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December

30. Department of corrections turns to K-9s to track down smuggled cellphones (WRTV)
30. Putnamville uses cell phone detection dog to sniff and seize (Greencastle Banner Graphic)
30. NEWS RELEASE: New Program Keeps Cell Phones Out of the Hands of Inmates
29. PCF shares compost, recycling techniques with Kentucky DOC (Greencastle Banner Graphic)
28. 'Fine-tuning' in works for state's new sentencing plan (Herald Times)
28. UPDATE: Indiana lawmaker wants longer sentences for violent crimes (Courier Press)
27. Seeking a good verdict (Kokomo Tribune)
27. Tougher penalties sought for violent gun crimes committed with a gun (Indianapolis Star)
27. Preparing for their most important job (Times Herald)
22. Our Opinion: Seeking a good verdict on sentencing reform (South Bend Tribune)
22. Proposed alcohol tax in Indiana could fall flat (News and Tribune)
23. PCF makes Christmas wish come true for local kids (Greencastle Banner Graphic)
23. EDITORIAL: Focus on correction, not punishment (NWI Times)
21. Prosecutors: Change would be dangerous (Pal Item)
19. La Porte boot camp gives troubled teens 2nd chance (WSBT)
19. Local Groups Need $10.5 Million For Criminal Code Overhaul (IPBS)
18. Prosecutor takes tougher stand against convicts ‘gaming’ work-release program (Indianapolis Star)
13. Former Colgate plant nominated for National Register of Historic Places (Courier Journal)
13. Drugs found in WVCF (WTHI)
13. A fix that goes in the wrong direction (News Sentinel)
13. Prison Terms For Convicted Burglars And Thieves Slashed With New Law (WBIW)
10. Report: New law will boost Indiana prison population (Indiana Business Journal)
10. Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Expands Across The State (Indiana's News Center)
9. Reforming Indiana's Criminal Code (KPC News)
5. Group helps children of those in prison (WISH TV)
4. David Bisard transferred to IDOC intake facility (WRTV)
3. After boyhood in prison, a chance for freedom (Indianapolis Star)
2. Indiana sheriff says jail overpopulation, understaffing not a problem (Evansville Courier & Press)

November

29. Putnamville staff roll up sleeves to stay healthy (Banner Graphic)
27. Indiana Criminal Code revisions could mean shorter sentences (14 News)
22. Indiana Prison Upgrades to Cost Saving Green Technology (Indiana Public Media)
21. Ohio Valley Gas extending service to Branchville (Perry County News)
18. ‘Reform’ was simply more bad policies (Herald Times)
15. New Criminal Code Stirs Questions On Road To Implementation Date (Indiana News Center)
15. Lawmaker sends Call 6 report on prison phones to Congress (WRTV)
14. Officers go through flu shot clinic (Brazil Times)
9. Kairos held program at ISP (Herald Argus)
6. Inmates pay tribute to fallen soldiers, bring comfort to families (WTHR)
6. Bisard faces protective custody in prison (FOX 59)
5. Can you hear them now? (Indy Politics)
5. Prisoners taking care of one another (WTHI)
5. Westville prison officer accused of trafficking (NWI Times)
4. Prison saves money going green (WTHI)
3. Indiana State Prison’s basketball squad has hosted many college teams over the years (The News Dispatch)
1. Visitor arrested for trafficking with inmate (WISH TV)

October

31. Families, victims targeted by Indiana state prisoners will illegal phones (WRTV)
31. Call 6 Investigators go behind bars to expose phone attacks by convicts (WRTV)
30. Prison officials see variety of smuggling tactics to get cellphones into correctional facilities (WRTV)
29. IDOC Parole Partners with Local Agencies to Keep Communities Safe on Halloween
28. Logan teacher garners statewide teaching award (Pharos Tribune)
27. Indiana law erasing criminal records faces challenge (Indianapolis Star)
24. PCF donates more than 15,000 lbs. of produce to area organizations (Greencastle Banner Graphic)
23. GUEST COMMENTARY: Be smart on crime, not just tough (NWI Times)
18. Over 400 pounds of food grown by inmates at Pendleton Correctional Facility (WRTV)
16. Community Corrections focuses on change not punishment (Daily Reporter)
16. Ivy Tech students get look at prison operations firsthand (Greencastle Banner Graphic)
11. Multiple inmates injured in fights (Herald Argus)
10. Prison again for Indiana man convicted of killing officer (Evansville Courier & Press)
9. "The Extra Mile" (Indiana's News Center)
6. Woman Arrested for Trying to Smuggle Drugs at WVCF (WTWO)
2. Indiana inmates scamming innocent people using banned cell phones (FOX 59)
1. Two inmates charged in attacks on guards (The Star Press)

