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Friday, September 09, 2016

Ind. Courts - Another view on Indiana bail reform [Updated]

Updating earlier ILB posts (here, here and here) on the newly announced bail reform rule, effective immediately in certain counties, Rod Rose of the Lebanon Reporter writes today:

Changes in Indiana’s bail system that were ordered by the Indiana Supreme Court Wednesday are discouraging to Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer. * * *

David Powell, executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, said, “We look forward to feedback from the nine pilot counties regarding implementation of the rule to continue to develop sound policy.”

Meyer thinks the policy is far from sound — or needed.

“This new rule is another good example of implementing something for the entire state that isn’t necessarily needed everywhere,” Meyer said Wednesday in an email. “If the system is broken in certain parts of the state then the plan should be to encourage/implement change in those counties and leave the rest of us alone.”

The new rule will allow offenders back into the community to commit more crime, he said.

“I am also concerned that more offenders facing serious felony charges will be given the opportunity to flee this jurisdiction under this new rule,” Meyer said.

Arrestees will provide much of the information for the risk assessments, Meyer said. “As with most risk assessment tools, the result is only as good as the information provided, and if you put garbage in, you’re going to get garbage out.”

He is also worried over the impact on fees, expenses and services that are now paid for by bond money.

[Updated at 3:17 PM] "New Indiana Criminal Rule Excites Defense Attorneys, Worries Prosecutors" is the headline to this EagleCountyOnline story from Mike Perleberg that begins:
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Prosecutors and defense attorneys differ on whether a new criminal rule announced by the Indiana Supreme Court will make the state a safer place.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 9, 2016 11:11 AM
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