Monthly Archives: November 2019

Florida lawmaker files bill for judges to reduce outdated drug sentences

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Miami Herald


Emily L. Mahoney

State Sen. Darryl Rouson, a Democrat from St. Petersburg, filed a bill which would set a framework for judges to re-sentence inmates who are serving outdated sentences no longer in state law. The problem was highlighted in a Times/Herald investigation published Wednesday. The story showed how Florida’s continued changes to its drug sentencing laws have […]

Fighting racism may play an important role in improving child welfare

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Indy Star


Jessica Levy

Can education about bias and institutionalized racism help improve child welfare throughout Indiana? Nonprofit organization Child Advocates, with support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation, is betting that it can. Child Advocates has been leading educational workshops for hundreds of local businesses and community leaders since 2010, but it only recently launched a highly localized version of […]

Franklin County to eliminate current juvenile probation jobs; employees will have to reapply for new roles

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Dispatch News


Rita Price

About 64 Franklin County Juvenile Court probation department employees will be affected next year when their jobs are eliminated and and they have to seek positions with vastly different, more complex responsibilities as part of a plan to transform the way juveniles are supervised. The new Community Restoration Services Department will operate under the idea […]

Indiana elections 2019: Carmel Clay Schools passes state’s first school safety referendum

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Indy Star


Arika Herron

Carmel Clay Schools passed Indiana’s first school safety referendum, asking voters to approve a new type of property tax increase to pay for improved security measures. Carmel, the first district to test the new tool created by lawmakers earlier this year, was one of 10 school districts around the state asking voters for more money. Six of those districts […]

Supreme Court creates new ‘access to court records’ rules

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The Indiana Lawyer


IL Staff

The Indiana Supreme has created the Indiana Rules on Access to Court Records to replace several portions of Administrative Rule 9. In orders handed down Friday, members of the Indiana Supreme Court amended Administrative Rule 9 and its references by striking them from the Indiana Rules of Court. In its place, the high court has created the Indiana […]

Lake Juvenile Court begins review of detention risk-assessment tool

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Sarah Reese

CROWN POINT — More than two dozen people packed a small conference room Monday at the Lake County Juvenile Center to begin the process of fine-tuning a tool officials use to decide when children accused of delinquency should be detained. Lake Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak echoed Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David when he […]

Evansville awarded $1 million grant to help youth affected by substance abuse

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Courier & Press


Earl Hopkins

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and other city officials announced Wednesday afternoon that Evansville was awarded a $1 million federal grant to help youth affected by opioid and substance abuse connect to local services. Winnecke, as well as other speakers, informed the crowd at Youth First Inc. about the grant, which was awarded to […]

Halt of simple pot prosecutions gets mixed reaction

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The Indiana Lawyer


Olivia Covington

Reactions have been mixed to the recent announcement that the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will no longer prosecute cases of simple possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. Then-acting Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced the policy change Sept. 30 after what he said was about two years of discussion within the office and with other […]

Leaders with Juvenile Justice Center are close to settling lawsuit

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Katlin Connin

SOUTH BEND — Children at the Juvenile Justice Center in South Bend could see some big changes in their stays. The JJC is close to settling a lawsuit. That lawsuit centers around an 11-year-old boy. His parents say the JJC frequently kept their son in solitary confinement and offered him no special education or support. […]

Jacobs apologizes for Indianapolis shooting, says he ‘nearly lost’ everything

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The Indiana Lawyer

November 13, 2019

Olivia Covington

As he prepares to begin a 30-day, unpaid suspension, Clark Circuit Judge Bradley Jacobs is publicly apologizing for the first time for a night of drinking that led to him being critically wounded in a downtown Indianapolis shooting. “I have been a fortunate person. I have an amazing wife, three wonderful daughters, a father that […]

IOCS 2020 Training Dates



IOCS Justice Services

The Indiana Office of Court Services will be providing trainings in Indianapolis to kick off 2020!  All trainings will take place at our offices, located at 251 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.  Below is the list of the trainings, including registration links. IOCS will not provide lunch or hotel for these trainings.  Case Management:  […]