September

29. Inmates, officers make shared donation to K-9 fund (from News and Tribune)
28. Analysis: Sentencing reform challenges lawmakers to think proactively (The Statehouse File)
28. Inmate locked up 6 more years after attacking prisoner at PCF (Greencastle Banner Graphic)
28. Second chance: Prison program helps help jailed moms reconnect with children, plan for future (The Republic)
26. Ind. officers, prisoners donate money to K-9 Kilo Memorial Fund (WHAS)
26. Lawmakers Say Reducing Recidivism Rate Might Take A While (IPBS)
26. Expert: 1-percent cut in recidivism could save state millions (Indianapolis Business Journal)
26. Report: Clark County Community Corrections saves taxpayers $1.67 million (News and Tribune)
22. Indiana's criminal code reform impact studied (Goshen News)
22. Four promoted at state prison (The News Dispatch)
22. Madison County delays women's work release over money (Indianapolis Business Journal)
21. Locked up...but not locked out of their children's lives (Madison Courier)
18. Indiana State Police offers award for fugitive's arrest (News and Tribune)
18. Law enforcement officers who died in line of duty honored at Downtown Indianapolis memorial (Indianpolis Star)
18. Betts to be Honored in Indianapolis Wednesday Night (WTWO)
16. Betts will be honored Wednesday night at memorial service in Indianapolis (Greene County Daily World)
9. Miami Correctional named Training Facility of the Year (Kokomo Perspective)
8. Indiana's aging prison population presents health-care challenges (Indianapolis Star)
5. Audit renders high scores for Putnamville and ACA reaccreditation recommendation (Greencastle Banner Graphic)
4. Prison death under investigation (NWI Times)
4. Mental illness finding wins death row inmate additional appeal (NWI Times)
1. Daniels struggled with drug pardon (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

August

29. County Council discusses changes in jail DOC money (from Greencastle Banner Graphic)
28. Guard's pistol discovered missing at Putnamville lockup (from WRTV)
28. Indiana chooses new test to replace GED (from Indianapolis Business Journal)
27. 2 convicted of federal charges in Indiana prison drug ring (from Post Tribune)
27. Vigo County sheriff appoints study committee to address jail overpopulation (The Republic)
25. Positive Impact turns Lake County offenders' lives around (NWI Times)
24. Official: Prison inmate stabs two correctional officers (NWI Times)
23. PCF staff helps IDOC pull in Special Olympics donations (from Greencastle Banner Graphic)
22. IDOC Pulls in Donations for Special Olympics (from Kokomo Perspective)
21. Correctional facility staff raises money for Special Olympics in quick fashion (from Greene County Daily World)
21. Police: Prison drug delivery sealed with a kiss (from The Star Press)
19. Bridge work uncovers Indiana's first state prison (from Courier Journal)
19. Convicted sex offender back in jail after new allegations emerge (from WRTV)
16. Westville Correctional Facility inmates complete program (from NWI Times)
15. Matthew Tully: Ex-offenders build new lives with court's help (the Indianapolis Star)
15. Third Party To Determine New Legislation’s Impact On Prisons (from IPBS)
15. Malfese receives Westville Correctional Employee award (from NWI Times)
14. Library donates book to correctional facility (from The Herald Bulletin)
14. Study of new criminal reform law starts Thursday (from The Statehouse File)
13. Group releases offender re-entry report (from WISH TV)
10. 2,845 lbs. of veggies from PCF garden donated to Food Pantry (from Greencastle Banner Graphic)
8. Woman arrested for attempting to smuggle cell phone in hair (from The Herald Bulletin)
7. State to Help Disabled Offenders Reintegrate After Prison (from Northeast Indiana Public Radio)
6. Ewers promoted at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (from Greene County Daily World
6. Chicago man charged with smuggling marijuana into state prison (from NWI Times)
5. Ex-con sent back to prison after assault on McDonald's co-worker (WRTV)
4. Woman sentenced for prison trafficking (The Star Press)
2. Indiana DOC officer faces drug charges (ABC NEWS 57)

