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County Holds Public Forum To Discuss Pre-Trial Pilot Program

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Yakima County leaders met Monday night for a public forum to discuss a potential program that would allow certain defendants to be released from jail

While they wait for their trials.

The program would allow judges to assess the cases and determine which criminals are least likely to reoffend if they're released.

County Commissioner Kevin Bouchey says the county's primary concern is the community's safety; only low-level offenders would be eligible.

“Do they hold a current job, do they have transportation, do they have a prior record? There's a number of factors that go into a pre-trial program that would give the courts some analysis tools for whether they qualify for pretrial,” Commissioner Bouchey said.

Yakima County was one of three areas selected nationwide to test the pilot program.
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