Appropriates $1 million for 2019-20 from the General Fund to the Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS) to establish three pilot programs to reduce the use of secured bonds as a condition of pretrial release. Directs IDS to choose three judicial districts, one each in the eastern, central, and western parts of the State based upon the highest use of secured bonds per arrest in each region. Mandates each chosen district will receive $300,000 to implement the following tools for individuals charged with misdemeanors or Class G, H, and I felonies: (1) citations in lieu of arrest, (2) impartial screening tools to better assess flight risk, and (3) electronic court date reminder systems.
Mandates the participating districts collect data on the impact of the modifications and report results to IDS.
Requires IDS to use the remaining $100,000 for training, literature, and evaluation of the pilot programs. Requires reporting program results to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety by October 1, 2020.
Effective July 1, 2019.
Bill S 662 (2019-2020)Summary date: Apr 9 2019 - View summary