Category Archives: Articles

POPAI Board Elections 2022: Slate of Candidates

08/08/2022

According to our Bylaws in Article X, Part D: The chair of the Election Committee shall provide written notice to the membership the names of the candidates as selected by the Election Committee at least thirty (30) days in advance of the annual business meeting of the Association. If there are no candidates for an […]

Drug Courts: Downloadable PDF

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US DoJ Office of Justice Programs

7/2022

NCJ Number 238527 Date Published July 2022 Length 2 pages Annotation The two-page flyer provides an overview of drug court and other problem solving court program models and available guidance. The document is updated regularly with information on program and research resources supported by BJA, OJJDP, and NIJ, with hyperlinks to current training and technical […]

These new Indiana laws (took) effect July 1

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Inside Indiana Business

7/1/2022

Casey Smith,

Inside Indiana Business gives 3 free articles each month, then is behind a paywall. The article is not reproduced here in entirety. INDIANAPOLIS – Dozens of Indiana laws take effect today, including a new tax on vaping products, a ban on transgender females playing on girls sports teams and the elimination of handgun permits. Overall, […]

A new mental health number launches soon. Here’s how Indiana is preparing

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wfyi PBS

6/21/2022

Carter Barrett

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK – or text “HOME” to 741741. On July 16, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will launch a new three-digit number, 988. It’s slated to be the mental health version of 911 and make it easier for […]

What Youth Say About Their Reentry Needs

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OJJDP

July/August 2022

Amiyah Davis entered the juvenile justice system at age 10. When she transitioned from a residential facility to life in the community, she “knew very little” about managing on her own, she told attendees of a recent webinar, Raising the Bar on Juvenile Reentry: What Young People Say They Need “I didn’t know how to […]

Senior Judge Kellams remembered as ‘a gift from God’

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The Indiana Lawyer

The Indiana Lawyer allows 2 free articles per month without subscription. In what was likely one of the final times he was in a courtroom, Senior Judge Marc Kellams was not acting very judicial. Kellams wasn’t the one on the bench in Johnson County — that was Senior Judge David Dreyer. Dreyer was presiding over […]

POPAI Fall Conference News: Register, Download the App, Wednesday Night Party

POPAI

There is time to register and get a room, but our Fall Conference is swiftly approaching. Attendee Registration You can book your room by clicking here Or call 888-936-9360 Registered attendees have been notified that the app is ready to download. Be sure to use the email address you used when registering to log into […]

First Amendment Auditor Training

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IOCS

07/20/2022

Mary Mitchell

Judicial officers, court employees, probation officers, court security officers, and clerk’s office employees may register for First Amendment Auditor Training. The August 12 webinar will be from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). Course capacity is limited to 500, but this session will be recorded and posted on the Indiana Courts Education Network. Contact Mary Mitchell […]

Stephen Pastore, Wells County Probation Officer receives 15 Year Recognition

Kari Ragsdale, Boone County Chief Probation Officer Retires after 24 years

The Boone County Probation Department

7/31/2022

After 24 years as a respected Boone County probation officer, Kari Ragsdale has retired as of August 1, 2022. Her career began in February of 1992, as an administrative assistant, moving to a probation officer position in March of 1998. In 2002, Kari was appointed Chief Probation Officer and took on the role of Work […]

Training for Substance Abuse Continuing Education Hours

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Indiana Collegiate Action Network

5/31/2022

Below are the series of micro-trainings on Delta-8 THC that were put together for the Indiana Collegiate Action Network.  There are survey monkey links included in the descriptions of each part to check your knowledge after each part.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLvnPRmIZqY-part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S_HMC28AYM- part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqcInnoCewM- part 3

Winners of Fall Conference Drawing for Registration and Hotel Announced

07/28/2022

POPAI Executive Board

Congratulations to our winners for free registration and two nights hotel during our Fall Conference in French Lick on September 7-9, 2022! Libby Mudd – Johnson County Devon Burris – Madison County Yvonne Haub – Floyd County Community Corrections Amy Burton – Marion County Patty Dyehouse – Gibson County Just another way our POPAI Board […]

Data Reveals Violence Among Youth Under 18 Has Not Spiked in the Pandemic

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The Sentencing Project

6/14/2022

Richard Mendel

Pervasive discussions about adolescent crime have revitalized calls for punitive approaches to youth justice that don’t work Throughout the pandemic, a flurry of alarming news coverage and inflammatory rhetoric from politicians have appeared in national1) and local2) media highlighting serious violent crimes by youth. The issue has generated considerable political attention in Congress3) and across […]

‘Heroic’ Witness With a Handgun Confronts Rifle-Toting Gunman at Indiana Mall

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Crime Online

7/19/2022

KC Wildmoon

A 20-year-old man carried three legally purchased weapons and more than a 100 rounds of ammunition into a suburban Indiana mall on Sunday, waited in a restroom for more than an hour, then stepped out shooting. Jonathan Douglas Sapirman killed one man just outside the restroom and a couple having dinner in the food court […]

Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Alumna, Now a Federal Leader, Shaped by RU-N Education

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Rutgers University

6/29/2022

Carrie Stetler

Thirty years ago, when Rutgers-Newark alumna Nancy La Vigne entered the field of criminal justice, policy makers paid little attention to data. “Research and evidence were not important at all,’’ she recalled. “It wasn’t about science or effectiveness, it was about retribution. It was about being tough and ‘keeping our streets safe.’’’ By the mid-90s […]

POPAI Fall Conference: Early Bird Pricing ENDS July 30, POPAI Gear PreOrder until August 5, and Intent to Run by August 7

POPAI

7/21/2022

Karen

We’re excited about the brisk registration pace for this year’s POPAI Fall Conference in French Lick. I can’t over emphasize enough your $50 savings is only available until July 31, 2022. I can make custom invoices for you or your whole department! Remember to put the word invoice in the Discount Code box and apply […]

Last Call for Nominations Founder’s, Line Officer of the Year, Rookie Probation Officer of the Year: Must be submitted by August 1

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7/21/2022

Karen

Nomination forms for three coveted awards are here: Line Probation Officer of the Year Founder’s Award Rookie Probation Officer of the Year Awards will be presented in French Lick at the Fall Conference. Please take the time to nominate a co worker and make a big impact. Nomination form and supporting documentation must be received […]

My Healthy Baby – Community Events in Danville, Tell City, and New Albany/Jeffersonville

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My Healthy Baby

My Healthy Baby is a State Wide program facilitating pregnant women with resources in their area. See a brochure aimed at pregnant women for more details. These events, led by State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, in Danville at Hendricks Regional Hospital (1000 […]

FSSA conducting addiction treatment, recovery survey

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Daily Journal

6/18/2022

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is encouraging Hoosiers to participate in a statewide survey of addiction treatment and recovery resources. The administrations’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) has launched the Recovery Capital Index (RCI), which is an index designed to measure the sum of resources necessary for an individual to […]

Indiana Child and Family Welfare Residential Open House (July 28 and Aug 2)

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IARCA

06/29/2022

IARCA

IARCA is excited that 24 child and family welfare residential services agencies will be opening their doors on July 28 and Aug 2 to welcome in CASAs/GALs, probation officers, FCMs, supervisors, service coordinators, LODs, and any other community partner who wants to learn more about their services, culture, and environment. Go to https://www.iarca.org/residentialopenhouse/home to learn […]

Violence, abuse, and escapes plague the juvenile justice system in Louisiana

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Fox 18

May 4, 2022

Natasha Robin

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – There’s violence, escapes, and reports of abuse within the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ), where offenders as young as 13 are ordered to serve their time. Those with a juvenile life sentence will be in the juvenile system until the age of 21. OJJ heads up four secured facilities throughout the […]

Proposed POPAI Bylaw Revisions

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POPAI

07/17/2022

Troy Hatfield

Greetings POPAI Membership: According to the POPAI Bylaws, Article XII AMENDMENTS These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by the membership if a quorum is present at any regular or special meeting.  Written notice of any proposed alteration to the bylaws shall be submitted to the President of the Executive Board at least forty-five (45) […]

Hamilton County offering class to help parents of ‘strong-willed’ children

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WRTV

6/7/2022

NOBLESVILLE — An 11-week program offered by the probation department in Hamilton County will help parents of “strong-willed” and “out-of-control” children curb some destructive behaviors. The Parent Project aims to help stop some destructive behaviors like poor school attendance, alcohol and drug use, runaways and violence, according to a press release from the county. The […]

POPAI GEAR: Preorder for Pick Up at Fall Conference

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POPAI

7/15/2022

Karen

How about ordering your POPAI fashions, paying now, and picking it up at Fall Conference? Where: https://popai22.itemorder.com/shop/category/97801/ You will be ordering directly from the company personalizing these shirts. When: now through Friday, August 5, 2022 (11:59 PM EDT) Shipping: No. This is only for pick up at the Fall Conference in French Lick. Yes you […]

Take Charge of Your Future: Get the Education and Training You Need

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LINCS

Michelle Tolbert, Laura Rasmussen Foster, Margaret Patterson

This Guide is designed for people who are incarcerated and for those on community supervision (probation and parole) to help them get started—or continue—on the path to further education and training. Document Link

POPAI Board District 3 Representative remains open, Intent to Run forms accepted until filled

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POPAI

7/14/2022

The District 3 Representative position has become vacant. District 3 is Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Kosciusko, Marshall, Miami, St. Joseph, Tipton, and Wabash counties. The Board is now seeking Intent to Run forms from the Membership of District 3 to maintain the duties of District Representative and will continue to receive them until […]

Nominations Accepted for the Three Awards Presented at the Fall Conference: Founder’s, Line Officer of the Year, Rookie Probation Officer of the Year

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7/8/2022

Nomination forms for three coveted awards are now available: Line Probation Officer of the Year Founder’s Award Rookie Probation Officer of the Year Awards will be presented in French Lick at the Fall Conference. Please take the time to nominate a co worker and make a big impact. Nomination form and supporting documentation must be […]

Lawmakers discuss upcoming special session, future of abortion in Indiana

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WTHR

June 28, 2022

Emily Longnecker

The Republican supermajority in the state legislature is expected to pass some sort of abortion ban during this special session INDIANAPOLIS — This past March, 100 Republican state lawmakers signed a letter sent to Gov. Eric Holcomb, asking for a special session if abortion rights were overturned by the US Supreme Court. The Republican supermajority […]

Remember to submit Intent to Run Forms for the POPAI Board Election by (extended date!) Sunday August 7

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POPAI

7/10/2022

The Intent to Run forms were posted on the website late. The committee decided to extend the deadline by those 13 late days for a new due date of Sunday August 7, 2022 Intent to Run Forms are now being collected for the POPAI Board in one of the following positions: President Secretary District 2 […]

IOCS Training Opportunities

IOCS

07/01/2022

IOCS

2022 Adult and Juvenile New Legislation on-line sessions are now available. CPO’s will automatically be assigned to these optional sessions and receive email notification when they have been assigned. Staff can register for new legislation sessions at 2022 Adult New Legislation and 2022 Juvenile New Legislation. Please note that PowerPoints and any additional resources are […]

Revised and Updated Proposal to Amend the Minimum Salary Schedule for Indiana Probation Officers

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POPAI

07/07/2022

POPAI Executive Board

The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) Executive Board has concerns the minimum salary schedule for probation officers has not changed since adopted in its current form on September 10, 2002.  Though slight cost of living adjustments have occurred in the years since its adoption, frequently these increases have not permitted the schedule to […]

Pulitzer Prize Winning Podcast about incarceration and redemption

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David “Suave” Luis Gonzalez was 17 years old when he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Almost 30 years later— Suave — the pulitzer award winning podcast series which centers incarceration and redemption, provides a first person account of Suave’s experience as he goes through the reentry process. Click here […]

Bullet from outside of juvenile detention center injures probation officer working at desk (Indianapolis)

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IndyStar

June 28, 2022

Jake Allen

A probation officer suffered a minor injury when she was struck by a bullet while working at her desk Tuesday evening at the Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The bullet was fired through a first-floor window from outside of the building off of North Keystone Avenue on Indianapolis’ east side, […]

Probation, Parole, & Prosecution Panel Recorded on May 10, 2022

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Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

May 10, 2022

This panel provides a fundamental introduction to parole and probation, as well as the differences between the two forms of community supervision. It examines how community supervision and prosecution intersect and examine the impact of prolonged periods of supervision. Finally, this discussion presents suggestions on how prosecutors can change office policies to result in equitable […]

Drug Use Among Youth: Facts & Statistics

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National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics

Youth drug abuse is a high-profile public health concern, with at least 1-in-8 teenagers abusing an illicit substance in the last year. Key Findings 61% How much drug use went up among 8th graders between 2016 and 2020. 62% Of teenagers in 12th grade have abused alcohol. 50% Of teenagers have misused a drug at […]

POPAI Board Taking Applications for Treasurer

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POPAI

06/27/2022

On July 11, 2022, CJ Miller will be stepping down as POPAI’s Treasurer, a position he has held on the board for a number of years, as he embarks on a new endeavor as the Director of Pretrial Services in Hamilton County. According to the POPAI Bylaws, all board vacancies must be posted for a […]

Gunman who killed El Monte police officers faced probation violation at time of shooting

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Los Angeles Times

6/15/2022

Richard Winton

The man who killed two El Monte police officers was on probation for illegally carrying a gun when he fired on the officers as they responded to a call for service at a motel Tuesday, court records show. A day after Cpl. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana were shot to death, stunning many in […]

Drawing to Attend POPAI’s 2022 Fall Conference–Registration and Hotel Included!!!

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06/22/2022

POPAI

The POPAI Board continues to find ways to add value to your membership and we’re very excited to announce that we are giving away FIVE (5) free registrations and two nights hotel to POPAI’s Fall Conference in French Lick, Indiana on September 7-9, 2022!!! Our Fall Conference will be held in French Lick again in […]

APPA’s 2022 Summer Virtual Training Institute: Free Registration Drawing for POPAI Members!

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06/22/2022

POPAI

The POPAI Board continues to find ways to add value to your membership.  As an affiliate member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), POPAI is excited to announce that we are sponsoring 25 of our members to attend APPA’s Virtual Training Institute for FREE!!! APPA’s 2022 Summer Training Institute will be held in-person […]

Criminal Justice Center cellmate arrested for city’s 100th homicide of 2022

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Wish TV

6/20/2022

Alexis Mitchell

A 25-year old man has been arrested for an overnight homicide at the Criminal Justice Center, according to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Just after 10 p.m. Sunday, IMPD was dispatched to a possible homicide investigation, police say. Charles Barron, 36, was found inside his jail cell unresponsive; he later was pronounced dead. Barron’s death was […]

50 State Survey: Probation and Parole Fees

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Fines and Fees Justice Center

05/10/2022

Millions of adults—approximately 1 in every 75 people—are under probation or parole supervision in the U.S. In most states, people on probation or parole are required to pay supervision fees that can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. People also must often pay additional programming fees for mandatory mental health counseling, electronic monitoring, and […]

POPAI Paid Membership Levels: What’s the Difference?

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Karen Oeding

POPAI Membership is open to individuals involved in Community Corrections in Indiana. Often, people think the Associate Level is exclusively for Probation Department administrative staff or students – but there’s more. Probation Officer Membership – ($25 for 2022 and $30 for 2023) Probation Officer membership is for Certified persons currently employed as Probation Officers in the […]

POPAI Fall Conference Registration Now Open for Attendees and Corporate Sponsor/Vendors

Anthony Williams, Karen Oeding

We are so thrilled to announce the POPAI Fall Conference will be returning to the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana in 2022.  The fantastic hotel and conference facility provides the perfect setting for probation and community corrections professionals to connect with each other, learn from experts in several areas, and meet Corporate Sponsors […]

Gov. Holcomb selects Judge Derek Molter to join Indiana Supreme Court

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State of Indiana

02/10/2022

Erin Murphy

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced he has selected Court of Appeals Judge Derek Molter as the next member of the Indiana Supreme Court. Molter will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Steven David. “Derek Molter is devoted to the cause of justice and maintaining the integrity of our justice system,” Gov. Holcomb said. “He’s proven […]

Mentoring Programs for Youth: A Promising Intervention for Delinquency Prevention

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National Institute of Justice

5/26/2021

David L. DuBois

Mentoring programs are a prominent strategy in the United States for preventing negative outcomes and promoting resilience among at-risk youth.[1] Although diverse in their design and implementation, mentoring programs share a common aim of providing young people with structured support from older or more experienced people, such as adult volunteers or students at higher grade […]

State Action to Narrow the School to Prison Pipeline

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The Sentencing Project

2/9/2022

Richard Mendel

Thanks to a $122 billion infusion of federal funds for public education included in the March 2021 American Rescue Plan, schools and communities have the opportunity to invest vast resources in effective new approaches to close the school-to-prison pipeline. The Sentencing Project has examined the plans submitted by every state for use of these federal […]

April 2022 was Second Chance Month

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The National Reentry Resource Center

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention supported Second Chance Month to help individuals, communities, and agencies across the country recognize the importance of reentry and their role in supporting safe and successful reentry—building second chances! The National Reentry Resource Center […]

Recorded Symposium: Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!)

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Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!)

5/6/2022

The Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) conducted a symposium on April 29 and May 6 on “Charting a Course Toward Social Justice in Corrections.” Drs. Faye Taxman and Danielle Rudes of ACE! hosted the symposium and speakers included George Mason University President Dr. Gregory Washington, Glenn Tapia of the Colorado Judicial Branch and the […]

Face the Facts: Changing How the State (Connecticut) Handles Repeat Youth Offenders

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NBC Connect

3/20/2022

Youth crime is a very complex problem in the state. NBC Connecticut’s Mike Hydeck spoke with Rep. Craig Fishbein, a ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, about the issue. They discuss initiatives in the Republican-sponsored public safety package that would change how the state handles cases of repeat youth offenders.

