Monthly Archives: April 2017

Doing Less Time: Some States Cut Back On Probation

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April 26, 2017

Teresa Wiltz

Georgia is among several states that are looking to reduce the time that offenders spend on probation to help them successfully re-enter society.  In Georgia, one in 16 adults is on probation. That’s almost four times the national average. And offenders there spend more than twice as long on probation as in the rest of […]

Update to Level 6 Felons and DOC Commitments

April 26, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court, Office of Judicial Administration

Update to Level 6 Felons and DOC Commitments HEA 1010 was signed into law and effective on March 29, 2017.  It amends Indiana Code 35-38-3-3 to clarify the criteria under which a court may commit a person convicted of a Level 6 felony to the Department of Correction, and applies to any offender sentenced after […]

Little 5 offenders clear their slates while cleaning up the neighborhood

Herald Times

April 24, 2017

Brittani Howell

  At noon on Sunday, Tom Rhodes stood on the steps of the Indiana University stadium and surveyed the crowd in the parking lot. Around 150 young adults looked back at him, squinting— sometimes painfully — in the bright sunlight.  “Small group today,” Rhodes said of the crowd, which he called the Little 5 Road […]

Police: Attica man found with homemade bombs

ATTICA, Ind. — Montgomery County probation officers surprised Robert William Bandy II with an unannounced check at his Attica apartment Friday morning, and Bandy surprised the probation officers with two bombs inside his white mini van, police said. “They weren’t pipe bombs. They were just homemade,” Attica Police Chief Bob Cole said Friday afternoon after the Indiana State […]

POPAI Seeks Nominations for Vice-President


Steve Keele

On April 21, 2017, Linda Brady, Chief Probation Officer of Monroe County and the President of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI), announced she is resigning as President of POPAI, effective April 21, 2017. The POPAI By-laws state, under Article VIII OFFICERS, Section 5. Vacancies: Should a vacancy occur in the office of […]

Indiana to receive $10.9 million in funding to fight opioid epidemic

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Andrea Alvarez

Indiana drug treatment centers will finally get the help they need. State officials just announced that Indiana will receive $10.9 million in federal grant funding to help fight the opioid epidemic. That grant was awarded to the state by the Department of Health and Human Services and was announced by Senator Joe Donnelly’s office who […]

Monroe County Jail adds new substance abuse unit for addiction recovery

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Fox 59

April 12, 2017

Deanna Allbrittin

MONROE COUNTY, Ind. – The Monroe County Jail is hoping to stop inmates from returning by implementing a mental health and addiction recovery unit. The hope is that putting people who want to get better together will help them block out bad influences. Tanner Langley, who’s struggled with addiction for years, is optimistic about beating […]

15th Annual Indiana Juvenile Detention Association Summit

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15th Annual Indiana Juvenile Detention Association Summit is May 9-19, 2017. For: Detention Administrators, Educators, Workers and Line Staff Juvenile Justice Professionals Juvenile Judges and Magistrates Juvenile Probation Attorneys Education Professionals Mental Health Professionals CASAs/GALs Sample Breakout Sessions Dealing with Difficult Staff Mental Health First Aid Staff Burnout PREA Tools and Resources Trauma Informed Care Human […]

Remembering April 28, 1997: Donald R. “Charley” Knepple

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Officer Down Memorial Page

Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed after being ambushed by a man at a counseling center on South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne. The suspect, a former juvenile corrections officer who had been convicted of attempted child molestation, had arranged a meeting with his counselor and Probation Officer Knepple with the intent of […]

Judge to council: Appropriate the funds

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Connersville News Examiner

April 2, 2017

James Sprague

BROOKVILLE — A Franklin County judge and the Franklin County council once again find themselves at odds over a particular subject – money. Franklin Circuit Judge J. Steven Cox, this past week, filed an order for mandate of funds against the Franklin County Council, based on the council’s decision in March to only approve $67,940 […]

DOC Community Corrections Funding Recommendations

April 10, 2017

Deborah L. Braun

On Friday 4/7/2017 funding recommendations were reviewed, discussed, and voted on by the Judicial Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) and approval was given by Commissioner Carter this afternoon, 4/10/2017. We are thankful  and excited to be able to continue funding not only to community corrections, but also to the newest entities as described in HEA 1006. […]

Seminar Slated on Opioid Crisis

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The Journal Gazette


Frank Gray

Loved ones urged to attend April 22 One in four people know someone who is addicted to opioids. Between 4,000 and 6,000 people in Allen County are using heroin, and perhaps 40,000 altogether are addicted to opioids. In 2016, there were 804 overdoses in Allen County, including 82 in the first two months of the […]

Appellate Court Affirms Teenager’s Delinquency Adjudication

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The Indiana Lawyer

April 13, 2017

Olivia Covington

The Marion Superior Court properly adjudicated an Indianapolis teenager as a delinquent on theft and trespassing charges, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Thursday, holding the court’s true findings were supported by sufficient evidence. In December 2015, Lashawn Rogers was at an Indianapolis gas station buying cookies for her granddaughter when she tripped over a […]

Dangerous Drug Bulletin from Indiana State police

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March 28, 2017

Indiana State Police

Dangerous Drugs On behalf of Indiana State Police Superintendent Carter, see letter and special bulletin to the Indiana Criminal Justice Community.

Another chance: Inmate drug program shows promise in the fight against opioid addiction in Indiana

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April 4, 2017

Mike Pelton, Katie Cox

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. — It’s no secret that opioid addiction is on the rise in Indiana, and Hancock County is joining the battle against the drug by offering inmates a new form of treatment that’s seen success in other parts of the state. Inmates in Hancock County who are on work-release or the probation department’s “heroin-protocol” […]

Fewer offenders paying user fees

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

Miami County chief probation officer Susan Rice describes her department’s financial health in stark terms. “We’re poor,” she said. The poverty has been brought on by a money crunch linked to a decrease in user fee payments. These fees are charged for programs and services that offenders must participate in as part of their sentences. […]

Todd Leary’s road back: From IU to prison to feeding the homeless

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Indy Star


Zak Keefer

Todd Leary knows the highs and lows. He was an Indiana All-Star and played in a Final Four game for Bob Knight. He spent time in prison for theft. And now he runs a thriving AAU basketball program called the Indiana Faith. The Chili Feed. His car trickles down the alley, and suddenly the city’s […]

ISU Criminology students simulate offenders reentering society

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Indiana Statesman

March 30, 2017

Ashton Hensley, Reporter

Criminology majors participated in a simulation called Re-entry Correctional Simulation in which they had to assume the role of an offender going through the first month of reentering society after being incarcerated. The event was held Thursday in Dede II of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. Mary Ellen Doucette-Lunstrum, an instructor in the criminology department, […]

Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace

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FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on the American workplace, a new analysis shows. Employees who struggle with drinking and drug addiction miss many more days of work, have higher health care costs and are less productive than those without these disorders, researchers report. An analysis revealed that […]

Domestic Violence Victim Gun Bill Steered to Study

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Dave Stafford

A controversial bill that would have allowed victims of domestic violence to legally carry a gun without a permit was steered to a summer study committee Wednesday following testimony from victims and advocates on both sides of the issue. The Senate Judiciary Committee also assigned to study committee “constitutional carry,” which essentially would permit any […]