Kentuckiana prosecutors hope new program will help with defendants facing charges in both states
The plan calls for designating a person in each of the four offices to communicate between the jurisdictions about cases where defendants are the same.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new partnership between Kentuckiana prosecutors could save money and ease workloads.
Between Floyd, Clark and Jefferson Counties, the criminal justice system is taxed. But prosecutors are hoping a new program, that could be the first of its kind in the country, will ease the burden.
Prosecutors from Floyd County and Clark County, Indiana, as well as the Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and County Attorney have been meeting for months.
The group hopes to find a better way to deal with defendants facing charges in both states. The plan calls for designating a person in each of the four offices to communicate between the jurisdictions about cases where defendants are the same.
For example, when a man accused of purse snatching in Louisville last year led officers on a chase across the river, he ended up facing charges in both states.
Prosecutors are hopeful that this new partnership won't end with just this new initiative.
"We'll see how far this goes and ultimately we would like to see, one day, cross-jurisdictional prosecutors that are licensed in both states," Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said. "But that's jumping ahead several steps, but whatever benefit we get out of it is going to be more than we had."
The prosecutors also believe the new partnership will save Kentucky and Indiana money in the long run, because prisoners will not have to be transported back and forth across the river as often as they have been in the past.
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