Vigo County seeks to improve criminal justice system

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A series of meetings to improve the criminal justice system in Vigo County is underway.

The prosecutor, sheriff, community members and others are taking part in the round table discussions.

Among the issues: not making police look like the military.

Some armored vehicles have been decommissioned as well as several high powered rifles.

Another topic looked at why a disproportionate number of African Americans are arrested.

“Because really, it’s just unknown why do we have these situations, these numbers like this, but in communicating we’re able to find them and talk about them and come out with solutions that are positive for our community,” Dwayne Malone, with the Citizens of Action, said.

The group also talked about Rule 26, which is new this year. Under this state rule, a person arrested who does not pose a flight risk or danger to others should be released without bond.

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