Pretrial Services (PTS)

Pretrial Services (PTS) provides judicial officers with crucial defendant background information so that they may make more informed release decisions. Supervision is available for qualified individuals awaiting trial. Through appropriate supervision, PTS reduces failure to appear rates and provides defendants with services necessary to ensure their appearance at court for trial.

Pretrial Advancement

The Co-chairs are Pat Smith and Steve Austin.

The Pretrial Justice Committee comprised of Judges, Prosecutors, Defense and Pretrial Directors, worked for a number of years to produce a document that sets forth the key components of a pretrial justice system. The committee received technical assistance from the National Institute of Corrections as well as feedback from national Pretrial experts.  The final result is the “Key Components of a Pretrial Justice System”.  This is a document that can be used to educate your stakeholders and partners in pretrial. Key Components Pretrial Justice System

Pretrial Services offers:

Jail-based screening & investigations
Criminal history background checks 
Defendant interview
Verification of Community Ties
Reference Checks
Risk Assessment 
Reports & recommendations to the Courts
Intensive supervision
Anger management
Alcohol & drug testing 
Bond hearing investigation reports
Specialized programs & services
Substance abuse education
Substance abuse treatment
Other programs & services as needed or ordered
Follow-up criminal record checks

Pretrial Services in Virginia

There are 29 Pretrial Services Agencies that cover 84 of the 134 localities in Virginia. Pretrial Diversion and Related Services were first created in Virginia in 1989, pursuant to authorizing language in the Appropriations Act. In 1995, Pretrial Services were authorized by statute with the passage of the Pretrial Services Act (PSA, § 19.2-152.2 COV). Pretrial services agencies provide information and investigative services to judicial officers (judges and magistrates) to help them decide whether persons charged with certain offenses and awaiting trial need to be held in jail or can be released to their communities subject to supervision.

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