Our Policies:Confidentiality Regulations
Continual of Operations Plan
Random Drug Testing Policy
Location Monitoring:Home Confinement Policy
Location Monitoring Brochure
Letter to Clients-Attorneys
- A defendant is innocent unless proven guilty.
- The Bail Reform Act of 1966 had as a fundamental goal the prevention of unnecessary pretrial detention when conditions of release are available to reasonably assure a defendantís court appearances. It created a presumption in favor of release on the least restrictive conditions. The Bail Reform Act of 1984, however, created presumptions in favor of detention in certain cases.
- An officer works for the court and is not aligned with either the defense or government counsel.
- An officer uses the least intrusive means necessary to adequately investigate a defendant.
- Confidentiality regulations must be strictly adhered to in interviews, investigations, reports, and supervision.
- An officer must recommend and the court impose the least restrictive conditions to reasonably assure a defendantís appearance in court and the safety of the community.
- A financial bond is used only to address a nonappearance risk.
- A financial bond should not result in the detention of a defendant solely for financial reasons.
- A pretrial services report contains only information relevant to the assessment of nonappearance and danger risks.
Pretrial services is the front door to the federal criminal justice system and has a unique opportunity to lay the foundation for each defendantís success, not only during the period of pretrial services supervision, but even beyond that time. Officers strive to work with each defendant in such a manner that this contact with the criminal justice system will be his/her last and so prevent the front door of the system from becoming a revolving door. While pretrial services has no authority over a defendant beyond the period of pretrial services supervision, it can help to lay the foundation for success by:
1. Adhering to the highest standards of professional ethics;
2. Employing effective supervision practices; and
3. Creating effective partnerships with other criminal justice components and with the community.
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