Author Archives: Karen Oeding

June Board Meeting Minutes are available on the website.

Find the June Board Meeting Minutes at: POPAI Executive Board Meeting June 8, 2016 (in person meeting) Marion County Probation Office South

Nominations for for Founder’s Award, Line Probation Officer of the Year, and Rookie Probation Officer of the Year

Nominations for  for  “Founder’s Award”, “Line Probation Officer of the Year”, and “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year” will be accepted until August 22, 2016. The Awards will be presented during the Lunch / Business Meeting at this years POPAI Conference at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN. Winners of the “Probation Line […]

2016 POPAI Elections – Reminder

Reminder: Time is running short for POPAI’s 2016 Annual Elections. Up for election in 2016: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 POPAI Vice President Adam McQueen is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent-to-Run-Form-2016 The Intent to Run form must be sent to Adam by July 8th (postmarked, emailed or faxed).  By […]

Suspicious indicators can help foil terrorists before they strike

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Force Science Institute Ltd, News


Suspicious indicators can help foil terrorists before they strike “Response is the traditional role of law enforcement, but protecting your community from terrorist attack requires a different strategy. Being prepared to respond is very different from being proactive. If you have to respond to a terrorist event, that’s a failure. With those challenging observations, Michael […]

Members Only Discussion: Internet Presence

We’ve opened a new section in the Members Only Area called “Internet Presence“. This section is for questions and tips regarding websites, social media, using the internet as an investigation tool, and more. This area is also for sharing website and social media work that your department has found successful. I’ll be joining this discussion […]

Having a Parent Behind Bars Costs Children, States

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The PEW Charitable Trusts


Teresa Wiltz

Jamaill never knew his mother. When he was 1, his father was incarcerated, and Jamaill got to know him largely through letters and phone calls. Twice a year, he would trek from Brooklyn to an upstate New York prison to visit — a trip that involved a plane ride, a long drive and an overnight […]

Prisoners’ code word caught by software that eavesdrops on calls

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Hal Hodson

Plug a machine-learning system in to prison phone lines and you can find out secrets a human monitor would never notice. SAY it out loud and the machines will know. Search engines are moving beyond the web and into the messy real world. And they’re finding some odd things. Every call into or out of […]

Reentry from Prison-An Offender’s Story

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DC Public Safety Radio Show


We interviewed Jeffery Porter, who was released from prison in November of 2015. He is currently under the supervision of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) in Washington, D.C. CSOSA produces “DC Public Safety” radio and television. Mr. Porter tells his story about multiple contacts with the criminal justice system, and his views […]

Teen courts across Northwest Indiana dole out justice

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Elvia Malagon

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl sat outside the courtroom in Hammond City Hall with her mother, making small talk as she waited for her case to be called in front of the Lake County Teen Court. The Hobart teen was with a friend about 2 p.m. July 7 at Cabela’s in Hammond when […]

Taking it to the streets: Probation officers addressing gun violence with community presence

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Evansville Courier & Press


Mark Wilson

Violent crime among juveniles, especially gun-related crime, is increasing dramatically in Vanderburgh County and it is causing court officials to rethink the way it is handled. “It has kind of exploded in the last two or three years,” said Trent Barnett, a Juvenile Court probation officer. Barnett supervises a new Juvenile Probation field officer unit […]

Training Helps Inmates Build A Bridge To Life Outside Prison Walls

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Carrie Johnson

The nation’s top law enforcement officer walked past a barbed-wire fence, through passages lined with rust-colored walls, to meet with a special audience. But this was not a normal meet-and-greet — a stern-looking FBI security detail tracked her every move. Inside the visitation room in this federal correctional institution, five men in khaki uniforms and […]

Connecting People Returning from Incarceration with Housing and Homelessness Assistance

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United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

This tip sheet provides ways for corrections agencies, reentry service providers, state and local governments, and community partners to help people exiting the criminal justice system connect with available housing resources. Housing is a stabilizing force and provides a consistent base for people so they can focus on accessing the services they need to successfully reenter their communities and […]