Gov. McKee (Rhode Island) names first formerly incarcerated person to RI Parole Board

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The Providence Journal

11/19/2021

Katie Mulvaney

Rhode Island College Prof. Fredric Reamer remembers when Peter Slom came before the Parole Board in 1992, some 26 months into his six-year sentence for dealing cocaine. “I clearly remember being impressed with his insight, his grasp of the circumstances that led to his arrest and incarceration,” said Reamer, a longtime Parole Board member. “He had […]

Broken promises, shattered lives Minnesota’s juvenile justice system is failing young people, families and victims of violence

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Star Tribune

4/24/2022

By LIZ SAWYER, CHRIS SERRES and MARYJO WEBSTER Photos by JERRY HOLT • Star Tribune

Every so often, Cassie Carter collapses on her teenage son’s empty bed after a long day at work and reflects on his childhood — his first day of kindergarten, the long afternoons they spent playing at Como Park Zoo in St. Paul. It is how she reminds herself that, until a couple of years ago, […]

Webinar Recording: Leading from Experience (Safety and Justice Challenge Network

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SJC Exchange

2/2022

Leading From Experience (Part 1 & 2): The SJC’s “Leading From Experience” webinars highlighted the importance of people with lived experience in advancing change and reform in the criminal legal system. The first webinar focused on diverse strategies to raise the voices of impacted leaders. The second webinar delved deeper into recommendations for communities with […]

Learning Resource: National Association of Counties Leadership Academy

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NACo

The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an innovative, completely online 12-week program created to equip frontline county government professionals with practical leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities. Typical Week – Program is 100% Online First Part of the Week: 2 hours of self-paced activities such as watching video vignettes, reading articles, reviewing […]

POPAI Fall Conference 2022: Call for Proposals – due Friday June 10

POPAI will host its 2022 Fall Conference on September 7-9, 2022 at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana. Last year, the Conference drew over 400 attendees from all over the State of Indiana who work in the field of Probation. POPAI is seeking proposals for sessions/workshops that present best practices in service delivery, […]

Juvenile PO Resource: Adolescent Addiction Access Program

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Indiana University School of Medicine

5/20/2022

Sharon Mermelstein, Adolescent Addiction Access Program Coordinator

Free Helpline for Probation Officers (and other professionals) working with adolescents with Substance Use Disorder “The Adolescent Addiction Access Program is a provider-to-provider consultation helpline for Indiana providers caring for youth (aged 17 or younger) with Substance Use Disorders (SUD).  This is a program designed to support providers who work with adolescents who have an […]

What Is Double Cup and Why Is It Still So Popular After All These Years?

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Tall Cop Says Stop

Jermaine Galloway

A true, double cup reference is the stacking of two Styrofoam cups that contain Promethazine with Codeine then mixed with soda (commonly Sprite) and a jolly rancher.  The double cup is what is holding the product. The Promethazine with Codeine portion of the drink has many slang terms: drank, lean, purple stuff, sizzurp, and dirty […]

Supreme Court justice looks at alternate responses to mental health crises

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Economic Digest

5/20/2022

Doug Ross, Senior Reporter, (Munster) Times of Northwest Indiana

ALPARAISO — Indiana Supreme Court Justice Christopher Goff spoke with Porter County police officers about the challenges they face on the job. One thing stood out: dealing with individuals’ mental health issues. Goff and others across the state are hoping to address that issue. Porter County is one of four sites that will lead in […]

Tobacco smoking rates are decreasing in people with major depression and substance use disorder

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NIH

4/26/2022

Despite decline, smoking cessation efforts still critical for people with substance use or other psychiatric disorders Significant reductions in cigarette use were found among U.S. adults with major depression, substance use disorder, or both from 2006 to 2019, according to a new analysis of nationally representative survey data published today in JAMA. The study was […]

POPAI Board to select District 3 Representative

The District 3 Representative position has become vacant. District 3 is Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Kosciusko, Marshall, Miami, St. Joseph, Tipton, and Wabash counties. The Board is now seeking Intent to Run forms from the Membership of District 3 to maintain the duties of District Representative. All forms must be emailed by Thursday, […]

Elections: POPAI Positions Open for 2022 – 23 and an Intent to Run Form

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POPAI

5/24/2022

Intent to Run Forms are now being collected for the POPAI Board in one of the following positions: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 please return the Intent to Run Form Updated with extension(docx) to Becky by August 7, 2022 extended from July 25, 2022 (postmarked, emailed, or faxed).

New Prison, Criminal Justice Reform Dominate Budget Debate (Nebraska)

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Nebraska Public Media

3/16/2022

Fred Knapp

The Nebraska Legislature continued debating the state budget Wednesday, with the focus on questions about building a new prison and criminal justice reform. The budget up for debate Wednesday includes all sorts of proposals, including $15.5 million for improvement to the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney, $25 million for an ag innovation building […]

‘Parents Need to Stay on Top’ of Which Emojis Are Codes for Drugs, Expert Says — Here’s a List

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People

9/9/2022

Alexandra Rockey Fleming

“Unfortunately, they’re very dynamic and change over time,” Dr. Tim K. Mackey tells PEOPLE Countless messages, comments and posts are dedicated to drug sales on the internet, and parents must be aware of efforts — from local vendors to larger criminal groups — to market illicit substances to their children, experts say. “That could be […]

The pandemic shines a light on just how many school-related infractions end with children in the juvenile justice system

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NC Health News

3/14/2022

Elizabeth Thompson

When schools shut down at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, juvenile delinquency complaints decreased. Here’s what it means — and what it doesn’t. As a former district court judge, state Rep. Marcia Morey has seen firsthand how children can get entangled in the state’s juvenile justice system. The path from school to the […]

Federal awards to support diversion for justice-impacted parents

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EXiT Newsletter

The federal government recently announced funding opportunities for Family-Based Alternative pilot programs. Eligible applicants include city, county, state, and tribal governments including nonprofits with or without 501 (c)(3) status. Up to six awards with up to $750,000 per award amount. The funding shall go towards new or existing programs that provide culturally competent, community-based support […]

Exclusive: HUD unveils plan to help people with a criminal record find a place to live

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USA Today

9/12/2022

Romina Ruiz-Goiriena

Key Points HUD is making it easier for Americans with a criminal record to find housing. In six months, HUD will produce new guidelines and model documents, such as leases. The move would impact all federally funded housing programs, including public housing authorities and rental assistance voucher programs. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban […]

Change and humanization: Watchwords among community corrections professionals in the US Interview Brian Lovins

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Justice Trends

3/21/2022

What do you think are today’s primary concerns and challenges facing the correctional sector? BL: Some current concerns are global. Migrations and extremism are growing issues that pose challenges to the day-to-day operations of justice system organizations. In particular, correctional agencies worldwide need to address language, cultural and religious barriers. A second area that has […]

The Reentry Experiences of Juvenile Lifers

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Montclair State University

3/15/2022

New study expands on faculty’s previous juvenile lifer research in Philadelphia  As more states nationwide evaluate legislation to ban or reevaluate life sentences for juvenile offenders, new research published by a pair of Montclair State University faculty shows “juvenile lifers” who have been released are succeeding – and they point to potential policies that […]

2022 Donald “Charlie” Knepple Scholarship Award Winner: Brandi Glenn

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POPAI

5/12/2022

Every year 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 selected a scholarship that would encourage continued education and […]

States, flush with marijuana money, are now fighting over what to do with it

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NBC News

3/17/2022

Elliott Ramos

Activists and politicians are sparring over whether marijuana cash should go to communities targeted by drug arrests. Legal marijuana sales have been a boon to revenues in 11 states. But as the marijuana tax revenue boosts state treasuries, activists and politicians are jockeying over how to spend it.

Why would Vicky White help a prisoner escape? Ask Toby Dorr

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NewsNation

5/9/2022

Keleigh Beeson

(NewsNation) — The search for Vicky White and Casey White, and their eventual capture, captivated the nation. And while many have been left baffled by the motivations in this case, Toby Dorr knows exactly how it can happen. In 2006, Dorr, previously known as Toby Young, did the same thing. At the time, she was […]

Restorative Justice: The Path to Abolishing the Current Criminal Justice System

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Harvard Political Review

March 14, 2022

Kejsi Demaj

Prosecutors are the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system. For decades, they have relied on their immense discretion to impose harsher sentences that have disproportionately targeted low-income communities of color and significantly increased the prison population. For far too long, prisons, jails, and correctional facilities have acted as the solutions to obtaining “justice.” […]

APPA 47th Annual Training Institute Registrations Open

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American Probation and Parole Association

5/1/2022

Whether in-person or virtual, attendees will be able to secure certificates of attendance, contact hours, and/or continuing education credits to help boost your career successes. Chicago Hilton August 28 – 31, 2022 Learn More on the APPA Website

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie

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EXiT to Prison Policy Initiative

3/14/2022

Wendy Sawyer and Peter Wagner

Can it really be true that most people in jail are legally innocent? How much of mass incarceration is a result of the war on drugs, or the profit motives of private prisons? How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed decisions about how people are punished when they break the law? These essential questions are harder […]

Juvenile justice reform: Many hurdles remain but still worth pursuing

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The CT Mirror

3/16/2022

Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D. and Shannon Schrader

Recent discourse on juvenile justice reform has focused on the increases in juvenile offending and the need to hold young offenders accountable for the crimes they have committed. At the same time, judicial rulings (e.g., “Graham v. Florida,” 2010) have affirmed the critical importance of balancing demands for accountability with documented developmental considerations. Sometimes, inaccurately, […]

2023 Probation Officer Salary Schedule

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IOCS

4/27/2022

IOCS

The 2023 Probation Officer Salary Schedule reflects an increase of 3.33%

IMPD Releases Video of Persons of Interest

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WTHR

9/21/2022

Dustin Grove

Police discovered 39-year-old Shane Furman’s body on the west side, near West Michigan Street and North Belmont Avenue. IMPD detectives released surveillance video footage Thursday seeking the public’s help to solve a deadly New Year’s Day shooting on the city’s west side. The shooting killed Shane Furman, 39, of Indianapolis. Police discovered his body in […]

Probation chief speaks out on violator numbers at Allen County Jail

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wane.com

04/20/2022

Jamie Duffy

In his 36 years at Allen County Probation, Eric Zimmerman, chief probation officer, has seen the department grow from eight probation officers to 29 with a desire to change offenders’ lives for the better. “People get the idea that we wait with bated breath for somebody to violate and we say aha!,” Zimmerman said, during an […]

The Safest and Most Dangerous Places in Indiana: Crime Maps and Statistics

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CrimeGrade.org

Crime Grade’s crime map shows the safest places in Indiana in green. The most dangerous areas in Indiana are in red, with moderately safe areas in yellow. Crime rates on the map are weighted by the type and severity of the crime.   Is Indiana Safe? The B- grade means the rate of crime is […]

More Equitable: Improving Reentry Services for Native Americans

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Executives Transforming Probation & Parole Newsletter

Across the United States, Native Americans are overrepresented in the criminal legal system and are often prone to unique challenges and significant barriers that affect their reentry and reintegration. Interactions between federal, state and Native governments also complicate community efforts to address the distinct issues and gaps faced by Native American communities. As such, inequities continue to persist. […]

Remembering Donald “Charley” Knepple

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Officer Down Memorial Page

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 […]

Remembering Catherine Custer

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Greenfield Reporter

4/19/2022

Catherine Mosley Custer – April 14, 2022 Catherine’s life in her own words Backpacker – Vacation Lover Co-raiser of the highest quality, kind, fun and remarkable human beings. Two gifts to all of us, she left behind Chase Custer and Cora Custer. I love you so much and I wish you such good things for […]

Barred From Employment: Most Unemployed Young Men Have Criminal Records

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SciTechDaily

2/27/2022

Rand Corporation

Findings suggested new approach needed to aid the unemployed. More than half of unemployed American men in their 30s have a history of being arrested or convicted of a crime, a stigma that poses a barrier to them participating in the nation’s labor force, according to a new RAND Corporation study. By age 35, 64% […]

More Than Books: Libraries Offer Free Meals, 3-D Printers, Counseling and More

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Route Fifty

2/15/2022

Sharon O'Malley

Public libraries have evolved to focus on the most-pressing community needs. But not all librarians are embracing the new duties and are leaving the profession. The public library isn’t just for books anymore. In San Francisco, public libraries doubled as makeshift classrooms for nearly 200 children without internet access at home so they could participate in online […]

EXiT @ POPAI Management Institute

Executives Transforming Probation & Parole Newsletter

4/5/2022

EXiT

EXiT steering committee members, Terri McDonald and Brian Lovins presented at the just ended management and training institute of an EXiT signatory, the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI). Their presentations provided an overview of EXiT’s policy aims, an overview of approaches to aid agency executives in implementing similar measures, as well as examples […]

Biden administration extends student loan payment pause

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WTHR

4/5/2022

COLLIN BINKLEY and ZEKE MILLER (Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is freezing federal student loan payments through Aug. 31, extending a moratorium that has allowed millions of Americans to postpone payments during the coronavirus pandemic, the White House announced on Wednesday. Student loan payments were scheduled to resume May 1 after being halted since early in the pandemic. But following […]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Here’s what to know, and how you can help

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Courier & Press

4/1/2022

Claire Rafford

What does a pinwheel mean to you? Perhaps it’s a just a toy, one a child might get as a party favor. Maybe it’s an object that can indicate a particularly windy day, or a lawn ornament to spice up an otherwise boring backyard. But to those who mark April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, […]

Register for 2022 Advancing Equity Summit: free for Indiana youth-serving professionals

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Indiana Youth Institute

IYI

Event Details Date: April 26, 2022 Time: 8:30 am (EST) Type of Event: Conferences Cost of Event: No cost for Indiana youth-serving professionals Equity has been a term used in the field of youth services for several years. However, in the wake of George Floyd and so many other public instances of inequities in our […]

Resource: Professional Development Academy

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Professional Development Academy

The POPAI Board received information from PDA about their program recently, and offer these details to our members for individual consideration: Typical Week – Program is 100% Online First Part of the Week: 2 hours of self-paced activities such as watching video vignettes, reading articles, reviewing case studies, engaged in online discussions (short activities 4-15 minutes […]

Offering buprenorphine medication to people with opioid use disorder in jail may reduce rearrest and reconviction

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NIH

1/18/2022

A study conducted in two rural Massachusetts jails found that people with opioid use disorder who were incarcerated and received a medication approved to treat opioid use disorder, known as buprenorphine, were less likely to face rearrest and reconviction after release than those who did not receive the medication. After adjusting the data to account […]

APPA Perspectives: International Restorative Justice Issue

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APPA

Vol 45 No 4

This issue of Perspectives includes: New Zealand’s Experience Institutionalizing Restorative Justice Recovery-Oriented Work: From Prison to Society Building Community Resilience Takes the Entire Community Restoring Hope and Healing Communities: A Rural Minnesota Response to Juvenile Justice Probation and Parole Professionals Identify Where They Need Support

NIH analysis of Reddit forum suggests experience of non-suicidal self-harm shares characteristics with addiction

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NIH

3/21/2022

Better characterizing clinical features of self-injury is critical to provide support and effective treatments A large majority of individuals who reported and discussed non-suicidal self-injury on the social media platform Reddit described their experience in terms similar to those used to diagnose substance use disorder, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, who […]

Avenue for Help: Eviction Task Force works to support landlords and tenants

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Indiana Court Times

3/4/2022

By Hon. Robert R. Altice, Jr. · Court of Appeals of Indiana · Eviction Task Force Chair

Housing stability is crucial for landlords, tenants, and the community at large. To consider the needs of each group, on September 13, 2021, the Indiana Supreme Court established the Indiana Eviction Task Force. With a wide range of representation, the group was tasked with making recommendations regarding a statewide pre-eviction diversion program and the effective […]

Forkner, Kenworthy, Molter nominees for Supreme Court vacancy

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Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission

04/05/2022

Kathryn Dolan

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has selected Justin P. Forkner, Hon. Dana J. Kenworthy, and Hon. Derek R. Molter as the three nominees for the upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court. Chief Justice Rush, on behalf of the Commission, will submit a report to Governor Eric Holcomb in the upcoming days. After officially receiving […]

Grant Opportunities with IOCS

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Indiana Office of Court Services

03/30/2022

Indiana Office of Court Services

Applications are open for CY2023 Pretrial Services and Veterans Treatment Court grants. Courts/agencies applying for funding from BOTH IOCS and IDOC Community Corrections should ONLY complete the IDOC application/budget and indicate the amount requested from IOCS appropriately. Courts/agencies applying for funding from IOCS ONLY should complete the IOCS application and included budget. Applications are due […]

The Honorable Leslie Shively

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Indiana Court Times

3/24/2022

By Kathryn Dolan, Chief Public Information Officer · Office of Communication, Education & Outreach

Judge Les Shively was appointed in 2013 to fill a vacancy on the Vanderburgh Superior Court and has twice been elected to the position in 2014 and 2020. He earned his bachelor’s in accounting and his J.D./M.B.A. from Indiana University, studying law at McKinney. As a sophomore in high school, he had a two-week internship […]

Justice Services Conference

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Indiana Office of Court Services

03/30/2022

Indiana Office of Court Services

Register for the 2022 Justice Services Conference. It will be held on May 4-6 at the Indiana Convention Center. Contact IOCS with questions.

