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 Angie Hensley-Langrel, Deputy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a site visit to your county.
Indiana Pretrial Summit, October 4, 2019
Sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court in partnership with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Department of Correction, Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, Indiana Public Defender Council, Indiana Sheriffs' Association, and the Association of Indiana Counties. Summit materials will be posted as they become available.
- Program Agenda
- A Framework for Pretrial Justice: Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial System and Agency
- Opening Session - The Essential Elements of Pretrial Practices
- Opening Session - Pretrial Risk Assessment
- Building a Collaborative Team
- A Deeper Dive into the Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial Services Agency
- Founding Principles and Practices of Criminal Rule 26 for Today and Tomorrow
- Mapping Your Local Pretrial Process
- Meaningful First Appearance: Implementing Criminal Rule 26 with Fidelity
- Pretrial Data Collection
- Pretrial Draft Rules & Certification Process
- Pretrial Release Decisions, Conditions & Supervision Strategies, Part One
- Pretrial Release Decisions, Conditions & Supervision Strategies, Part Two
- Pretrial Risk Assessment Tool & Evaluation Project
- Prosecutors Leading Pretrial Reform
- 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.
November 4, 2019 from 9:30-11:30am
251 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204