Bartholomew County is in its second month of a pilot-program aimed, in part, at reducing the local jail population. Joe Meek, Magistrate of Superior Court II, explains…

Meek says that the gist of the program is to keep those at low-risk of offending again, out of jail, at least until their cases are resolved. He says that there is a list of criteria that helps to determine if an offender can be released…

As for who makes the decision on who is released and who isn’t…

Meek adds that at the end of this three-year pilot program, which is sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court, action may be taken to expand it statewide.