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Pretrial Release

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PRETRIAL NEWS AND FEATURES

Attorneys walking up the steps of the courthouse.A group of legislators and legislative staff recently participated in a Risk-based Pretrial Release Site Visit in Denver, Colo. Read more about what they learned and saw on their trip.

Read "Predicting Pretrial Success," featured in the February edition of NCSL's State Legislatures Magazine.

Denise O'Donnell, director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, recently spoke with NCSL about pretrial justice. Read the Q&A session online.

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OVERVIEW | PRETRIAL RELEASE

Many people who have been arrested and charged with a crime are eligible for release prior to trial, often with conditions set to ensure their return for court appearance.  There were nearly three-quarters of a million individuals in jail at midyear 2011, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and 61 percent of those were pretrial, that is awaiting court action on a current charge.   State interest is growing in how to make pretrial release more safe, effective and cost effective.  In 2012, 40 states considered 395 bills or resolutions related to pretrial release, and of those there were 114 enactments in 33 states.

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