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NCJ Number: NCJ 168635     Find in a Library
Title: Federal Pretrial Release and Detention, 1996
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): J Scalia
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 17
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: This report describes pretrial release and detention practices in the Federal criminal justice system.
Abstract: The Bureau of Justice Statistics initiated this report at the request of the U.S. Attorney for the Federal judicial district of Minnesota. At the time of the request, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota indicated that there was public concern in Minneapolis regarding the possibility of racial disparity in Federal pretrial release and detention practices. This report indicates pretrial release and detention decisions made by the Federal judiciary are based on statutorily prescribed factors. These factors include the seriousness of the offense committed, the defendant's criminal history, and the defendant's ties to the community. Findings reveal that 34 percent of the 56,982 defendants charged with a Federal offense were ordered detained by the court pending adjudication of the charges. Defendants charged with violent (49.7 percent), immigration (47.9 percent), or drug trafficking (45.7 percent) offenses were detained by the court for the entire pretrial period at a greater rate than other offenders. Defendants with a criminal history were ordered detained at a greater rate than first-time arrestees; 38.4 percent of defendants with at least one prior arrest were ordered detained, compared to 26.78 percent of first-time arrestees. Figures, tables, map, and appended tables
Main Term(s): Federal courts
Index Term(s): Pretrial procedures ; Pretrial release ; Pretrial detention
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
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Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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