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Title: Pretrial Services Program
Corporate Author: Pretrial Services Resource Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: September 1990
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Bureau of Justice Assistance Clearinghouse
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Pretrial Services Resource Ctr
Washington, DC 20005
Contract Number: 88-DD-CX-K007
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Bureau of Justice Assistance Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The pretrial services concepts presented in this booklet are based on experiences with operational programs developed over the past 15 years; it summarizes key elements of such programs, optional services that they can provide, and performance measures they can use to determine continuing program effectiveness.
Abstract: A section on program goals and benefits notes that pretrial services programs have the following goals: to improve the release/detention decision process in criminal courts by providing complete, accurate, nonadversarial information to judicial officers; to identify those for whom alternative forms of supervision may be more appropriate than incarceration; and to monitor released pretrial arrestees to ensure compliance with release conditions. The benefits of achieving program goals are discussed. A review of the critical elements of a pretrial services program groups them into the following categories: procedures used before and during the defendant's initial court appearance; procedures used following the initial court appearance to monitor defendants and aid them in making their court appearances; and management and data collection procedures that permit a program to examine the effectiveness of its practices. An implementation and operational agenda focuses on initiating a pretrial program and performance indicators. Appended applicable pretrial services standards and a listing of sources for further information and assistance
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Pretrial intervention; Pretrial programs; Pretrial services agencies; Program implementation; Program planning
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