Bradford L. Barnes
Director/Chief Probation Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Brad Barnes
Brad Barnes through Court Services
Indiana, Bartholomew County and National Institute of Corrections
Lead Efforts to Improve Public Safety Outcomes
March 6, 2015 — The states of Indiana, Virginia, and Wisconsin have been selected by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to proceed with Phase V of Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) in State and Local Criminal Justice Systems.
The NIC’s EBDM framework represents an evolution of today’s criminal justice system, designed to build collaborative, evidence-based decision making and practices in local criminal justice systems by equipping criminal justice policymakers with the information, processes, and tools to reduce pretrial misconduct and post-conviction reoffending. The NIC introduced the EBDM criminal justice framework in 2010 after extensive research and input from leading professionals across the nation.
In partnership with the Center for Effective Public Policy, NIC has developed training and technical assistance plans to provide focused support and the assistance needed to complete the activities of EBDM Phase V, the in-depth analysis and planning necessary for improved public safety outcomes. State teams composed of one state policy team and one criminal justice team from each of seven jurisdictions will be assigned a technical assistance (TA) provider who will be onsite at least once per month through March 2016.
The State of Indiana team is sponsored by the Indiana Judicial Center and chaired by Justice Stephen H. David. The Indiana State policy team will work the criminal justice policy teams from:
Judge Steve Heimann, Bartholomew County policy team chair, said “The National Institute of Corrections provided technical assistance to Grant County to help them implement constructive change strategies, processes and methods in their local criminal justice system, resulting in a reduction of risk and harm in their community. Bartholomew County has been committed to evidence based practices (EBP) since 2001 and could benefit from the technical assistance in the same way as Grant County. The work described in the Grant County project would be beneficial to our jurisdiction as we define local change targets. One of those targets would be the wide spread substance abuse problem in our county and its impact upon the criminal justice system. Chief among those substances is methamphetamine and heroin. We are pleased that Bartholomew County is being supported by the NIC to continue this approach in other localities in our state.”
The initial implementation of Phase V of the EBDM Initiative in Indiana will start with the “EBDM Roadmap,” a step-by-step process designed to assist states in preparing for the application of the framework in Bartholomew County. NIC will provide technical assistance, training and guidance around effective implementation to participating teams in each of these three states.
“At the National Institute of Corrections, we believe that risk and harm reduction are fundamental goals of the justice system,” said NIC Director Jim Cosby. “We are pleased to partner with state and local officials to make EBDM a statewide reality. The leaders of Indiana’s criminal justice agencies are demonstrating that local collaboration and research evidence can result in improved community and system outcomes, without sacrificing offender accountability.”
Andrew Weick, Day Treatment Youth Care Worker, nominated Mrs. Anita Biehle and Mrs. Lynsey Prior to receive the Patriot Award earlier this year. This award recognizes employers and supervisors nominated by a Guardsman employee for support provided directly to the nominator. Jim Pridgen, from the Indiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and on behalf of the Department of Defense, made the presentation to Anita and Lynsey on 4/29/14 at the Youth Services Center. Andrew represents all those who volunteer to serve our Nation in a citizen-soldier role and this recognition is shared by all who help support and encourage our fellow citizens who serve in the armed forces and reflects positively on all Bartholomew County employees. Good job Andrew, Lynsey and Anita, and all employees of Court Services.
|Anita Biehle: Patrio Award Recipient
|Lynsey Prior: Patrio Award Recipient
U.S. Justice Department Recognizes County Corrections Drug Treatment Program for National Award
The Department of Justice announced today the selection of the Bartholomew County Community Corrections Center Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program as a model, national training site for all Justice Department funded RSAT programs across the United States and U.S. territories. The Bartholomew RSAT program is one of three such programs chosen as Mentor Host Training Sites after a national competition.
The two other Mentor Host Sites are:
1) Utah Department of Corrections ConQuest and HOPE/CARE Programs;
2) Massachusetts County Correctional Facility Consortium (Barnstable, Berkshire, Middlesex, and Norfolk Counties)
Bartholomew County’s RSAT program, located in Columbus, Indiana was lauded for its evidence-based programming in the area of women’s treatment and the comprehensive approach to improve offenders’ transition from a locked facility back into the community. The re-entry of inmates into the community has been identified as the most critical challenge facing corrections.
Funded by the Justice Department Bureau of Justice Assistance, the RSAT for State Prisoners Program provides grants for states and local governments to develop and/or enhance substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional and detention facilities. The RSAT program enhances the capability of states and units of local government to provide residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated inmates; prepares offenders for their reintegration into the communities from which they came by incorporating reentry planning activities into treatment programs; and assists offenders and their communities through the reentry process through the delivery of community-based treatment and other broad-based aftercare services.
In announcing its selections today, the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), congratulated the three host sites selected and praised their collective efforts to end the cycle of substance abuse and crime, providing a path to recovery for justice-involved individuals while enhancing the safety of our communities.
“The three programs selected today will help the 300 individual RSAT programs that receive BJA funding each year adopt treatment, interventions and services that have been proven to work ,” said BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell. “We know that untreated offenders suffering from substance use disorders behind the wall, often return to our prisons and their conditions deteriorate, endangering our communities as well as themselves. The peer mentoring provided by these exemplary RSAT programs will help us ensure that our limited federal contribution is as effective as possible in preventing this outcome.”
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The Bartholomew County Court Services Women Recovering with A Purpose (WRAP) Program was recently chosen as the 2012 Innovative Program of the Year by the Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties.
In March of 2011, Bartholomew County Court Services partnered with Centerstone of Indiana to start the WRAP Program. The WRAP Program is a year long Substance Abuse Program which consists of four (4) months of intensive residential treatment in the Bartholomew County Community Corrections Center and eight (8) months of aftercare on Day Reporting with an electronic monitor.