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NCJ Number: 43687 Find in a Library
Title: DELAWARE COUNTY (PA) BAIL AGENCY - FOLLOW-UP EVALUATION REPORT
Author(s): R A WILSON
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Planning Board
Harrisburg, PA 17108
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: SE-75-C-6A-7-701
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF|PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE ACTIVITIES AND IMPACT OF THE DELAWARE COUNTY, PA., BAIL AGENCY OVER A 9-MONTH PERIOD ARE ASSESSED, AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING THE AGENCY'S PROGRAM ARE OFFERED.
Abstract: THE BASIC PURPOSES OF THE BAIL AGENCY ARE TO ENABLE AS MANY DEFENDANTS AS POSSIBLE TO ENJOY PRETRIAL FREEDOM WITHOUT BEING PENALIZED FOR INABILITY TO AFFORD BAIL AND TO INSURE THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF DEFENDANTS APPEAR AT SCHEDULED HEARINGS. THE AGENCY'S EVALUATION REPORT FOCUSES ON NEWLY DEVELOPED RELEASE CRITERIA TO BE USED IN ESTIMATING RISK OF FLIGHT AND IN MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COURTS REGARDING BAIL, ON VERIFICATION PROCEDURES USED BY THE AGENCY IN PROCESSING INFORMATION ON DEFENDANTS, AND ON ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROGRAM. THE AGENCY IS FOUND TO BE EFFECTIVE IN PERFORMING THE FOLLOWING FUNCTIONS: INTERVIEWING DEFENDANTS REGARDING ELIGIBILITY FOR BAIL; VERIFYING INFORMATION RELATIVE TO BAIL POTENTIAL AND BAIL RISK; PRESENTING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COURTS; AND COMMUNICATING WITH RELEASED DEFENDANTS REGARDING SCHEDULED COURT APPEARANCES. AMONG RECOMMENDATIONS IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE PRETRIAL SERVICE PROGRAM INCORPORATING PROVISIONS FOR PLACING DEFENDANTS IN APPROPRIATE TREATMENT PROGRAMS DURING THE PRETRIAL PERIOD. DETAILS OF THE AGENCY'S INTERVIEWING AND VERIFICATION PROCEDURES ARE APPENDED. SUPPORTING DATA ARE NOT INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Bail/Financial Release; Evaluation; Pennsylvania; Pretrial procedures
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