Broadcast pilot project allows cameras in court

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Indiana Court Times

3/24/2022

By Jennifer Bauer, Staff Attorney · Office of Court Services

On December 1, 2021, the Supreme Court launched a broadcast pilot project in five Indiana trial courts. The four-month pilot authorizes news media to broadcast court proceedings in Allen Superior Court (Criminal Division), Delaware Circuit Court 1, Lake Superior Court (Civil 7), Tippecanoe Circuit Court, and Vanderburgh Superior Court. The pilot project is designed to […]

POPAI Proposes to Amend the Minimum Salary Schedule for Indiana Probation Officers

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POPAI

04/01/2022

POPAI Executive Board

The Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) Executive Board has concerns the minimum salary schedule for probation officers has not changed since adopted in its current form on September 10, 2002.  Though slight cost of living adjustments have occurred in the years since its adoption, frequently these increases have not permitted the schedule to […]

Remember to Submit Your Application for the Donald “Charlie” Knepple Scholarship by April 4

Submit your application to be considered for the 2022 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award on or before 12:00 noon EST on Monday, April 4, 2022. Details and application download

IDOC Grant Application Now Available for Community Corrections, Probation, Pretrial Services, Court Programs, Jail Treatment, and Prosecutor’s Diversion

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Indiana Department of Correction

03/11/2022

Indiana Department of Correction

Indiana Department of Correction announced that the CY2023 Grant Application is now available for completion online through the Good Grants System. To register for Good Grants, follow this link to fill out the Registration Form. The CY2023 Request for Proposals Guidelines,  CY2023 Good Grants Instructions, & the CY2023 Grant Timeline can be found at this […]

Probation Officers honored for their lifesaving efforts

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County of San Louis Obispo

2/10/2022

In a brief ceremony today, Chief Probation Officer Robert Reyes presented Senior Deputy Probation Officer Jared Freitas and Deputy Probation Officer Cristin Nagorski with letters of commendation for their quick response to the residence of known probationer who was experiencing an overdose on January 27, 2022. When Officers Freitas and Nagorski arrived, they found the […]

Less Punitive: MA Seeks to Halt Probation and Parole Fees

EXiT February Newsletter

The Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, has introduced a new progressive proposal to end the monthly probation and parole fees in his recent budget plan. The Massachusetts Trial Court and the Boston Bar Association working groups recommended in 2016 and 2017 that the state do away with fees, advocating instead that “parole and probation officers […]

Explainer: The Significance of Indiana’s IOYouth Bill

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Council of State Governments

03/15/2022

Amelia Vorpahl

On March 11, 2022, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed a major set of juvenile justice policy reforms that will enhance public safety, improve youth outcomes, and use state resources more efficiently. Some of the key provisions include expanding pre-court diversion opportunities, limiting the use of detention for youth under 12 years old, and requiring the […]

Nominations Accepted for the Sgt. Steven P. Mennemeyer Memorial Award from the Veteran’s Court of Southern Indiana

Veteran's Court of Southern Indiana

2/17/2022

The Veteran’s Court of Southern Indiana is now accepting nominations for the Sgt. Steven P. Mennemeyer Memorial Award. Mennemeyer died when his UH-60 Blackhawk crashed into a lake in the vicinity of Korean Village in Rubtbah, Iraq on August 8, 2006. Mennemeyer was assigned to the 82nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Riley, Kansas. Eligible […]

Recovery fund established for IMPD officer shot in Fountain Square

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WTHR

3/13/2022

WTHR Staff

Officer Thomas Mangan faces a long recovery after getting shot in the neck during a traffic stop. INDIANAPOLIS — A fund has been set up to help an IMPD officer who was severely injured in the line of duty in late February. On Friday, March 11, Officer Thomas Mangan walked out of the hospital after […]

EXiT APPA Panel Presentation

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EXiT Newsletter/APPA YouTube

1/14/2022

Columbia Justice Lab and EXiT presented a panel discussion at the just ended APPA winter training institute. Titled “Partners In Change: The importance of Community Stakeholders,” the panel was moderated by Kendra Bradner, the Director of Probation and Parole Reform Project at Columbia Justice Lab and featured the following panelists: Ruben Austria, the Founding and […]

Remembering Chief Probation Officer Lucile M. Myers EOW March 21, 1926

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Officer Down Memorial Page

Lake County Juvenile Probation Department, Indiana End of Watch Sunday, March 21, 1926 Chief Probation Officer Lucile Myers was shot and killed while investigating a child welfare case at a home at 417 17th Street, near the intersection of Calumet Avenue and 17th Street (modern day 170th Street). Chief Myers had received a complaint that […]

Why We are in a Vape Epidemic in Schools (and It Isn’t Ending Anytime Soon)

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Tall Cop Says Stop Newsletter

2/2022

Jermaine Galloway

We all know what happened in March of 2020 that closed schools and communities. Well, this also impacted the vape “world”. Around June of 2020, even in my reduced travel, I continued conducting scans to see how the pandemic impacted stores carrying many of these products. One glaring void was vape pens on shelves. In […]

Crime and Desistance: Probing How Probationers’ Thoughts on Crime May Inform Their Conduct

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NIJ

7/20/2021

The ways that people on probation tend to think about crime can offer important clues about whether they will resume or reject a criminal life. A number of past studies have examined how the cognitions of people on probation relate to recidivism, that is, a return to criminal activity. Less of the research has looked […]

For IL Juvenile-Justice Reform, Irish Approach Seen as Model

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Public Service News

2/7/2022

Jonah Chester

As lawmakers in Illinois and across the nation consider reforms to the nation’s juvenile-justice system, one country across the Atlantic could serve as a model. Northern Ireland’s Youth Justice Agency places an emphasis on early diversion, community involvement and restorative justice. Kelvin Doherty, assistant director of the Agency, said the goal is to keep kids […]

Still breathing: Fort Wayne man shares inspiring story of drug recovery

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wane.com

2/9/2022

Rex Smith

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Nate Moellering, like many others, never looked like someone who was a drug addict, but he dealt with the same struggles many others have faced. He was introduced to prescription opioids in high school when he had three separate shoulder surgeries from playing football. He quickly learned the pills didn’t […]

Specific “Math Neurons” Identified in the Brain

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SciTechDaily

2/19/2022

University of Bonn

When performing calculations, some neurons are active when adding, others when subtracting. The brain has neurons that fire specifically during certain mathematical operations. This is shown by a recent study conducted by the Universities of Tübingen and Bonn. The findings indicate that some of the neurons detected are active exclusively during additions, while others are […]

Apply for the 2022 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award

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POPAI

3/7/2022

Submit your application to be considered for the 2022 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award by April 4, 2022. The winner will be announced at the 2022 IOCS Conference in May. 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 […]

New Chief Probation Officer Orientation and Management Institute: POPAI GEAR

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POPAI

3/4/2022

This page was part of the promotion for Spring 2022 Management Institute. We’ll update it again for Fall Conference! Colors of these items are more muted. For example, Linda Brady is modeling the Maroon long sleeve here.

Advancing Pretrial Policy & Research (APPR) Offers Training and Technical Assistance

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Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research

03/03/2022

APPR

Building Bridges, Mending Fences Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research (APPR) is offering a four-session virtual course on community engagement and criminal legal system policy and practice. The course will help participants understand the spectrum of community engagement and create a plan for meaningful community engagement. Four 90-minute sessions will be held on the following Wednesdays […]

States Are Prioritizing Community Supervision Reform

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Pew Charitable Trusts

02/16/2022

Jake Horowitz & Connie Utada

State policymakers spent much of the past two years responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, urgent employment and housing needs, and nationwide calls for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd and other acts of racial violence. Yet, amid these overwhelming challenges, a lower-profile issue—probation and parole reform—found traction with legislatures throughout the country. Since […]

Harrison County: Southern Indiana prosecutor makes changes to probation after living it

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WHAS11

2/17/2022

Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Shalk put himself on probation for a year to experience the penalty he’s been handing out for more than a decade. 

POPAI Spring Conference: Management Institute March 10 and 11, New Chief Probation Officer Orientation March 9 – register soon

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POPAI

2/25/2022

POPAI brings you a practical program with actionable tips to help new Chief Probation Officers and managing leaders navigate the complexity of their work as well as meet helpful connections throughout Indiana Probation. Thursday and Friday at the Management Institute, former LA County Probation Chief Terri McDonald and APPA President Dr. Brian Lovins present strategies […]

POPAI Management Institute and New Chief Probation Officer Orientation: Download the app

For the best conference experience, download the event app: Get our official event app iOS Android For Blackberry or Windows Phone, Click here For feature details, visit Whova

The missing link: Justice reinvestment at national, state, and local levels

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Indiana Court Times

01/28/2022

Justice Christopher Goff

In 2021, Governor Holcomb signed HEA 1068 (the Local JRAC Statutes) into law. This important legislation, passed unanimously by both houses of the General Assembly, demonstrates Indiana’s renewed commitment to the principles of Justice Reinvestment. It also institutionalizes a critical state-local partnership that will help reinvest criminal justice resources where they are most needed. Continue […]

Indiana Supreme Court Issues Opinion in Lake County Board of Commissioners, et al., v. State of Indiana, et al.

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Indiana Supreme Court

02/22/2022

Chief Justice Rush

Lake County Board of Commissioners, et al., v. State of Indiana, et al., Case No. 22S-MI-64 The Indiana Supreme Court found, in an opinion written by Chief Justice Rush with concurrence from Justices David, Massa, Slaughter, and Goff, that probation officers are state employees for the purposes of IC 4-6-2-1.5, which requires the Attorney General […]

POPAI Management Institute: Speakers List

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POPAI

2/18/2022

Here’s the impressive line up of speakers for the POPAI New CPO Orientation and Management Institute March 9, 10, and 11. New CPO Orientation Wednesday: Heather Falks Jennifer Bauer Troy Hatfield both presenting then facilitating a round table discussion with veteran CPOs Thursday Management Institute Terri McDonald Misty Resendez Angie Hensley Friday Management Institute Brian […]

State Cops Boast Banner Year Against Drunk Driving

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NWI Times

2/11/2022

Bob Kasarda

LOWELL — Indiana State troopers from the Lowell post made 526 overnight arrests on impaired driving charges last year, the department reported. “These statistics include arrests for alcohol offenses, as well as drug offenses to include operating under the influence of marijuana and other illegal drugs,” ISP Sgt. Glen Fifield said in a prepared statement. […]

Five Evidence-Based Policies Can Improve Community Supervision

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Pew Charitable Trusts

01/22/2022

Jake Horowitz

Community supervision, most commonly probation and parole, is a key component of correctional systems in every state and involves more people than are serving prison or jail sentences. At the end of 2020, almost 3.9 million Americans—or 1 in 66 adults—were on probation or parole in the U.S., compared with nearly 1.8 million in jails […]

POPAI Management Institute: LAST Week for Hotel Discount Pricing

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POPAI

2/17/2022

Time Sensitive: If you plan on staying at the conference venue and you have not made reservations: the discounted group rate for the Hotel will expire on February 25, 2022. If you run into any errors email Anthony and he can facilitate. Reservations online: www.druryhotels.com, then enter Group number of 2451621. Reservations by phone: 1-800-325-0720 and […]

POPAI Management Institute: Sponsors

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POPAI

2/17/2022

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POPAI Management Institute: Agenda

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POPAI

2/17/2022

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POPAI Management Institute: Updates

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POPAI

2/17/2022

Updated March 7, 2022   Our March Conference is this week! The registration Portal is closed so if you have a last minute addition or can’t make it please contact Karen ContactusatPOPAI@gmail.com. Speakers List: you can learn from the following experts in person: New CPO Orientation Wednesday: Heather Falks Jennifer Bauer Troy Hatfield both presenting […]

DeKalb County Community Corrections seeks Executive Director

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DeKalb County Community Corrections (DCCC) has an opening for Executive Director.   Review the full job description and requirements then respond on or before Wednesday February 16, 2022

She entered the Hamilton County Jail in despair and left with a business start-up

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Kaitlin Vanderpool was at a low point when she entered the Hamilton County Jail. She’d been convicted of her third drunken driving offense and was sentenced in May to three months in jail and two years probation. “It was my first incarceration, I was lost, directionless,” Vanderpool, 36, said. “I knew I had to do […]

Hochul announces ‘Jails to Jobs’ initiative for previously incarcerated individuals

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WVIB

1/5/2022

George Stockburger

(WETM) – As part of her first State of the State address New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new ‘Jails to Jobs” initiative to “improve re-entry into the workforce and reduce recidivism by focusing on connecting previously incarcerated individuals with education, resources and opportunities for job placement.” The proposal includes, among other plans, an […]

New Henry County Jail expected to be ready for inmates by spring

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Star Press

1/3/2022

David Penticuff, Muncie Star Press

NEW CASTLE, Ind. — Henry County is building a new 246-bed jail and sheriff’s office near the New Castle Correctional Facility on Van Nuys Road. The $24 million project is expected to house inmates as early as mid-February. With its construction, the new jail is expected to solve what has been a persistent overcrowding problem for […]

‘Crime Survivors’ back protections for murder victim family, reforms for probation violations

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Florida Politics

1/9/2022

Jacob Ogles

Florida doesn’t provide for murder victims to take time off work. That could change soon. Few advocates elicit the sympathy of lawmakers like the victims of serious crimes. So, expect lawmakers to take notice as Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice outline three policy priorities for the 2022 Session. The organization this year wants to […]

How much have overdose deaths increased in Indiana during the pandemic?

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WANE

12/22/2021

(STACKER) — The coronavirus has caused increased stress and isolation for many people. Some have turned to substance abuse or increased the quantity and frequency of drug use during the coronavirus restrictions. Others turned to new drugs if their preferred drug became more difficult to access. More drug users were using alone due to social […]

New year, new laws: Here are 3 new Indiana laws taking effect in 2022

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WTHR

12/27/2022

Cierra Putman (WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS — A new year means new laws for Indiana. 13 Investigates looked at three new laws set to impact Hoosiers in 2022. One will stop surprise medical billing. Another expands e-prescriptions. The third requires new internet policies for school districts.

Problem-Solving Court Grants Available

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Indiana Office of Court Services

02/02/2022

Indiana Office of Court Services

Applicants must be certified by IOCS as of February 28, 2022, to be eligible to apply and may request a maximum of $10,000 per problem-solving court. Separate applications are required if applying for more than one grant option. Applications will be accepted through February 28 at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern). Contact IOCSGrants@courts.in.gov with questions.

Community Coordination Grants Available

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Indiana Office of Court Services

02/02/2022

Indiana Office of Court Services

FSSA Division of Mental Health and Addiction, the Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement, the Governor, and IOCS are providing the opportunity for counties to support development and capacity building of community coordination focused on substance use treatment and recovery. Eligible respondents are local non-profit agencies who have been in existence for a […]

Management Institute March 2022: More Details on Spring Training in Carmel

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POPAI is excited to announce registration for the 2022 POPAI Management Institute and 2022 New Chief Probation Officer Orientation is now open. Management Institute The 2022 POPAI Management Institute will be held on Thursday, March 10th and Friday, March 11th. While we are still working on an agenda for both days, we promise exciting sessions […]

Five Things About Substance Use Interventions

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National Institute of Justice

01/10/2022

National Institute of Justice

Substance use disorders, which include substance dependence and abuse, have a tremendous impact on individuals, families, and communities. Read the five statements that are based on practices rated by CrimeSolutions.

Applying the RNR Model to Community Supervision: The Case of STICS

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Multi-Health Systems Inc.

01/23/2022

MHS, Inc.

Hosted by Dr. James Bonta, this webinar will explore how the Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision (STICS) model can help community supervision officers use RNR more effectively with their caseloads. Dr. Bonta will explore “the various evaluations of STICS and similar training programs together with a large-scale implementation of STICS.” Date: Wednesday, February 16, […]

Helping Next-Generation 5G Cell Technology See Past the Trees

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SciTechDaily

1/8/2022

Measurements of trees’ impact on 5G transmissions could prove vital to using a new class of signal. As 5G technology gets fully implemented over the next several years, cellphones and other wireless tech will grow more powerful with increased data flow and lower latency. But along with these benefits comes a question: Will your next-generation […]

Registration for the 2022 POPAI Management Institute and 2022 New Chief Probation Officer Orientation is now open

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1/30/2022

Karen Oeding

I sent everyone an email about the launch of Management Institute and Chief Probation Officer Orientation registration last week! If you didn’t receive an email or you’d like to review go to the event page. Custom invoices including department annual memberships are available at request right now. Email Karen at ContactUsatPOPAI@gmail.com . We’re looking forward […]

Report Finds Average Length of Jail Stay Increasing

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John Jay College

12/14/2021

Melanie Close, Ph.D., Olive Lu, M.S., Shannon Tomascak, M.A., Preeti Chauhan, Ph.D., Erica Bond, J.D.

A new report examining jail data between 2014 and 2019 was released by John Jay College. The report summarized findings from three urban counties—Durham County, NC, Louisville-Jefferson County, KY, and St. Louis County, MO—and produced three key findings. Finding one, the average length of stay (LOS) in jail increased in all three counties. The LOS […]

Probation and Jail Decarceration

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EXiT December Newsletter

12/21/2021

The Vera Institute of Justice recently released a toolkit to help local communities shrink jail populations. One suggested strategy is for key stakeholders such as probation officers to acknowledge their power to effect change. For example, probation agencies hold significant decision-making power since they determine when to report for probation violations, when to recommend someone […]

New data: The changes in prisons, jails, probation, and parole in the first year of the pandemic

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Prison Policy Initiative

01/11/2022

Wendy Sawyer

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released a lot of new data over the past few weeks that help us finally see — both nationally and state-by-state — how policy choices made in the first year of the pandemic impacted correctional populations. Unsurprisingly, the numbers document the tragedy of thousands of lives lost behind […]

Call for Presenters for APPA 2022 Summer Training Institute in Chicago

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APPA

1/20/2022

The American Probation and Parole Association is pleased to issue a Call for Presenters for its 47th Annual Training Institute, August 28 – 31, 2022, in Chicago IL. Learn more from this informative flyer.

