For over 15 years, the Office of Adult Court Services has administered a pretrial services program. This program is designed to assist judges and magistrates in making the most informed bail decisions by providing them with a pretrial investigation/risk assessment and report on every defendant prior to arraignment. Pretrial services also provides supervision, drug and alcohol screening, and treatment monitoring of those defendants released to the custody of the program pending trial.
In FY 2018, the Office of Adult Court Services provided 350 investigations/risk assessments to the judges and magistrates, as well as monitored the 425 defendants who were placed under pretrial supervision. 85% of these defendants made it to trial successfully without new charges or technical violations.
To learn more about pretrial services, please review our Pretrial Brochure.
Read how pretrial services is affecting bail reform across Virginia and the country (February 25, 2019 AP article).