Author Archives: Steve Keele

Legislators question trying juveniles as adults after Noblesville shooting

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The Indiana Lawyer


Katie Stancombe and Associated Press

Indiana leaders are questioning current state law that prevents juveniles from being charged as adults one day after a prosecutor said a 13-year-old Noblesville school shooting suspect would not be tried because of his age. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said in a statement Wednesday lawmakers plan to review current state law concerning juveniles not […]

Study: Opioid crisis costs Indiana $11 million daily

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Daily Reporter


The economic impact to Indiana from opioid misuse is more than $4 billion annually, or about $11 million a day, according to a study published by a Columbus professor and an Indiana University student. In Hancock County, the total cost over the 15-year study period — from 2003 to 2017 — was $500 million, the […]

Sentence upheld for woman amid tooth cream drug defense

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Kokomo Tribune


Scott L. Miley

INDIANAPOLIS — A Madison County woman who claimed that some of the illegal drugs found in her system were from an uncle’s tooth cream had her probation violation upheld Friday by the Indiana Court of Appeals. Ashlee K. Pierce, 34, of Alexandria had appealed her two-year sentence for probation violation from Madison Circuit Court. The […]

Community Service helps non-profits

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The Daily Advocate


Carolyn Harmon

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Adult Probation Department’s Chief Probation Officer James D. Mollette said, it is important that people working community service have buy-in. “We try to instill in them that they are paying it forward in a sense, and helping the community,” he said. “It doesn’t always work; but we try.” According to […]

Bangert: As DCS roils in Indy, local advocates for neglected kids ‘soldier on’

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Journal & Carrier


Dave Bangert

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – By all accounts, it was just a normal day Wednesday in the fourth-floor courtroom of Tippecanoe Superior 3, where the county’s child neglect cases are heard. Sixty miles to the south, Indiana House and Senate leaders were gaveling in the 2018 General Assembly session Wednesday afternoon with a vow that they weren’t […]

Justices to decide if sex offender’s internet restriction unconstitutional

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The Indiana


Olivia Covington

After being convicted of incest with his teenage niece, a Tippecanoe County man’s sentence contained several probation conditions, including a prohibition on accessing websites “frequented by children” and a prohibition on internet use without prior approval. Those conditions are the subject of an appeal now under review by the Indiana Supreme Court, which will decide […]

Medical Marijuana isn’t Medicine and it’s “wrong for Indiana,” County Prosecutors Say

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Indy Star


Dwight Adams

A county prosecutor’s group is strongly opposing efforts to allow medical marijuana, saying it’s “wrong for Indiana” and could worsen the state’s drug abuse crisis. The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys also debunked cannabis’ medicinal properties. It said the Institute of Medicine concluded this year that there was “insufficient evidence” to use it to treat […]

It’s not easy to win probation violation appeals

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The Herald Bulletin


Stuart Hirsch

ANDERSON — Lots of opportunities exist for criminal defendants in Indiana to appeal and challenge court rulings and decisions after a trial. One of the most common reasons for appeal occurs when an offender is accused of violating probation, found guilty, and is sent to the Department of Correction to serve out their jail time. […]

Goal of Nation’s First Opioid Court: Keep Users Alive

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Washington Post


Carolyn Thompson

After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo’s ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis. Now the city is experimenting with the nation’s first opioid crisis intervention court, which can get users into treatment within hours of their arrest instead of […]


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The Journal Gazette


Jessie Cook

The dual goals of our criminal justice system are to maximize public safety and to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice. The system operates with five components – law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, the judiciary and corrections. Each plays a key role in the process. Law enforcement agencies investigate allegations of acts determined […]

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 […]

COA Affirms Revocation of Good Time Credit

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The Indiana

January 30, 2017

Olivia Covington

A man whose disciplinary actions resulted in the loss of good time credit in a county community corrections program was not entitled to have that credit restored when his probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve the balance of his sentence, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Monday. In Richard D. Shepard v. […]

Judge: Floyd County Courts, probation office has many needs

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News and Tribune

Chris Morris

NEW ALBANY — It didn’t take long for three new Floyd County Council members to find out the complexities of dealing with budgets and incumbrances at the first meeting of the new year Tuesday. They also received a lesson in the needs of Floyd County courts in 2017 and beyond. Floyd County Circuit Court Judge […]

State’s public defender system bashed

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South Bend Tribune


Virginia Black

Two civil rights attorneys call for Indiana’s Supreme Court to oversee the state’s public defender system on the heels of a report that questions the “Indiana model” of hit-and-miss legal representation of poor people. Indianapolis lawyer Michael Sutherlin and Fort Wayne lawyer David Frank planned to file a “petition for rule-making” today. The petition asks […]

COA: Man’s sex-offender probation conditions ‘overly broad’

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The Indiana


Olivia Covington

Although a Boone County man waived his right to object to the delay of the imposition of the sex-offender conditions of his probation, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Monday that a handful of those convictions were erroneously imposed. In September 2008, Antonio Waters went to a bar with S.C., then returned to S.C.’s home, […]

Prisons fight opioids with $1,000 injection: Does it work?