177 people ticketed between Thursday and Sunday

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Indiana Daily Student


Sarah Gardner

On a warm, clear Saturday night after the men’s Little 500 race, two naked college students were having sex on a couch on the front lawn of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house. Though they were surrounded by broken lawn chairs and within sight of the students on Phi Gamma Delta’s homemade sand volleyball court, they […]

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 […]

Register Now for Webinar: Reentry Housing Options for Sex Offenders

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Pamela Wray

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Tuesday, April 19 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET Registered sex offenders face numerous barriers to finding stable housing when they return to the community from jail or prison. Improved housing stability reduces the likelihood of recidivism […]

How to Find Active Gang members On Facebook

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McAfee Institute


This short tutorial will show ways to find active gang members within the Facebook platform. Our goal is to identify active gang members, see who they are connected to, what they are posting about, & try and locate any photos they have taken which can be utilized as evidence during a criminal investigation. We will […]

Chief Probation Officer: Hendricks County

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The Hendricks County Probation Department is seeking a Chief Probation Officer. Interested applicants should send their resume and a list of references to Catherine Haines, One Courthouse Square, Suite 101, Danville, IN 46122, or by sending them electronically to   Full Details in a PDF document or see our Jobs Page

Juvenile Defense Stakeholder Group Meeting Information

We have a new post in the Members Only area with information from last week’s Juvenile  Defense Stakeholder Group Meeting. Members can log on then look for the topic “Juvenile Matters“. If you need help with your password, email Karen (

When Stars Align

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Indiana Court Times


Hon. Charles F. Pratt , Hon. Mary Willis

For many years, those working in the juvenile justice system have been concerned with the children that are involved with, and have needs in, both the juvenile delinquency and child welfare systems. Juvenile judges, juvenile probation officers and Department of Child Services’ case managers have lamented for years the imaginary firewall that existed between juvenile […]

Road to Recovery Show

Steered Straight Indiana


POPAI Members are invited to an Education Assembly. Founder of Steered Straight, Michael Deleon is a Nationally known Speaker with a powerful message specifically for First Responders, Law Enforcement, EMT, Courts etc to inform, educate and offer solutions. Also joining Michael is 20 yr IMPD Narcotics Unit UC Officer Brad Thomas. Topics will include: Current Drug […]

Moved by a man’s progress, judge steps off bench for a hug

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Northwest Indiana Times


Elvia Malagon

CROWN POINT — After hearing about a defendant’s efforts to better himself, Lake County Criminal Judge Diane Boswell stepped off the bench Thursday to give him a hug. Jermal L. Norris, 31, of Lake Station, was in court for his sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, a Class D felony. He nervously […]

Former homeless man returns to court to shake judge’s hand

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Northwest Indiana Times


Elvia Malagon

CROWN POINT — About a year ago, David Potchen told Lake County Criminal Judge Clarence Murray he wanted to come back to his courtroom one day as a working man to shake his hand. Dressed in a black button-up shirt tucked into his jeans, Potchen returned Thursday to face Murray for his criminal case’s one-year […]

Now accepting applications for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award

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It’s that time of year again to submit your application to be considered for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award which will be given to one lucky person at the 2016 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference May 4 and 5, held in Indianapolis, IN. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship will be awarded $2,500.00 […]

The Changing Relationship Between Ex-Criminals and Their Parole Officers

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J.B. Wogan

Rather than acting as former offenders’ enemies, parole and probation officers are now working to be their mentors. Can it reduce recidivism? As a parole and probation officer in Multnomah County, Ore., Andrew Skidmore can be tough when he has to be. He is trained in hand-to-hand combat. He likes guns enough to have a […]

Current Job Postings

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Current Job Listings include Family Support Services Counselor in Marshall County,  Alcohol and Drug Program Coordinator/Probation Officer in DeKalb County, Probation Officer in DeKalb County,  Executive Director in Johnson County, Adult Case Manager in Johnson County, and Probation Officer in Marion County.

