Monthly Archives: February 2021

Urban Institute Report: NC Revocations on Decline Thanks to Justice Reinvestment Act

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Duke Law


Annie Han

The Urban Institute recently released an assessment of the outcomes from changes made to the Supervision Revocation Policy in 2011. The report examines outcomes for individuals on probation, post-release supervision, and parole supervision before and after the changes were implemented. In 2010, North Carolina’s prison population was projected to increase 10 percent by 2020 after increasing by 30 […]

Officers attacked at Indiana State Prison identified; flags to be flown at half-staff

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Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Robert Carter has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all IDOC facilities in honor of Lieutenant Eugene Lasco, who lost his life after a stabbing incident at Indiana State Prison. Governor Eric J. Holcomb will direct flags to be flown at half-staff in LaPorte County on the day […]

Court Date Notification Systems

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Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research

October 2020

The Center for Effective Public Policy along with the Center for Court Innovation have summarized the promising key research findings on Court Notification Systems and their impact on appearance rates.  The report can be found here.

Applications for the 2021 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship are now available.

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Submit your application to be considered for the 2021 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award. The winner will be announced at the 2021 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference in April. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will receive $2,500.00 to help pay for their costs in continuing his or her education pursuing a Masters […]

Consent Searches of Residences

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Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute


Brian S. Batterton, J.D.

On February 24, 2020, the Court of Appeals of Georgia decided Montgomery v. State, which serves as an excellent review regarding the law related to consent searches of residences.  The relevant facts of Montgomery, taken directly from the case, are as follows: [T]he evidence shows that Montgomery has multiple prior felony drug convictions, including sale […]

The Future is Now: Roadside Drug Tests in Indiana

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Indiana Court Times


Earl G. Penrod, Senior Judge

Scenario: An Officer pulls over a vehicle for traveling 65 in a 55 mile per hour zone. The officer suspects the driver is impaired and administers field sobriety tests and a PBT, which results in a reading of .00. The officer then tells the driver that the next roadside test is an oral fluid test […]

Trial Court Video Streaming Initiative

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Indiana Court Times


Mary DePrez

Article 1 of the Indiana Constitution proclaims that “all courts shall be open,” that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have the right to a public trial” and that victims of crime have the right to be “present during public hearings.” How does a court accommodate the rights bestowed by our Constitution during a […]

Mayor’s office releases delayed 2020 report on how to reduce violent crime in Indianapolis

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CBS4 Indy


Russ McQuaid

INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett’s office has finally released a report it has had since last May on how to reduce violence in Indianapolis. In late 2019 and early 2020, the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform visited Indianapolis and spoke with government and law enforcement leaders and community stakeholders to create the “Indianapolis Violence […]

The Probation Communities of Practice Project

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Aaron Burch, Communications Specialist at American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)

NADCP’s National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) has partnered with APPA to launch a ‘probation communities of practice’ project. This project is for adult drug treatment courts that wish to lead the field in applying the skills of core correctional practices and integrated case management to improve operations and enhance positive outcomes for clients. Three programs […]

Race and Equity: National and Statewide Support

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Indiana Courts


Compiled by the Office of Communication, Education & Outreach

On June 5, 2020, Chief Justice Rush released the statement on race and equity, charging the judiciary to take action in providing equitable justice to our communities. The statement implores judicial officers to acknowledge and confront the reality that justice remains elusive for many persons of color. Chief Justice Rush emphasized five points that judicial officers […]

Indiana to get $12.5M share of national opioid settlement

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general says the state will receive more than $12.5 million as part of a multistate settlement with a consulting firm that worked with opioid manufacturers to promote addictive painkillers. Attorney General Todd Rokita said Thursday that Indiana’s share of McKinsey & Company’s $573 million settlement with 47 states, the District […]

Webinar: Trauma-informed Design: Transforming Correctional Design for Justice Reform

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Cowart Trauma Informed Partnership


The panel addressed how trauma is often a pathway to criminalized behavior, and the real consequences of the prison environment on human biology, which results in lasting impacts on offenders. Highlighting the fact that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are more at risk for experiencing multiple traumas in their lives, and have significantly higher […]

Register for the 2021 POPAI Management Institute, Chief Orientation, and CPO Summit

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The 2021 POPAI Management Institute will be entirely virtual this year in the interest of Public Health and Safety. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to be together in person we are excited to bring you two full days of training. Chief Probation Officer and Supervisor Orientation – March 17th Management […]

States Offer Perks to Inmates who Get the Covid-19 Vaccine

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Route Fifty


Kate Elizabeth Queram

North Carolina is the latest state to offer incentives—commissary credits, bonus visits and early release—to motivate inmates to receive vaccination shots. Most inmates in North Carolina’s state prisons will be eligible for a sentence reduction that would shave five days off their remaining time if they opt to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, officials said Friday. […]

‘The Internet Has Made Us Dumber,’ and Other Lessons Government Officials Learned in 2020

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Route Fifty


Kate Elizabeth Queram

State and local officials weigh in on what they’re taking from—and leaving behind in—the dumpster fire that was last year. The first month of a new year is typically a time of reflection and recalibration—a chance to consider what went well in the past 12 months and what could go better in the next. That […]

Employers are increasing support for mental health

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American Psychological Association


Charlotte Huff

Two-thirds of employees report that poor mental health has undercut their job performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 40% of employees are battling burnout, according to a survey by mental health benefits provider Lyra Health and the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Employees may be working relentlessly amid economic uncertainty with few social outlets, […]

Vanderburgh County Health Department turns to excise police to check for COVID violations

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Evansville Courier & Press


Thomas B. Langhorne

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — It’s the classic dilemma of law and code enforcement: Large groups of people can violate Indiana’s COVID-19 safety mandates anywhere in the state, in any rockin’ joint big enough to hold them, any time it’s open. Enforcers have to be everywhere all the time. For those charged with enforcing the mandates, it’s […]

Allen Superior Court Judge Charles Pratt announces retirement

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Allen Superior Court Judge Charles F. Pratt, whose career in the judiciary focused on the betterment of families and children, will retire from the bench effective May 1, 2021. Over the past two weeks, Judge Pratt informed Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Governor Eric Holcomb of his intent […]