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26. FROM the FARM: Special recipe from prison for holiday trays (from the Northwest Indiana Times)
24. PCF donation brightens Christmas for local pupils (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
23. County taking on state work-release prisoners (from The Republic)
22. With help from community, PCF promoting worker wellness (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
22. Prison ministry delivers cookies, carols to offenders (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
19. Man accused of trying to smuggle drugs into son in prison (from WISH TV)
13. Ministry offering pregnant inmates healthy home, close relationship with their babies (from FOX 59)
13. Indiana lawmakers reviewing "sexually violent predator" law (from WTHR)
11. Appeals court overturns adult conviction of teen in killing (from Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
8. Valley Prison Holds Annual Christmas Program for Parents in Prison (from WTWO)
7. Is prison time cut too often for child molesters? (from the Indianapolis Star)
6. Prison offenders helpng to light up the Linton park for the holidays (from the Greene County Daily World)
5. Noblesville woman arrested for trafficking narcotics at Putnamville (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
4. Martin County Sentenced No D Felons to DOC Facilities (from WBIW)
4. IDOC Honors Fallen Heroes
4. Quilt auction will help with FHFH processing fees (from the Greene County Daily World)
4. County considers community corrections (from KPC News)
3. Juvenile facility performs well in audit (from WLFI)


30. Offenders help the homeless (from the Hendricks Westside Flyer)
30. Putnamville, People Pathways partner to complete Vandalia Trail Corridor Project (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
30. Sullivan City receives rehabilitation grant (from WTHI TV)
29. Puppies added to correctional facility program (from WISH TV)
28. Budget-writing Indiana lawmakers hear limited requests from state agency heads (from The Repbulic)
28. Dept. Of Corrections: State Prison Population Flattens Out (from Network Indiana)
26. Visitor behind bars after allegedly sneaking drugs into prison (from WNDU)
25. Editorial: Save prison for serious offenses (from the Northwest Indiana Times)
25. Mark Kiesling: NWI, state look to deal with packed jail problem (from the Northwest Indiana Times)
24. Putnamville donates $2,000 to local food pantries and Hurricane Sandy victims (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
18. Region on board with sending fewer low-level felons to prison (from the Northwest Indiana Times)
17. $1 million from grant, reimbursements to help alleviate drug court's growing pains (from the Evansville Courier & Press)
16. Our View: Education must take place inside prison walls (from The Star Press)
13. 'Banking on bondage:' Ex-offender suggests conspiracy theory (from The Star Press)
12. Liberal arts studies reconnect prisoners to society (from The Star Press)
11. Study tracks 6, 561 prisoners after release (from The Star Press)
9. Visiting students, advisors from FFA tour PCF facilities (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
6. Cass County agrees to take more work release inmates (from the Pharos Tribune)
5. IDOC Receives National Award for Sustainability
3. Student and community groups protest prison education cuts (from the Indiana Daily Student)
3. Indiana State Prison hosts Kairos Ministries retreat (from the Herald Argus)
2. Lawmakers draft bill to cut some inmate credits (from WTHR)
2. PCF group outwits groundhogs to grow pumpkins for students (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
1. Victim families petitioning against good time credit for violent felons (from WSBT)
1. Commission approves criminal code reforms (from the Pharos Tribune)
1. System allows prison inmates to email (from WISH TV)


31. Authorities keeping a close eye on registered sex offenders on Halloween (from FOX 59)
29. IDOC Parole Keeping Communities Safer Through Operation Safe Halloween
28. Prison gets news warden (from the Courier Times)
26. Lawmakers propose changes to early release rules (from WTHR)
25. Violent criminals released too soon? (from WTHR)
22. 'Parole Diaries': The surprising unseen side of the law (from The Examiner)
22. Woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs into prison (from WISH TV)
22. Attempt to smuggle contraband foiled (from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
20. Putnamville horse program reins in donation from Indiana horseman's group (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
15. At a Greencastle prison, rescued greyhounds, inmates find new worth through each other (from the Indianapolis Star)
14. Vanderburgh inmates to clean up roads (from the Evansville Courier & Press)
5. Putnamville Correctional Facility staff recognized for long service (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
4. Panel likely to suggest shrinking drug-free zones (from The Herald Bulletin)
4. Biddle named Corrections Supervisor of the Year (from the Kokomo Perspective)
2. Revised Indiana Jail Standards Emphasize Local Control (from WFIU)
2. Pendleton inmates donate hair to Locks of Love (from FOX59)


