Frye eyes legislation to address jail overcrowding

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — State representative from District 67, Republican Randy Frye has announced plans to draft a bill to address jail overcrowding. The legislation would direct the Indiana Department of Correction to operate regional holding facilities for level 6 felons. County sheriffs could use the facilities at their discretion.In 2015 the Indiana General Assembly passed House Bill 1006. The digest of the bill is below:Criminal justice funding. Establishes the justice reinvestment advisory council (advisory council) to review and evaluate local corrections programs, grant applications, and the processes used to award grants. Requires the department to compile certain information and submit reports to the budget committee and advisory council. Specifies the purposes for which the department may award financial aid. Repeals the county corrections fund that provides funding to each county for operation of the county’s jail, jail programs, or other local correctional facilities or community-based programs. Requires a probation officer to consult with community corrections concerning programs available to the defendant in preparing the presentence report. Permits a court to delegate the terms of placement in community corrections to the community corrections program director, and permits the director to change the terms of placement or reassign a person in community corrections. Provides that after December 31, 2015, a court may not commit a person convicted of a Level 6 felony to the department of correction, with certain exceptions. Requires the department of correction, the division of mental health and addiction, and a community corrections advisory board to submit grant applications to the advisory council for review. Provides that the advisory council shall meet to: (1) work with the department of correction and the division of mental health and addiction to establish the grant criteria; and (2) make recommendations to the department of correction and the division of mental health and addiction concerning the award of grants. Establishes the mental health and addiction forensic treatment services account within the statutes governing the division of mental health and addiction and provides that the division may use money in the account to fund grants and vouchers for mental health and addiction forensic treatment services. Permits the department of correction to accept an offender convicted of a misdemeanor if the offender has at least 547 days remaining before the person’s earliest release date as the result of a sentencing enhancement applied to a misdemeanor sentence. Specifies that a sheriff is entitled to a per diem and medical expense reimbursement from the department of correction for the cost of incarcerating certain persons in the county jail. Makes permanent certain provisions permitting the department of correction to award grants from operational savings attributable to HEA 1006-2014, and provides that these funds may only be used for community corrections or court supervised recidivism reduction programs. Specifies that certain funds may not be used to construct or renovate community corrections facilities.last_img read more

Springers gymnasts win big at YMCA regional championships

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — For years, mid-May’s regional championships have been the culmination of an entire season’s work for Springers Gymnastics. This weekend, the team accomplished a feat it have never achieved before.Springers produced three all-around champions for the first time in program history at the YMCA’s Northeast championships at Kents Hill School in Readfield. The program represented the Down East Family YMCA in the three-day tournament, which began Friday morning and concluded Sunday night.“This has definitely been one of our better years,” team coach Doug Springer said. “We took 38 girls and finished strong as a team, which is our goal every year. … This is our big meet.”DEFY’s first all-around championship went to Level 8 contestant and Ellsworth High School junior Maddie Nida, who placed first in the 16-plus division. Nida scored 9.15 on vault 8.5 on bars, 8.625 on beam and 9.45 on floor Friday for an all-around score of 35.725.Springers Level 3 gymnast Mollie Birdsall of Penobscot displays her medals and first-place trophy after winning the all-around championship in the 6-7 age group at the YMCA Northeast regional championships May 11 at Kent Hills School in Readfield. DOUG SPRINGER PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter winning state and regional titles in 2017, Nida was forced to miss last year’s championship events as she nursed an ankle injury. Being able to claim the regional crown she was unable to defend a year ago made this win all the sweeter.“It felt great to be back out there and at full strength,” Nida said. “My goal was to just get up on the podium once, so to take first place was pretty awesome.”The week couldn’t have been much busier for Nida, who also competes on the Ellsworth varsity track team. Her championship win Friday was sandwiched in between the Eagles’ second home track meet of the season Thursday, in which she ran the 100-meter dash, 300-meter hurdles and second leg of the 4-by-100 relay, and the school’s prom Saturday evening.“It can definitely be a lot to handle just balancing track and gymnastics alone, but all my coaches are really understanding about it,” Nida said. “I just do my best and try to give it my all in everything I do.”Nida wasn’t the only Level 8 contestant to win an all-around title for DEFY as Riley Crowley won the age 13 crown in the classification. Crowley scored 9.025 on vault, 9.775 on bars, 9.55 on beam and 9.0 on floor Friday to total 37.35 points.Six years ago, Crowley won the all-around championship in the 6-7 age group as a Level 4 gymnast. On Saturday, history repeated itself as another 6-7 gymnast, Mollie Birdsall of Penobscot, finished with 36.1 points in the Level 3 competition to become the team’s third all-around titlist of the weekend.DEFY also delivered a strong team performance overall with the Level 6 squad taking home a best-ever finish of third place in the 36-team field. Top Level 6 performers included Aerie Yin (35.675 points in the 14-15 age group), Aliyah Washburn (34.95 points in the 12-13 age group) and Eliza Levin (34.9 points in the 10-12 age group).Overall, Crowley’s score of 37.35 was DEFY’s team-best mark. Emma Astle (37.1 points in the 11B age group), Stephanie Gualtieri (36.4 points in the 10A age group), Jocelyn Wilson (36.125 points in the 10B age group) and Birdsall (36.1) rounded out the team’s top five with Nida’s 35.725 coming in sixth.“Our girls did well at every level,” Springer said. “This is an enormous meet with hundreds of gymnasts in each session, and you have to prepare very well. I couldn’t be more proud of them.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Postslast_img read more

