Pretrial Release

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 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.

Breakout Sessions


Indiana Court Times coverage of Pretrial Release project
(Court Times)

Bail reform aims to promote public safety and fairness
September 7, 2016 (press release)

Pilot Group

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.

Next meeting

November 4, 2019 from 9:30-11:30am
251 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204