- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Three South Dakota counties are working with criminal law experts to develop a pilot program that would determine the flight risk of defendants.

The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/1yAWFLy ) reports the program would provide judges in Minnehaha, Brown and Pennington counties information to help them decide whether to keep in custody or release criminal defendants awaiting trial.

Those counties are working with the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School to develop a system to use defendants’ background as a way to better predict their danger to the public and flight risk.

Judges would get a pretrial document with more information that what they find on police reports or gather through conversations with attorneys in court.

A similar program is already used by the federal court system and several local jurisdictions nationwide.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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