Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Honored for Innovation
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo. - Mesa County has received national recognition for developing an innovative system that takes several factors into account when determining bond rates for defendants.
The Mesa County Evidence-Based Pretrial Initiative was given the National Association of Counties award. Research shows that there is very little correlation between setting bond based on criminal charges and public safety.
Mesa County decided to establish these scientific evaluations based on criminal history and several other factors to help judges determine a proper bond.
It's the first county in Colorado, and one of the first in the entire country, to implement this system.
"We are working collaboratively with other counties to implement this system. We've also been asked to go around the country and talk about the collaborative success of it," explained Joel Bishop, manager at Mesa County Criminal Justice Services.
These evaluations were put into place on July 1, 2012 and are used for all defendants booked into the Mesa County Jail/