July

25. Alternative detention program could come to Allen County (from WANE TV) 
23. Wabash Valley Correctional Facility inmate found dead (from Terre Haute Tribune Star)
23. Old West End a 'dumping ground' for offenders? (from The Star Press)
22. Police: Muncie woman was trying to smuggle tobacco (from The Star Press)
22. Correctional officer arrested, admitted to smuggling (from The Herald Bulletin)
22. Indiana prison inmate seeks group prayer rights (from The Herald Bulletin)
19. Male prison inmates quilt with donated Ducks on the Ohio t-shirts (from Evansville Courier & Press)
16. Westville inmates clear lots in Gary (from the Post Tribune)
16. Visitor accused of trying to smuggle drugs into prison (from FOX 59)
15. Ride to remember: 11th Annual Cops Cycling for Survivors makes stop in Terre Haute (from the Tribune Star)
15. Local judge issues order, waits for response from state (from The Herald Bulletin)
12. Service dog gives veteran his life back (from WISH TV)
11. Peru picks up the pieces after storm (from WTHI TV)
11. Gang conflicts result in lockdow at Indiana State Prison (from WSBT)
10. Part Two: Inside look at home detention (WTHI TV)
10. Part One: Inside look at home detention (WTHI TV)
9. Department of Correction to request funding for upgrades at 3 facilities (from the Indiana Lawyer)
8. Sex offender sweep nets 27 arrests (from WISH TV)
8. Cops bike 1,000 miles for survivors (from WISH TV)
8. EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Sex offenders make Muncie home (from The Star Press)
7. Convicted felons could serve less time (from WTHI TV)
4. Treatment options limited, expensive for mentally ill inmates behind bars (from WRTV)

June

30. For some sex offenders, the road leads back to prison (from The Star Press)
30. 1,000-foot rule is officers' 'biggest headache' (from The Star Press)
26. Indiana prison agency plans to centralize seriously mentally ill, add staff and programs (Indianapolis Star)
26. Brazil resident promoted to Assistant Superintendent at PCF (from Greencastle Banner Graphic)
25. Program gives police alerts when offenders get out (from FOX 59)
25. Agency that offers offenders a second chance needs a chance of its own (from the News Sentinel)
23. Indiana State Prison inmates receive associate, bachelor degrees (from The News Dispatch)
21. Inmates take steps in the right direction (from WTHI TV)
21. A big change for smallest criminals (from Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
21. Lawmaker: Arrest of 2010 Expo shooter is 'perfect example' of why sentencing law was toughened (from the Indianapolis Star)
18. Jobs key for staying out of prison (from the Daily Journal)
17. Inmates pay homage to military with trail mural (from The Hendricks Flyer)
17. Chain O' Lakes Correctional Facility helping dads connect with families (from News-Sun)
16. State prison staff complete apprenticeship (from The News Dispatch)
14. Corrections officer credited with saving men (from Herald Argus)
14. Prison sentence of 12-year-old prompts new juvenile sentencing law (from CNHI Statehouse Bureau)
11. Helping out Habitat: Westville inmates help establish Restore in Michigan City (from The News Dispatch)
9. Expungement law could help ex-offenders find jobs (from WTHR)
9. Special Olympics tradition at ISU enhanced with new bocce ball court (from Terre Haute Tribune Star)
9. Prison program helping blind marks fifth year (from the Kokomo Tribune)
7. Patriot award to Plainfield Correctional Facility Captain (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
4. HIRE program helps 600 ex-offenders find jobs in first year (The Statehouse File)
1. PCF ends annual trash bash, cleaning up Indiana roadways (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)

May

30. Authorities tackling inmate credit card scams get information about 1996 murder (from FOX 59)
29. Police: Trio tried to smuggle cell phones, marijuana to inmate (from FOX 59)
25. Employees recognized during correctional employee week (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
26. Juvenile Correctional Facility upgrades classroom technology (from the Pharos Tribune)
26. General Assembly held at Indiana State Prison (from NWI Times)
23. Inmates Care For Horses At Putnamville Prison (from WFIU)
22. Westville correctional officer arrested for trafficking (from The News Dispatch)
22. Changes Coming to Indiana Criminal Code (from WTWO)
21. Westville Correctional tests responses to disaster (from Post Tribune)
20. Prison staff, inmates plant tree, make donation (from The Herald Bulletin)
20. No clear source of funding for corrections changes (from the Herald Times)
20. Julie Michaels Gets Prison Time at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WJLT)
19. City services attract paroled sex offenders (from the Herald Times)
18. METH: 'It makes you crazy' (from The Star Press)
17. Second Chances horse farm open house set May 24 at PCF (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
16. WVCF officer who died in line of duty honored Wednesday in Washington D.C. (from the Greene County Daily World)
16. Family remembers father with garden (from WTHI TV)
16. Prison officials charged with assaulting offenders headed to court (from the Greene County Daily World)
16. Meet the horses, inmates at Indiana prison's Second Chances Farm (from the Indianapolis Star)
14. Study Committee To Decide How To Fund Criminal Code Overhaul (from WFIU)
11. Putnamville administrative secretary retires after 35 years (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
10. Outside The Bars: A Special Report (from INC Now)
6. Honoring Victims' Rights (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
6. Judge: 'I accept you as you are' (from NWI Times)
2. PCF staffers 'race for a cure' (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)