Juvenile justice reform bill that prohibits children under 12 from being detained advances

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Indiana Public Media

01/19/2022

Katrina Pross

A bill targeting multiple areas of juvenile justice reform passed a committee vote Wednesday. The Indiana House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code unanimously passed House Bill 1359,  which would prohibit children under the age of 12 from being detained, create better data collection, implement risk assessment tools and boost support for youth re-entering society, among […]

Lawmakers hear from opponents, supporters of Senate GOP crime bill package

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Indiana Public Media

01/11/2022

Katrina Pross

A package of bills proposed by Republican senators in efforts to curb crime in Marion County were met with some opposition during a committee hearing. The bills were unveiled last month, and the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard testimony Tuesday. More than 20 people signed up to speak at the hearing, including members of […]

State of the Judiciary

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Indiana Supreme Court

01/12/2022

Indiana Supreme Court

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush addressed the Governor and a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly for the annual State of the Judiciary. The formal update on the work of the judicial branch was held today in the chamber of the Indiana House of Representatives. Read and watch the speech online –>

Indiana lawmakers eye returning to more prison sentences

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Indiana Public Media

01/08/2022

Associated Press

A big jump in Indiana county jail overcrowding has state lawmakers looking to partially roll back a nearly decade-old criminal sentencing overhaul and let judges send more people convicted of low-level felonies into state prisons. An Indiana House committee voted this past week in favor of a proposal dropping the state’s requirement that most people sentenced for […]

Half Way Home: Housing and the Formerly Incarcerated

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InDepthNH.org

11/27/2021

Terry Farish, InDepthNH.org

Marcos Nieves lived in Hampshire House in Manchester, federal transitional housing for people reentering New Hampshire communities from federal prisons. He needed an apartment or, to begin, a room in a rooming house. He had a job at Popeyes earning $13 an hour. He has skills running heavy equipment and wants to get another job […]

In Beloved Memory of Dr. Edward J. Latessa

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University of Cincinnati

01/12/2022

Corrections Institute

With deepest sorrow, the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute announces the passing of our Director, Dr. Edward J. Latessa, on January 11, 2022 at 5:55pm ET after a long and fierce battle with cancer. Dr. Latessa was a devoted leader and a trusted advisor to corrections agencies worldwide, and the tremendous loss of his presence […]

Crime and Desistance: Probing How Probationers’ Thoughts on Crime May Inform Their Conduct

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National Institute of Justice

7/2/2021

The ways that people on probation tend to think about crime can offer important clues about whether they will resume or reject a criminal life. A number of past studies have examined how probationers’ cognitions relate to recidivism, that is, a return to criminal activity. Less of the research has looked at links between cognition […]

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Announces New Probation and Parole Policy Changes

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Davis Vanguard

12/5/2021

Stacie Guevara

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO), in a news conference that was livestreamed on Facebook, District Attorney Larry Krasner said the DAO has come up with two different waves of probation and parole policy changes. “These policies are closely connected in my mind to public safety because we all live in a […]

The Carey Group (TCG) and Carey Group Publishing (CGP) acquired by Empower Community Care

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The Carey Group

1/7/2022

The Carey Group (TCG) and Carey Group Publishing (CGP) have recently been acquired by Empower Community Care. This acquisition brings TCG and CGP into a family of programs and services that, like our own, help people who are justice-involved improve their lives. Empower’s mission—to transform the lives of troubled youth, adults, their families, and their […]

Brown, Monroe, and Owen Counties: Register for an Informational Meeting about My Healthy Baby at the new Regional Academic Health Center

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State Health Department

1/4/2022

Dr. Kris Box

You are invited to an event to learn more about Indiana’s My Healthy Baby initiative, which will launch in Brown, Monroe, and Owen counties in January 2022. The hour-long event will include an overview of the program and outline how you can help achieve the goal of saving at least 200 babies a year by […]

Georgia: Monitoring Data Trends after 2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiative Reforms

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Justice Center

11/2021

Angela Gunter, Alison Martin

After several months of analysis and policy development, in 2017 Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed Act 226, which codified the Justice Reinvestment policy framework developed by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform. It included policies to reduce lengthy probation terms and large probation caseloads, improve the cost-effectiveness of responses to probation and parole violations, […]

Retired Tippecanoe Co. probation officer receives state ‘Circle of Corydon’ award

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Journal & Courier

12/28/2021

Noe Pdilla

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Just after lunch on Dec. 22, Joe Hooker walked into the Circuit Court at the Tippecanoe County Court and was greeted by friends and his former colleagues. Hooker wasn’t sure why everybody had gathered. Perhaps they were there to convince him to return to his old position as a Tippecanoe County probation […]

Vigo County Courts Engage Participants in an Unlikely Way

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Indiana Court Tiimes

11/5/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic strained problem-solving courts’ ability to ensure access to effective treatment and encourage connection and purpose. Vigo County Veterans Treatment Court coordinator James Ramer wanted to motivate participants to remain engaged, connected, and motivated. He challenged participants to remain sanction free for six months with the reward of seeing him shave his head. […]

Pretrial in Action: Evidence based decision making

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Indiana Court Times

11/5/2021

Angie Hensley-Langrel, Deputy Director of Justice Services | Office of Court Services

Seven years ago, former Chief Justice Brent Dickson established the Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pretrial Release. Since then, pretrial release was a focal point of Indiana’s Evidence-Based Decision-Making initiative and is now a crucial part of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council’s (JRAC) responsibilities. In 2020 the Pretrial Services Rules and Pretrial Release committees were established […]

APPA Winter Training Institute

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EXiT December 2021 Newsletter

12/21/2021

The American Parole and Probation Association (APPA) will host the annual Winter Training Institute from January 30th, 2022 to February 2nd, 2022 in a hybrid format. The institute will include topics on supervision strategies, leadership and management, reentry, research/evidence-based practices, mental health and substance use, diversity, and juvenile justice. Be sure to catch the EXiT […]

Is this juvenile competent to engage in the delinquency process?

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Indiana Court Times

11/15/2021

Julie Whitman, Executive Director | Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana

An adult with a serious mental illness or an intellectual disability, who has been accused of a crime, may be found incompetent to stand trial and may receive services to attain competency. But when it comes to juveniles and the delinquency court, Indiana has not had a clear process for determining a child’s competency to […]

My Healthy Baby Event Save the Date – Community – January 27, 2022 – Bloomington

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State Health Commissioner

12/8/2021

Kris Box, MD, FACOG

Please save the date for an event to learn more about Indiana’s My Healthy Baby initiative, which will be launching in Brown, Monroe, and Owen Counties in January 2022. We will be providing an overview of the program and will outline how you can help achieve the goal of saving at least 200 babies a […]

Civil Litigation Taskforce Considers Recommendations to Assist Self-Represented Litigants

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Indiana Court Times

11/4/2021

Judge Kimberly S. Dowling | Delaware Circuit Court 2

In 2021, the Indiana Supreme Court created the Civil Litigation Taskforce as part of the Indiana Innovation Initiative. The Taskforce includes attorneys and judges from around the state and is chaired by attorney Steven Badger of Barnes and Thornburg. The Court directed the Taskforce to focus on improving civil litigation procedures and case management. Subcommittees […]

‘Supportive Voices’ Get Picked for Teams at Work

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Route Fifty

12/8/2021

By Rachel Cramer

“What we say within a group, the ideas we suggest, and the way we support others, signals something about who we are to our coworkers. It can attract people to us or repel them,” says Melissa Chamberlin, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at Iowa State University, and coauthor of a paper on the topic […]

Probation and Parole in the United States, 2020

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Bureau of Justice Statistics

December 2021

Danielle Kaeble

This report is the 29th in a series that began in 1981. It includes characteristics of the population such as sex, race or ethnicity, and most serious offense of adult U.S. residents under correctional supervision in the community. The report details how people move onto and off community supervision, such as completing their term of […]

Allen Superior Court Foreclosure Surplus Program

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Indiana Court Times

11/5/2021

John McGauley, Court Administrator | Allen Superior Court

For Indiana courts, the COVID-19 pandemic meant an unprecedented time of change and challenge. When the time came to rethink the way in which it did business, Allen Superior Court found an opportunity amidst the turmoil. In the summer of 2021, after months of research, the Court launched a program to find former property owners […]

Indiana juvenile justice task force wants minimum age for detainment, other reforms

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Indiana Public Media

12/15/2021

Katrina Pross

A year after a state task force was created to improve Indiana’s juvenile justice system, recommendations for change are now headed to lawmakers. Tuesday the Indiana Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force endorsed a broad range of proposals that would establish statewide norms and tweak parts of the complex laws for how courts and law enforcement interact with […]

Probation Officer Home Visits Meets Evidence Based Practices

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United States Courts

This article is a subsection of Chapter 2 of the Supervision section from the Probation and Pretrial Services Article from the United States Courts web page. Indiana is focusing hard on the Evidence based practices but at the same time it seems like many departments are dropping the home visit portion of supervision. I am […]

JRAC’s Community Corrections Code Review Report and Annual Report

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JRAC’s Community Corrections Code Review Report and Annual Report are available online at https://www.in.gov/justice/reports/

JRAC Webinar on 12/15/2021: Local JRAC formation and structure

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Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council

You are welcome to  register for a virtual training opportunity on December 15, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EST. The training will demonstrate how different local JRACs formed their structure and why, what processes they have in place, how to work with your council on reporting requirements, and how reporting requirements will guide […]

Housing agencies agree to merge (Wisconsin)

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Monroe County (Wisconsin) Herald

12/2/2021

KARIANN FARREY

The Monroe County Housing Authority and Tomah Public Housing Authority have agreed to merge operations, in a move that will streamline services and open up housing options for the people the two agencies serve. Because both agencies are so small, merging will make operations more efficient and clients will only have to deal with one […]

Ohio redistricting battle heads to state Supreme Court

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The Journal Gazette

12/8/2021

Julie Carr Smyth

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The shape of Ohio’s state government for the next decade will be in the balance Wednesday as the Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on new legislative maps that voter-rights and Democratic groups say are gerrymandered to favor Republicans. Lawyers for the state will be defending the district boundaries, which are likely to […]

Some states have ‘no-drop’ policies for domestic violence charges. Should Indiana?

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Courier & Press

12/7/2021

Ray Couture

An Evansville woman’s death in an apparent murder-suicide raises questions about whether victims of domestic violence should be able to impede authorities from bringing charges against their abuser. In the weeks leading up to 34-year-old Rachael Feazell’s death at the hands of Ryan Hopkins, police were aware of at least two domestic violence incidents involving Hopkins […]

GPS Monitoring in Marion County: investigating reoffenses and who is put on pre-trial release

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Fox 59

8/6/2021

Courtney Crown

INDIANAPOLIS — We continue our deep dive into pre-trial release and GPS monitoring in Marion County after at least two people were murdered in July, allegedly by people wearing monitors and out on bond. There are roughly 3,400 people on GPS monitoring and home detention, which includes GPS monitoring, in Marion County between pre-trial release […]

HHS Secretary Becerra Announces New Overdose Prevention Strategy

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HHS.gov

10/27/2021

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra today announced the release of the new HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy, designed to increase access to the full range of care and services for individuals who use substances that cause overdose, and their families. This new strategy focuses on the multiple substances involved in overdose and the diverse […]

‘Being poor is not a crime’: Mississippi residents among 20,000 to get probation debt erased

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Clarion Ledger

10/29/2021

Lee O. Sanderlin

Early in October, more than 20,000 letters went out to residents of Mississippi and Florida letting them know the good news: Their private probation debt had been erased. “Jubilant Greetings!” the letters opened, informing debtors of their good fortune before launching into pointed critique of America’s fraudulent justice system that disproportionately incarcerates poor people and […]

1st formerly incarcerated person named to state parole board

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AP News

11/19/2021

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s governor has appointed someone who once was incarcerated to the state’s parole board for the first time. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said Friday that he appointed Peter Slom, making him the first formerly incarcerated person to join the Rhode Island Parole Board. Slom went before the board in 1992, […]

Open Conversations: Education Program about Racism and Racial Injustice Receives National Recognition

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Indiana Court Times

11/5/2021

David Kuhnz, Staff Attorney

In July 2021, the Association for Continuing Legal Education presented its Award of Outstanding Achievement to the Indiana State Bar Association for Open Conversations: Racism and Racial Injustice, an ISBA program of dialogue and introspection about race and culture in the legal landscape. The program has heightened awareness within the legal community of racism and […]

CASA volunteer (and POPAI Member) receives award

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Greenfield Reporter

11/2/2021

Josh W. Sipes, Chief Probation Officer, was awarded the Judge Terry Snow Award in appreciation for outstanding leadership, service and dedication to the children of Hancock County at a recent volunteer appreciation dinner of the Hancock County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Pictured with Sipes is Marciann McClarnon Miller, director of Friends of Hancock County […]

Monroe County creates new judicial positions to help at-risk families, train probation officers

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The Herald Times

11/11/2021

Rachel Smith

The Monroe County Council has approved three new positions within the county’s judicial system to provide more training to probation officers and improve court system navigation for families going through child services. Becca Streit, director of community corrections and assistant chief probation officer, announced to the council on Tuesday that the department has been awarded […]

The Perils of Probation: How Supervision Contributes to Jail Populations

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Vera Institute of Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice recently published a report analyzing data from nine cities and counties participating in the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) which seeks to address over-incarceration by changing the way the United States thinks about and uses jails. This report explores how probation drives jail populations in racially disparate ways—through stringent and difficult to meet […]

Corporate Sponsorships now available for 2022

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We’re ready to reveal our big 2022 Corporate Sponsor plans. Here is a link to the new Tier sheet. Please notice now Gold Sponsors are limited to 3 on a first come, first served basis and will be the only tier on our Jobs page. Please mark your calendars to join us at these conferences: […]

(Cobb County, Georgia) County Judge Bans Elf on the Shelf ‘Tyranny’ as ‘Gift To Tired Parents’

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Route Fifty

11/9/2021

Kate Elizabeth Queram

Cobb County, Georgia Superior Court Judge Robert D. Leonard II, in a blistering decision, banned the elf, a stuffed toy that serves as a lookout for Santa around the world. Santa Claus may have to find a new way to spy on children in Cobb County, Georgia after a blistering court decision banning the Elf […]

No Mountain Too High: Innovation Groups Explore How Courts Can Be Better

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Court Times

11/5/2021

Kathryn Dolan, Chief Public Information Officer | Office of Communication, Education & Outreach

When you reach a summit, it’s only natural to declare victory, but some journeys demand looking for an even higher peak. Exploring what Indiana’s court system can be—how it can best serve the community and resolve disputes fairly and efficiently—means looking for the next mountain to climb. This is exactly what the Supreme Court has […]

My Healthy Baby: State Program for Pregnant and New Mothers – Sign Up Link for Updates and Informational Webinars

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Get information about My Healthy Baby, a Statewide initiative to support new and expecting Mothers by matching them with helpful free resources. Sign up to receive updates and invitations to informational webinars from the Indiana OB Navigator Program: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INSDHB5/signup/16028

Congress must replace youth prisons with something that actually helps youth

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The Hill

10/5/2021

Patrick McCarthy and K. Ricky Watson, Jr.

This past October marked Youth Justice Action Month, which has now become a national rallying cry for a new approach to youth justice. In the 13 years since the first action month, many conditions have changed for youth in the legal system, but one fact remains the same: the youth legal system doesn’t work. Congress […]

Fingerprint Drug Tests

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The Recovery Village

5/20/2021

Megan Hull

Intelligent fingerprinting may be a valuable new way to detect drug use. A fingerprint drug test uses small amounts of sweat on the tip of a person’s finger to measure drug content in their body. The finger is pressed against a tamper-proof cartridge and results appear on a screen. The sample can be collected in […]

Cities Crack Down on Unvaccinated Municipal Workers

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10/20/2021

Andrea Noble

New York City expanded its vaccine mandate to all employees Wednesday while Chicago began to place police officers who refused to disclose vaccine status on unpaid leave. Cities that mandate Covid-19 vaccinations for municipal workers are beginning to crack down on employees who refuse inoculations, with some preparing to suspend or fire holdouts in the […]

Final Report of the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law

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Indiana General Assembly

The Final Report of the committee is attached and is posted online HERE. https://iga.in.gov/documents/b7b4d6db The report contains hyperlinks to the Minutes from the three (3) meetings and hyperlinks to all exhibits.

Incentivizing ex-cons to get jobs reduces crime and helps small businesses

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The Hill

9/29/2021

Devon Kurtz, opinion contributor

After months of lockdowns, capacity restrictions and mandated closures, small businesses crept back into the economy this summer only to face a record-setting labor shortage. Among small businesses, 49 percent reported persistent job vacancies this summer, especially in low-skill industries. This labor crisis presents a unique opportunity to get millions of formerly incarcerated Americans into […]

We Can’t Transform Policing Without Addressing Trauma

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Route Fifty

10/28/2021

Tashante McCoy and Eric Jones

COMMENTARY | Studies show that many police officers suffer trauma on the job. Officer wellness programs can help them better serve their communities. Public demand for police reform continues unabated nearly a year and a half since the killing of George Floyd. Congress, statehouses and city councils nationwide are weighing a dizzying array of proposals. […]

Corrections case manager helps detention center inmate get her diploma

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The Star

10/8/2021

Amelia Blades Steward

EASTON — Although small in stature, Amanda Tondin, a case manager with the Talbot County Department of Corrections, commands respect from her peers and has a huge heart for the inmate population she serves. Recently she helped an 18-year-old female inmate get her high school diploma — an important completer step toward the inmate’s future. […]

POPAI Board Seeks New District 5 Representative

C.J. Miller, POPAI District 5 Representative, has been selected to be the POPAI Treasurer. This leaves the District 5 Representative position open so POPAI seeks Intent to Run forms from interested qualified candidates. Candidates must be POPAI Members in good standing and able to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the Intent to Run Form as […]

Justice David announces fall 2022 retirement

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Indiana Supreme Court

11/03/2021

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven H. David will step down from the bench in the fall of 2022 after nearly 30 years as a judicial branch leader. He is Indiana’s 106th Supreme Court justice and the longest-serving justice currently on the Court. In addition to his commitment to the Indiana Judiciary, David retired from the United States […]

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Guide to Advancing Justice-Related Goals

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Justice Center

This guide outlines need-to-know information about how state and local leaders can leverage American Rescue Plan funding to advance eight key criminal justice priorities. In March 2021, Congress passed a $1.9 trillion federal stimulus bill aimed at combating the devastating economic and public health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan offers an […]

Supreme Court Will Consider if Fundamental Right to Keep a Gun at Home Applies to Carrying in Public

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Route Fifty

11/2/2021

Morgan Marietta

The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that you have a constitutional right to have a gun in your home. Now, the justices will consider how far outside of the home that right extends. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Nov. 3, 2021, on a clear question: Does the constitutional right to possess a […]

It’s a complicated issue. Here is why experts say Indiana has so many unfilled jobs

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Indianapolis Star

10/4/2021

Binghui Huang

The wait at fast food drive-thrus are as long as 30 minutes. Restaurants have cut back hours. And pools can’t find enough life guards. Even places that have raised wages are struggling to hire. Over the summer. Gov. Eric Holcomb tried to cut federal unemployment a few months early to get the hundreds of thousands […]

US sees fentanyl overdose record; Fort Wayne mom makes plea to include drug on routine testing

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wayne.com

10/12/2021

Taylor Williams

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — It is a new grim milestone. The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that 9.5 million counterfeit pills were seized so far this year with more than 93,000 overdoses across the nation – a new yearly record. One of the causes is believed to be fentanyl, and […]

Xylazine Spreads Across the US: A Growing Component of the Increasingly Synthetic and Polysubstance Overdose Crisis

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9/20/2021

Joseph Friedman, Fernando Montero Castillo, Phillippe Bourgois, Rafik Wahbi, Daniel Dye, David Goodman, Chelsea Shover

Background Recent sharp exacerbations of the US overdose crisis have been linked to systemic polysubstance use and potent synthetic compounds in numerous drug classes. Xylazine is a veterinary tranquilizer, long noted in the opioid supply of Puerto Rico, and more recently Philadelphia. Yet its national growth over time, geographic distribution, and potential role in the […]

APPA Accepting Applications for Leadership Institute

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American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)

09/17/2021

This training is a 12-month journey of self-discovery and organizational change that provides current and potential managers in community supervision the opportunity to develop the knowledge and competencies required of effective leaders. The class will begin January 28, 2022, in conjunction with APPA’s 2022 Winter Training Institute in Atlanta, GA. Apply by November 10, 2021.

