Pretrial release project to test assessment tool

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The Indiana Lawyer www.theindianalawyer.com on 1/7/16 by Marilyn Odendahl

The Indiana Supreme Court is preparing to test the viability of allowing certain offenders to be released pretrial without having to pay a bail.

Ten counties are interested in participating in the pilot project that will test the effectiveness of a risk assessment tool, according to a just-released December status report from the Indiana Supreme Court Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pretrial Release. The project will use the tool to identify the defendants mostly likely to flee if released before their trials.