30. Rewrite of criminal code seeks to match crime and punishment (from The Herald Bulletin)
28. Keep Evansville Beautiful creates partnership to clean up litter (from WFIE)
27. Series: Women with felony convictions face roadblocks after release (from WFIU)
26. Series: Mothers maintain families while serving time (from WFIU)
26. Putnamville staff pitches in on food drive to aid residents (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
26. State's tough drug-free zone law may be on its way out (from the Pharos Tribune)
25. Series: Drug-related charges spark rise in female incarcerations (from WFIU)
24. Recycling trend spreading behind bars (from WTHI)
21. Ground broken for DNR office complex/visitor's center at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area (from the Greene County Daily World)
21. Our View: Modifying prison credits comes with a cost (from the Muncie Star Press)
21. Prison Tails program to end at Westville Correctional Facility (from the Herad Argus)
21. Serving justice (from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
21. On the Road to Recover: 'I made a mistake. I made a bad choice.' (from the Greene County Daily World)
15. Pet Pals TV: Prison Greyhounds (from WISH TV)
14. Madison Juvenile Facility Helps Tack Butterfly Migrations (from WFIU)
14. Wabash Valley PLUS program graduates 82 (from WTHI)
13. Saint John's to deliver inmates' babies (from The Herald Bulletin)
13. Released from prison, many former Indiana offenders struggle to start their lives over (from The Republic)
11. Editorial: Drug raids, seemingly costly, are step in the right direction (from The Herald Bulletin)
10. Department of Correction Trains Prisoners in Coal Mining (from WFIU)
8. For D-felony sentences, history matters (from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
7. Report on prison inmates may shape next debate on sentence reform (from the Pharos Tribune)
6. Indiana Parole Agents Featured in New Documentary Series
5. 'Parole Diaries' to Showcase Indianapolis Agents (from WRTV)
5. Pregnant inmates in labor must travel to give birth (from WTHR)
4. Sentencing study (from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
3. Study: Low-level Felons Often Are Repeat Offenders (from WFIU)


27. Sacred soil (from the Tribune Star)
26. Rockville Correctional Facility to begin PLUS program (from the Tribune Star)
26. Program aims to cut repeat offenders (from Palladium-Item)
26. HAYDEN: Should low-level offenders be able to shield records from employers? (from News & Tribune)
24. Woodcreek Inn ending contract with state to house sex offenders (from the Courier & Press)
24. Correctional officer at Plainfield facility charged with battery (from Indianapolis Star)
24. Ind. prison drug ring shows contraband phone risks (from AP,
23. 2 prisoners led drug ring with help of smuggled cell phones (from Indianapolis Star)
22. Inmates raze homes, clean up area as state program comes to Gary (from the Post-Tribune)
22. Miami Correctional Facility honors staff (from the Kokomo Perspective)
22. Feds bust drug ring they say had infiltrated three Indiana prisons (from Indianapolis Star)
19. State's sex-offender law under scrutiny (from the Pharos Tribune)
18. Report recommends overhaul of Indiana's criminal code (from Terre Haute Tribune Star)
16. What a Coal Mining Progam Says About the Future of Correctional Education (from NPR State Impact Indiana)
15. Surbeck wins national award for excellence (from Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
13. Father and child share special moments via prison event (from Greencastle Banner Graphic)
2. Millions served: Westville inmates recycle eyeglasses for the Lions (from Chesterton Tribune)
1. Dogs sniff out diabetes at Eli Lilly (from WISH TV)
1. Grace College takes over GED program in prison system (from The News Dispatch)


28. Seemingly broken beyond repair, Schmitt works at putting life back together (from Evansville Courier & Press)
24. Inmates cookin’ up something for when they get out of prison (from Terre Tribune Star)|
18. Green jobs training smooths reentry process (from
18. College may take over GED class at prison (from the Terre Haute Tribune Star)
15. Paula Cooper: A second chance (from the NWI Times)
13. Mobile BMV assists offender re-entry effort at Putnamville (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
11. Ivy Tech Pulls Out of Prison GED Programs (from WFIU)
9. Retired racing dogs, inmates pair up (from WISH TV)
8. Indiana inmates release their artistic vision in Greenfield show (from the Indianapolis Star)
8. Prisoners now ineligible for college degree grant (from the Indiana Daily Student)
1. Indiana Women's Prison chaplain has faith in her service and in inmates (from the Indianapolis Star)