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Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer

U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released, but skeptics question its effectiveness and say the manufacturer has aggressively marketed an unproven drug to corrections officials. A single shot of Vivitrol, given in the buttocks, lasts for four weeks and eliminates the […]

Beber named top probation officer of the year

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Nicole Minier

WHITLEY COUNTY — Ed Beber is not your average probation officer. After serving eight years with the Whitley County Probation Office, Beber was named the top probation officer in the state at last week’s conference of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana in French Lick. Beber was nomiated by Chief Probation Officer Amy Motter, […]

Brock Turner case: Probation department’s report spared scrutiny

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San Jose Mercury News


Jacqueline Lee

While public criticism has focused on a Santa Clara County judge for handing out what many consider a lenient sentence to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of felony sexual assault, the recommendation he followed has escaped similar scrutiny. That recommendation came from a county probation officer days before Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock […]

No savings seen yet in state prisoner shift

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The Journal Gazette

May 13, 2016

Niki Kelly

DOC says too soon to tell; plan is to have fewer prison inmates Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Correction is enjoying a steady drop in the number of adult offenders at the same time local jails are seeing an increase. The shift is part of a plan by […]

Now fighting opioid abuse: A drug Vivitrol found to prevent relapse; at least $800 a dose

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The Journal Gazette

april 10, 2016

Rebecca S. Green

It would be nice if there were a silver bullet to treat opioid addiction. You know, that one thing you can go to time after time, knowing it is going to knock out the problem. Opioid abuse, including prescription drugs such as oxycodone and illicit narcotics such as heroin, is making headlines here and around […]

Mass. probation chief: State ‘over-criminalizing people’

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Sentinel & Enterprise News

March 16, 2016

Andy Metzger

BOSTON — Responsible for monitoring nearly 90,000 individuals, the Bay State’s probation chief recently warned against overly strict supervision, saying he wants to focus on cases with the highest risk of failure. “The system’s sort of like a machine — it pulls you in, and we monitor your behavior, and we document every time you’re […]

County cracks down on probationers on Super Bowl Sunday

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Fontana Herald News

February 8, 2016

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Feb. 7, there were lots of Super Bowl 50 activities that may have included alcohol, and that’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Office of Traffic Safety and law enforcement officials cracked down on drinking and driving. The San Bernardino County […]

Ex-convict who owes victims $8M vacations at beach resort

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Modesto Bee

January 11, 2016

Garth Stapley

MODESTO, Calif. — Convicted swindler Tony Daniloo enjoyed luxury cars and jewelry while bilking millions of dollars from victims in Modesto, Turlock and beyond. When he had trouble keeping a job soon after his release from prison three years ago, a federal judge agreed to lower Daniloo’s repayment duty to $50 a month. Daniloo, now […]

Panel on R.I. Probation Releases its Study

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Providence Journal


John Hill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island needs to make significant changes in its overburdened probation system, by lessening the time people spend on probation, making it harder to send them back for violations and better assessing who needs treatment more than prison, the staff of a special panel studying the issue said in a report released […]

Indiana Program to get Offenders Treatment not Prison Cell

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The Elkhart Truth


Rick Callahan

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s first statewide program that pays for addiction and mental health treatment for convicted felons sent to community corrections instead of jail or prison is now underway in a push that’s targeting uninsured offenders. Courts, probation and parole officers and community correction managers on could begin referring eligible felons on Nov. 1 […]

Indiana giving military veterans a second chance

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The Brazil Times

October 13, 2015

Indiana has recently joined a growing number of states offering many first offender military service veterans a second chance. This past legislative session Indiana lawmakers included enabling legislation and funding in the budget bill to help formally expand veteran’s treatment courts. “The Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana and our partners thank Senators Zakas and Kenley […]

Defendant Cites Membership in First Church of Cannabis for Pot Use

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Star Tribune

September 14, 2015

Rochelle Olson

A Golden Valley woman is asking the courts to allow her to smoke marijuana for religious reasons — because she belongs to the First Church of Cannabis. Through her lawyer, 31-year-old Ashley Firnschild is arguing to the Hennepin County District Court that the weed’s illegality places an “undue burden” on her “sincerely held” religious beliefs […]

