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Pretrial Release Programs’ Compliance With New Reporting Requirements Is Mixed, Report No. 10-08, January 2010
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  • Pretrial release is an alternative to incarceration that allows arrested defendants to be released from jail while they await disposition of their criminal charges. Florida has 28 pretrial release programs, which are primarily locally funded. These programs supervise defendants charged with a wide range of crimes.
  • Most pretrial release programs have complied with requirements to provide annual reports and maintain weekly registers of information on the defendants in their programs. However, many programs’ annual reports do not contain outcome data as required by statute. Further, the programs that have reported this data used different methods to compute those outcomes. As a result, statewide data are not available to compare outcomes across programs or to compare defendants in these programs to those released on bond or on their own recognizance.
  • Most programs report using best practices suggested by literature to help ensure that defendants appear in court and are not rearrested.
  • The Legislature could consider streamlining some reporting requirements to improve clarity and reduce administrative burdens on pretrial release programs.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 08-75 Pretrial Release Programs Vary Across the State; New Reporting Requirements Pose Challenges,published in December 2008.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State Courts System
Circuit Courts
County Courts

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 18-06 County Pretrial Release Programs: Calendar Year 2017,published in November 2018.
  • Report No. 17-12 County Pretrial Release Programs: Calendar Year 2016,published in December 2017.
  • Report No. 16-10 County Pretrial Release Programs: Calendar Year 2015,published in December 2016.
  • Report No. 15-15 County Pretrial Release Programs: Calendar Year 2014,published in December 2015.
  • Report No. 14-13 County Pretrial Release Programs Calendar Year 2013,published in December 2014.
  • Report No. 14-02 Expansion Drug Courts Can Produce Positive Outcomes Through Prison Diversion and Reduced Recidivism,published in January 2014.
  • Report No. 13-12 Most Pretrial Release Programs Continue to Be Compliant with Statutory Reporting Requirements,published in December 2013.
  • Report No. 11-27 Pretrial Release Programs Generally Comply with Statutory Data Collection Requirements,published in December 2011.
  • Report No. 11-21 Expansion Drug Courts Serving More Prison-Bound Offenders, but Will Not Fully Expend Federal Funds,published in November 2011.
  • Report No. 10-66 Pretrial Release Programs’ Data Collection Methods and Requirements Could Improve,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-54 Without Changes, Expansion Drug Courts Unlikely to Realize Expected Cost Savings,published in October 2010.

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