Suing NCAA not a viable option for USC

first_img“The 19th Hole” runs every other Wednesday. To comment on this article, email Joey at or visit Well, that was exhausting.Five years, one month and six days later, and the final chapter to the Reggie Bush era officially closed Thursday morning with the NCAA once again giving USC the cold shoulder, announcing the school’s appeal of last June’s sanctions had been denied.And it’s about time.For a case dating back to early 2006, when James Blunt songs were actually played on radio stations, it had become all too tiresome to cipher through stories repeatedly littered with the words “infractions,” “sanctions” and “postseason ban.”No doubt, following the five-year ordeal, it’s time for USC to move on, no matter how unprecedented, how unwarranted the NCAA Committee on Infractions’ decision was last year regarding USC (a loss of 30 scholarships over three seasons, a two-year postseason bowl ban).Granted, the outcome was unquestionably unfair, but at this point, nothing is going to change. It’s time to put “Sanctionsgate” in the rearview mirror, time to quit the COI bashing, time to look toward the future.“We’ll deal with what we’re dealt,” junior quarterback Matt Barkley told a group of reporters last week.Atop the wish list for many disgruntled fans is a lawsuit against the NCAA, a way to seek damages, a way to expose the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of the governing body of college athletics.Despite of such a possibility, school officials insist they won’t exercise legal action, not now or at any point in the immediate future.“The university has considered all the alternatives,” Athletic Director Pat Haden said Thursday. “We are not going to do that. We have decided to kind of move on.”Suffice to say, not everyone welcomes such a mindset.“What’s this WE business?” said one fan on the USC message board, “[Haden] should say “I” because the Trojan fanbase and I’m sure a large number of the alumni want to keep FIGHTING ON!!!”But a lawsuit is unquestionably farfetched.For starters, there is no technical “NCAA.” The organization is complex and composed of a litany of subcommittees, begging the question as to who you actually sue. The enforcement staff? The ones who initially uncovered the findings. The COI? The appeals committee? (The five-member group that ruled the sanctions were acceptable). Or for good measure, NCAA President Mark Emmert?But all are separate entities (the NCAA president is not responsible for enforcement). In short, putting a lawsuit together is complex.And who is going to file such a lawsuit? The university? The Board of Trustees? The athletic department? The boosters?I’m not a legal expert. I can’t tell you that if USC was able to sue the NCAA what the odds of success would be, or whether it’d be practical at all. It’d surely be unprecedented, unheard of in modern-day college athletics. Think about it: a member institution suing a non-profit organization it is a voluntary member of.And if successful, it’d have the impact to transform the sport 180 degrees. We know that much.Either way, it’s not on the horizon, and maybe that’s OK.Call it appeasement, call it raising the white flag, but it is quite possible that after five years, it’s time to turn the page and begin a new chapter.The initial violations stemming from Bush’s ineligibility date back to 2004 when Barkley and others  were in middle school, learning long division  and signing up for Pop Warner leagues. And for the next three seasons — potentially even longer — they, along with the entire program, will feel the impact of scholarships restrictions and bowl bans.So why drag it out?Now that the Trojans won’t be able to feature more than 75 scholarship players for the 2012, 2013 or 2014 seasons or partake in a bowl game come December, as losing the appeal guarantees the initial sanctions will no longer be altered, the only thing left the program stands to gain is monetary benefit.And considering the distractions this ordeal has caused and the potential it has to detract from the university’s success in the academic realm, it does pose the question as to whether this is an avenue worthy of pursuit.“I think we need to have a better relationship with the NCAA,” Haden said Thursday.Considering how the dominoes have fallen over the past year, maybe Haden’s right: It’s time to begin anew.last_img read more

