Summit to address pretrial release practices as bail reform looms

Representatives from all 92 Indiana counties will gather in Indianapolis next week for a team-based training event on pretrial release practices in criminal cases.

The Pretrial Summit will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 4 in the Indiana Convention Center, 1000 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis. The summit will focus on Criminal Rule 26, which lays out new parameters for pretrial release based on evidence-based assessments.

The training sessions will focus on CR 26, pretrial assessment, the legal foundations of bail and pretrial release, best practices in pretrial supervision, and an overview of local practices.

Participants are expected to include judges, prosecutors, defenders, lawmakers, law enforcement, pretrial services officers, probation and community corrections officials, county officials, and mental health service providers.

More information, including an agenda for the summit, is available online.

A pretrial pilot program has been underway in 10 counties, but CR 26 will take effect statewide Jan. 1.

Watch for more on pretrial release reform in the Oct. 2 issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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