Community-Based Treatment sees first graduate

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Peru Tribune


Daniel Herda

A special hearing was conducted in Miami County Circuit Court on Wednesday to recognize the first graduate of a new program started by Community Corrections. Earl VanHoose is the first graduate of the Miami County Correction’s Community-Based Treatment (CBT) program and said that it has helped him get his life back. “For the first six months […]

Young: Federal re-entry programs continue to benefit community

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The Indiana Lawyer


Chief Judge Richard L. Young

On Nov. 1, 2015, approximately 6,000 federal inmates were released from prison earlier than originally expected, representing the largest one-time influx of offenders coming under supervision by the United States probation system. This mass release was due to a sentencing guideline amendment that was approved by the United States Sentencing Commission in 2014, which reduced […]

Indiana Naloxone Project brings training to police and jail officers

Herald Times


Abby Tonsing

If there was an auto-injector pen that could save a person’s life in a car accident, everyone would carry one. Remove the stigma of addiction, and naloxone is that antidote to heroin and opioid drug overdoses, Christopher Abert, of the Indiana Recovery Alliance, told a room full of police officers at the Indiana University Police […]

Woman Beats DUI Rap With Claim Her Body Brews Alcohol

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Associated Press


Mary Esch

Drunken-driving charges against an upstate New York woman have been dismissed based on an unusual defense: Her body is a brewery. The woman was arrested while driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. She then discovered she has a rare condition called “auto-brewery syndrome,” in which her digestive system converts […]

December Board Meeting Minutes

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The December Board Meeting minutes have been posted.

Shelter care growing at Kinsey

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Kokomo Perspective


Pat Munsey

The Robert J. Kinsey Youth Center is serving more children than ever before, and it shows in the bottom line. With a switch in detention philosophies over the past 20 years, the center had to adapt to today’s needs. According to director Jeff Lipinski, those changes are paying dividends for the youth and the county. […]

Howard County receives grant from Indiana Department of Correction

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Kokomo Tribune


George Myers

The Howard County Commissioners approved a grant Monday from the Indiana Department of Correction that will increase staffing in Community Corrections and adult probation. Overall, the county will receive $124,422 from IDOC, with $65,000 going to adult probation, and $51,000 to Community Corrections. The remaining $8,422 will be granted as a bonus to Community Corrections […]

Elkhart County officers learning more about teen brains

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Suzanne Spencer

ELKHART COUNTY – More than a dozen police officers across Elkhart County are learning how to better connect with teenagers. “It’s really important that our officers know that when you’re dealing with adolescents…teenagers, that you’re talking in ways that match up with their cognitive abilities and their developmental stages,” said Brian Lumpkin, a former law enforcement […]

‘Dabbing’ a new drug choice for Tippecanoe teens

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Alexis Moberger, Media General Contributor

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A drug called butane hash oil is becoming increasingly popular among teens in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. BHO is part of a classification of marijuana. On the street, it goes by names like shatter, wax or honey. The trend is called “dabbing” and it takes marijuana to a new and potentially deadly […]

Executive Board Meeting Minutes for November 5, 2015

The Executive Board Meeting Minutes for November 5, 2015 have been posted.    

As a probation officer, I have to believe that people can change (Ireland)

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The Guardian


Lesley Bell

Part of the “A day in the life of…” series. Role I am one of 11 probation officers based in the Belfast intensive supervision unit, supervising people convicted of violent or sexual offences. Most are on licence following release from prison – they are still serving a sentence but can live in the community. I […]

Probation officer Gina Sanderson’s Womanhood Program helps educate, empower

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Rebecca Everett

BELCHERTOWN — Gina Sanderson has worked for the Massachusetts Trial Court for nearly 30 years, most recently as a probation officer in Eastern Hampshire District Court. She said in the last three to five years she has seen the number of female probationers grow “exponentially.” “It was a rarity, back in the day, to see […]

Free APPA Course: Key Provisions in the Affordable Care Act

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APPA developed and has just released a new free online self-paced training course titled Key Provisions in the Affordable Care Act and How Community Corrections Can Increase Outreach and Enrollment: The course was funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. You can find this course and others on the APPA Relias Academy online training […]

October Board Meeting Minutes

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2015 Fall Conference Photos

Several photos from the Fall Conference are posted here. If you have more photos or if you see one of yourself you’d rather not have in the album, email Karen at Many thanks to Ken Bugler who submitted the most photos for this album.

Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC): September 25th Meeting Documents

Dear POPAI Members: I serve as the probation representative on the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC).  At JRAC’s September 25th meeting, several packets of written materials were distributed to members. These written materials are now posted on the POPAI website in the MEMBERS ONLY area of our website under “POPAI Legislative Updates”. (Requires log in first, […]

Elkhart Four felony murder convictions overturned by Indiana Supreme Court

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Indy Star


(This is a follow-up to a previously published article.) The Indiana Supreme Court threw out the felony murder convictions of inmates connected to theElkhart Four, a group of four young men who gained international attention after they were convicted for the shooting death of their friend even though none of them pulled the trigger. Levi Sparks, 20; Blake Layman, […]

Washington City Offices Close Friday 9/18 To Honor Former Mayor

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Dave Abel, who led the city of Washington as mayor on two separate occasions, died Monday after a battle with cancer. … Following graduation from Purdue University in 1975,  Abel worked as Chief Probation Officer for the Daviess Circuit Courts, which led to the development of the local Big Brother, Big Sisters Program, now known […]

Florida woman had 3,714 cutting weapons in trailer

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Sheriff’s deputies discovered a virtual warehouse of knives, swords, machetes and hatchets inside a house trailer when they arrested a Florida woman, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. In total, deputies counted 3,714 bladed weapons, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Denise Moloney said. Each room in the trailer had at least 500 weapons, she said. Photos […]

POPAI Fall Conference Spotlight: Keynote and Closing Presentation

  This year, POPAI will be sponsoring a special EBP track which will provide up to 9 hours of evidence based specific education and training. Mark Carey and Madeline Carter of the Carey Group will be providing both the opening and closing sessions and facilitating the EBP breakout sessions. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! Keynote Presentation: Evidence Based Practices: […]

Ramsey County (MN) probation officer celebrates 37 years of lives changed

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Twin Cities Pioneer Press


Ben Bartenstein

  In 1960s Germantown, the Philadelphia neighborhood where Darrell Pridgen grew up, gangs were rampant, street crime the norm and gunshots an everyday event. Several of his cousins were locked in the penitentiary, and Pridgen said he might have joined them if he hadn’t found a creative outlet. Instead, he graduated from college, started a […]

Witness disputes account of probation officer’s visit

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Tyler Morning Herald


LONGVIEW (KYTX) -A Gregg County man may lose his probation and be sent back to prison, after he cursed out a probation officer. The man says the probation walked in on his wife undressed, but a witness is now coming forward and says she remembers it differently. “I wouldn’t have ever gotten involved in all […]

McHenry County (IL) probation officers taking individual approach with juvenile offenders

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Northwest Herald


Hannah Prokop

WOODSTOCK – Senior Probation Officer Bill Pickens said some of the juveniles he’s worked with probably could have stayed out of the system if the proper program was available to help them. Mental health issues, drug abuse and family dysfunction can be factors that drive criminality, Pickens said, and it’s “not as simple as just […]

Deadline Extended for Rookie and Line Officer of the Year Awards.

Applications for Rookie of the Year and Line Officer of the Year Awards will be accepted until Monday 8-31-15 by 9am. Find the forms on the Awards & Scholarships page.

2015 Election Slate

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Thank you to everyone who submitted their Intent to Run forms as well as to anyone who considered dedicating their time to the POPAI Board! The 2015 POPAI Election will be held at the Annual Business Meeting Thursday September 17, 2015 in French Lick. There is a contested election in District 5.

Technology led parole officer to a Jacksonville victim’s grave and police to a suspect

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The Florida Times

June 23, 2015

Dan Scanlan

Clyde Matthew King’s killer buried his body about 2  1/2 miles from his Southside business in early December, the last time evidence showed the 72-year-old was alive, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. His lone employee, Richard Greene, ran King’s Lawn Service “business as usual,” unaware the tracking device he wore for being a convicted […]

Podcast: Social Media During Emergencies-Craig Silverman-BuzzFeed

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DC Public Safety Radio


Listen to a podcast by DC Public Safety on how to address public misinformation, what to do, and what are the implications for public safety when misinformation goes viral.

