. Mackey, the CEO of S-3 Research and a professor of global health at UC San Diego, tells PEOPLE. “A lot of the dealers are involved in all three of those areas or multiple platforms at the same time. They then deliver the drugs through the mail or through food-delivery services.”

The pandemic shines a light on just how many school-related infractions end with children in the juvenile justice system

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NC Health News on 3/14/2022 by Elizabeth Thompson

When schools shut down at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, juvenile delinquency complaints decreased. Here’s what it means — and what it doesn’t.

As a former district court judge, state Rep. Marcia Morey has seen firsthand how children can get entangled in the state’s juvenile justice system.

The path from school to the courtroom is similar for many kids, Morey said. They skip school, break the rules or act out in class, prompting a visit from the school resource officer. However, Morey says these are often children with learning disabilities or who come from “dire” home situations.

They need help, not punishment. But their cries for help too often become crimes.

Federal awards to support diversion for justice-impacted parents

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The federal government recently announced funding opportunities for Family-Based Alternative pilot programs. Eligible applicants include city, county, state, and tribal governments including nonprofits with or without 501 (c)(3) status. Up to six awards with up to $750,000 per award amount. The funding shall go towards new or existing programs that provide culturally competent, community-based support to strengthen the emotional, physical, and social-well being for children impacted by parental incarceration and their parents. Although the awards are managed through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), programs/services targeting adults are also eligible – OJJDP will support models that divert justice-involved parents/primary caregivers whom a court has found guilty of a crime from the prison system, promote the unification of families, and prevent children from entering the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems. The deadline to submit a grant application is June 6th, click here to read the full grant solicitation. For additional information please reach out to the Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) providers at NYU Marron Institute: Isabel Coronado, ic2423@nyu.edu.

Exclusive: HUD unveils plan to help people with a criminal record find a place to live

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USA Today on 9/12/2022 by Romina Ruiz-Goiriena

Key Points

  • HUD is making it easier for Americans with a criminal record to find housing.
  • In six months, HUD will produce new guidelines and model documents, such as leases.
  • The move would impact all federally funded housing programs, including public housing authorities and rental assistance voucher programs.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is working to make it easier for people with a criminal record to find housing – a move that could have widespread implications for nearly 1 in 3 Americans.

In a memo sent out to staff on Tuesday, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge instructed the department to review programs and policies that may “pose barriers to housing for persons with criminal histories or their families.”

Fudge told staffers they have six months to propose updates and amendments consistent with the directive to “make our policies as inclusive as possible.” Among the many things HUD staffers will be looking into are guidance documents, model leases and other agreements.

Change and humanization: Watchwords among community corrections professionals in the US Interview Brian Lovins

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Justice Trends on 3/21/2022

What do you think are today’s primary concerns and challenges facing the correctional sector?

BL: Some current concerns are global. Migrations and extremism are growing issues that pose challenges to the day-to-day operations of justice system organizations. In particular, correctional agencies worldwide need
to address language, cultural and religious barriers.

A second area that has been very challenging is the COVID pandemic. Some countries chose to keep their staff at work for a few months, but that would never work in the United States. In the US, although we suspended visitation, staff still came in and out of facilities, which created a significant challenge.

Another big challenge is creating prisons as a more humane space. As the rest of the world knows, the US is the leader in punishment and incarceration. We have to rethink our prison system and what it’s used for – and rethink how we use corrections on the backend. We’ve flirted with this rehabilitation perspective up until the ’80s and ’90s. As we got tough on crime, we wiped away those spaces dedicated to treatment, education and services.

Ultimately it resulted in correctional environments that are designed poorly for rehabilitative efforts. Individuals
who are incarcerated are not in any better space when they come out! Although there’s been a push for “re-entry begins in intake”, we’ve focused too much on that. We need to recognize there is a loss, a mourning period
when people come to jail and prison.

There’s an adjustment period for people coming to prisons and jails – one that we should not ignore. We can’t think of the future before taking care of the current.

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