Pretrial detainees account for 60% of the inmate population in U.S. jails and the national cost of pretrial detention has been estimated at over $9 billion per year.
Pretrial Services has several functions:
- Gather Information: Jail Screener’s interview all defendant’s booked into jail and administer a risk assessment to determine release eligibility. This information is then presented to the court during the defendant’s initial appearance.
- Assess Risk: Judges use risk information to help determine an appropriate release option that ensures community safety and the defendant’s appearance.
- Provide Supervision: Pretrial supervision is effective in reducing failure to appear rates and new criminal activity.