Nominate Your Probation Officer Peers

  Nominations are being accepted until Monday August 24th. 2015 for two awards to recognize outstanding probation officers in the state. The “Rookie” Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, show the attitude, aptitude, and the desire to improve themselves and to […]

APPA Atlanta Call for Presenters

The American Probation and Parole Association is pleased to issue a Call for Presenters for the 2016 Winter Training Institute to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, January 31-February 3, 2016. The underlying goal of this training institute is to provide participants with workshop opportunities that emphasize skill-building, increase relevant competencies and enhance overall career development. […]

June Board Meeting Minutes

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New Job Posting: Probation Officer Job in Owen County

See our Jobs Page for details on a Probation Officer job in Owen County.

Board Meeting Minutes

The POPAI Board members met for an informal information meeting on Legislative updates. The minutes are online and the Legislative information is in the Members Only Discussion Area. The April 16 meeting’s minutes are here.

New Job Post: Juvenile Probation Officer in Harrison Circuit Court

There’s an opening in Harrison County, details are on the Jobs & Internships page.

New Job Posted: Assistant Chief Probation Officer in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles County DHR


LaTanya L. Hill

The County of Los Angeles is recruiting for a new Assistant Chief Probation Officer. The Assistant Chief Probation Officer reports directly to the Probation Officer and has executive decision-making authority and administrative responsibility for assisting the Probation Officer in the overall direction and administration of the department’s operation, programs and services, through subordinate managers. The Assistant […]

One and Done: How INcite is reducing redundant DNA collection

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Indiana Court Times


Mary L. DePrez

One of the responsibilities of probation officers is to collect body fluid samples from clients to test for the presence of drugs or alcohol when that is a condition of their probation. But did you also know that Indiana law requires officers to collect a DNA sample for persons convicted of a felony? The Indiana […]

February 2015 POPAI Board Meeting Minutes

The February POPAI Board Meeting Minutes are published.

POPAI on Facebook and LinkedIn

We’re now present on Facebook and LinkedIn. We’ll be using both as an avenue to educate the public about Probation as well as bring you announcements or the most popular article of the month. You’ll we have two groups on LinkedIn. One is public and you can join it right away. The other is for Members […]

January 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

The January Board Meeting Minutes are available on the website.

December 10 Board Meeting Minutes

The December Board Meeting minutes are posted. 

APPA Leadership Institute

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APPA Leadership Institute A Twelve Month Journey of Self Discovery and Organizational Change for Community Corrections Professionals APPLICATION DEADLINE – April 1, 2015 Are you concerned about succession planning? Are you seeing many of your senior staff making retirement plans? Are you seeking staff training opportunities to enhance the skills of developing leaders in your […]

POPAI Board Meeting Minutes November 2014

November 2014 Board Meeting Minutes.

Jobs Posted

Check out the new job openings in Adams and Noble County.

Job Posting

There’s a new job posting for  an Adult Probation Officer in Tippecanoe County.  


A limited number and variety of POPAI shirts and fleece are now available for purchase. All items have the POPAI Logo. Go Shopping!

Board Meeting Minutes October 8


The minutes from the October 8 Board Meeting are available.

Photos from the Fall Conference for the Website



Do you have photos from the Fall Conference that we can add to our Fall Conference 2014 Page? Please email me and I’ll send you a link to upload them.