April

29. Getting the grades: Students at juvenile detention facility have high graduation rate (from the Pharos Tribune)
28. Rockville Correctional Facility wins Champion Award (from the Terre Haute Tribune Star)
26. Indiana criminal code overhaul passes Senate, now goes to Gov. Mike Pence (from the Indianapolis Star)
25. Meeting Women I Could Know: My Visit to Indiana Women’s Prison (from Women's Fund of Central Indiana)
25. Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Honors Crime Victims (from WTWO)
25. Crime Victim Notification Gets Personal (from Government Technology)
25. Plan to overhaul Indiana sentencing laws advances (from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
25. Department of Correction offenders donate hair to Locks of Love (from WRTV)
25. Cold Case Cards (from WTWO)
24. Indiana offenders donate money to victims of sexual assault (from FOX 59)
24. Victims honored in prison ceremony (from KPC News)
23. Playing cards aim to solve Indiana cold cases (from WTHR)
22. STATE OF THE STATEHOUSE: Criminal Code reform legislation will need funding to work (from the Terre Haute Tribune Star)
22. Indiana legislature: Crime bill heads for vote with some gaps (from the Indianapolis Star)
22. PCF offenders contribute to Sons of Legion project (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
22. Teaching Shakespeare In A Maximum Security Prison (from NPR)
19. As meth-making expands, some ask, where is it safe? (from the Journal Courier)
19. Inmate reflects on lure of a drug that keeps him, his family apart (from the Journal Courier)
19. Disagreements stall criminal code reform bill (from The Herald Tribune)
15. EDITORIAL: Prison population effort gains steam in statehouse (from the Evansville Courier & Press)
15. Woman charged with drug trafficking at state prison (from the South Bend Tribune)
14. More women behind bars; drug use, mandatory sentencing blamed for the increase (from the Indianapolis Star)
12. Man helps ex-offenders earn second chance by teaching life skills (from WRTV)
11. Offenders clean up along side of the road (from the Greene County Daily World)
11. Justice system overhaul bill takes next step (from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
11. Indiana Senate OKs criminal code overhaul (from the Indianapolis Star)
11. Students to restore Noble farmhouse (from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
10. Funding sought for code changes (from the Pharos Tribune)
9. Could Evansville cold cases be solved with a deck of cards? (from WFIE)
7. Indiana's criminal justice system for drug offenders (from the Indianapolis Star)
6. PCF efforts aid Putnam, Owen Humane Society operations (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
5. 'Operation Lost Innocence' ensures compliance from area sex offenders(from The News Dispatch)