June 2012

29. Wabash Valley Correctional Facility recommended for re-accreditation (from WTHI TV)
29. Community Corrections plays a vital role in Muncie (from the Muncie Star Press)
27. Fort Wayne woman arrested at local correctional facility (from the Hendricks County Flyer)|
27. Programs at PJCF geared toward rehabilitation for troubled youth (from Pendleton Post)
25. Judge Upholds Indiana Facebook Ban for Sex Offenders (from ABC News)
17. Fort Wayne halfway house offers non-violent offenders a chance to learn work, life skills (from Greenfield Daily Reporter)
15. Gary Varvel: The story behind 'The Father Factor' (from the Indianapolis Star)
14. Solid police work, less leniency by courts behind prison population (from Daily Journal)
13. Program helps keep ex-offenders out of prison (from WRTV)
12. Women tried trafficking K2 into correctional facility (from WANE TV)
10. Plan to move juveniles to Logansport shelved (from Pharos Tribune)
7. PLUS Graduation held at Indiana State Prison (from Northwest Indiana Times)
6. Grant puts more books in Indiana prison (from WISH TV)
6. Shuttered juvenile facility to become new work release center (from the South Bend Tribune)
5. Editorial: Even inmates should retain their basic human dignity (from The Herald Bulletin)
5. Condemned prison chapel gets and gives second chance (from FOX59)
5. Prison drill simulates hostage situation (from the Post Tribune)
2. Ivy Tech will still run programs for inmates (from Herald Argus)
1. Honor society donates books to correctional facility (from Indiana State University)

May 2012

31. DOC at Knox Jail (from WTHI TV)
31. Visiting girlfriend arrested for trafficking at PCF (from Greencastle Banner-Graphic)
29. Man using dogs for cell searches (from WTHI TV)
29. Rockville Correctional Facility program teaches life skills (from the Tribune Star)
27. Inmates affected by education cuts (from The News Dispatch)
27. Handicapped murder convict alleges prison discrimination (from the Herald Bulletin)
22. IDOC Announces Closure of South Bend Juvenile Correctional Facility
21. Elkhart County corrections agency gets $1.2 million from state (from Elkhart Truth)
20. Ball State gets out of prison education business (from the Muncie Star Press)
16. Wabash Valley Correctional Facility celebrates 20 years (from WTHI TV)
15. Senator looks to close sex offender loophole (from WISH TV)
12. New Lake County courts program helps prisoners transition back to life (from Post-Tribune)
11. Inmate program trains dogs for service (from WTHR)
10. Convicted killer now training dogs in honor of her young victim (from WTHR)
10. Group inviting public to get 'Mixed up' on Saturday (from Herald Argus)
8. Prison officials support cell jammers (from WTHI TV)
8. Inmate talks about cell phone use (from WTHI TV)
7. Cell phones causing issues in prison (from WTHI TV)
7. An inside look: Youth Offenders program (from WISH TV)
6. 2,000 bags of trash collected by WVCF offenders
5. Vets court offers treatment over jail (from WANE TV)
4. Number of state prisoners housed at Wayne County Jail is falling (from Palladium-Item)
4. IDOC and Johnson Controls Celebrate Earth Day

April 2012

30. A second chance: Floyd County Veterans Court ‘not a free pass’ (from the News and Tribune)
29. Drug treatment courts' expansion a resource challenge (from the Evansville Courier & Press)
29. Beauty Behind Bars (from KPC News)
26. Putnamville crew cleans Indiana roadsides (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
26. Balloon cremony symbolizes crime victims (from The Herald Bulletin)
23. Program that supports children on nights and weekends gets financial boost (from the Sullivan Daily Times)
23. Offenders Donate to Victims of Sexual Assault
16. Wabash inmates sew quilts to benefit homeless veterans (from Evansville Courier & Press)
16. Indiana DOC working to prevent inmates from cashing in behind bars (from WTHR)
12. Juvenile inmates build Habitat homes (from The Herald Bulletin)
10. How ex-offenders return makes a difference (from the Indianapolis Star)
4. Inmate charged with attempted murder in correctional officer beating (from WANE-TV)
4. Man escapes from DOC facility in Indy (from WISH-TV)