Indiana Sex Offender’s Porn Ban tossed out by Appeals Court

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Indy Star

August 12, 2015

Tim Evans

Federal Panel’s ruling grants Indiana man access to “legal adult pornography,” which is protected by the First Amendment A federal appeals court panel has overturned a lower court’s order banning an Indiana sex offender from viewing adult pornography. The panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rules Thursday that […]

Teens sentence their peers in Tippecanoe County program

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The Michigan City News Dispatch

July 6, 2015

The Associated Press

A special Tippecanoe County Courthouse program has jurors, lawyers and defendants, but they’re all younger than 18. The program aims to keep young people who commit relatively minor offenses out of the criminal justice system by helping them to learn from their experiences, the (Lafayette) Journal & Courier ( ) reported. Defendants at teen court […]

Insane Clown Posse – Insane Clown Posse Scrap Tour Over Probation Issues

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The rappers have been on the road for their Marvelous Missing Link In-Store Insanity Tour, but had to pull out of dates last week (ends 08May15) to allow Shaggy 2 Dope to return to his native Detroit, Michigan to sort out the probation problem. They subsequently scrapped the rest of the trek and now a […]

Are Police Violating Privacy With GPS Tracking?

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Allison Manning

About 3,000 people in Massachusetts are wearing court-ordered ankle monitors right now. And under a little-known agreement between police and probation officials, officers can use those monitors to see where many of those people are at any time. It’s a longstanding practice for probation officials to keep track of people who have agreed to wear […]

Indiana ranks second in incarcerated parents: ‘I’ve missed way too much already’

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Chicago Tribune

March 21, 2015

Jerry Davich

Taped above Lavonta Henry’s bed is a note from his 7-year-old son. Written with a few backward letters, it says, “Papi, I can’t wait for you to come home. I love you, Jayden.” Henry keeps it taped inside his cell at the Indiana State Prison. It hangs near a thick stack of photos of himself […]

4 held on drug charges after Whitley probation check

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The Journal Gazette

February 24, 2015

Four people have been arrested on drug-related charges after a meth lab was located inside a Columbia City home, Indiana State Police said today. State police at Fort Wayne said they were helping Columbia City police locate a probationer inside a North Walnut Street home Friday afternoon when they found items commonly associated with the […]

Indiana Switching Vendor for License Plate Production

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Evansville Courier & Press

January 27, 2015

Chelsea Schneider

INDIANAPOLIS — The state is changing the vendor it uses for the production of Indiana license plates, a decision that ends a long-time relationship in which state prison inmates were involved in the manufacturing of the plates. The new $72 million contract with Intellectual Technology, Inc., will save the state approximately $14 million by not […]

New Laws Going into Effect on First Day of 2015

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Jessica Smith

It’s a new year and that means several new laws. Two of the biggest changes of 2015 will impact drivers. Starting Thursday, low-powered scooters will have to be registered. Until now, driving low-speed mopeds or scooters has largely been unregulated. Now in order to ride a 50 cc or smaller scooter, riders will now need […]

Man in Facebook Threat Case Scrutinized for Note to Prosecutor

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The Wall Street Journal


Brent Kendall

The man at the center of a Supreme Court case about posting threats on Facebook has caught the attention of U.S. probation officials for more recent comments he allegedly made about cross burning in a prison note to a prosecutor. The high court heard oral argument Monday on whether to uphold the 2011 conviction of […]

Suspect in Halloween hit and run Deaths had violated probation 7 times

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Los Angeles Times


Emily Foxhall and Joseph Serna

A 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run driving in the Halloween collision in Santa Ana that left three girls dead has a years-long criminal history and was driving on a suspended license, court records show..

Former probation official William Burke asks for court-appointed lawyer to handle appeals

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The Republican

September 5, 2014

Shira Schoenberg

Former Probation Department deputy commissioner William Burke has gone into debt to pay the legal bills related to his trial for helping to run a rigged hiring scheme at the Massachusetts Probation Department, according to a court filing by his attorney, John Amabile. He is now asking for a court-appointed attorney. Burke was convicted in […]

Probation Officer shot, suspect killed

Full Article Norfolk Reflector by Allison Manning and Theodore Decker July 11, 2014 A man was killed and a probation officer was shot in a struggle for a gun in an East Side condominium this morning. Two Franklin County probation officers went to 2850 Petzinger Rd. to revoke the probation of Tyshawn Hancock, 37, around […]

Your Story Made Here: Edge Manufacturing

Full Article Indianasnewscenter by Melissa Long-21Alive by Ian Hoover-21Alive May 20, 2014 BLUFFTON, Ind. (21Alive) — How many companies can say that one of their goals is to get their employees to leave? That’s what Edge Manufacturing of Bluffton is hoping for each time it reaches out to hire someone with a record. In today’s […]