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Community Justice Academy

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will host the seventh annual Community Justice Academy in October. Designed to educate and engage residents about crime prevention strategies and the criminal justice process, the Academy builds on the work of the Community Prosecution Division of the Marion County Prosecutor's Office by offering sessions that are tailored to areas of citizen interest and specific community needs.

2017 Community Justice Academy:

Monday, October 2 & Wednesday, October 11, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Behind the Scenes: Prosecuting a Murder

Monday, October 16, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Opioid Surge

Monday, October 23, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Realities of Human Trafficking

Location: Indianapolis Public Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis (map) 
Program Coordinator: Annie Kern - (317) 327-3642​

2016 Sessions

Week 1 (Oct. 3): Balancing Accountability & Confidentiality

Presented by: 

Terry Curry, Marion County Prosecutor

Troy Riggs, IMPD Chief of Police

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Week 2 (Oct. 12): Plea Agreements: When & Why

Presented by: 

Ryan Mears, Major Felony Deputy Prosecutor

Katie Jackson-Lindsay, Defense Attorney

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Week 3 (Oct. 17): Crisis Intervention in Behavioral Health

Presented by:

Catherine Cummings, IMPD Sergeant

Linda Linn, Eskenazi Health Crisis Specialist

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Week 4 (Oct. 24): Home to School: A Culture of Violence

Presented by:

Jamal Smith, IPS Athletic Director and Founder of the Lead Change Project

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2015 Sessions

Week 1 (Sep. 28): Mental Illness and the Justice System

Presented by Barbara Cook Crawford, Marion Superior Court Judge; and Kathy Infanger, Deputy Prosecutor

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Week 2 (Oct. 5): Neglect of Children: Exposing the Epidemic

Presented by Dr. Brandie Oliver, Butler University Assistant Professor Shawn Bush, Lawrence Township Director of Student Services; and Sandy Runkle, Director of Programs with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana

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Week 3 (Oct. 12): Social Media and Criminal Prosecution

Presented by Steven Schafer, IMPD Detective-Sergeant; and Tiffany McCormick, Assistant U.S Attorney

Week 4 (Oct. 19): Hate Crimes

Presented by Terry Curry, Marion County Prosecutor; and Miriam Zeidman, Midwest Civil Rights Counsel with the Anti-Defamation League 


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2014 Sessions

Critical Need for Witness Support in Prosecution

Presented by:

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry
Indiana University Department of Criminal justice Assistant Professor Natalie Kroovand Hipple
Remarks by Debra Watson, mother of homicide victim

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Criminals Targeting the Baby Boomer Generation

Presented by:

Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Cindy Oetjen
Adult Protective Services Administrator Andrea Qualitza

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Deadly Myths about Domestic and Dating Violence

Presented by:

Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Kristina Korobov
Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Linda Major
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Overcoming the Barriers to Re-Entry

Presented by:
Indianapolis City County Councillor Vop Osili
Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Andy Fogle

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More photos from the 2013 Community Justice Academy >>

2013 Sessions

An Inside Look at the Grand Jury

Presented by:
Prosecutor Terry Curry
Grand Jury Investigations Supervisor Tom Gancarz

Gun Violence and Gun Laws

Presented by:
Deputy Prosecutor Tom Lupke
Eskenazi Health Surgeon Dr. Clark Simons
IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs Director of Criminal Justice and Public Safety Programs Dr. Thomas Stucky


CSI Indianapolis: How Prosecutors use Forensic Science

Presented by:
Deputy Prosecutor Cindy Oetjen
Indianapolis-Marion Co. Forensic Services Agency Director Mike Medler



Prosecuting Juvenile Crime and Gangs in Marion County

Presented by:
Deputy Prosecutor Peter Haughan
Deputy Prosecutor Kristen Martin
Deputy Prosecutor Joe Bosstick