Criminal Justice Reform Shouldn’t Just Focus on People Behind Bars. Here’s How We Can Improve the Lives of Millions More

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October 15, 2019


Tim Walz is the Democratic governor of the state of Minnesota.  Mike Parson is the Republican governor of the state of Missouri. When we talk about criminal justice reform, we naturally think about the people behind bars. But there’s another population that gets far less attention — one that’s facing a world of challenges which, […]

Correctional Industrial Facility Celebrates Refurbishing 2,500 Chairs for Wheels of the World

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(PENDELTON) – Correctional Industrial Facility (CIF) hosted a tour of their Joni & Friends Wheels for the World wheelchair refurbishment shop. Senior Manager for Domestic Operations Paul Dorthalina was joined by Joni & Friends outreach staff from Chicago, program donors and volunteers, along with correctional staff from Ohio who are interested in starting this program […]

A Medication To Treat Meth Addiction? Some Take A New Look At Naltrexone

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Andrea Dukakis

Melinda McDowell had used drugs since she was a teenager. But she didn’t try methamphetamine until one fateful night in 2017 after her mother died suddenly of a stroke. She went to a neighbor’s house and he had crystal meth. “I tried it and I was hooked from the first hit,” McDowell says. “It was […]

Meth, once the drug scourge of Indiana, is back but in a new and deadlier way

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Indy Star


Shari Rudavsky

Methamphetamine use appears to be making a comeback as the country continues to grapple with the opioid epidemic. Methamphetamine use appears to be making a comeback as the country continues to grapple with the opioid epidemic. But unlike the period marked a decade ago by hodgepodge labs hidden in rural communities in Indiana and elsewhere, the reemergence appears […]

What Do Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence Have in Common?

Third Millenium Classrooms Newsletter

Katie McCall, CEO

Human trafficking and domestic violence both desire the same thing: power and control. They can manifest themselves in very similar ways — coercion, manipulation, force. These crimes against humanity affect millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes or voluntary work and nights out […]

Twenty years later, [Monroe County Circuit Court] drug court continues to redirect lives

Herald Times


Laura Lane

“Monroe Circuit Court to give new ‘drug court’ a try,” said a June 1999 headline in the Herald-Times. The story described a pilot project that former Monroe Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Todd and then-Prosecutor Carl Salzmann had proposed to the county council that would redirect resources to a court focused on helping the addicted break […]

Authorities: Indiana man found with drugs, synthetic urine

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HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (AP) — A 49-year-old Indiana man on probation has been charged with new drug charges including possession of synthetic urine. The Star Press reports Kirk Allen Boughman was charged Friday with felony possession of methamphetamine and three misdemeanors. The Hartford City man was out on probation when authorities conducted a “compliance search” […]

Annual report highlights work of Indiana Supreme Court

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The Indiana Supreme Court

Find the full text of the Indiana Supreme Court annual report (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) online

Applications for Federal Title II Grants due November 25

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The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is making up to $837,156.00 in FY19 Federal Title II funding available for calendar year 2020 programs. Applications for the FY19 Federal Title II Funds are due by Monday, November 25th 2019. Only Indiana state agencies and units of local government are eligible to apply for Title II program […]

State Suspending Medicaid Work Requirement After Lawsuit

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Indiana Public Media


Associated Press

Indiana officials are suspending work requirements for low-income residents who receive their health insurance through Medicaid while a federal lawsuit challenging the plan is sorted out. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration said Thursday it won’t be enforcing rules that require those not qualifying for exemptions to report 20 hours a month of work or related […]

Marion County installs kiosks for offenders to check in without probation officer

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Marion County is now using technology to help streamline the check-ins some criminal offenders on parole. New kiosks have been installed at the City County building downtown. The kiosks allow some offenders on probation to check in instead of meeting directly with a probation officers. The kiosks only work with low-level offenders […]

Jail Overcrowding Task Force seeks input

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Purpose The County Jail Overcrowding Task Force was established in 2019 (IC 11-12-6.8) to conduct a statewide review of jail overcrowding and identify common reasons and possible local, regional and statewide solutions. The task force will also study the issue of reducing recidivism for convicted felons in county jails by offering programs that address mental […]