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County Pretrial Release Programs: Calendar Year 2017, Report No. 18-06, November 2018
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  • Pretrial release programs supervise defendants who have been released from jail while awaiting disposition of their criminal charges. Twenty-nine programs responded to our survey requesting information regarding their 2017 operations. No programs reported receiving state general revenue, with 29 programs receiving county funds. Five programs reported receiving state or federal grants.
  • Eleven pretrial release programs were able to provide a detailed breakdown of defendants’ criminal history information, which varied among programs. For these programs, the percentage of defendants with violent felony criminal histories ranged from 0% to 42%. Programs in 28 counties reported that judges may order defendants to post bond in addition to being supervised by the programs. Programs also reported varying numbers of defendants that failed to appear in court or were arrested while in the programs.
  • Pretrial release programs have generally complied with statutory requirements, as 28 programs reported that they maintained the required weekly register and 28 programs provided OPPAGA with an annual report. 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. 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. 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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