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Supreme Court Ad Hoc Pretrial Justice Task Force

The Kansas Supreme Court formed an ad hoc task force in November 2018 to examine pretrial detention practices in Kansas district courts.

The task force will report its findings and recommendations to the court within 18 months.

The 15-member task force met for the first time December 13 and 14 in Topeka.

The task force will:

Important Dates

Next meeting February 7, 2020 at 8:50 a.m.

Presentations to the Task Force

September 12-13, 2019 Meeting

The morning of September 12 was opened to any stakeholders who wished to address the members of the task force. Presentations were made by:

The remainder of the September 2019 meeting was spent discussing possible recommendations to include in the final Task Force report due next year.

Three presentations were made at the June 14 meeting.

Four presentations were made at the March 8 meeting.

December 13, 2018 Meeting

Opening remarks PowerPoint slides

Three experts spoke at the December 13 meeting.

The December 14 meeting included a panel discussion.


Panelists were:

National Resources

National Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices Resource Center

National Center for State Courts 2017 report on trends in state courts

Pretrial Justice Center for Courts

Other Resources

Paper submitted to Task Force by Stakeholder/Advisor Cal Williams

Schnacke handout on model pretrial detention goals

Schnacke handout on model for laws dealing with pretrial detention

A Brief History of Bail by Timothy R. Schnacke published in The Judges' Journal Paper

Changing Bail Laws by Timothy R. Schnacke

"Model" Bail Laws: Re-Drawing the Line Between Pretrial Release and Detention by Timothy R. Schnacke

Bias In, Bias Out by Sandra G. Mayson, 128 Yale L.J. ___ (2019)

Schnacke links to longer documents

September 2019 Summary for Stakeholders

Kansas Bail Agents Association Response to September 2019 Summary

December 2019 Summary for Stakeholders

Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Response to December 2019 Summary