INDIANAPOLIS – Victor Butler spent his 23rd birthday in federal prison last spring and was serving time on a parole violation related to his pharmacy robbery conviction as a teenager.
Last September 25th, Marion County Sheriff’s MPs picked up Butler from the federal authorities in Terre Haute and took him back to Indianapolis, where he was serving his last 16 months on probation for a gun conviction in connection with shooting an IMPD officer served year.
Five days later, Marion County authorities issued an arrest warrant for Butler for violating this parole.
On October 20, Butler was shot dead and his friend Tigron Davis, 20, was wounded on the 3200 block on Forest Manor Avenue.
Both men were on parole at the time of the shooting.
This week, the IMPD announced that it had arrested 18-year-old Jaylen Smith in Castleton for the murder of a young mother on October 11th.
At the time of his arrest, Smith was on parole on a previous gun charge and had another gun possession case pending.
In August, IMPD homicide detectors arrested Sammy Tinnin, 27, for killing a man in a fast food restaurant on the 2500 block of North Emerson Avenue.
At the time of his arrest, Tinnin was facing an active parole violation arrest warrant in connection with a 2017 firearms conviction.
Brotherly Police Detachment No. 86, President Rick Snyder, said IMPD officials often spot familiar names while reading the daily Indianapolis murder reports.
“They keep arresting and arresting the same people,” Snyder said. “Today you could be the suspect. Tomorrow they could be the victim. And that is the worry about how often our officers stand over someone who is lying in the middle of the street and has passed away. ‘What are we doing here? I’ve locked this person up for the past two weeks and now you are here. ‘How does that happen? And often they have jailed them for violent crimes that should have been held long enough for real intervention to take place. “
This type of intervention can expect ex-convicts, probation officers, subjects, and defendants upon release prior to trial at PACE, Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry.
“You come here, you are educated, your actions will change,” said Sharon Rucker, Peer Recovery Coach. “If you are taken out of society for a significant number of years, and previously the lifestyle you led was all criminally involved, that transition will be very difficult.
“It has to be within the first 14 days. For the first two weeks, you really have to grab a person right there to draw their attention to the fact that they are entering uncharted waters again and need help. “
PACE offers addiction recovery services, clean needle exchanges, resume and professional skills advice, as well as referrals and career workshops, as well as GED courses and ongoing support.
“This program has no end date. So if you trip and fall, the doors will always stay open,” said Rucker.
Donzae Wallace, 24, used PACE support to work his way out of the troubles teenagers who landed him behind bars.
“So I had to learn the hard way,” said Wallace. “I got out and then I broke parole and house arrest and then I go back and back out and I go back in and I go out again.
“When you came here to PACE, they were really just a positive influence on me to show and teach me that I can do things in a positive way.
“I say this to anyone under house arrest or parole for anything. If you have a probation officer or house arrest officer, if you do what they want you to do, they want you to be successful in life. They want you to get a job and be productive. They don’t want you to fail.
“Anyone under house arrest or parole who listens to your probation officer and only listens to the advice they give you really wants you to be successful in life.”
Snyder said he was frustrated with Marion County’s inability to collect data on probation officers and their propensity to commit crimes.
“The city and the county can tell me how many people they are putting on parole or parole. You can’t tell me how many that hurt, ”he said. “How can we not have a system that if you are arrested and put on parole will be conditionally released and I am arresting you tonight, and how can we not have a system that says you are and should be on conditional release not be let out again? “
With more than 4,000 clients, Marion County Community Corrections has more detainees in custody than any other community in the United States.
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