In 2014, the Indiana Supreme Court authorized the development of a pretrial release pilot project in collaboration with Indiana’s Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) Initiative. Indiana Criminal Rule 26 is the foundation for 11 counties participating in the pilot project.
Criminal Rule 26 was codified in Ind. Code 35-31.5-2-121.5 et. seq. and is effective for all Indiana courts January 1, 2020.
The Indiana Office of Court Services is available to provide information, resources, and technical assistance to courts interested in getting started. Please contact Mary Kay Hudson, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a site visit to your county.
- Pretrial Release Informative Handout (updated May 2019)
- Pretrial Practices Manual (August 10, 2018)
- Pretrial legislation (See Ind. Code 35-31.5-2-121.5 et. seq.)
- Order Amending Criminal Rule 26 (September 5, 2017)
- Process Evaluation of the IRAS-PAT Pilot (June 2017)
Indiana Court Times coverage of Pretrial Release project
Bail reform aims to promote public safety and fairness
September 7, 2016 (press release)
Since the Supreme Court adopted Criminal Rule 26 in September 2016, the Indiana Office of Court Services has worked with 11 counties to implement Criminal Rule 26 and other evidence based pretrial practices. The pilot counties are Allen, Bartholomew, Grant, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jefferson, Monroe, Porter, St. Joseph, Starke, and Tipton.
Pretrial Work Group
Membership in the Pretrial Work Group fluctuates and includes stakeholders from all three branches of government and various organizations. The Work Group meets regularly to discuss and advance the project.
June 10, 2019 from 9:30-11:30am
251 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204