An Overview of Pretrial Services in the United States

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Title: An Overview of Pretrial Services in the United States
País: Estados Unidos De America
Palabras clave: Petrial Services
Fecha de Publicación: 2011
Idioma: en_US
Reseña: Pretrial services programs serve two main purposes within the criminal justice field. First, they conduct investigations and evaluate defendants, for the purpose of helping the court make more informed pretrial decisions. Second, they provide s upervision to defendants who are released pending trial, providing support services to releas ed defendants and assuring the court and the community that defendants are complying with their release conditions. These programs work within a variety of settings. Often they are housed in the judiciary, in probation departments, in the local jail or sheriff’s office, or in independe nt or nonprofit organizations. They perform their functions in an independent and impartial manner, u pholding the presumption of innocence and the right to bail that is not excessive. The right to bail that is not excessive includes the right to have release conditions that are no more restrictiv e than necessary to serve the purposes of bail.

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