Most Pretrial Release Programs Continue to Be Compliant with Statutory Reporting Requirements
Report 13-12, December 2013
- Pretrial release programs supervise defendants who have been released from jail while awaiting disposition of their criminal charges. Twenty-eight pretrial release programs responded to our survey requesting information regarding their 2012 operations. No program reported receiving state general revenue, with most (27) programs primarily funded through county funds. In addition, three programs received federal or state grants.
- Eleven programs were able to provide a detailed breakdown of the nature of defendants' criminal histories, which varied among programs. For these programs, the percentage of defendants with violent felony criminal histories ranged from 2% to 52%. Twenty-five programs reported that judges in their circuits have the discretion to release a defendant on bond and require supervision by pretrial release programs to provide an additional layer of accountability.
- While programs reported varying numbers of defendants that failed to appear or had new arrests, most programs reported that few defendants they supervised failed to appear in court or were arrested while in the program.
- Programs have generally complied with statutory requirements, as 28 submitted an annual report and reported that they maintain the required weekly registers. Some reporting requirements do not apply to programs that do not make release recommendations. Programs also could not report some criminal history information due to state and federal restrictions.
County Pretrial Release Programs: Calendar Year 2018
Report 19-17 December 2019
County Pretrial Release Programs: Calendar Year 2017
Report 18-06 November 2018
County Pretrial Release Programs: Calendar Year 2016
Report 17-12 December 2017
County Pretrial Release Programs: Calendar Year 2015
Report 16-10 December 2016
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