Extra Innings: MLB is becoming hitting dominant

first_imgSam Arslanian | Daily TrojanIn the 2017 MLB season, baseball fans witnessed the most home runs hit in a single season in the modern era. With 6,105 dingers tallied between April 2 and Nov. 1, the players shattered the previous season’s total by nearly 500 home runs. But that magnitude of an increase isn’t the first of its kind. The 2016 season saw roughly 700 more homers than the 2015 season, which recorded about 700 more home runs than its preceding season. There are a lot of variables that come into play when discussing trends in baseball. The game has a unique way of naturally balancing itself out. Pitchers discover new methods of pitching that batters aren’t comfortable with, or they find a new technique to add a bit more heat to their fastball. At this point it becomes a pitching-dominant game. It isn’t until the hitters adapt to these new forms that we see the game shift back to a more hitting-dominant game.Another element, one that the players can’t control, can have a significant impact on the game of baseball: Rule changes. In 2015 — the year we started seeing these massive increases in home run totals — the MLB’s “Pace of Play” rules were introduced. These rules limited the amount of time pitchers had between innings in an attempt to combat the increasing length of baseball games. While their intention is clear, perhaps the implementation resulted in the increase in home runs. Pitching at the  MLB level is no easy task. For many pitchers the break between innings is tough — their arm gets cold or they can get off rhythm. Rushing a proper warm-up at the start of an inning, via the Pace of Play rules, can definitely have a negative effect on pitchers.At the end of the 2017 season, pitchers like Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish made headlines — not for their performances but for their grievances over the baseballs the MLB provided. “I think the main complaint is that the balls seem a little bit different in the postseason,” Verlander told USA Today. “And even from the postseason to the World Series balls. They’re a little slick. You just deal with it.”At first, I was skeptical about this claim (and as a Tigers fan, when Verlander speaks, it’s the truth). Why would the MLB alter the balls for the postseason? It didn’t make sense. Then I watched a World Series with 22 home runs. That is ludicrous. Then, like wildfire, a slew of conspiracy theories overwhelmed the internet claiming that the MLB made the balls slicker to increase the home run count. At the time, I believed there was some weight to this claim. After all, historically, World Series ratings have been on the decline and home runs are fun to watch. I partially believed this theory until a couple of days ago when I read an intriguing article from Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci titled “Countdown to Liftoff: How Joey Gallo and Josh Donaldson Embody Baseball’s New Era.” The article focuses on a few select players who are beginning to break the norm and introduce a new approach when down in the count. “Hitting concepts were once passed down like stories at the Thanksgiving table, generation to generation,” Verducci said. “These outsiders have instead used technology not just to educate themselves but also to disseminate their message, guiding the celebrated midcareer breakthroughs of J.D. Martinez, Justin Turner, Josh Donaldson and Jake Marisnick — to name just a few.”I’ve experienced this phenomenon of passed-down techniques firsthand. Every coach I’ve ever played under has told me the same words when I faced a dreaded 1-2 count: “Choke up, shorten your swing, crowd the plate and put the ball in play.” I listened to those directions. Why? Since every coach was telling me the same thing, I assumed it was just how the game is played.Completely flipping the traditional approach, the early adopters, Donaldson, Gallo and Martinez, are now doing away with the passive approach and instead opting for a more aggressive two-strike approach. Someone else who has adopted this method is the Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. Verducci quotes Turner’s frustration with the traditional method and decision to adopt a more aggressive approach from his teammate at the time, Marlon Byrd, saying, “‘Screw it. I’m going to start hitting the way [Byrd] told me.’ I go into Cleveland and I hit a home run off [Cody] Allen. Two days later, off [Danny] Salazar, I hit another homer. We go back home, and I hit some ropes off the wall in centerfield. I was feeling really good.”Game 1 of the 2017 World Series was a thriller. The score was tied at 1 entering the sixth inning when Turner launched a 2-run bomb over the left field wall to ultimately grant the Dodgers the 3-1 win. But what separates this from any other game winning dinger is that Turner was down in the count 1-2. If you look at his swing, you can tell he wasn’t thinking “put the ball in play,” he was looking to send a missile to the outfield and he did just that. All the aforementioned theories could be coincidence, perhaps even a perfect storm of variables that has led to this massive increase in home runs per year. But I think there is just too much that lines up to argue against this new hitting approach. With opening day just three days away, I am eager to enter the season as a spectator with an eye out for this new approach. If this proves to be the factor that has been the catalyst for this home run increase, it will be up to the pitchers to find a solution to restore the game of baseball to its balanced state.   Sam Arslanian is a freshman majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Mondays.last_img read more