Numerous minor rule changes effective Dec. 1 have been made available by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The rule changes deal with appearances and substitution of counsel, continuances in criminal cases, grand jury processes and other matters.
Stakeholders from around Indiana shared experiences and expectations regarding pretrial release reform as the entire state moves toward a system less reliant on cash bail beginning in January.
Across Indiana, 44 local jails are currently at capacity. But if half of all pretrial detainees were released, that number would fall to 11. A key lawmaker used that statistic Friday to demonstrate the possible benefits in Indiana’s efforts to release low-level, low-risk offenders as an alternative to cash bail.
A series of proposed rules concerning pretrial services is up for public review and comment, the Indiana Judicial Conference Board of Directors has announced.
As criminal justice reform efforts continue across the state, members of the Indiana General Assembly are meeting this summer to discuss issues related to pre-trial release, indigency and sentencing, among others.
A dispute over who should receive bond money paid on behalf of a now-deceased defendant will proceed in court after the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment for the woman who posted the bond then fatally shot the man.
A southwestern Indiana woman has been charged in a hit-and-run death after police matched a section of bumper found at the accident scene to her car.
The Indiana Court of Appeals has determined a man is not at fault for failing to appear in court due to his incarceration for another crime. It also found the trial court abused its discretion by setting an additional bail for him without having been requested to do so.
Officials in Porter County and 10 other Indiana counties are testing a risk-assessment program to determine whether people who have been arrested should be required to post bail while awaiting trial. The pilot is expected to roll out statewide next year.
Bond has been set at $200,000 and $60,000, respectively, for the two men suspected of shooting two Clark County judges last week. The suspects will return to court Friday for their initial hearing.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Roger Stone to appear in court to consider whether to revoke his bail after the longtime Donald Trump confidant posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.
A judge has set bond at $500,000 for a 32-year-old man charged with shooting five people outside an Evansville bar.
An Indiana judge has entered a preliminary not guilty plea for a high school football player accused of killing 17-year-old schoolmate Breana Rouhselang, who was pregnant with his child. The St. Joseph County judge also denied bail Tuesday for 16-year-old Aaron Trejo, who’s charged as an adult with murder and feticide.
A central Indiana woman who authorities say had been drinking and was taking a nap when her 2-year-old son crawled into a hot car and later died isn’t getting her bond reduced ahead of trial. A judge denied a request by Britni Nicole Wihebrink of Daleville to approve a lower bond after her 2-year-old son Jaxon Stults was found “very hot and stiff” in her car Sept. 5 and died in an ambulance.
A northern Indiana trial court’s contempt order against a man who violated a condition of bail was an abuse of discretion, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, reversing the order.
A man convicted of misdemeanor battery after spanking his grandson must give up his bail agent license after a divided panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals determined his conviction was a qualifying offense warranting revocation.
The Supreme Court of the United States says immigrants the government has detained and is considering deporting aren’t entitled by law to a bond hearing after six months in detention and then every six months if they’re still being held.