The Pre-Trial Units conduct assessments on defendants pending arraignment on felony charges and monitor defendants who are released after arraignment but prior to trial. The assessments consider factors such as the alleged crime, prior criminal convictions, and history of failing to appear at court hearings. This information assists the Courts in making informed detention decisions. If a defendant is released, this information is utilized to determine conditions of release.
The conditions of release range from court reminder phone calls, weekly check-ins, field contacts, continuous alcohol monitoring, to GPS tracking. Deputy Probation Officers monitor defendants’ compliance with these conditions and report their progress back to the Court. These efforts increase the likelihood of defendants appearing at future court hearings and reduces risk of re-offending while out of custody.