New blueprint hopes to reverse revolving door at Delaware prisons

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whyy.org

10/21/2021

Mark Eichmann

Delaware’s prison population has dropped significantly since Gov. John Carney took office in 2018. Back then, there were about 5,500 people being held in prison. Now that number hovers around 4,000, a drop of about 30%. While happy to see the prison population trending down, Carney isn’t satisfied with the state’s recidivism rate, or how […]

Pennsylvania probation reform moves to Senate floor

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The Center Square

10/19/2021

Christen Smith

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania senators agreed Tuesday to send a bill that reforms punishments for probation violations to the chamber floor. Senate Bill 913 advanced out of the Judiciary Committee on a unanimous vote. The proposal makes probation violation punishments uniform across the state and reconsiders incarceration as punishment for minor infractions. “Probation is […]

Pathways to Success on Probation: Lessons Learned from the First Phase of the Reducing Revocations Challenge

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CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance

10/20/2021

Probation was designed to be an alternative to incarceration, yet for many people under supervision it turns out be a pathway that inevitably leads them there. Nationwide, one in 57 people—nearly 2% of the adult population—is under supervision. Despite this, we know very little about how to effectively manage and support people on probation in […]

Smaller and More Restorative: A Clinical Recovery Mindset Model for Drug Use in Hennepin County

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EXiT

10/19/2021

Executives Transforming Probatoin and Parole (EXiT) member Julie Rud talked with Justice Lab staff about some of the changes her agency has made to their drug testing protocols, both before and since the pandemic. Rud shared how such policies evolved from data-driven conversations, and how the changes are entwined with a larger understanding of the […]

Jefferson, Gilpin County (Colorado) program offers opportunity for some to have arrest warrants wiped

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The Denver Channel

8/14/2021

Veronica Acosta

GOLDEN, Colo. – On Saturday, anyone with an active warrant in Jefferson or Gilpin Counties for low-level misdemeanors like traffic offenses, probation violations, shoplifting or trespassing had the opportunity to have it wiped without being arrested. The event was made possible through the “Fresh Start” program, the first of its kind in Jefferson County. “We’re […]

North Carolina judges: More felony offenders can now vote

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AP News

8/23/2021

GARY D. ROBERTSON

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tens of thousands of North Carolina residents convicted of felonies but whose current punishments don’t include prison time can register to vote and cast ballots, a judicial panel declared Monday. Several civil rights groups and ex-offenders who sued legislative leaders and state officials in 2019 argue the current 1973 law is […]

POPAI Board Seeks New Treasurer

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Michael Coriell, POPAI Treasurer, has resigned so POPAI seeks Intent to Run forms from interested candidates. Candidates must be POPAI Members in good standing and able to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the Intent to Run Form. The form must be returned to C.J. Miller (contact information on the form) by Tuesday, November 9th at […]

APPA Two for One Membership Campaign October 2021-December 2021

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APPA

10/11/2021

APPA

APPA’s newly elected and/or appointed regional and area representatives are hard at work. They know there is strength in numbers and to advance the field of community corrections it will require all of us to work together. APPA is YOUR professional membership association and YOU are invited to be part of it! During the fourth […]

Canceled Fines and Fees, $0 Cash Bail. Will Pandemic-era Criminal Justice Changes Stick?

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Route Fifty

9/9/2021

Jean Dimeo

A group that advocates for incarcerated people provides states and localities recommendations for keeping citizens who committed minor offenses out of jails and prisons. As the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation last spring, state and local government policymakers enacted measures to try to keep incarcerated individuals healthy: They released some people from jails and prisons, […]

Electronic Tracking and Monitoring via Biometric Verification Method (BİOSİS)

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The Confederation of European Probation

BİOSİS- Electronic Tracking and Monitoring via Biometric Verification Method Project is carried out with the aim of more effective enforcement of probation measures and monitoring the probationers in this field in a cheap, more contemporary, fair and respectful for human dignity principle. Innovative system BİOSİS is an innovative system that will contribute to the spread […]

POPAI Board Seeks New Vice President

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Sarah Lochner, POPAI Vice President, has resigned so POPAI seeks Intent to Run forms from interested candidates. Candidates must be POPAI Members in good standing and able to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the Intent to Run Form. The form must be returned to C.J. Miller (contact information on the form) by Wednesday, November 3rd […]

Addiction And Low-Income Americans — How Does Addiction Impact Low-Income Americans?

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Addiction Center

Although there is no evidence that demonstrates cause and effect between poverty and addiction, studies have shown that substance abuse is more common among individuals of lower economic status. Poverty in the United States is measured by comparing a person’s or a family’s income to a minimum amount of income needed to cover basic needs. […]

Role of Human Services During Community Supervision

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National Institute of Justice

09/27/2021

Cecelia Klingele

One of every 58 American adults is currently under some form of community correctional supervision. People placed on community supervision often have significant human service needs, some of which are addressed through correctional agency resources, but most of which are met, if at all, through community-based human service agencies. People on community supervision connect to […]

IOCS Announces Dual Status Training

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Indiana Office of Court Services

10/06/2021

Indiana Office of Court Services

Register to learn about Indiana’s Dual Status legislation and processes during a Wednesday, December 1, noon to 3:00 p.m. training with free CLE/CJE. Judicial officers, probation officers, family case managers, CASAs, attorneys, and court staff are encouraged to attend. Contact Colleen Saylor with questions.

Pretrial Services, Veterans Treatment Court, and Family Recovery Court Grant Applications Announced

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Indiana Office of Court Services

10/06/2021

Indiana Office of Court Services

IOCS is now accepting grant applications for Family Recovery Courts, Pretrial Services and Veterans Treatment Courts for calendar year 2022. Apply by November 1 at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern). Applicants must have a letter of intent submitted or be currently certified by IOCS and meet the eligibility criteria to apply. Contact IOCSGrants@courts.in.gov with questions.

Using Creatinine Concentrations in Substance Testing

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National Association of Drug Court Professionals

08/2021

Paul Carey

The NADCP and NDCI collaborated with forensic toxicologist Paul L. Cary to create this handout that “provides answers to a series of frequently asked questions about creatinine as it relates to drug and alcohol screening.”

State Launches Recovery Housing Pilot Program

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Inside Indiana Business

9/7/2021

Alex Brown, Assistant Managing Editor

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is partnering with the Family and Social Services Administration to launch the Recovery Housing Pilot Program. The program will allocate funding for communities to provide transitional housing for people in recovery from substance use disorder. The state has received more than $1.7 million to administer […]

New State-by-State Analysis of Supervision Violations

Justice Center

A new report from the Council of State Governments Justice Center reveals that prison populations shrunk by an unprecedented 14 percent in 2020 (167,000 fewer people were in state prisons). However, supervision violations still drive a substantial share of new admissions—accounting for 42 percent of prison admissions in 2020. This included roughly 98,000 people admitted to prison […]

My Healthy Baby Program launches in Daviess, Greene, Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties October 4 and Pike and Knox Counties in early 2022

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Newsletter

10/1/2021

Kris Box, MD, FACOG State Health Commissioner

Save the Date: Luncheons for My Healthy Baby Program launches in Daviess, Greene, Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties October 4 and Pike and Knox Counties in early 2022 Please save the date for Lunch events led by State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box to learn more about Indiana’s My Healthy Baby initiative. Evansville, Indiana […]

BJA Releases Report on Probation and Parole in the United States, 2019

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Bureau of Justice Statistics

July 2021

This report presents national data on adult offenders under community supervision on probation or parole in 2019. It includes characteristics of the population, such as sex, race or Hispanic origin, and most serious offense. The report details how offenders move onto and off community supervision, such as completing their term of supervision, being incarcerated, absconding, […]

Reboot: Entrepreneurial Intensive for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in Bloomington

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Entrepreneurship presents powerful opportunities for individuals and communities. Here at The Mill, we want to grow our startup ecosystem and create access for more people, including the formerly incarcerated. Participants in this six-week program learn how to focus their business ideas, get customer validation, and present their business to potential investors. At the end of […]

$15,000 Signing Bonuses and $130,000 Salaries for Police Recruits

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Route Fifty

9/6/2021

Sharon O'Malley

Pandemic restrictions and other factors, more than the defund the police movement after George Floyd’s death, has forced police departments nationwide to refocus on how they reach potential candidates. In Denver, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, commuters are driving past billboards that advertise jobs with hiring bonuses of up to $15,000—for police officers. Meanwhile, Chandler, Arizona, is dangling […]

IDOC-Out Donates Hand-Made Quilt to IYG

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IDOC

8/31/2021

Indianapolis, IN – A hand-made quilt can provide a feeling of caring and comfort almost as if you’re getting a hug from a loved one. Incarcerated individuals at the Indiana Women’s Prison (IWP) wanted to provide that care and comfort to the Indiana Youth Group (IYG). The incarcerated individuals hand-stitched a king-sized quilt featuring the IYG logo and colors. The quilt serves as a token of appreciation for all […]

2021 IACCAC Fall Training Institute: Roads to Recovery November 16 – 18, 2021

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IACCAC

Our friends at IACCAC sent over the following information for their November Conference. Please address any questions directly to them. The 2021 IACCAC Fall Training Institute will be held Tuesday, November 16 – Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, located at One South Capitol, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.  The conference will also feature […]

Another State Will Train Police to Draw Blood From Drunk Driving Suspects

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Route Fifty

8/30/2021

Kate Elizabeth Queram

Georgia will establish a phlebotomy program to instruct law enforcement officers on how to collect blood samples, the latest in a growing number of states to embrace the practice. Law enforcement officers in Georgia will be trained in phlebotomy, allowing them to draw blood from drunk driving suspects on the road, officials with the Georgia […]

Congratulations Valerie Runyon: POPAI 2021 Rookie Probation Officer of the Year

9/9/2021

Bob Schuster, POPAI Awards Chair

On Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) annual fall conference, Valerie Runyon, of Wells County Probation, was awarded the “Rookie Probation Officer of the Year Award”. This award was established in 2014 to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, show the attitude, aptitude, […]

Allen County OWI Court First In Indiana To Be Certified

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Indiana Public Media

09/04/2021

Associated Press

Allen Circuit Court’s Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Court has become the first of its kind in the state to receive full certification. The court program, located in Fort Wayne, was given provisional certification by the Indiana Supreme Court in July 2020, allowing it to accept participants charged with drunken driving as a felony, The Journal […]

Congratulations Susan Allen: POPAI 2021 Founder’s Award Winner

9/9/2021

Bob Schuster, POPAI Awards Chair

On Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) annual fall conference, Susan Allen of the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department was awarded the “Founder’s Award”. The “Founder’s Award” is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general and specifically to the […]

Congratulations Allen Waller: POPAI 2021 Line Probation Officer of the Year

9/9/2021

Bob Schuster, POPAI Awards Chair

On Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI) annual fall conference, Allen Waller, a probation officer with Vanderburgh Juvenile Probation, was presented the “Line Probation Officer of the Year Award.” This award was established in 2014 to recognize line probation officers who have performed their duties in an outstanding […]

State Accepting Applications For Substance Abuse Recovery Housing Program

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Indiana Public Media

09/07/2021

Brandon Smith

Indiana wants to provide temporary housing for people recovering from substance abuse issues. The federal government provided the state with nearly $2 million for the Recovery Housing Pilot Program. The money will go to communities around the state that set up transitional housing for people in recovery from substance abuse disorders. It can be used […]

New Sumner County (TN) Juvenile Mental Health Court Aims To Destigmatize Mental Illness, Keep Kids Out of the System

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TNCourts.gov

9/15/2021

Sumner County Youth Empowerment (SCYE) is Tennessee’s first juvenile mental health court. The intensive probation and treatment program, which kicked off in May and welcomed its first case last month, is designed to help vulnerable youth avoid the adult court system. “We figured a court is the best place to start. The purpose is to […]

Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White Counties — My Healthy Baby program launch information for September

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Via Email

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box

You are invited to a virtual event to learn more about Indiana’s My Healthy Baby initiative, which will be launching in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White counties this September. We will be providing an overview of the program and will outline how you can help achieve the goal of saving at […]

POPAI Fall Conference Brings Together 4 Presidents

9/11/2021

The 2021 Fall Conference brought POPAI Members together for learning, networking, and general catching up. Pictured R to L: Don Travis, Former President; Linda Brady, Former President; Adam McQueen, Immediate Past President; Troy Hatfield, Current POPAI President.

JDAI hopes to connect teens to the community

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The News Sun

8/19/2021

Patrick Redmond

LAGRANGE – As LaGrange County’s JDAI coordinator, Randy Merrifield’s focused on ways hopes will help local teens stay out of trouble. One issue that’s worried Merrifield is that high school juniors and seniors are so busy working toward graduating that they fail to create solid connections to the communities they grow up in. So he’s […]

Adolescent marijuana, alcohol use held steady during COVID-19 pandemic

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NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse

6/24/2021

Adolescent marijuana use and binge drinking did not significantly change during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite record decreases in the substances’ perceived availability, according to a survey of 12th graders in the United States. The study’s findings, which appeared online on June 24, 2021, in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, challenge the idea that reducing adolescent use […]

Basement full of bullets brings federal charges on former Crane employee

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Yahoo News

8/30/2021

Mike Grant, Washington Times-Herald, Ind.

What began as an inspection for child pornography in Loogootee turned into a federal indictment for thousands of rounds of munitions. The U.S. Attorney for Southern Indiana reports a federal grand jury has returned an indictment on Timothy L. Guy, 74, Loogootee, charging him with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of stolen […]

ICCADS Annual Training

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ICCADS

09/01/2021

ICCADS

The deadline (September 10, 2021) to register to attend this year’s ICCADS Fall Training is quickly approaching. This year’s training will be held October 6, 7,  and 8th in beautiful and scenic Nashville, Indiana at the Brown County Inn. Topics for this year’s training are scheduled to include: Court Alcohol and Drug Demographics Current Topics […]

The 2021 Virtual NAPSA Conference Registration is Now Open!

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NAPSA

09/01/2021

NAPSA

NAPSA will host its 2021 virtual conference over several dates in September and October. This special event will be live-streamed from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT beginning on Tuesday, September 28, continuing on Thursday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 5, and concluding on Thursday, October 7.  The conference will offer everything you expect from a […]

Association of Indiana Counties with Justice Christopher Goff

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Indiana Counties

8/23/2021

Justice Christopher Goff sat down with David Bottorff, executive director of Association of Indiana Counties, to discuss the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council and criminal justice system.  

‘Legal’ Weed? In Indiana? Delta 8 THC Is Everywhere, And Officials Would Prefer To Not Talk About It

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Indiana Public Media

09/03/2021

Mitch Legan

Indiana has been famously anti-pot for a while now. The state was one of the first to ban cannabis without a prescription back in 1913, as Eli Lilly cultivated one of the nation’s biggest marijuana farms. When the federal government cracked down on the plant in 1937, Indiana followed suit with some of the nation’s toughest state-level restrictions. Today, cannabis is listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance – under state law, possessing a  joint […]

POPAI Fall Conference Attendees: COVID Information

9/1/2021

Anthony Williams

On behalf of POPAI, we are so glad that you are joining us this week for the 2021 POPAI Fall Conference. We are expecting one of our largest conferences to date. While we are excited that we are able to join together, we also want to ensure that we are doing everything possible within our […]

Remembering Kim Thibodeau

09/01/2021

A message from the Putnam County Adult Probation Department: It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of one of Putnam County’s Probation Officers, Kim Thibodeau.  On August 31, 2021, Kim lost a hard-fought battle with breast cancer.  Kim was one of the finest, most dedicated employees to pass through the […]

POPAI Fall Conference: Attendee Information – What to do if You Need to Cancel Your Registration

8/31/2021

Karen Oeding

Update Sept 13, 2021: Refunds requested before the event are being processed and the window of opportunity for requesting options below is now closed. 

