Pretrial jail screeners gather information about defendants
to assess risk of endangering the community or failing to appear in court. Screeners conduct interviews of all
individuals “booked” into the Adult Detention Center (ADC) to determine which
defendants merit release based on the results of a validated risk assessment,
pre-adjudicated criminal charges, and success during any prior release. This
information includes: a defendant’s residence, employment, and community ties;
a defendant’s criminal history; and whether defendant is on probation, parole,
or pretrial release.
Pretrial risk assessment helps ensure that low risk defendants are not held in
jail awaiting trial and that high risk offenders or those posing a risk to
public safety are detained in jail. Release is allowed for most first-offense
arrests for non-violent crimes. Review
and consent of a judge may be required for more serious offenses. Supervision is required for those with
serious charges or demonstrating a need for support.