Monthly Archives: April 2020

In Monroe County, probation officers want juveniles to know they care

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The Indy Channel RTV6


Tom Maccabe

So, special “care packs” are being sent. BLOOMINGTON — At the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Office, Juvenile Division, there is no “business as usual” these days. Chief Probation Officer Linda Brady says virtual and telephone appointments have replaced face-to-face connections between probation officers and the juveniles they are assigned to. Because of that, Brady says […]

Katie Messmann Named JDAI Coordinator For Lawrence County

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(BEDFORD) – In early February 2020 Justice Steven H. David of the Indiana Supreme Court, Chair of the Executive Committee for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), sent a letter to Indiana judges seeking interest and commitment to the JDAI initiative. Lawrence County Juvenile Referee, Anah Hewetson Gouty, submitted a Statement of Interest for Lawrence […]

Judges shooting defendant moves to unseal evidence, including surveillance video

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The Indiana Lawyer


Dave Stafford

The man accused of shooting two Indiana judges in a May 1 morning melee in a downtown Indianapolis White Castle parking lot is asking a judge to unseal evidence — including surveillance video of the incident — that his attorneys say is critical to his claim that he acted in self-defense. The state counters that […]

Probation Officer Salary Schedule 2021

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2021 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It’s contentious, but doctors, feds say yes

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USA Today


Trevor Hughes and Stephanie Innes

Early one morning in March, Madison McIntosh showed up on his day off at the Scottsdale, Arizona, driving range and restaurant where he worked. The 24-year-old sat in his car until the place opened, then wandered around all day, alternating between gibberish and talk of suicide as co-workers tried to keep him away from customers. […]

Remembering Donald R. “Charley” Knepple

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Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed on April 28, 1997 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 […]

Indiana Correction Officials Outline COVID-19 Precautions

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WFYI Indianapolis


Adam Pinsker

Ten prisoners in state Department of Correction facilities have now tested positive for COVID-19, along with 20 agency employees, prompting questions to WFIU’s City Limits: Coronavirus about how social distancing measures are being implemented in prisons and county jails. Since the middle of March, inmates entering the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington have been monitored […]

Indiana Women’s Prison Wee Ones Program Renamed in Honor of Fallen IMPD Officer Breann Leath

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Indiana Department of Correction


Indianapolis, Ind – On the day IMPD Officer Breann Leath was laid to rest Governor Eric Holcomb announced the Wee Ones Nursery at the Indiana Women’s Prison would be renamed as the ‘Officer Breann Leath Memorial Maternal & Child Health Unit.’ The announcement was made by Gov. Eric Holcomb at the beginning of his daily […]

Slain Indianapolis officer remembered as compassionate

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Associated Press


Rick Callahan

An Indianapolis police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call was remembered Thursday during her funeral as a dedicated, compassionate officer and a devoted young mother, with a police chaplain calling her “a beautiful flower that was picked way too soon.” Numerous speakers, including Gov. Eric Holcomb, spoke during the service for […]

Some Shelters Shutter to Protect Homeless, Staff

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Route Fifty


Teresa Wiltz

Homeless shelters are running out of money, supplies and staff. For years, the Harbor House shelter had a routine for feeding and sheltering the hundreds of homeless people in Thousand Oaks, California, many of them elderly. Each evening, one of a dozen local churches, temples and mosques would host a dinner, and afterward, lay out […]

POPAI Chief, Assistant Chief, and Probation Supervisor Mentor Program

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POPAI Vision: To champion probation as a vital part of the criminal justice system. POPAI Mission: To promote, support, and grow the profession of probation in Indiana by collaborating with criminal justice partners, advancing and protecting the interests of our membership, and providing education and professional development opportunities in the use of evidence-based community supervision […]