JDAI hopes to connect teens to the community

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The News Sun

8/19/2021

Patrick Redmond

LAGRANGE – As LaGrange County’s JDAI coordinator, Randy Merrifield’s focused on ways hopes will help local teens stay out of trouble. One issue that’s worried Merrifield is that high school juniors and seniors are so busy working toward graduating that they fail to create solid connections to the communities they grow up in. So he’s […]

POPAI Fall Conference: Meet Opening Session Speaker Max Yoder

8/27/2021

Karen Oeding

Max Yoder is CEO and co-founder of Lessonly, the training software company that helps teams learn, practice, and do better work. He is also the author of Do Better Work, a book about being a better teammate. Max lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Jess and daughter Marina. He was cut from the basketball […]

Indiana Launches Review Of Juvenile Justice System

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Indiana Public Media

08/16/2021

Brandon Smith

Indiana leaders are taking a comprehensive look at the state’s juvenile justice system. That includes broad data analysis, interviews with key stakeholders and recommendations for improvements. The goal is reform – and maybe even transformation – of the system. The Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force is made up of members of all three branches of government, as […]

POPAI Fall Conference: List of Sponsor Exhibitors

Our event is just around the corner, and over 300 Probation Professionals from around Indiana are gathering at French Lick Resort on September 8-10. We will be joined by the following Corporate Sponsors:

Masks required at City-County building as courts see highest COVID cases since pandemic began

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WRTV

8/16/2021

Katie Cox

INDIANAPOLIS — Masks will be required in the City-County building starting Tuesday. The latest mandate comes as the COVID-19 positivity rate continues to rise, with Marion County currently seeing 10.5% of all tested cases coming back positive. According to the county, the Marion County Superior Court has “experienced the highest simultaneous number of positive cases […]

POPAI Fall Conference: Download the Whova App

Get the 2021 POPAI Fall Conference official conference app. Event Invitation code : contact Karen ContactUsAtPOPAI@gmail.com Get the most out of the app and have a more productive experience! 1 NAVIGATE the event agenda and logistics, even without Wi-Fi or data. Access useful information like ridesharing and local attractions through the Community Board 2 NETWORK […]

My Healthy Baby: Strengthening the Support System for Pregnant Women

Karen McKeown, My Healthy Baby Project Director

8/20/2021

Does your caseload include pregnant women? If so, My Healthy Baby may be able to help. My Healthy Baby connects pregnant women with local organizations that provide personalized guidance and support throughout pregnancy and baby’s first year of life. These organizations include home visiting programs like Healthy Families, Nurse Family Partnership, and Early Head Start […]

Indiana to Receive Billions in Federal Funds: New Guidance Opens Door to Funding of Public Defense Services at State & County Levels

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Public Defender Commission Newsletter

7/9/2021

On June 23, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a new round of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that provide guidance to state & local governments on allowable uses of federal funds received through the American Rescue Plan. The document included the following question and answer: Q: “Would expenses to address a COVID-related backlog in […]

EXiT Virtual Coffee Chat August 18 2:30 – 3:30 ET

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Executives Transforming Probation & Parole

This coffee chat will be focused on earned time credit policies, which is one of the policy aims highlighted in EXiT’s foundational Statement. In particular, Barb will share about Arizona’s experience of implementing earned time credit, challenges related to the intersection of earned time and supervision fines/fees, overall successes, and other lessons learned. This coffee chat will explore […]

APPA Perspectives: International Restorative Justice

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APPA

APPA’s latest edition of Perspectives expands its scope internationally on restorative justice. Come with us as we explore the challenges our peers face abroad and learn about their approaches. Through examples of diverse practices, discover what effective programs have in common and what research should support these efforts. Be encouraged by how restorative justice can […]

Providing ‘Sense of Belonging’ to Undocumented Immigrants

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Route Fifty

8/5/2021

Jean Dimeo

Community identification cards allow immigrants and others in vulnerable populations access to IDs and help them build relationships with law enforcement, according to the Policy Executive Research Forum. There are about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. but only 16 states, the District of Columbia and 20 cities allow undocumented persons to apply […]

Free Training on YouTube About Adolescent Brain Development (in collaboration with Monroe Circuit Court and JDAI)

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Monroe Circuit Court

8/12/2021

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners, in collaboration with the Monroe Circuit Court and Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), contracted with Robin Donaldson/Collective Impact Training and Consulting to present a series of educational sessions explaining adolescent brain development. Recordings of the educational sessions, entitled ADOLESCENT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT SERIES FOR PARENTS, are now posted on the […]

Victory Field, Indians organization earns sensory certification

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WRTV

7/25/2021

Michelle Kaufman

INDIANAPOLIS — Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians, now has two new ways to serve families with sensory needs after receiving sensory certification through a partnership with KultureCity, a nonprofit. Cheyne Reiter, Indians director of communications, says the recently installed sensory wall provides a place for families to get away from the loud noises […]

Clark County Celebrates National Probation, Parole, and Pretrial Services Week

The Clark County Probation and Community Corrections Department showed it’s appreciation for its staff by having a theme on each workday of PPPS week (July 19-23). On Monday they came into the office to the smell of donuts awaiting them. Everyone was treated to a cookout at our Community Corrections building on Tuesday. The lunch […]

POPAI Board Elections 2021: Slate of Candidates

The following individuals have submitted Intent to Run forms for the POPAI Board. District 5 is contested and an election for only that position will be held during the Fall Conference in French Lick. District 1-Robert Schuster District 3-Megan Eakright District 5-CJ Miller and Amy Hall District 7-Rupert Strawbridge V-P-Sarah Lochner Treasurer-Michael Coriell Thank you […]

Invitation to My Healthy Baby (formerly OB Navigator) Event at Landsbaum Center (Vigo County)

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8/2/2021

Kris Box, MD, FACOG State Health Commissioner

You are invited to an event to learn more about Indiana’s My Healthy Baby initiative, which will be launching in Vigo, Clay, Parke, Vermillion and Sullivan Counties this August. We will be providing an overview of the program and will outline how you can help achieve the goal of saving at least 200 babies a […]

Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program

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FSSA

Elizabeth Wahl, Pregnancy Promise Program Manager

The new Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program aims to identify pregnant Medicaid beneficiaries with opioid use disorder and connect them with prenatal care, OUD treatment, behavioral health services, and family supports and resources. Ultimately, we aim to improve outcomes for parents and infants impacted by OUD. This is a free, voluntary program. Anyone can make a […]

Here’s Why and How Cities Across the Country Are Reforming Fines and Fees

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Medium

06/30/2021

Priya Sarathy Jones & Anjali Chainani

Every day across the country, traffic tickets, court fines & fees and fees in jails and prisons generate revenue for city governments. In many jurisdictions, fines and fees are viewed as just another source of funds to keep government functioning. But there are large hidden costs associated with some of them. First of all, many […]

Last Chance for this year’s Mentor/Mentee Program

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If you’d like to be considered for the Mentor Program please complete the appropriate application no later than August 6th, 2021 at noon. These links will take you to detailed information about the program (including expectations and responsibilities) and an online application form. Mentee: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2KTZ9NF Mentor: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2KBK7CX The program will kick off just prior to […]

Measuring What Matters: Outcome and Performance Measures for the Pretrial Services Field, Second Edition

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National Institute of Corrections

07/12/2021

National Institute of Corrections

Measuring What Matters: Outcome and Performance Measures for the Pretrial Services Field, Second Edition, is the latest publication from the National Institute of Corrections outlining critical success criteria for the pretrial services field. Like its previous edition, Measuring What Matters, Second Edition, helps practitioners gather consistent and meaningful data to track the performance of pretrial […]

Placement of waived/direct file juveniles

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Indiana Office of Court Services

07/14/2021

Indiana Office of Court Services

The Indiana Juvenile Detention Association provided a list of juvenile detention centers that accept juveniles whose cases were either waived or directly filed in adult court because certain crimes were committed. See the list of detention centers, that is subject to change. Contact Alison Cox, President, Indiana Juvenile Detention Association or Jeff Bercovitz with questions.

When Jail Populations Decline, Crime Rates Remain Stable

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CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance

07/11/2021

Stephanie Rosoff

Encouraging Findings about Decarceration and Public Safety from the Safety and Justice Challenge The primary purpose of a jail is to detain those who are waiting for court proceedings and are considered a flight risk or public safety threat. However, many people admitted to jail are there because they cannot afford to post bail. As […]

New this year at the POPAI Fall Conference: PreOrder T-Shirts

This year we’re offering two great shirts with the POPAI and A Force for Positive Change logo.  Eyewitnesses state both colors are not as bright as these images appear, more true to a heathered maroon and mossy green. Short sleeve $15.83, Long Sleeve $21.01 sizing is Unisex.   Preorder through the Whova app for pickup […]

Supporting the Wellbeing of Adults on Probation

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University of Minnesota

Michelle Phelps, Ingie Osman, Victoria Piehowski, De Andre' Beadle

A new report from Michelle Phelps, Kelly Mitchell, and colleagues at the University of Minnesota outlines the economic, social, and health needs of adults on probation. The report concludes with policy recommendations to improve community supervision in Hennepin County and across jurisdictions throughout the U.S.

New Reports from 10 Nationwide Sites Highlight Key Factors that Drive Probation Violations and Revocations and Guidance for Reform

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CUNY Institute

Victoria Lawson, Research Project Director

One in 55 people are under community supervision—probation and parole—nationwide. Across all state prisons, nearly 25% of prison admissions are the result of technical violations of community supervision—often due to minor offenses, such as such as missing appointments with supervision officers, missed curfews, or failed drug tests. The Council of State Governments Justice Center reports […]

Formal Mentor/Mentee Program Continues to accept applications through August 6

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As our membership is made up of our most respected professionals, we are soliciting current Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and Probation Supervisors to act as mentors to incoming leadership. We are also ready to accept applications from CPO, ACPO, and Supervisor members to be mentees. If accepted into the program POPAI will cover the costs of […]

Youth mentorship programs can have profound impact on young people exposed to violence, psychologist says

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Fox 59

7/15/2021

Courtney Crown

INDIANAPOLIS — At least 142 people have been killed so far this year. The violence in Indy creates devastating ripple effects throughout our entire community. Thankfully some invested adults are committed to encouraging our young people to rise above the violence. Mental health experts say a trusted adult and a safe environment can help children […]

IOCS Skills-Based Workshop: Scholarship Application

A Scholarship Application is now available for community supervision staff to attend the Indiana Office of Court Services’ Skills-Based Workshop November 1-4, 2021 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis. It must be completed by September 1, 2021. This four day program includes the following trainings: Real Colors, Interviewing Skills, Case Management, and Carey Guides. It’s […]

Parole Is Better Than Prison. But That Doesn’t Mean I’m Free.

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The Marshall Project

5/13/2021

Abd’allah Lateef

At age 17, I was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. I got out due to Supreme Court decisions, but there was one catch: Parole for the rest of my life. On the morning of Feb. 11, 2021, while residents of Philadelphia braced themselves for a winter storm, 83-year-old Joe Ligon prepared to […]

2021 Fall Conference Registration is now open!

Updates: 9/3/2021 Registration is now closed. Remember to download the app. Participants are already connecting and working on their tasks and getting on the leaderboard, don’t be left behind. You can also view and select your breakout sessions which will help us GREATLY so we can put them in appropriately sized rooms for everyone’s health […]

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative: A Guide for States

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U.S. Department of Justice

5/2021

This guide explains the features of the federal Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), how it is implemented in a state, and the potential benefits of each stage of a JRI implementation. The JRI was developed and is administered by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The JRI offers a participating state the resources […]

After SWAT standoff, Indiana troopers arrest man sought on probation violation

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WISH TV

7/13/2021

Gregg Montgomery

MACY, Ind. (WISH) — After a 2½-hour standoff Tuesday afternoon in Miami County, Indiana State Police arrested a 45-year-old man wanted for violation of parole from a 2013 conviction on drug and gun offenses out of Tippecanoe County. JF, of rural Macy, was jailed in Miami County with new, preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement; […]

Family Law Taskforce Shares Innovative Recommendations

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Indiana Court Times

7/29/2021

Leslie Dunn, Deputy Director of Children & Families Division | Office of Court Services

The Indiana Supreme Court established the Indiana Innovation Initiative on September 24, 2019. As part of the Initiative, they created the Family Law Taskforce to evaluate existing research on court reform, strategies to improve court processes, and the impact of innovation in other states, and then provide a written report with findings and recommendations. Chaired […]

New tenants, same vision Huntington County embraces Victory Noll legacy

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Visions: Newsletter of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters

July 2021

Sister Mary Jo Nelson

It all began with questions… In February 2017, the OLVM Leadership Team invited a wide variety of human service providers in the Huntington Community to meet with them. We asked them two questions: 1) what is the most critical need in our community, and 2) how could our campus buildings be repurposed to meet this […]

New burrito spot helping city’s high-risk adults re-enter the workforce

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WISH TV

6/16/2021

Randall Newsome

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — There’s something special cooking in the basement of the Brookside Community Church on the near east side of Indianapolis. It’s a new place to get a quick bite for breakfast and it’s putting a spotlight on the neighborhood. The Brookside Burrito Company, which opened for business in April of 2021, is beginning […]

Nominations are now being accepted for 2021 Founder’s, Rookie Probation Officer, and Line Probation Officer of the Year Awards

The Deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday August 13 at Noon EST for three awards traditionally presented during our Annual Meeting. The Founder’s Award is a way of recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to the field of probation in general, and specifically to the POPAI organization. The recipient need not be a […]

2021 Legislation Update

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POPAI

06/30/2021

The main 2021 legislative session concluded near the end of April.  However, the House and Senate will reconvene later in the year to deal with redistricting after they receive the necessary information from the 2020 federal census. POPAI worked hard to advocate for our membership and though we were not successful in every endeavor (SEA […]

Marion County prosecutor details plan to keep more children out of juvenile detention

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WTHR

7/1/2021

WTHR Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, Marion County — Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears detailed a program on Thursday that would give low-level, non-violent juvenile offenders a second chance to avoid the criminal justice system. The “Second Chance Program” will partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. Instead of a nonviolent juvenile offender ending up in the criminal justice […]

Arnold Ventures and the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance Announce the Release of Probation Revocation Reports from 10 Jurisdictions to Guide Reform

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Arnold Ventures

07/01/2021

Arnold Ventures

Today, Arnold Ventures and the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) announced the release of action research reports from the 10 jurisdictions selected to participate in the Reducing Revocations Challenge: Cook County, IL; Denver, CO; Harris County, TX; Monroe County; IN; Niagara County, NY; Pima County, AZ; Pulaski County, AK; Ramsey County, MN; Santa Cruz […]

The Vaccine and Its Impact on Court Operations

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Indiana Court Times

06/28/2021

Heather Falks

We finally made it to 2021…and COVID-19 is still here. We all hoped it would feel more familiar—but not in the sense that we are getting used to stockpiling sanitizer and masks. Unfortunately, the concerns of 2020 have not fully dissipated, but the widespread availability of a vaccine gives us hope that our old normal […]

$12M OK’d For Design Work On Rebuild Of NW Indiana Prison

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Indiana Public Media

06/27/2021

Associated Press

The State Budget Committee has approved spending $12 million for engineering and design work on a planned $400 million rebuild of a deteriorating state prison in northwest Indiana. The budget committee approved the funding Wednesday for the Indiana Department of Correction to begin architectural and engineering design work at the Westville Correctional Facility, The (Northwest Indiana) […]

He Lost Nearly Everything To Addiction. Then An Arrest Changed His Life

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NPR

06/19/2021

Martha Bebinger

Heroin started rewiring and taking control of Will’s brain in the early 2000s, as he turned 40. “Back then, if you used drugs people didn’t want anything to do with you,” Will recalls. “People gave up on me.” Will lost almost everything: jobs, his driver’s license, his car, his marriage and his home. He found […]

Post-Pandemic, There’s No Excuse: America Must Modernize Its Justice System

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CEO World Magazine

5/6/2021

Michael Hirschman

In the midst of a pandemic that has undoubtedly unleashed trauma and tragedy across our nation, we have seen our fellow citizens meet this tremendous challenge head-on — responding with courage, resilience and a particular type of ingenuity that is truly American. With the help of technology, we’ve rapidly changed our habits, and businesses have […]

Feeling reentry anxiety? Expert advice on navigating COVID-19 reopenings

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Lake County News

5/25/2021

Brandon R. Reynolds

As COVID-19 vaccinations continue, and cities and states move toward full reopening, many people are feeling reentry anxiety — an uneasiness about returning to the old normal of schools and offices, hugs and handshakes, and social gatherings large and small. The American Psychological Association reports that Americans are experiencing the highest levels of stress since […]

The Role of Probation and Parole in Making Housing a Priority for People with Behavioral Health Needs

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Justice Canter

Safe, affordable, and permanent housing is widely recognized as one of the most crucial components of successful reentry. But finding permanent housing is often a challenge for people leaving prison or jail, particularly people with behavioral health needs who experience higher rates of homelessness compared to the general population and often cycle between shelters, jails, […]

‘End Mass Supervision’: Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Moves to Reduce Reliance on Probation, Parole

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NBC Philadelphia

3/21/2021

The new policy directs assistant district attorneys to seek community supervision terms averaging 18 months, with a cap of three years, for people who have already been sentenced to prison for a felony Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is focusing on a new set of priorities heading into his second year in office — ending […]

To End The HIV Epidemic, Implement Proven HIV Prevention Strategies In The Criminal Justice System

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Health Affairs Blog

5/26/2021

Daniel Teixeira da Silva, Chethan Bachireddy

Criminal justice-involved populations are disproportionately affected by HIV. In the US, one in seven people living with HIV leaves a correctional facility each year. Marginalized populations are at increased risk of both HIV infection and incarceration, and this dual risk is amplified among communities of color. The 2021–2025 HIV National Strategic Plan—released in January 2021 […]

When Will Virtual Reality Be a Reality for Community Corrections? Part 2

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APPA Connect

6/3/2021

Joe Russo

In a previous blog we outlined a brief history of virtual reality (VR) and its origins in the gaming and entertainment industries. In this blog we will describe several “real world” applications of VR including military, corporate, therapeutic, law enforcement, and institutional corrections settings. In the next blog we will explore specific ways that VR […]

POPAI Election: Return Intent to Run Forms by July 11, 2021

Be sure to return intent to run forms by July 11, 2021 POPAI invites members to submit Intent to Run forms for open Board Positions. This year, the Board seeks: Vice-President Treasurer District One District Three District Five District Seven Details are in the Intent to Run Form 2021

A Case for Better Funding of California’s Community Alternatives to Juvenile Detention and Probation

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Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

6/1/2021

Emma Knight

Opinion: Supporters of the juvenile justice status quo wrongly claim that community-based organizations are not yet strong enough to serve all youth who may otherwise cycle through juvenile courts, detention centers and on and off parole rosters. Ideally, opponents to reform say, youth would be served by nonprofits close to home, but that cannot happen […]

Colorado Job Opportunity: Chief US Probation Officer

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The United States Probation Office for the District of Colorado is accepting applications for the position of Chief U.S. Probation Officer to succeed the incumbent who is retiring on December 31, 2021. This is a full-time permanent, highly visible executive position. The selected candidate will be expected to provide strong leadership to the hard-working Probation […]

Justice Partners Addictions Response Grants Available

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Indiana Office of Court Services

06/16/2021

Diane Haver

Don’t miss out on $60,000 grant! In partnership with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, IOCS is offering a $60,000 grant to every county for the opportunity to enhance collaborative partnerships between the local criminal justice system and behavioral health care providers to address Opioid Use Disorders/Substance Use Disorders. Applications for grant funds are […]

See the Possibilities & Inspire Change: We See More Than

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U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office

U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office

 As part of our efforts to encourage healing and build trust within our respective communities, the U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office, for the Districts of Minnesota, Northern Ohio and Western Michigan joined to highlight how equity, diversity, and inclusion are engrained in our organizational cultures.  Collectively and with the assistance of outstanding staff, we produced this […]

Initiative aims to produce peacemakers

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The Journal Gazette

7/8/2021

Rosa Salter Rodriguez

An effort to cultivate a culture of nonviolence and peace at South Side High School was outlined during Monday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne – and got a vocal endorsement from Fort Wayne Community Schools’ superintendent. Peacemaker Academy, built on nonviolence training in the tradition of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther […]

Mentor Program Application is Available: POPAI Seeking BOTH Mentors and Mentees

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During the Management Institute we announced that POPAI would sponsor a Mentoring Program for selected CPO, ACPO, and Supervisor members to prepare future leaders for the Association and for the field of community supervision. The time to apply is now and the program will kick off just prior to the opening of the Fall Conference […]

PPPS Week’s Calm, Cool & Collected Challenge (APPA)

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APPA

APPA wants to know what gives you strength. What inspires you? What are your habits or routines that keep you grounded? How do you unwind after a long day with family or friends? What keeps you calm, cool and collected so you can make the most of the time you have? For #PPPSWeek, we want […]

A Medical Treatment For Meth Addiction Proves Effective In New Study

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NPR

1/14/2021

Brian Mann

For the first time, a medication regime has been found effective for some patients with meth addiction in a large, placebo-controlled trial. It’s welcome news for those working with the growing number of people struggling with meth addiction. “It’s progress and it’s quite significant,” says Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug […]

HR More Accepting of Workers with Criminal Records

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SHRM

5/10/2021

Roy Maurer

But too many companies still just ‘talking the talk,’ expert says New research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the SHRM Foundation and the Charles Koch Institute shows that a majority of HR professionals and business leaders are willing to hire and work with people with criminal records. People with criminal records—especially those […]

POPAI Board Selects New District 3 Representative

06/09/2021

On Wednesday, June 9th the POPAI Executive Board met for a regularly scheduled meeting and selected a new District 3 Representative.  The Board is pleased to announce that Megan Eakright, Problem Solving Court Coordinator for Wabash County, will serve as the Association’s District 3 Representative for the remainder of the term which expires in September 2021.  […]

Gov. Andy Beshear announces in-person visitation at Kentucky correctional facilities reopens June 20

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WMYT

6/4/2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – Governor Andy Beshear, along with state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble, announced that in-person visitation will resume at state correctional facilities beginning on June 20. Visitation dates and times can now be scheduled for all facilities operated by the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice. […]

PPPS Week Returns July 18-24, 2021! Request a visit from APPA

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APPA

APPA wants to bring a little light to hard working community corrections staff nationwide. Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (#PPPSWeek) will return July 18-24, 2021 as we acknowledge our front-line workers who have put their lives on the line to keep communities safe. Thank you for everything you do, day in and day out. […]

2021 POPAI Fall Conference: Call for Proposals

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Present your program at the 2021 POPAI Fall Conference September 8-10, 2021 at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana. We are seeking proposals for sessions/workshops that present best practices in service delivery, collaboration and justice programming that enhance outcomes for participants in the field of probation. Download this informative document and return the […]

APPA 46th Annual Training Institute – Boston August 23-25 2021

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APPA

Registration is open for APPA’s 46th Annual Training Institute in Boston. August 23 — 25, 2021 Venue:Sheraton Boston Hotel Website:coming soon! Schedule at a Glance Registration is open with early rates.

