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LAWS DATABASE

GavelUse the Pretrial Policy Laws Database to find the laws in your state or view 50-state comparison charts to see trends across the nation.

 

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PRETRIAL NEWS AND FEATURES

Attorneys walking up the steps of the courthouse.A new NCSL report, "Trends in Pretrial Release: State Legislation," highlights legislative action from 2012 to 2014.

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.

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PRETRIAL ENACTMENT DATABASE

NCSL has partnered with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to report significant state pretrial release legislation in this database. The database contains legislation enacted in 2012 through preliminary 2014.

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OVERVIEW | PRETRIAL RELEASE

Most criminal defendants are eligible for pretrial release, with very few exceptions for those charged with the most serious offenses, yet two-thirds of people in local jails are awaiting trial. State law provides a framework for judges and other local officials to determine who is eligible for release and under what conditions. Actions of state legislatures in recent years include policies affecting risk assessments, victim-specific pretrial procedures and conditions, pretrial services and diversion programs. 

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