March

30. Prisoner re-entry program set at Notre Dame (from the South Bend Tribune)
29. Putnamville hosts cupcake war, sweet diversion for healthy hearts (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
28. Editorial: DOC is crying wolf at criminal code reform (from The Herald Bulletin)
28. Number of people returning to jail has fallen (from the Pharos Tribune)
28. Indiana Senate panel OKs bill overhauling criminal penalties (from the Indianapolis Star)
26. DOC: Criminal code bill will spike prison numbers (from the News and Tribune)
26. U.S. Attorney Hogsett: Suspect ran drug ring from prison cell (from the Terre Haute Tribune Star)
25. Overhauling Indiana's Sentencing Practices: Is It A Good Idea? (from INC Now)
22. Crime bill hits bump in governor's office (from the Indianapolis Star)
22. Shooter, victim work together to teach prisoners about forgiveness, life-long impact of crime (from WRTV)
22. New thrift store supports ex-offenders (from WANE TV)
22. Woman forgives man who shot her in 1992 (from the Indianapolis Star)
21. Prison Pets: Programs give dogs, inmates a second chance (from WSBT)
20. Why Changing The GED To Incorporate Common Core Worries Adult Educators (from NPR State Impact)
20. Putnamville donates nearly $7,000 to charitable groups (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
20. Gov. Pence Says Criminal Code Overhaul Not Strict Enough (from WFIU)
20. Man, 21 arrested for inmate's death (from WISH TV)
11. Correctional facility welcomes new advisory board members (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
10. Wabash Valley Correctional gets national accreditation (from the Terre Haute Tribune Star)
8. Indiana Juvenile Recidivism Rate Drops After 2010 Peak (from WFIU)
8. Prison builds BMV conference table (from NWI Times)
8. Study: Fewer youth returning to Indiana prisons (from WTHR)
7. Decline in state recidivism rate (from WTHI TV)
6. Commentary: Good reentry programs save money and help people (from The Statehouse File)
6. Re-entry programs credited with drop in reoffending (from WISH TV)
5. IDOC Announces Decline in Indiana’s Recidivism Rate
               *Adult Recidivism Rates
5. IDOC Sees Drop in Youth Recidivism Rate
               *Juvenile Recidivism Rates
5. Trafficking to Prison Inmates: "Don't Even Try it at WVCF," Agree Two Experts (from WTWO)
4. Animal Protection League gets donation from prison (from The Herald Bulletin)
1. Church group helps put nonviolent offenders on better path (from the Evansville Courier & Press)

February

25. Imprisoned teen faces charge he made metal weapon (from WTHI TV)
24. Woman arrested for trafficking to an inmate (from WTHI TV)
24. Westville's inmates donate $5,800 to local communities (from NWI Times)
24. Criminal code rewrite unfunded locally (from the Kokomo Tribune)
22. Pendleton Correctional Facility has new leader (from The Herald Bulletin)
21. Bill would keep violent Indiana criminals in prison longer (from WSBT)|
20. Bill seeks longer sentences for violent criminals (from WISH TV)
20. Chances look good for reform of criminal code (from the Fort Wayne News Sentinel)
20. Working with inmates gives volunteer new perspective (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
19. Correctional facility announces employee awards (from The Herald Bulletin)
17. Miami prison giving back (from the Kokomo Tribune)
16. Police investigate inmate death at correctional facility (from WRTV)
13. Facebook helps shooting victim forgive (from WISH TV)
12. Westville chaplain honored for helping injured driver (from The News Dispatch)
12. Six prison employees arrested in 10 months (from the Muncie Star Press)
7. Fiancée charged in effort to smuggle drugs to PCF inmate (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
6. Indiana House bill would impose prison phone fine (from the Evansville Courier & Press)
5. State House panel hears costs on sentencing reform (from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
4. Woman working in prison accused of smuggling contraband to inmates (from WRTV)
2. Convicted killer back in Indiana, found 'watching TV' (from the Chicago Tribune)
1. Indiana murderer mistakenly released from Cook County Jail (from the Chicago Tribune)

January

31. Program helps ex-inmates ‘start over’ (from the Indianapolis Recorder)
31. Cell phones create Indiana prison danger (from WISH TV)
31. I Team 8: Hanging up prison cells (from WISH TV)
30. Correctional officer facing five felonies for trafficking with inmate at Putnamville (from Greencastle Banner Graphic)
27. EDITORIAL: Balance Indiana's scales of justice (from NWI Times)
27. Woman caught smuggling drug (from WTHI TV)
23. Bills might change prison sentence management (from WTHI TV)
23. Domestic violence survivor speaks to PCF offenders (from the Greencastle Banner Graphic)
22. Daniels makes her mark on state's criminal sentencing laws (from NWI Times)
20. Criminal code reform could shift more costs to counties (from Pharos Tribune)
20. EDITORIAL: Sentencing reform returns under new Indiana legislation (from the Evansville Courier & Press)
18. Littlejohn promoted to the new WVCF Assistant Superintendent of Operations (from Greene County Daily World)
16. Reform of Indiana's criminal code clears first hurdle (NWI Times)
14. Prison helps pantry (from KPC News)
11. Former Putnamville chief to remain DOC commissioner (from Greencastle Banner Graphic)
10. Lawmakers move to close early release loophole (from WTHR)
3. College graduation held at Indiana State Prison (from the Herald Argus)
2. Erika D. Smith: Mentally ill prisoners need our attention (from the Indianapolis Star)
2. Judge: State violated rights of mentally ill inmates at Indiana prisons (from the Indianapolis Star)Changes Coming to Indiana Criminal Code