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Pretrial Release Programs Generally Comply with Statutory Data Collection Requirements, Report No. 11-27, December 2011
 
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  • During 2010, 29 Florida counties had pretrial release programs that supervised defendants who had been released from jail while awaiting disposition of their criminal charges. No program reported receiving state general revenue, with most programs (27) primarily funded through county funds. In addition, four programs received state or federal grants.
  • Eight programs were able to provide a breakdown of the nature of defendants’ criminal history, which varied among programs. For these programs, the percentage of defendants with violent felony convictions ranged from 0.9% to 29.7%. Twenty-four programs reported that judges in their circuits have the discretion to assign a bond and require supervision by pretrial release programs to provide an additional layer of accountability.
  • Most programs reported that few defendants they served failed to appear in court or were arrested while in the program. As in prior years, programs reported varying outcomes for failures to appear, warrants for failure to appear, and defendant arrests.
  • Programs have generally complied with statutory requirements, as most (26) submitted an annual report to OPPAGA and reported that they maintain the required weekly registers. Most programs (27) also responded to OPPAGA’s survey that requested additional information.
  • Some programs’ annual reports do not contain all outcome data required by law. 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.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 10-08 Pretrial Release Programs’ Compliance With New Reporting Requirements Is Mixed,published in January 2010.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Circuit Courts
State Courts System
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 2013.
  • Report No. 10-66 Pretrial Release Programs’ Data Collection Methods and Requirements Could Improve,published in December 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).
e-mail address: oppaga@oppaga.fl.gov


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