Citation in Lieu of Arrest

3/18/2019

Citation in Lieu of Arrest
is an order issued by law enforcement that releases a person on a promise to appear in court or pay a fine.

Citation

in lieu of

Arrest
Pay $

Citations provide an alternative to booking and jail, and allow people who are not public safety or flight risks to:

  • Remain in the community
  • Go to work
  • Go to school
  • Take care of family
Appear

  Booking
 
  Jail
Court   Court

States can use citations to reduce jail populations and provide cost savings. Citations divert lower risk people from detention, reserving limited space and resources for higher risk people.