County, Citizens of Action tackle criminal justice reform

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — County law enforcement officials are teaming up with local activists to tackle the topic of criminal justice reform.

On the heels of the recent implementation of Criminal Rule 26, Prosecutor Terry Modesitt, Sheriff John Plasse and members of Citizens of Action will meet Monday to discuss “concerns and ideas for improvements to the criminal justice system in Vigo County.”

Criminal Rule 26, which went into effect on Jan. 1 in Indiana, allows judges to use a risk assessment method to decide whether a defendant should be held in jail or released without bail.

Modessit noted Criminal Rule 26 addressed some of the concerns discussed at a previous meeting held in November, “such as bail practices and how they impact the poor and minorities.”

“We look forward to an ongoing dialogue as we continue to discuss issues and reforms in the Vigo County criminal justice system,” he said.

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