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County Pretrial Release Programs: Calendar Year 2015, Report No. 16-10, December 2016
 
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  • Pretrial release programs supervise defendants who have been released from jail while awaiting disposition of their criminal charges. Twenty-nine pretrial release programs responded to our survey requesting information regarding their 2015 operations. No program reported receiving state general revenue, with most (28) programs primarily funded through county funds. Three programs reported receiving state or federal grants.
  • Ten programs were able to provide a detailed breakdown of the nature of defendants’ criminal histories, which varied among programs. For these programs, the percentage of defendants with violent felony criminal histories ranged from 0% to 27%. Twenty-eight programs reported that judges in their circuits have the discretion to both release a defendant on bond and require supervision by pretrial release programs to provide two layers of accountability.
  • While programs reported varying numbers of defendants that failed to appear or had new arrests, most programs reported that few defendants they supervised failed to appear in court or were arrested while in the program.
  • Programs have generally complied with statutory requirements, as 29 submitted an annual report and most reported that they maintained the required weekly registers. Some reporting requirements do not apply to programs that do not make release recommendations. Programs also could not report some criminal history information due to state and federal restrictions.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State Courts System
Circuit Courts
County Courts

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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. 13-12 Most Pretrial Release Programs Continue to Be Compliant with Statutory Reporting Requirements,published in December 2013.
  • Report No. 12-13 Most Pretrial Release Programs Continue to Comply with Statutory Reporting Requirements,published in December 2012.
  • Report No. 11-27 Pretrial Release Programs Generally Comply with Statutory Data Collection Requirements,published in December 2011.
  • Report No. 10-66 Pretrial Release Programs’ Data Collection Methods and Requirements Could Improve,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-08 Pretrial Release Programs’ Compliance With New Reporting Requirements Is Mixed,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 08-75 Pretrial Release Programs Vary Across the State; New Reporting Requirements Pose Challenges,published in December 2008.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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