- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A preliminary report shows felony cases going through a new Jefferson County court program are being resolved more quickly compared to those that are going through the old program.

The Courier-Journal reports (https://cjky.it/1bKr1Ry ) Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine will update council members on Thursday about the pilot project, which is designed to reduce court process time, jail overcrowding and other legal costs.

Last fall, the city received a grant for approximately $334,000 to fund the two-year program.

With the grant, two prosecutors and a paralegal in Wine’s office were hired to handle the felonies in two district courtrooms rather than at the circuit court level.

Preliminary findings show “rocket docket” cases - where defendants sign a guilty plea agreement - were resolved a week earlier than those not in the program.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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