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NCJ Number: 68035 Find in a Library
Title: RECOMMENDATION GUIDELINES (SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA)
Corporate Author: District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency
Washington, DC 20001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RECOMMENDATION GUIDELINES USED BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PRETRIAL SERVICES AGENCY IN DECISIONS REGARDING THE PRETRIAL HANDLING OF ACCUSED ARE PROVIDED.
Abstract: IN 1971, ALONG WITH OTHER CHANGES MADE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S COURT STRUCTURE, CONGRESS ENACTED TWO SIGNIFICANT PROVISIONS AFFECTING BAIL AND ITS ADMINISTRATION. IN ONE PROVISION, THE BAIL AGENCY WAS TRIPLED IN SIZE AND GIVEN STATUTORY FUNCTIONS OF A SUPERVISORY NATURE. IN THE OTHER PROVISION, THE COURTS WERE AUTHORIZED TO CONSIDER ANY THREAT POSED TO COMMUNITY SAFETY BY THE PRETRIAL RELEASE OF A SUSPECT AND TO SET CONDITIONS THAT WOULD REDUCE THE RISK OF DANGER. IN 1977, THE AGENCY TO REEVALUATE ITS RECOMMENDATION CRITERIA AND DEVELOPED GUIDELINES OF PRETRIAL DECISIONS WHICH SEPARATE FACTORS RELATED TO COMMUNITY SAFETY AND THOSE RELATED TO TRIAL APPEARANCE. THE ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE OF THE PRETRIAL SERVICES AGENCY IS TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO THE PERSON CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF FIXING PRETRIAL RELEASE CONDITIONS TO PERMIT THE SETTING OF THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE CONDITIONS THAT WILL ASSURE APPEARANCE IN COURT AND COMMUNITY SAFETY. PROBLEM INDICATORS ARE DIVIDED INTO THREE BROAD CATEGORIES: INDICATORS OF FAILURES TO APPEAR, INDICATORS OF PERSONAL VIOLENCE, AND INDICATORS OF REARREST. SOLUTIONS ARE ALSO DIVIDED INTO THREE BROAD CATEGORIES: FACTORS THAT MINIMIZE THE PERCEIVED RISK OF FAILURE TO APPEAR, FACTORS THAT MINIMIZE THE PERCEIVED RISK OF PERSONAL VIOLENCE, AND FACTORS THAT MINIMIZE THE PERCEIVED RISK OF REARREST. THE TASK OF THE AGENCY IS TO FORMULATE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT MATCH THE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS POSED, BASED UPON THOROUGH AND ACCURATE DATA COLLECTION. THE APPENDIXES PROVIDE A LIST OF VIOLENT AND DANGEROUS CRIMES AND APPROXIMATELY 30 REFERENCES.
Index Term(s): Bail/Financial Release; Decisionmaking; District of Columbia; Pretrial procedures; Release on recognizance
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