On January 1, 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court enacted Criminal Rule 26, establishing pretrial services throughout Indiana. Over a process of nearly two years, a team of stakeholders met regulary, brought training from the National Instituts of Corrections to the County, attended trainings in several states and developed a pretrial process for LaPorte County. This team consisits of Judges, Probation Officers, Law Enforcement, Community Corrections, Mental Health, Minesterial Representative, County Clerk, County Auditor, County Council and County Commissioner.
The Pretrial Services Program operates within the Adult Probation Deparmtent and is responsible for:
- Interviewing all newly arrested persons
- Conducting a pretrial risk assessment
- Preparing background investigations on those individuals
- Producing bond reports for Arraignment Court daily
- Supervision and monitoring those individuals placed under supervision of the pretrial program
- Completing additional bond reports as ordered by the County Courts