Midwest Gang Investigators Association Training

Midwest Gang Investigators Association Indiana Chapter Training October 21, 2014 Ft. Wayne, Indiana 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Website Topics include History of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Current Trends of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in Indiana. Conference-Registration Form with more details

Board Meeting Minutes: 2014 Annual POPAI Business Meeting and September 5, 2014

2014 Annual POPAI Business Meeting (September 4, 2014) September 5, 2014  

POPAI Members Only Discussion Forum

  Visit our new Member Discussion Page to find and share policy and procedure documents or ask questions. This addition is for your benefit so feel free to ask questions and suggest topics that will help you. This area is moderated and password protected for POPAI Members only. Please report any questionable content to Karen. […]

Blood tests for DWI cases costing Hancock County

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Associated Press


In the hands of a jury, a simple blood test can mean the difference between a drunken-driver who is convicted and one who walks free. With the popularity of crime dramas causing what public safety officials call “the CSI effect,” jurors today have come to expect law enforcement to provide irrefutable data in cases that […]

Delayed releases continuing problem at Marion County Jail

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The Indiana Lawyer


Two Marion Superior criminal court judges said Friday they continue to be frustrated by delayed releases of arrestees detained after orders have been signed for their release. Criminal Division 6 Judge Mark Stoner and Criminal Division 8 Judge Amy Jones told the Marion Superior Executive Committee that delayed releases continue despite efforts to improve the […]

Indiana excise police warn retirement home about alcohol

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The Associated Press

July 12, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Excise police are known for breaking up parties in college towns like Bloomington, but Meadowood Retirement Community residents were a bit surprised when they received word from the agency they could no longer be served beer and wine at their weekly social hour. Meadowood stopped the practice last month after excise police told […]

Poll – Annual Meeting Location

Please tell us your preference on next year’s Annual Meeting location in the new poll on any side bar.

August Board Meeting Minutes – Including News About AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) Reporting

The August Board Meeting Minutes are available and include information from Don Travis about AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) Reporting.

Poll: The POPAI Conference, Are You Attending? Why or Why Not?

There’s a new poll on the POPAI Website. We’re interested in your thoughts about attending the POPAI Conference this September. Your opinion is very important to us. Find the poll on the right side of most of our pages.

Your Opinion, Please

There’s a new poll on the POPAI Website sidebar about the content you might want to see in a Members Only Area/Discussion Board. We’d like your opinion to help shape the future of our website in a direction that helps you best. Answer at

Probation officer shot, suspect killed on East Side (Columbus, Ohio)

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The Columbus Dispatch


A Franklin County probation officer and another person have been shot on the East Side. A probation officer called into Columbus police that his partner had been shot, as well as the suspect, at 2850 Petzinger Rd., according to a police dispatcher. The officer who was shot has been identified as Jonathan D. Farnsworth, 45, who has […]

POPAI Elections Slate

Please see the slate for the 2014 POPAI Election. Thank you to everyone who submitted their Intent to Run forms as well as to anyone who considered dedicating their time to the POPAI Board!  The 2014 POPAI Election will be held at the Annual Conference in French Lick on September 4, 2014. For the contested […]

2014 POPAI Fall Conference

More Details including online registration and discounted registration fee for those who register prior to August 1, 2014.

June Board Meeting Minutes

The June Board Meeting Minutes are published.

Board Elections: Remember to Send Your Intent to Run Form

The Intent to Run forms are due by July 3. More information

State board bans compounds used in making synthetic drugs

Full Article May 23,2014 Indystar Barb Berggoetz More compounds used in making synthetic drugs, such as spice and K2, have been banned by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy. The board announced Thursday it passed emergency rules, effective in 30 days, banning four types of these substances. The rules remain in effect until next year, when […]

Criminal code changes take effect in July

Full Article June 3, 2014 WISH TV 8 By Bennett Haeberle INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Question: What’s the difference between stealing an $800 television and one that costs $700? Answer: After July 1 it will mean the difference between being charged with a felony and a misdemeanor in Indiana.  

What Works to Reduce Recidivism by Domestic Violence Offenders?