March 2012

31. Adopt-a-Highway group urged to clean up for spring (from the Pal-item)
29. Man arrested after visiting area prison (from WTHI-TV)
29. First retired greyhound program under way at Putnamville (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
28. PCF offenders graduating PLUS program urged to make good choices (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
25. Prisons fight against contraband (from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
24. From Putnamville to Henryville: Efforts net $2,010 (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
23. State Jobs Down 11% Since 2007, Many Agencies Lose Even More (from WFIU)
22. Duo caught smuggling items into prison (from WANE TV)
22. Camp Summit Boot Camp holds food drive (from NWIBQ)
20. Woman arrested for trafficking drugs into correctional facility (from WTHI TV)
19. Inmates refurbish wheelchairs for the needy (from The Westside Flyer)
19. Prison fire cause determined (from WTHI TV)
17. History: Fire brought reformatory to Pendleton (from The Herald Bulletin)
14. Two Indianapolis men arrested at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (from the Terre Haute Tribune Star)
11. Visiting artist hopes to inspire juveniles to make mark on the world (from the Pharos Tribune)    
7. Valley pitches in for tornado victims (from the Terre Haute Tribune Star)
3. Police: Woman takes gun, drugs into prison (from the Muncie Star Press)
2. DOC pulls inmates from Henry County jail (from the Muncie Star Press)
2. PCF staff recognized for years of service during celebration (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
1. New Castle Correctional Facility Annex Dedication
1. Tremendous accomplishment (from the New Castle Courier Times)

February 2012

28. Westville Correctional visitor arrested for trafficking (from the News Dispatch)
26. Dennis Ryerson: Weighing the age, and actions, of an offender (from the Indianapolis Star)
26. What life is like for a 14-year-old killer tried as an adult in Indiana (from the Indianapolis Star)
19. North Indiana jail populations decline (from WANE TV)
18. Motel home to city's largest sex offender cluster (from the Indianapolis Star)
15. Man caught throwing package over prison fence (from WRTV)
14. Former inmate sentenced to 18 years for role in prison riot (from The Herald Bulletin)
14. Correctional officer arrested on trafficking, bribery charges (from the Northwest Indiana Times)
6. Delivery driver charged with trafficking in phones at Westville prison (from the Northwest Indiana Times)
4. Super Bowl 2012: Stories behind the blue-and-white scarves (from the Indianapolis Star)

January 2012

27. Fire breaks out at local prison (from WTHI TV)
26. Former IDOC Electric Chair Finds a New Home
24. Indiana Prison Documentary Receives National Award 
24. Prisoner did not directly access Facebook (from the News & Tribune)
23. 'Super Scarves' program outfits Super Bowl volunteers with scarves to keep them warm, visible (from The Republic)
22. Community corrections programs could help state, convicts (from the Post Tribune)
22. Compared with other big counties, Lake, Porter have fewer inmates doing time (from the Post Tribune)
21. Prisoner recaptured after escape (from the Kokomo Tribune)
19. Auction of land near prison brings in $3.5 million (from The Herald Bulletin)
18. Gary woman accused of trafficking at Westville prison (from the Northwest Indiana Times)
17. State auctioning surplus farmland at height of market (from the Indiana Business Journal)
14. Sentencing guidelines overhaul to take another year (from the Post Tribune)
14. Sex offenders staying in motels (from WISH TV)
13. Hung jury in case of inmate accused of inciting a riot (from The Herald Bulletin)
12. Editorial: Prison land sale should move ahead as planned (from The Herald Bulletin)
11. Editorial: At least the police know where these sex offenders live (from the Evansville Courier & Press)
10. Sheriff's employee fired after arrest (from WISH TV)
10. State Investigates Inmate's Apparent Facebook Profile (from WRTV)
10. Woman jailed for smuggling cell phone into prison (from WISH TV)
10. Trial begins for four prison inmates (from WISH TV)
9. Facebook profile for prisoner from Southern Indiana under investigation (from the News & Tribune)
7. Hotel hometo 24 molesters (from the Evansville Courier & Press)
7. Retired guard leads petition against prison land sale (from The Herald Bulletin)
6. Michigan City woman named Correctional Officer of the Year (from the Northwest Indiana Times)