Volume 13, Issue 5

A publication of the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety

June 17, 2016

News and Announcements

OCJS Research Brief Is Now Available

OCJS Research Brief


NEW RESOURCE: Human Trafficking Pinch Card for Law Enforcement

The Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and Ohio Department of Public Safety developed a pinch card to assist law enforcement officers with recognizing and responding to potential human trafficking situations. The double-sided card includes key legal definitions, highlights from the state and federal human trafficking laws, signs of both sex and labor trafficking, essential resources and contacts and tips for responding. Any Ohio law enforcement agency interested in receiving free copies of the pinch card can direct requests to Maria Marballi at mcmarballi@dps.ohio.gov or 614-752-4022.


Senate Holds Hearing on Cartels’ Involvement in Heroin Epidemic

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing last week on “Cartels and the U.S. Heroin Epidemic: Combatting Drug Violence and Public Health Crisis.” While the hearing focused mainly on the cooperation between Mexico, China, and the U.S. in combatting the growing heroin epidemic, several witnesses spoke about the role of the criminal justice system in fighting this epidemic.

Witnesses emphasized the increased presence of fentanyl-laced heroin, a synthetic substitute that has seen increasing abuse over the past several years. Although legal with a prescription, much of the illegal abuse in the U.S. is a result of manufacturing in China that is then shipped directly to the U.S., or to Mexico from where it is smuggled across the border.

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Senate Committee Authorizes Training in Active Shooter Response

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved The POLICE Act which adds a purpose area to the COPS Hiring grants to allow local law enforcement agencies to use the funds to help law enforcement and medical personnel better prepare for active shooter situations, including training civilians on how to respond if confronted by an active shooter. The POLICE Act, or S. 2840, passed the committee during the annual Police Week by voice vote.


Rapid DNA Bill Moves through Senate Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill last month that would allow law enforcement to use new technology to process and index DNA samples. The Rapid DNA Act would require the FBI to issue standards and procedures for the use of Rapid DNA instruments and their resulting DNA analyses.  These are instruments that carry out a fully automated process to derive a profile from a DNA sample. It would permit those results to be included in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) only if the criminal justice agencies taking Rapid DNA samples comply with the standards and procedures approved by the FBI, allowing the new category of DNA samples to be uploaded to CODIS with the same protections and quality standards as current DNA samples.

The Rapid DNA Act, S. 2348, is sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Mike Lee (R-UT). It was reported out of committee by voice vote.


Family Drug Treatment Court Helps Families Reunite, Study Finds

Parents who participated in family drug treatment courts to address substance-abuse issues—while their children were in foster care—were reunited with their children at higher rates than parents who did not participate in the courts, according to a study published in the Juvenile & Family Court Journal.
“(Family Drug Treatment Courts, or FDTCs) seek to blend the coercive ability of the dependency court with treatment and other needed services in order to more effectively address substance abuse and addiction in families,” write Jacqueline van Wormer, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Washington State University and Ming-Li Hsieh, a doctoral student at the school. 
“These programs aim to reunify families, if in the best interest of the child.”
The study looked at 468 participants (82 enrolled in an FDTC program and 386 enrolled in a traditional court program) in Snohomish County, Washington, between 2009 and 2011, and determined that 69 percent of parents enrolled in the FDTC program were reunited with their children, versus 62 percent of parents enrolled in a traditional court program.
FDTCs, which provide treatment, parenting skills, employment, housing, and other services, were developed nationwide in response to the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, which seeks to ensure children are reunited with their parents rather than remaining in foster care for long periods of time. There were 329 FDTC programs nationwide as of 2012.
Other findings of the study include:

The Crime Report


Crime Reporting in America

Six Lima, Ohio, residents and an Indiana woman were indicted in U.S. District Court in Toledo on human trafficking charges for allegedly forcing girls ages 14 to 16 into commercial sex acts.

Lorenzo Young, 30; Randy Thompson, 26; Aundre Davis, 34; and Precious Russell, 19, all of Lima, and Megan Hitt, 28, of Fort Wayne each were charged in connection with the trafficking of young girls for prostitution in Lima and Fort Wayne, Ind. Shemeric Cook, 29, and Jacqueline Young, 53, both of Lima were charged with obstructing the investigation.
“This indictment is yet another reminder that human trafficking is all around us,” said Carole S. Rendon, acting U.S. Attorney. “It flourishes in plain sight, on the Internet, and in the motels of our towns.”


Senate Committee Authorizes Training in Active Shooter Response

The Crime Report's Washington Bureau Chief Ted Gest and Deb Wenger, associate professor at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi, appeared on DC Public Safety Radio to discuss Wenger’s report "The Crime Beat: Does Quantity Matter?" The content analysis of six U.S. newspapers found that they produce a significant amount of crime reporting—but raises questions about the quality of that coverage.

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Training/Technical Assistance

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News From Our Ohio Task Force Commanders

Warren man charged with woman’s fatal overdose

June 2, 2016 by OTFCA

A Warren man has been charged in the death of a woman who overdosed on fentanyl.

Roderick Means also known as “Tap Out,” 33, is incarcerated in Mahoning County Jail on an involuntary manslaughter charge. According to an indictment filed May 26 in the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas, Means sold purported heroin to Melanie Anderson, who died after injecting the drug on April 11.
The indictment says the drug was actually fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate more potent than morphine.
Means was arrested on June 1 and awaits a court hearing on the charge.

Published by wkbn.com