Dubois County Pretrial Services
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Pretrial Services Mission & Staff
The mission of Dubois County Pretrial Services is to aid pretrial release decision-making through the use of a validated risk assessment and to promote compliance with Court orders by providing pretrial monitoring services as directed.
Melissa Niehaus, Pretrial Coordinator
812-481-2440, Ext. 2277 Email
Danielle Traylor, Pretrial Services Officer
812-481-2440, Ext. 2285 Email
Christina Wagner, Pretrial Services Officer 812-481-2440, Ext. 2205 Email
Indiana Criminal Rule 26 — which went into effect on January 1, 2020 — states that courts should utilize the results of an evidence-based risk assessment and other relevant information to determine whether an arrestee presents a substantial risk of flight, danger to themselves or danger to the public.
Dubois County Pretrial Services staff use the Indiana Risk Assessment System to complete a pretrial assessment (IRAS-PAT) on a defendant after his/her arrest. The results of the IRAS-PAT are shared with the Court prior to the defendant's Initial Hearing, at which time the Court may order the defendant to participate in the Pretrial Monitoring program.
Pretrial Monitoring Program Details:
Indiana’s pretrial system strives to achieve the 3 M’s –
Maximizing public safety,
Maximizing court appearance,
Maximizing pretrial release.
Additionally, Indiana’s pretrial system follows these guiding principles:
A pretrial system that is fair is not based on ability to pay (bond and supervision fees), but instead is based on the assessment of objective factors relevant to public safety and court appearance
A pretrial system that reduces harm protects the public from those who pose a danger to the community while reducing the detention of those whose risk to public safety may actually be increased as a result of pretrial detention
A pretrial system that is informed is guided by social science research along with comprehensive case-specific information
A pretrial system that is cost-effective reserves expensive jail resources for those who pose a danger to public safety and utilizes non-detention-based interventions, including pretrial supervision, for those who can be safely managed in the community.