Trial judges in Louisville demanded changes yesterday to the state’s pretrial release program, which has allowed freed defendants to commit new crimes and ignore other rules, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. Their vote came after the Courier-Journal reported flaws in the Monitored Conditional Release Program, which frees some inmates without bond before trial, as long as they follow rules tailored to reflect their charges. The goal is to ease jail crowding.
Judges want 13 changes or improvements made, including that they are notified as soon as a defendant violates a condition of release. That could include not checking with pretrial officers regularly. Defendants who violate conditions of their release are to be brought before a judge who can jail them until trial, raise their bond, or do nothing. Administrators have pledged to make fixes. The judges will meet again in a month to ensure changes have been made and decide if the program should continue.