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Monday, October 24, 2016

Ind. Courts - More on: Bail reform rule announced, effective immediately in certain counties

This Sept. 7, 2016 ILB post began:

The Supreme Court has today issued an Order adopting Criminal Rule 26, urging Indiana trial courts to use evidence-based risk assessments to inform pretrial release decisions.
The news release included:
The rule is effective immediately for Allen, Bartholomew, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jefferson, Monroe, St. Joseph, Starke, and Tipton counties and will be expanded to all courts January 1, 2018. Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council Executive Director David Powell explained, "Prosecutors encourage the implementation of fair pretrial procedures that serve to protect the public and we look forward to feedback from the nine pilot counties regarding implementation of the rule to continue developing sound policy."
However, on Sept. 30th Mark Wilson reported in the Evansville C&P:
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann on Thursday said he is concerned reforms to Indiana's system for setting bail will jeopardize public safety. * * *

"I don't have a problem with people being out of jail. I do have a problem with our community being less safe," Hermann said. * * *

Hermann and Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill on Thursday held a press conference with local law enforcement representatives to call attention to aspects of the rule that concern them.

Today the ILB has received a copy of this letter:

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 24, 2016 10:35 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts