The Pretrial Quarterly is an NCSL electronic newsletter for state legislators, legislative staff, and others interested in pretrial release policy. This newsletter provides quarterly updates on state pretrial action and legislation and new NCSL resources. It also links to latest research and highlights pretrial policy in the news.
In the first half of this year, 34 states have enacted 78 laws addressing pretrial policy. States have continued to focus on individualizing the pretrial process by enacting laws to meet the needs of specific defendants including those that have been charged with domestic violence, sex offenses, stalking and drug offenses.
Policies also have focused on defendants who have been identified as veterans and members of the military, defendants with mental health problems and defendants with substance use disorders. For more information on 2015 enactments check out NCSL’s Pretrial Enactment Database.
This session the Georgia legislature passed HB 310 creating the Department of Community Supervision (DCS) and gave the department authorization to establish and operate pretrial release and diversion programs for felony defendants who are eligible for release.
Courts now receive release recommendations from DCS and are able to release eligible defendants on recognizance to participate in a pretrial release and diversion programs supervised by the department.
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