A Guide To Gender Identity Terms

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NPR

06/02/2021

Laurel Wamsley

Issues of equality and acceptance of transgender and nonbinary people — along with challenges to their rights — have become a major topic in the headlines. These issues can involve words and ideas and identities that are new to some. That’s why we’ve put together a glossary of terms relating to gender identity. Our goal is to […]

Foundation Provides Grant for Child Advocacy Center

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(IN)side Indiana Business

5/4/2021

Mary Roberts

JASPER – The Dubois County Community Foundation is granting $560,000 to Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition for its new center in Jasper. The foundation says the grant will go towards a $1.1 million fundraising goal needed for renovations of the former Fifth Street Elementary School property. Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools donated the property, which […]

Juvenile Dual Status Resource Guide Updated 2021

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In.gov

Any experienced juvenile court judge, case manager or probation officer can cite instances when the line between abuse and neglect (dependency cases) and juvenile delinquency cases becomes blurred. This population is frequently referred to as “crossover youth” or “dual status” to reflect their crossing from one system into the other creating dual system involvement. In […]

Indianapolis Public Schools adding addiction recovery school Hope Academy to portfolio

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Indy Star

4/28/2021

Arika Herron

Indianapolis Public Schools is looking to add Hope Academy, Indiana’s only recovery high school, to its portfolio of charter school partners. Hope Academy has been serving substance-impacted students – those in various stages of addiction and recovery – for 16 years. Last summer, the school relocated to 3919 Madison Ave., on the city’s south side, […]

Opioid rescue kits installed on buildings in Bartholomew County

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wane.com

5/14/2021

Lindsay Stone

 BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. — Boxes filled with Narcan are being installed on buildings in Bartholomew County. The latest one is attached to a brick pillar outside the library. “We connect people with resources no matter what those are, whether that’s books or digital resources. This is just another resource they can utilize as they […]

The cost of Marion County’s GPS monitoring services

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Fox 59

5/18/2021

Courtney Crown

INDIANAPOLIS — Some Marion County judges feel pressured to sentence people to electronic monitoring rather than jail or prison. They add this ideally gives a person a chance to work instead of sitting in a cell. However, unless a judge rules someone indigent, they must pay money every day to wear the monitors. For some […]

Benefits of Replacing Multiple Systems with One

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Indiana Court Times

3/20/2021

Lisa Thompson, Project Manager and Mary DePrez, Executive Director | Indiana Office of Court Technology

Deploying the Supervised Release System One of the largest undertakings of the Indiana Supreme Court is to implement a single case management system for use in every court in the state. Odyssey is replacing more than 23 different court case management systems. These systems did not share uniform standards, used outdated technology, and did not […]

Miami County Probation Department introduces its newest employee

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Kokomo Tribune

5/12/2021

Kim Dunlap

Clad in a yellow tie and blue vest, the Miami County Probation Department’s newest employee doesn’t know how to read or write, how to tell time or even what day of the week it is. But what he can do is so much more than that. He can comfort a crying child, show support to […]

The hidden plague

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The Herald Bulletiin

5/2/2021

Elena Stidham

The only things in the world that are evil without bias are the things that plague – and the worst part about the plague of depression is that it’s entirely invisible. In Indiana alone, 36.6 percent of adults reported symptoms of a depressive disorder in October 2020 – nearly one out of every three adults, […]

POPAI Board to select District 3 Representative

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When The POPAI Board elected Sarah Lochner as Vice President, the District 3 Representative position became vacant. District 3 is Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Kosciusko, Marshall, Miami, St. Joseph, Tipton, and Wabash counties. The Board is now seeking Intent to Run forms from the Membership of District 3 to maintain the duties of […]

Work Permits End This Summer, Among Changes In State Child Labor Laws

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Indiana Public Media

05/04/2021

Justin Hicks

Starting this summer, Indiana children less than 18 years old will no longer be required to get a work permit. It’s one of a handful of changes to state child labor laws coming into effect this year as a result of legislation passed in 2020. Beginning July 1, the state will require employers hiring five or more teens to […]

2021 Wisconsin Chapter of ATSA (WiATSA) Virtual Conference

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WiATSA

5/14/2021

The Wisconsin Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is hosting an annual teleconference on June 10-11. The $99 registration fee includes CE’s and a two day conference exploring topics such as human trafficking, teens and sexual digital content, assessment of Child Sexual Exploitation Material abusers, and exploring sexual health, consent, and […]

Save the Date September 8-10 for the IN PERSON POPAI Fall Conference at French Lick Resort

The POPAI Board voted to hold the Fall Conference scheduled September 8-10 2021 in person. We’ll register through and use the Whova app but all programs will be on site in French Lick. More information plus a call for proposals coming soon.

Transforming Juvenile Probation: Restructuring Probation Terms to Promote Success

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Urban Institute

04/16/2021

Samantha Harvell, Leah Sakala, and Andreea Matei

This guide provides a framework for how to define and structure youth probation terms to reduce the harm inherent in probation supervision, leverage community partnerships, and build community capacity to wrap youth and their households with any supports, resources, and services needed to promote success. Probation-system improvements have gained momentum over the past several years […]

Beam gets top probation honor

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The News Sun

4/16/2021

Matt Getts

ALBION — She admitted it — Stacey Beam was expecting the worse when called to the Noble County Circuit Courtroom Thursday afternoon. Instead, she was recognized as one of the best. Noble County’s chief probation officer, Beam was presented with the Order of Augustus, a statewide award given annually to the state’s top probation officer. […]

Probation Officers Save Life of Local Man with Overdose Antidote

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County News Center

5/5/2021

Donnie Ryan, County of San Diego Communications Office

A group of San Diego County probation officers helped to save a life last week during a routine home visit, administering two doses of the drug naloxone to a 38-year-old local man who was suffering from a suspected opioid overdose. Both opioid abuse and opioid-related drug overdoses have been steadily on the rise in the […]

POPAI Board 2021 Elections – Intent to Run Forms Available

In May of each year, POPAI invites members to submit Intent to Run forms for open Board Positions. This year, the Board seeks: Vice-President Treasurer District One District Three District Five District Seven Details are in the Intent to Run Form 2021 Forms must be returned to Heather Malone by Sunday, July 11, 2021 (email […]

2021 Legislative Session Wrap-up

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POPAI

05/04/2021

The main 2021 legislative session concluded near the end of April.  However, the House and Senate will reconvene later in the year to deal with redistricting after they receive the necessary information from the 2020 federal census. POPAI worked hard to advocate for our membership and though we were not successful in every endeavor (SEA […]

Indiana’s ‘Second Chance Law’ Seals Criminal Records. But Fines And Fees Can Stand In The Way

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Indiana Public Media

4/21/2021

Pria Mahadevan

When Jade was a sophomore in college, they were arrested and charged with a DUI. They hid their arrest from friends out of shame, and have tried to hide it from employers as well — so we’ve agreed to use just their middle name for this story. “The day that I had court, I was […]

2022 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

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Indiana Office of Court Services

05/04/2021

As established by Judicial Conference of Indiana per I.C. 11-13-1-8, the 2022 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers has been posted on the Indiana Office of Court Services website. Contact Angie Hensley-Langrel with questions.

Court of Appeals Rules Lake County Must Pay Probation Officers’ Legal Expenses

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Indiana Court of Appeals

04/30/2021

Indiana Court of Appeal

In 2015, a probationer filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana against the Lake County Board of Commissioners, five Lake County Superior Court Criminal Division Judges, and two Lake County probation officers acting in their official capacities alleging violations of their constitutional rights.  The Attorney General is […]

APPA Announces Election Results

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05/05/2021

American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is proud to announce the results of their 2021 Election. Voting was completed virtually by APPA membership in the month of April, and turnout was fantastic! More than 650 voters took part in this year’s competition, representing 35% of all eligible voters. Indiana will be well-represented on APPA’s […]

POPAI Board Selects New Vice President

05/06/2021

On Thursday, May 6th the POPAI Executive Board met to select a new Vice President of the Association.  The Board is pleased to announce that Sarah Lochner, Chief Probation Officer for Wabash County, will serve as the Association’s Vice President for the remainder of the term which expires in September 2021.  Congratulations, Sarah!

‘I was a monster’: Fixing minds and changing lives in Marion County’s mental health court

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WRTV

4/29/2021

INDIANAPOLIS — George Lewis was drinking a lot of gin. He was trying to numb the pain, to kill the dark thoughts. Friends and family were distancing themselves. He couldn’t keep a job. He was on the verge of homelessness. Lewis, 59, was out of control, raging. He didn’t know at the time that he […]

Allen County Juvenile Center students learn how to knit, donate infant hats and cocoons to area hospitals

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wane.com

4/23/2021

Corinne Moore

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Children staying at the Allen County Juvenile Center (ACJC) are learning something new from an area teacher: how to knit. The center said it initially started as dedicated weekly enrichment time for students to engage in non-academic learning experiences. Sandy Eager, a teacher in the detention center, began teaching the […]

Counselor’s Corner: The Therapeutic Benefits of Humor in Substance Use Disorder Counseling

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ATTC

3/21/2021

Mark A. Sanders, LCSW, CADC; Illinois State Program Manager, Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC

Humor can be utilized in substance use disorder counseling to help reduce client resistance, increase rapport between counselor and client, and help facilitate recovery. Some of the therapeutic benefits of humor in substance use disorders counseling include: Laughter as the great equalizer. Maya Angelou told Oprah Winfrey that only equals laugh with each other. Many […]

Why New Guidelines For Opioid Treatment Are A ‘Big Deal’

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NPR

04/27/2021

Audie Cornish

More medical practitioners are being allowed to prescribe buprenorphine under new guidelines from the Biden administration. The change means that the drug shown to reduce opioid relapses and overdose deaths can be more widely prescribed. It comes after a year of overdose deaths spiking across the United States. Early estimates indicate about 90,000 people died […]

POPAI Executive Board to Select a Vice President

Adam McQueen, Assistant Chief Probation Officer of Wayne County and the President of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI), announced to the Executive Board his resignation as President of POPAI.  Vice President Troy Hatfield assumed the role as President on April 14, 2021. The Board accepted applications to fill the Vice President vacancy […]

Knepple Scholarship 2021: Two Scholarships Awarded

Every year 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 selected a scholarship that would encourage continued education and […]

POPAI Networking on LinkedIn

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Karen Oeding

I’ll be moderating the POPAI group on LinkedIn so Corporate and Individual members who use that platform can start networking there. Visit http://bit.ly/POPAIonLinkedIn and send a request to join. Contact me for any questions at ContactUsatPOPAI@gmail.com I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Tribute to Lori Eville

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NICIC

Dear Corrections Colleagues: The National Institute of Corrections and the field of corrections lost a true justice warrior with the passing of our esteemed colleague, Lori Eville.  She passed away on March 10, 2021 after a short fight with cancer.  Lori had a long career of public service, culminating with her time at the NIC Community […]

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 […]

Open Conversations: Racism and Racial Injustice

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Indiana Court Times

3/22/2021

David Kuhnz, Staff Attorney | Office of Communication, Education & Outreach

With a national spotlight on the importance of equity and inclusion, the legal community is among those entities taking a hard look at its own practices. The Indiana State Bar Association has been moved to effectuate change, inspire action, and take decisive steps to communicate and listen to the experiences of others. One such call […]

Carmen Maria Rodriguez March 5, 1963 – April 19, 2021

APPA

Carmen Maria Rodriguez March 5, 1963 – April 19, 2021 APPA distributed Carmen’s Obituary and additional thoughts in an email to it’s membership: Dear Colleagues, It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our friend and longtime Board Member, Carmen Maria Rodriguez (Melendez). After a heroic battle with cancer, Carmen passed away […]

Remote or Not…It’s Still a Court Proceeding

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Indiana Court Times

3/29/2021

Adrienne Meiring, Counsel | Judicial Qualifications Commission

The past year has provided a number of unprecedented challenges for the judiciary, which has allowed the court system to demonstrate its adaptability and innovation to keep the wheels of justice moving. With the advent of video-conference hearings and court proceedings being livestreamed, parties and witnesses may participate in proceedings from a remote location, which […]

Indianapolis opens grant applications for communities hardest hit by coronavirus pandemic

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Indianapolis Star

4/6/2021

Amelia Pak-Harvey

Indianapolis is encouraging community organizations to submit applications for $1 million available for projects that promote the recovery of communities hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact. The funding, provided in partnership with Resolve to Save Lives, is part of the city’s efforts to curb the impact of the pandemic in areas […]

EXiT Briefs

EXiT Member Newsletter

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released a brief to highlight how probation and parole officers can prioritize safe, affordable, and permanent housing support for people with behavioral health needs. You can read the full report by downloading this pdf. The Center Statistics Project (CSP) of the National Center for State Courts released […]

POPAI Board Seeks Applications for Vice President due by April 30, 2021

On April 14, 2021, Adam McQueen, Assistant Chief Probation Officer of Wayne County and the President of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI), announced to the Executive Board that he is resigning as President of POPAI, effective April 14, 2021.  Adam served as POPAI’s President for the last four years. The POPAI By-laws […]

Bridging Disparities in Probation and Parole by Ensuring Food and Health Access

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EXiT

4/6/2021

Join the Columbia Justice Lab and Executives Transforming Probation and Parole (EXiT) on April 14 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. EDT for a webinar about how changes to probation and parole during the COVID-19 pandemic can transform into long-term reform. “Bridging Disparities in Probation and Parole by Ensuring Food and Health Access” is the second of two […]

Indiana gets $60.8M to support vaccines in underserved populations

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Herald Times

4/6/2021

Shari Rudavsky USA Today Network

Indiana will receive about $60.8 million in federal funds aimed at expanding vaccination equity, according to a news release from the Centers for Disease Control. The funds will be used with an eye to encouraging vaccination and ensuring equity and access to vaccines for communities that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted. The money will help programs […]

New study examines impact of COVID-19 on Indiana jails

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Journal Review

4/2/2021

INDIANAPOLIS — A new study from the Center for Health and Justice Research at the IU Public Policy Institute found that changes made in 2020 due to COVID-19 reduced jail populations across Indiana may have long-term impacts on jail operations. CHJR researchers examined jail populations in 19 Indiana counties—La Porte, St. Joseph, Starke, Pulaski, Whitley, […]

2021: State of the Judiciary

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courts.in.gov

4/7/2021

Chief Justice Loretta Rush issued a video address to the Governor and the Indiana General Assembly for the annual State of the Judiciary.

A Fresh Start

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Indiana Court Times

3/22/2021

St. Joseph County Judge Andre Gammage

According to a database of laws compiled by the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, “collateral consequences” all too often regulate the lives of people with criminal records, dictating where they work, where and with whom they live, and how they spend their time. As a result, after they have served their sentences, and long […]

On-Site Video Legal Services: Innovations in Lawrence Township Small Claims Court

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Indiana Court Times

Virtual courtroom The Technology Working Group envisioned enabling remote appearance by video during the first meeting on November 4, 2019. Judge Bacon offered to pilot a virtual courtroom—quite a novel concept in the pre-pandemic era. Lawrence Township has several meeting rooms, stemming off of the courtroom, where opposing parties can discuss a settlement of their […]

LHS Basketball Coach Steve Bradley Receives Transformation Coach Award

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WSCH

Lawrenceburg, Ind. – Steve Bradley is being recognized for his many years of contribution to the Lawrenceburg High School boys basketball program. The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association announced Monday that four Indiana high school basketball coaches will receive Point Guard College Transformational Coach Awards. Coach Bradley was nominated for the award by current Lawrenceburg varsity […]

COVID-19 vaccination expands in Indiana

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Indiana State Department of Health

03/31/2021

Indiana State Department of Health

Anyone age 16 and older may now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Click here to register or call 211 (866-211-9966) if you do not have access to a computer or need assistance. When you enter a ZIP code to search for a vaccination site, you will find several vaccination locations near you. The site’s information will include […]

Current Prescription Opioid Misuse and Suicide Risk Behaviors Among High School Students

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Pediatrics

4/2021

Natalie J. Wilkins, Heather Clayton, Christopher M. Jones and Melissa Brown

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In previous studies, researchers have reported that youth with a lifetime history of prescription opioid misuse (POM) are at an increased risk for suicidal ideation, planning, and attempts. In this study, we investigate whether the association between youth POM and suicide outcomes differs by recency of POM (ie, none, past, or current […]

Study: When parole, probation officers choose empathy, returns to jail decline

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Lake County News

3/30/2021

Yasmin Anwar

Heavy caseloads, job stress and biases can strain relations between parole and probation officers and their clients, upping offenders’ likelihood of landing back behind bars. On a more hopeful note, a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that nonjudgmental empathy training helps court-ordered supervision officers feel more emotionally connected to their clients […]

Out Of Prison But Still Trapped: Examining The ‘Afterlife’ Of Incarceration

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NPR

3/24/2021

Terry Gross

For people serving time in jail or prison, it may seem like punishment ends on the day of release. But in fact, thousands of restrictions dictate the terms of life after incarceration, too. University of Chicago professor Reuben Jonathan Miller estimates that there are 45,000 “laws, policies and administrative sanctions” in the U.S. that target […]

Promoting Wellness and Resiliency in Correctional Staff: 1 hr recorded webinar

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National Institute of Corrections

2021

Dr. Hayden Smith and Ms. Karin Ho

Do you want to see what some of the latest data and promising practices are revealing about staff wellness for corrections officers and staff? Would you like to learn how to apply a holistic approach to your workplace along the continuum of preventive to reactive responses? Correctional staff face significant stress and challenges in maintaining […]

IU study looks into how Covid-19 impacted local Indiana jails

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WSBT

3/22/2021

Kristin Bien

A new study found that changes made by jails in Indiana and around the country in the early days of coronavirus outbreak had an impact on inmates and staff. The study from the Center for Health and Justice Research at the IU Public Policy Institute also found that changes made in 2020 because of coronavirus […]

2021 Legislation Updates

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POPAI

Regular updates to our 2021 Legislation Page keep you informed about the bills POPAI is watching this session.