Probation and Parole Officers Are Rethinking Their Rules As Coronavirus Spreads

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The Marshall Project


Beth Schwartzapfel

In the effort to release people from jails to stem coronavirus outbreaks behind bars, those jailed for probation and parole violations have been an obvious choice. They’re locked up not for committing new crimes but for breaking the rules of their supervision, like drinking alcohol, traveling without permission, or missing appointments. In New York alone, Governor Andrew Cuomo last […]

IMPD officer shot, killed, female injured on city’s east side

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Andrew Smith

An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was shot and killed and a female was injured Thursday afternoon on the east side of Indianapolis, according to IMPD. The incident happened around 3 p.m. in the 1800 block of Edinburge Square, near 21st and Franklin. Officers were called to the apartment for a domestic incident, IMPD Assistant […]

States Share Covid-19 Patient Addresses with First Responders

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Route Fifty


Andrea Noble

The move to share the home addresses of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus is meant to protect police and emergency workers, but some say the disclosures could give them a false sense of security. State and local governments are beginning to share the addresses of people who test positive for Covid-19 with […]

Bruises from Coronavirus Begin to Show on State Budgets

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Route Fifty


Bill Lucia

Recent days have seen spending reductions and downbeat revenue forecasts. The mark the coronavirus is leaving on state budgets became more apparent in recent days, as governors took action to reduce spending and gloomy new revenue estimates emerged. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday said his state is now expecting a revenue shortfall of about […]

COVID-19 Resources Page on POPAI Website

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The POPAI Board has prepared a page of helpful and fact based resources to help Members navigate recommendations. Visit

Justices deny ACLU petition to release inmates amid COVID-19

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The Indiana Lawyer


Katie Stancombe

Indiana Supreme Court justices have denied a petition from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana inviting the high court to engage in emergency rule making to facilitate the release of Hoosier inmates at risk for contracting COVID-19. The petition, filed March 30 by ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk and attorneys Stevie Pactor […]

APPA Releases Two Issue Papers

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APPA Technology Committee

The APPA Technology Committee created two new issue papers on topics vital to the world of probation and parole, particularly how we supervise our clients. View the full issue papers here: Leveraging the Power of Smartphone Applications to Enhance Community Supervision Body Worn Cameras in Community Supervision

Inmates make protective gear to fight COVID-19 virus

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Fox 59


Russ McQuaid

Before he was incarcerated inside the Miami Correctional Facility, an inmate named Wesley worked construction and he’s putting those skills to use in the battle against the COVID-19 virus that is raging outside Indiana prison walls. “This I been over here for fourteen months so I got all the sewing experience that’s needed for it […]

Louisville judges now putting defiant COVID-19 patients on house arrest

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Andrea Ash and Shay McAlister

Some people in Louisville are being diagnosed with COVID-19 and then refusing to stay home, defying orders from doctors, city and state leaders. Now, judges are issuing court orders in an attempt to hold them legally liable. Court documents obtained by WHAS11 FOCUS investigative team reveal Jefferson County citizens are being court ordered to stay […]

State Leaders Tell Local Officials To Decide On Releasing County Jail Inmates

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Indiana Public Media


Brandon Smith

State leaders from all three branches of government say local criminal justice officials should decide how to handle inmates in county jails during the COVID-19 crisis. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Chief Justice Loretta Rush, Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) and House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) released a joint letter to local officials Friday. That letter acknowledges […]

Opioid Addiction Is ‘A Disease Of Isolation,’ So Pandemic Puts Recovery At Risk

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Martha Bebinger

Before the spreading coronavirus became a pandemic, Emma went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every week in the Boston area and to another support group at her methadone clinic. She says she felt safe, secure and never judged. “No one is thinking, ‘Oh my God, she did that?’ ” says Emma, “’cause they’ve been there.” […]

APPA Perspectives 2020 – V44 N1 – Full Issue

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What evidence do we have that our post-incarceration programs are working to their fullest? There are so many difficulties facing those returning to their communities that continued review of best practices is essential. Our latest issue takes an in-depth look at the links between Evidence-Based Practices and reentry to better understand how we can serve […]