Full Article Washington State Institute for Public Policy If your agency is thinking of using the Duluth model you need to read this report. It explains why the Duluth model for domestic violence (DV) treatment does not reduce DV recidivism. Group treatment of DV offenders with the Duluth model and four other models (cognitive behavioral […]

Rush County LCC hears of community corrections efforts

Full Article May 20, 2014 Rushville Republican By Frank Denzler Rush County Local Coordinating Council members met recently and heard a presentation from the county’s community corrections director Ashley Stevens. In January 2013, as a means to relieve overcrowding issues at the Rush County Jail and to find a means to keeps non-violent offenders employed […]

Indiana reforms could push greater costs on counties

Full Article June 2, 2014 By Chelsea SchneiderEvansville Courier & Press INDIANAPOLIS — Key pieces of the first overhaul of the state’s criminal code in 35 years will take effect in July, and two Southwestern Indiana sheriffs say the changes may place a strain on their operations. The Indiana General Assembly approved the reforms the byproduct […]

Program to target youth and young adult crime

Full Article Jun 03, 2014 By WTHR Channel 13 INDIANAPOLIS – A veteran homicide detective has created a new foundation to curb the surge of violent crime that began several years ago in Indianapolis. HIM By HER (Helping Improve Mankind By Healing Every Race) was created by IMPD Det. Harry C. Dunn, III, a third […]

New Jobs June 8

Available jobs posted this week include Probation Oversight Manager (DCS), Adult Probation Officer in Montgomery County, Probation Officer in Monroe County, and U.S. Probation/Pretrial Officer Assistant positions in Fort Wayne and Hammond.

Sure, you’re drunk and annoying, but are you a criminal?

Full Article Indystar Tim Evans May 14, 2014 Get a few drinks in some people, and they can become a little annoying. But just when does that behavior cross the line from simply obnoxious to criminal? Indiana’s public intoxication law doesn’t make that clear, even though it allows for a criminal charge if a person […]

New Probation Standards Adopted for Indiana

Indiana Probation Standards Revised March 7, 2014 From the Indiana Judicial Center May 16, 2014 The Judicial Conference of Indiana Board of Directors approved revisions to the Probation Standards at their March meeting.  Attached you will find the revised Probation Standards which become effective on July 1st. Also, Jane Seigel announced at the Probation Annual […]

Evidence Based Decision Making: From Principle to Practice

Full Article ICCA Conference, Reno, NV September 2013 Indiana’s Grant County Participates in Framework Initiative “NIC partnered with the Center for Effective Public Policy to build a system-wide framework (arrest through final disposition and discharge) that when implemented will result in more collaborative, evidence-based decision making and practices in local criminal justice systems. The purpose […]

2015 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

From the Indiana Judicial Center Dear Trial Judges and Chief Probation Officers: Since 1979, IC 11-13-1-8 has directed the Judicial Conference of Indiana Board of Directors to set minimum standards for compensation of probation officers. The Board fulfilled this duty with adoption of the Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers. The minimum salaries are adjusted […]

Kentucky ag agency sues for release of hemp seeds

Full Article By The Associated Press Kentucky’s Agriculture Department has filed a lawsuit seeking the release of imported hemp seeds being held up by federal officials. Defendants in the suit filed Wednesday in Louisville include the U.S. Justice Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Justice Department did not immediately […]

Meeting about curfew turned into conversation about much more

Full Article WISHTV By Teresa Mackin INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It started as a conversation about curfew, but it ended in a conversation about much more. A meeting about a proposal that would amend the current curfew law in Indianapolis was packed Tuesday evening. The proposal would move curfew for those 15-17 years old, to 11 […]

Monroe County’s corrections programs receive high grade

Full Article Herald Times By Rachel Bunn May 12, 2014 Monroe County’s Community Corrections Department now has even more proof it’s one of the best in the state. For the second year in a row, the corrections department has earned a grade above 90 in a programming audit by the Indiana Department of Correction. This […]

Heroin Returns: Indiana sees 126 percent increase in cases

Full Article Publication Author Indiana leads the nation when it comes to meth lab busts, but the rise of another drug has law enforcement concerned. Heroin has already taken root in the Wabash Valley. It’s the most addictive of illegal drugs and its deadly effects are once again emerging from the shadows. “It’s extremely alarming,” […]

Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal

Full Article Associated Press By Carolyn Thompson Growth of texting as crisis negotiation tool challenges police accustomed to taking voice cues The suspect in a gas station robbery and 100 mph chase kept pointing his handgun to his head, and police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep the man from committing suicide. […]

