Pretrial Release: State Reports and Other Resources


State legislatures consider and enact laws that address all aspects of pretrial policy, including release eligibility, conditions of release, bail, commercial bail bonding and pretrial diversion. These legislative policies have an important role in providing fair, efficient and safe pretrial practices carried out by law enforcement and the courts. Below you will find a collection of state reports and other useful resources. 


Alaska Criminal Justice Commission: A Practitioner's Guide to Criminal Justice Reform (Oct. 2018)

Alaska Criminal Justice Commission: Annual Report (2018)

Alaska Criminal Justice Commission: Annual Report (Oct. 2017)

Alaska Criminal Justice Commission: Justice Reinvestment Report (2015)


Arizona Supreme Court: Task Force on Fair Justice for All: Court-Ordered Fines, Penalties, Fees, and Pretrial Release Policies Report and Recommendations (2016)


California Chief Justice’s Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup: Recommendations to the Chief Justice


Department of Regulatory Agencies: 2011 Sunset Review: Bail Bonding Agents and The Bail Bond Advisory Committee (2011)

Colorado State Public Defender, Colorado Criminal Defense Institute, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Colorado Bail Book


General Assembly's Office of Legislative Research: Comparing Professional Bail Bondsmen Laws and Proposals for Surety Bail Bond Agents (2009)


Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability: Most Pretrial Release Programs Continue to Comply with Statutory Reporting Requirements (2011)


Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform: February 2018 Report


Administrative Office of the Courts: Pretrial Services: Pretrial Reform in Kentucky (2013)


Intergovernmental Pretrial Justice Reform Task Force; Report (2015)


Maryland Office of the Public Defender: Bail Reviewed – Report of the Court Observation Project (March 2018)

Maryland General Assembly's Office of Policy Analysis, Department of Legislative Services: Bail Bonds System (2012)


The Supreme Court of Nevada Judicial Counsel’s committee to study evidence-based pretrial release: Final report and the Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment Instrument (2016)

New Jersey

New Jersey Courts: 2018 Report to the Governor and the Legislature 

New Jersey Courts: 2017 Report to the Governor and the Legislature

Joint Committee on Criminal Justice: Report (2014)

Office of the Attorney General: A study of technology for tracking domestic violence offenders, specifically so that victims may be warned of their proximity (2012)

North Carolina

North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice: Report of the Criminal Investigation and Adjudication Committee (March 2017)


Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission: Addendum to the June 2017 Ad Hoc Committee on Bail and Pretrial Services Final Report & Recommendations (2018)

Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission: Ad Hoc Committee on Bail and Pretrial Services, Report and Recommendations (2017)


Multnomah County, Oregon: Mental Health Jail Diversion Feasibility Study (2015)

Oregon Judicial Department: Report to Bail Bonds Work Group on Failure-to-Appear Rates and Collection and Distribution of Security Release Funds (2010)


Office of the Legislative Auditor General: A Performance Audit of Utah's Monetary Bail System (2017)

Utah State Courts: Report to the Utah Judicial Counsel on Pretrial Release and Supervision Practices (2015)


Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs: Pre-arraignment Alternative Justice Programs in Vermont (2015)

Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs: Pre-Arraignment Alternative Justice Programs in Vermont (2014)


Performance Audit: Reforming Bail Practices in Washington (Feb. 2019)

Pretrial Reform Task Force: Final Report and Recommendations (Feb. 2019)

Bail Practices Work Group: Report to the Legislature: Recommendations for Improving Washington State Bail Practices (2010)

West Virginia

Legislative Auditor’s Office, Performance Evaluation and Research Division: Regulation at Bail Bonding Industry (August 2012)


Legislative Council Staff Brief: Study Committee on Bail and Conditions of Pretrial Release (August 2018)

Additional Resources

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