Time is Running Short for Submitting Applications for the Knepple Scholarship

Submit your application to be considered for the 2021 Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award on or before 12:00 noon EST on Monday, March 29, 2021. 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 […]

Online addiction recovery meetings help thousands stay sober during pandemic

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WTOL

3/15/2021

Roxanne Elias

Richie Webber, the director of Fight for Recovery, says he saw people struggling to stay sober when everything shut down during COVID. TOLEDO, Ohio — An online addiction recovery meeting series is paving the way for a successful road to living drug-free. It started as an idea about a year ago and has reached thousands […]

Distinguished Tippecanoe County probation officer to retire after 43 years

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Journal & Courier

3/15/2021

After 43 years as a distinguished Tippecanoe probation officer, Joe Hooker will retire later this month. Hooker, who began his career as a probation officer on Jan. 3, 1978, will retire March 31. Among his accomplishments, Hooker worked with David Kuebler in 1988 to establish the Tippecanoe County Community Corrections Program and served three terms […]

New Program to Help Formerly Incarcerated

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Inside Indiana Business

3/15/2021

Alex Brown

BLOOMINGTON – A nonprofit entrepreneurship center in Bloomington has launched a program designed to support formerly incarcerated individuals as they develop their business ideas. The Mill says ReBoot was inspired by the Indy Chamber’s ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative and takes participants through a six-week process of business development that culminates with a demo night pitch […]

State data shows hundreds of Indiana students are arrested on school property every year

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Fox 59

2/23/2021

Kelly Reinke

INDIANAPOLIS – School fights. Being extremely disruptive in class. Disorderly conduct. These are all things that land Indiana students in trouble. They can face several forms of discipline like suspension or expulsion. But some experts are raising concerns about the number of students getting arrested on school property. The Indiana Department of Education recorded more […]

Public Employees’ Use of Personal Phones, Tablets Puts Local Governments at Risk

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Route Fifty

2/24/2021

Andrea Noble

A cybersecurity report found that 25% of state and local government employees use personal digital devices to telework while only 9% of federal employees do so. Nearly a quarter of state and local government employees use personal phones and tablets for work, putting them at higher risk for phishing attacks and other cyber intrusions, according […]

Where the Economy Tanks, Heart Attack Deaths Rise

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Route Fifty

3/1/2021

Sameed Khatana

COMMENTARY | The diverging economic fortunes of different parts of the country in the period after the 2008-2009 recession is linked to differing death rates from heart disease and stroke among middle-aged Americans, researchers report. As the federal government debates the financial stimulus needed to address the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the last […]

This New Advancement in Interpreting DNA Evidence Could be a Game Changer

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Route Fifty

2/24/2021

Bruce Budowle

COMMENTARY | Probabilistic genotyping software has helped forensic labs close more cases and exonerate individuals wrongly accused of a crime. The development and implementation of forensic DNA typing more than 30 years ago has been a boon to law enforcement, the judicial system and society. The unprecedented expansion of biological evidence that now can be […]

Once homeless, this former foster youth is advocating for change within Indiana DCS

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Indianapolis Star

3/2/2021

Holly V. Hays

Dejuna Rodriguez was 14 when she first became homeless. She didn’t say much about what led to it, just that a lot of things happened in her childhood that she didn’t understand. That, looking back, her mom — who could at times be abusive — didn’t always have the tools to parent her and her […]

States Fail to Prioritize Homeless People for Vaccines

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Route Fifty

3/1/2021

Lindsey Van Ness

At least 20 states haven’t included homeless shelters in vaccine plans. Frank Galloway falls into the most vulnerable categories for COVID-19: He is 87, he is Black, and he is experiencing homelessness. “It ain’t no joke,” Galloway said of the coronavirus, which has killed some of his friends in Greensboro, North Carolina. “I don’t mind […]

Management Institute Agenda

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The Management Institute is just around the corner. Updated 3/16/2021: the agenda and registration links have been removed from public view. You can prepare for the conference by watching the Whova step by step set up instruction video or contact Karen by ContactUsatPOPAI@gmail.com for individual assistance.

2 Free APPA Webinars: Lessons Learned – Using Mobile Technology During a Global Pandemic and Officer Safety, Wellness, and Leadership in the 21st Century: Tools, Strategies, and Solutions

APPA

APPA is offering two free webinars. Officer Safety, Wellness, and Leadership in the 21st Century: Tools, Strategies, and Solutions When: Thursday, March 11, 2021 · 10:00:00 AM · Eastern Time (US & Canada) Duration: 1 hour https://www.bigmarker.com/appa-webinars/Officer-Safety-Wellness-and-Leadership-in-the-21st-Century-Tools-Strategies-and-Solutions Lessons Learned – Using Mobile Technology During a Global Pandemic When: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 · 03:00:00 PM […]

‘The system needs overhaul’ | Indiana prosecutor puts himself on probation to expose breakdowns in the criminal justice system

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WHAS

2/26/2021

Shay McAlister, Jackelyn Jorgensen

Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk signed up for probation in an attempt to expose the breakdowns plaguing the criminal justice system in his community. HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. — The Indiana Constitution mandates that the criminal justice system is built upon reformation, including opportunities for defendants to chose a better path forward. But, are the penalties […]

Juvenile justice bill passes in Indiana Senate, advances to House

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Chicago Tribune

2/24/2021

Alexandra Kukulka

A juvenile justice bill that addresses expunging records, detaining young offenders and competency passed out of the state Senate Tuesday, and heads to the House for consideration. The bill, authored by Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogeden Dunes, allows for automatic expungement of juvenile records, unless the child commits a felony, and a court has discretion in […]

Indiana man rescued after 3 days lost inside a storm drain

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Indianapolis Star

3/5/2021

Lawrence Andrea

Mar 5, 2021 CONNERSVILLE — An eastern Indiana man who became lost after entering a storm drain to avoid his probation officer was rescued early Friday after spending at least three days in the chilly drainage system, police said a Connersville police officer heard the 35-year-old man crying for help about 2 a.m. Friday and followed […]

Free Webinar: From Pandemic Reforms to Systematic Change: How COVID-19 Housing and Financial Supports Can Permanently Alter Probation and Parole

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EXiT

EXit is sponsoring a free webinar: From Pandemic Reforms to Systematic Change: How COVID-19 Housing and Financial Supports Can Permanently Alter Probation and Parole One year ago, as the COVID-19 outbreak hit our nation, many probation and parole officials throughout the country sought to limit the impact of the coronavirus. The pandemic spawned several emergency […]

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

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Duke Law

02/18/2021

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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WSBT

2/22/2021

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

2/23/2021

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

1/11/2021

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

1/11/2021

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

2/16/2021

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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LinkedIn

2/15/2021

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

1/12/2021

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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wane.com

2/4/2021

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

2/6/2021

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

2/1/2021

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

1/15/2021

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

1/1/2021

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

2/2/2021

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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wane.com

2/1/2021

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 […]

Former Marion County CPO and POPAI Member pens novel: “The Rankins of Pratt County”

1/29/2021

Robert Bingham

DEBUT NOVEL: “THE RANKINS OF PRATT COUNTY” AUTHOR : ROBERT L. BINGHAM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 29, 2021             A coming-of-age story, “The Rankins of Pratt County,” tells the story of an Illinois teenager attempting to survive a severely dysfunctional family in the early 1980s.  In the midst of the struggle, a faulty decision lands 15 ½ […]

What Makes for Good Policing Makes for Good Citizenship

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Real Clear Policy

1/25/2021

Marc Levin

Legitimacy is the currency of policing and democracy. There will never be enough police to be on every corner, but most Americans believe our government is legitimate and our laws are at least mostly just, and hence they follow them even when no one is looking. Most are also inclined to report crime and cooperate […]

2020 Forward: A Vision for the Future of Indiana’s Justice System

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Indiana Court Times

01/12/2021

Michelle Goodman

The Judicial Conference of Indiana’s Strategic Planning Committee continues to set a vision for the future of Indiana’s justice system. Since the committee’s inception in 2008, it has continued its efforts through education, implementation, and additional planning to carry out its overall mission, “[t]o improve our system of justice under the rule of law while protecting individual […]

It’s Not Just the Law, It’s Good Sense: Maintaining and Instilling Safety Protocols during COVID-19

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Indiana Court Times

01/12/2021

Heather Falks

Employers also potentially face legal liability under Indiana’s Worker’s Compensation laws, as it is possible that COVID-19 could be compensable as an occupational disease. If an employee can show a causal connection between their workplace and COVID-19 infection and exposure, then the employer may face liability. If an employee were to sue for either wrongful […]

Illinois General Assembly approves sweeping criminal justice overhaul that would end cash bail, require cops to wear body cameras

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Chicago Tribune

1/13/2021

Dan Petrella

State lawmakers on Wednesday passed a sweeping overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system that would end cash bail and eventually require every police officer in the state to be equipped with a body camera. The measures, approved by narrow margins in the final hours of the Illinois General Assembly’s lame-duck session, were spurred on […]

Effective Stress Relievers for Your Life

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Very Well Mind

01/08/2020

Elizabeth Scott, MS

From minor challenges to major crises, stress is part of life. And while you can’t always control your circumstances, you can control how you respond to them. When stress becomes overwhelming, or it’s chronic, it can take a toll on your well-being. That’s why it’s important to have effective stress relievers that can calm your mind and […]

2020 ‘exacerbated all of the issues’ driving record drug abuse in America

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Yahoo Finance

12/30/2020

Adriana Belmonte

The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating mental health effects on Americans, and drug abuse is hitting record levels. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S. in the 12-month period ending in May 2020. That’s the highest number ever recorded by […]

‘Relapsing Left and Right’: Trying to Overcome Addiction in a Pandemic

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New York Times

1/4/2021

Emma Goldberg

Jackie Ré, who runs a substance-use disorder facility in New Jersey, gathered the 12 female residents of her center in the living room on March 27 and told them that the coronavirus outbreak had forced the center to limit contact with the outside world. There was an immediate outcry: The women already felt disconnected and […]

Corrections Tech 2020, a whitepaper from IJIS

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The Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute

The Corrections Tech 2020 white paper (link downloads a pdf document), developed by the Corrections Advisory Committee, is a survey of technological trends, current and potential, which are likely to impact the corrections environment in the next 3-5 years. The aim is to provide a ‘one-stop’ high-level overview for the leadership of correctional agencies and […]

Why younger workers are more likely to struggle with working from home

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Indy Star

1/5/2020

Alexandria Burris

Casey Cawthon, 32, of Fishers was doing OK when she started working from home in March due to the pandemic. She was productive, enjoyed the flexibility of working from home, developed a routine and was spending more time with her 15-year-old son, Caiden. “It just felt like working from home for the day or like working from a client […]

POPAI Virtual Management Institute, New Chief Probation Officer Orientation, and CPO Summit: Save the date

The POPAI Virtual Management Institute will be in March 2021: New Chief Probation Officer Orientation Wednesday March 17 Management Institute Thursday March 18 CPO Summit Friday March March 19 We have a platform to make signup and participation easy and are contacting speakers. More information coming soon!

The stimulus bill includes a bump in SNAP benefits. Here’s what that means for Hoosiers.

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Indy Star

1/5/2020

Holly V. Hays

The federal stimulus bill signed by President Donald Trump includes additional funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that will provide a temporary boost for families struggling with food insecurity. Beginning Jan. 1 and running through the end of June, those receiving SNAP benefits will see an increase of 15% in the maximum amount […]

Overdose Deaths Hit New Highs As Pandemic Worsens Opioid Crisis

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WFPL News Louisville

12/23/2020

New federal data shows the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to the country’s deadliest 12-month period for drug overdose fatalities, including a sharp increase in overdose deaths in the Ohio Valley. According to the latest data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 81,000 people died due to drug overdoses in the 12 months from […]

State of Judiciary to be written and remote report

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Indiana Supreme Court

01/12/2021

Indiana Supreme Court

A written report on the Indiana State of the Judiciary will be made available prior to the close of the legislative session at courts.in.gov. Chief Justice Loretta Rush said, “I will provide a formal update on the work of the judicial branch through a written report and a remote message. Even in these challenging times there […]

‘Healing together’: Looking for solutions after Indianapolis’ most violent year yet

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Indy Star

1/5/2021

Elizabeth DePompei

Gun Violence Surged in 2020 The teenagers who attend VOICES in Fountain Square don’t need to read the headlines about Indianapolis’ latest homicide. Many of them live those stories, whether it’s losing a friend to violence or living in a neighborhood riddled with it. In the most devastating scenario, they become the statistic. “I’m always holding my […]

President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice

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Department of Justice

12/2020

On October 28, 2019, President Donald Trump signed Executive Order No. 13896, which directed the department of Justice to establish the “Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.” The purpose of the Commission is to conduct a modern study of the state of American policing and determine specific measures to reduce crime and […]

Human trafficking in Kentucky, Indiana is ‘bigger than people realize,’ expert says

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WHAS

1/7/2021

Daniel Sechtin

An expert in human trafficking intervention said the numbers reported nationally may not accurately represent the current situation. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — (If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733 to get help) January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, so we wanted to look at the state […]

City seeks new approach to continuing gun violence problem in Evansville

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Courier & Press

1/3/2021

Brook Endale Christina Elias

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — It’s been nine years since Bridgett Tate’s son, Derrick Brian Jackson, was murdered six blocks from their home. She still calls the Evansville Police Department every week seeking answers in the unsolved homicide. “If I didn’t stay on it, he would just be forgotten,” Tate said. “And that’s not – that was […]

First of the bills for the 2021 session

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POPAI

1/6/2021

The following is a brief summary of the bills POPAI is tracking for our membership.  If you have any questions or concerns about pending legislation, please contact a member of the POPAI Board. For the current status and full text of each bill please go to: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/. This page was last updated on 1-7-2021 at […]

Juvenile Detention Explained

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Annie E. Casey Foundation

11/13/2020

Every day, thousands of young people in the United States are held in juvenile detention facilities while their cases are handled in court. Despite steady declines over the past two decades, more than 15,000 young people were held in detention centers on any given night in 2017, the latest year for which federal data are […]

Congratulations Dr. Edward Latessa

University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute

In July 2020, Dr. Edward Latessa retired from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Although he remains the Director of the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute (UCCI), we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of his many achievements. The following was written by one of our Research Fellows who […]

States Can Shorten Probation and Protect Public Safety

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The Pew Charitable Trusts

12/03/2020

Wide variations in policies and term lengths across states point to opportunities for reform More than 3.5 million, or 1 in 72, adults were on probation in the United States at the end of 2018—the most recent year for which U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) data is available—more than triple the number in 1980.1 Nationwide, […]

“The stakes are life and death”: Addiction treatment’s Covid-19 challenge

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Vox

12/1/2020

German Lopez

The government eased access to drug addiction treatment during the pandemic. Now that could go away. When the Covid-19 pandemic forced much of the US to lock down in the spring of 2020, officials and experts worried the necessary social distancing measures would make another public health crisis — the opioid epidemic — worse. Addiction […]

Congress clinches deal to restore Pell grants for prisoners 26 years after ban

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Politico

12/20/2020

Michael Stratford

The compromise also includes language to simplify the application for federal financial aid and grant more than $1 billion in loan forgiveness for HBCUs. Congressional leaders have struck a deal to reinstate Pell grants for incarcerated students more than a quarter century after banning the aid for prison education programs, top Democrats and Republicans announced […]

APPA COVID Roundtable #5 (recorded)

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APPA

12/5/2020

APPA

APPA’s 5th COVID Roundtable was recorded on Dec 15, 2020. It featured an array of researchers discussing the effects of the pandemic on agency staff and clients and identifying the lingering issues that agencies will face as we enter 2021. We’re diving deep with national and state survey data to provide a portrait of community […]

COVID: There may be another source of infections in Indiana — federal executions

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Courier & Press

12/8/2020

Death can attract a crowd. That’s been proven several times since the Trump administration relaunched federal executions over the summer. Crowds of people have gathered in or near the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute to either witness the deaths, protest them or help carry them out. Since July, eight people have been put to death about […]

‘Collectively out of balance’: COVID-19 taking toll on mental as well as physical health

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Courier & Press

12/6/2020

Mark Wilson

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic rolls across Indiana and the nation just in time for the holiday season, experts say it’s important to pay attention to mental health as well as the physical. “We are seeing a lot of people coming in for help,” said Janie Chappell, a nurse and Senior […]

Supreme Court suspends jury trials due to public health emergency

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Indiana Supreme Court

12/14/2020

Indiana Supreme Court

The Indiana Supreme Court handed down an Order Suspending Jury Trials statewide until March 1, 2021, citing the need for drastic measures as COVID-19 continues to surge. In-person jury trials pose an exceptional risk to everyone involved—even if every precaution is taken. “We have hope that 2021 will bring improved conditions. But hoping is not enough. There […]