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.
Jail-based screening & investigations
Criminal history background checks
Verification of Community Ties
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Reports & recommendations to the Courts
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
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.