Violence sparks debate over gangs in South Bend

Full Article Associated Press Madeline Buckley SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – In some cases, the crews wreaking havoc with guns on the streets are loosely affiliated bands of neighborhood teenagers and young adults, joining together in crime sprees one minute and then shooting each other the next, officials say. Other times, the violence and criminal […]


Full Article Indiana University Northwest News By sharing information, agencies can work together for public safety in a way that has never been done before In 2012, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram wanted to begin using crime data analysis to help identify patterns of activity in the city and tailor responses and deploy personnel accordingly. […]

Law could alleviate prison overcrowding

Full Article By DENNIS BARBOSA | IDS A new law revamping the state’s criminal code for felony classifications could cause stress on local community jails in an attempt to alleviate prison overcrowding. Gov. Mike Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1006 in March. It will take effect July 1 of this year. Level 6 felons with less than 90 […]

Community Justice 2014 Draws International Audience Seeking Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Crime and Recidivism

Full Article SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2014 Center for Court Innovation Participants from more than 75 U.S. jurisdictions and 10 countries gathered in San Francisco for Community Justice 2014, an international summit on how to reduce crime and incarceration while improving public trust in justice.

Expungement law favors reformed criminals over victims, appeals court says

Full Article April 24, 2014 Tim Evans Indystar Judges must expunge old criminal convictions if a person meets all of the legal requirements even if the victim is opposed to the request, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled. The decision appears to help resolve widespread confusion over the original version of the state’s expungement […]

New POPAI Website

Dear POPAI Membership: In early 2013, the POPAI Board added a new member to our team, Karen Oeding, as our Website Administrator.  With the help of Karen’s 20 years of website experience and infectious enthusiasm, POPAI embarked on the project of updating our organization’s website design.  Our primary goal with this redesign is to better […]

Knepple Scholarship Awarded

by Linda Brady POPAI President The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) provides a scholarship in memory of probation officer Donald “Charley” Knepple. Charley lost his life on April 28, 1997, while performing his probation officer duties in Allen County, Indiana. In an effort to honor an outstanding professional and to promote further professionalism, […]

POPAI Election 2014

Dear POPAI Members, It’s that time of year again!! Time to decide if you would like to become involved with POPAI as a District Representative or an Executive Board Member holding the office of Secretary or President!  The following positions are up for election in 2014:  President, Secretary, District 2, District 4, District 6, and […]

COA: Man not entitled to have restricted access to OWI conviction

Full Article Because a man committed another crime while on probation, he failed to satisfy the obligations imposed as part of his sentence, so he did not qualify to have access to his conviction records restricted under Indiana Code 35-38-8, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed.Austin Pittman was convicted of Class C misdemeanor operating a […]

Clark judges carry heaviest caseload in Indiana

Full Article The Courier-JournalBy Charlie White4/21/14www.courier-journal.comClark County’s circuit courts were the most overloaded with new cases of any Hoosier county last year, with judges handling more than double the state standard, according to Indiana’s latest caseload study.The average Indiana county’s courts had about 120 percent of the standard caseload last year, according to the study, […]

Crime & treatment: In her courtroom full of addicts, treatment works better than punishment

Full Article Indiana Daily StudentApril 29, 2014By Katie MettlerThe drug court judge peppered the addict with questions.“So who’s the friend you thought you could trust?” she asked him abruptly. Her stare was met by his downcast eyes.He had been accepted to drug court after a string of DUIs, but then his urine test came back […]

New sentencing laws prompt local worries

Full Article April 29, 2014 By Maureen Hayden CNHI Indiana Statehouse Bureau Pharos-Tribune INDIANAPOLIS — After 40 years in law enforcement, Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy knows what doesn’t work when it comes to reducing crime: Locking up non-violent offenders whose petty crimes are driven by addiction. BIG CHANGES QUESTIONS ON NUMBERS FEARS STATEWIDE Local […]

Indiana To Begin Treating Low Level Offenders At Local Level

Full Article by Jimmy Jenkins Indiana Public Media Changes made to the Indiana Criminal code set to take effect this summer will place a renewed emphasis on Community Corrections.