Pretrial Services screens and supervises litigants in criminal cases before their cases are adjudicated. The screening process includes an interview with the litigant, criminal record check, social history information, and completion of a validated risk assessment.
The right to reasonable bail before trial is a constitutional guarantee that reinforces the concept of “innocent until proven guilty”. When a criminal litigant is provided pretrial supervision by the court, public safety is enhanced as well as the reliability of the litigant’s appearing in court. Additionally, considerable taxpayer funds are saved because the litigant is not housed in the County Jail.
In 2015, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) conducted a site visit to Pretrial Services and determined Pretrial Services has all the structure and elements of a high-performing program.