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U.S. Sentencing Commission Releases Updated Analysis of Demographic Differences in Federal Sentencing

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United States Sentencing Commission

Study Concludes Sentencing Differences Persisted During Latest Five-Year Period, Offers New Information About Possible Sources of Disparity

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Today the U.S. Sentencing Commission published updated research on demographic differences in federal sentencing finding that—after controlling for available personal and offense characteristics—sentencing differences across demographic groups persisted during the five years following the Commission’s often-cited 2017 Demographic Differences in Sentencing Report. Continue reading →

[Ohio] Probation departments train together

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The Times-Gazette on 11/6/2023

The Highland County Probation Department hosted a training event Oct. 4, 2023, to bring together members from various law enforcement agencies, including the Highland County Probation Department, the Ross County Probation Department and the Greenfield Police Department.

The training covered important topics such as how probation officers should use force, updates to their policies and legal requirements, and techniques for dealing with situations that may require them to control subjects. The training was conducted by Brandan Holliday, a certified instructor from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). He led an eight-hour course to enhance the officers’ knowledge and awareness of these aspects. The training material was a joint effort between chief Gary Breeden and instructor Brandan Holliday. They worked together to create the training content.

Breeden, head of the probation department, highlighted the value of this event as an opportunity for staff to connect with neighboring law enforcement agencies. It allowed them to collaborate on issues related to the supervision, custody and management of probationers who might pose a risk of violence.

In addition to the probation department staff, county commissioner David T. Daniels and sheriff candidate Randy Sanders attended the event as observers.

Ohio voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Why Indiana is unlikely to do the same

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Courier Press on 11/9/2023 by Brittany Carloni Kayla Dwyer

Ohio voters’ decision Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana paves the way for its availability in three of the four states neighboring Indiana.

Still, Hoosiers are not likely to see strides on marijuana legalization.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb historically has said he would not take action on legalization while marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. In the Statehouse, legalization is an annual topic that never advances, even as Republicans have started in recent years to hop on board. A legislative committee on the topic last week did not come to any agreements on recommendations for the 2024 session.

And unlike in Ohio and 20 other states, Hoosiers don’t have the means to put the question on the ballot themselves.

Send Your Stories to POPAI (Members Only)

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POPAI on 11/20/2023

We’re seeing a growing interest in success stories from Probation Departments all over Indiana. In particular we’d like to start a series of stories highlighting client successes and letters of appreciation.

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