Police call for judge input on pre-trial releases

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An Indiana Fraternal Order of Police chapter wants to figure out how to stop people from committing a new crime while awaiting trial for one they already committed.

Judges currently rely on a pre-trial risk assessment matrix system to determine who should be released and who should stay in jail pending trial. Rick Snyder of the IMPD complains judges should have the power to overrule the matrix and use their judicial common sense.

“We know that we have a system that takes into account histories and renders a recommendation, that’s great but it should be a human being judge that’s reviewing that and finalizing that decision,” said Snyder. “If we have a series of incidents where people are violating their bail conditions, I think that’s serious from the standpoint of impacting crime that’s going on in the community. Guys that are cutting off their pre-trial release bracelets so that they can go out and commit other crimes.”

Snyder’s also calling for a study of criminal justice reform outcomes and a database to track violent crime participants to monitor future victims and suspects.

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(This story was originally published on January 8, 2020)

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