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PRETRIAL SERVICES DIVISION

Pretrial Services Division is part of the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s Field Services, Supervisorial District 3 Bureau.  Since 1963, Pretrial Services has been at the forefront in providing crucial information to those public entities concerned with community safety (i.e. law enforcement, the courts, Probation) on matters of detention, incarceration, and alternative sentencing. 

The Pretrial Services Division has two main office locations:

3530 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 501
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 351-0373  

433 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 974-5821

Sr. Director Frank McCormick, Director Edwin Monteagudo, and Director Harold Solomon.

Pretrial Services has employees located in the majority of courthouses throughout the county, and currently administers nine different programs.

 

BAIL DEVIATION PROGRAM

In accordance with California Penal Code 1269c, the Bail Deviation Program is a free service that is available to any adult in jail (inmate) for an “open” (no criminal charges filed with the court) felony or misdemeanor charge in Los Angeles County.   Pretrial Services employees:

  • Conduct telephonic interviews with the inmates
  • Check the inmate’s criminal background (if any)
  • Verify the inmate’s information with provided references
  • Conduct an assessment to determine the inmate’s release suitability
  • Contact arresting law enforcement agency for additional comments

The gathered information is provided to the on-duty bail commissioner, helping him or her in making a decision regarding the inmate’s custody status.  The bail commissioner may release the inmate on their promise to make future court appearances (without having to pay money for their release from jail) or reduce the inmate’s bail amount, making easier for them to get out of jail at a lower cost. 

In addition, the service is also available to any member of law enforcement or prosecuting agencies who are seeking a change in the bail amount on an inmate, if they feel the set bail amount is too low for community safety or if the inmate is a potential flight risk. Click here for the form: Request to Increase Bail and/or Restrict Source of Bail Form (Los Angeles County).

In this instance, information is obtained telephonically from the requesting agency or law enforcement officer, and is presented to the on-duty bail commissioner for a decision.

 

DRUG COURT PROGRAM

The Drug Court service is available to non-violent defendants arrested for certain felony drug charges.  Pretrial Services employees:

  • Conduct telephonic interviews with the defendant
  • Check the inmate’s criminal background (if any)
  • Conduct an assessment to see if the defendant is allowed to participate in the program
  • Verify the inmate’s information with provided references

With the court’s approval, qualified defendants are placed in a court-supervised, comprehensive treatment, and rehabilitation programs.  Drug Court’s judges monitor the participation of the defendants, and those who successfully complete the program have their drug case dismissed.  The program runs 6-9 months and involves individual and group counseling, acupuncture, and programs of educational, vocational training and job placement.

 

EARLY DISPOSITION PROGRAM

The Early Disposition Program allows defendants and the courts to reach a final decision sooner on the defendant’s criminal case, reducing the time and number of court hearings and avoiding a jury trial.  The Los Angeles County District Attorney and Public Defender Offices screen defendants for early disposition of criminal cases.  Pretrial Services employees:

  • Check the inmate’s criminal background (if any)
  • Forwarded the criminal information to Deputy Probation Officers who prepare case reports for the courts’ consideration in deciding on the early disposition of defendants’ cases

 

OWN RECOGNIZANCE PROGRAM

The Own Recognizance Program provides service to all Superior Courts in Los Angeles County handling felony criminal cases.  Verified defendant information is provided to the court, helping them in making decisions regarding a defendant’s potential to be released from jail.  Pretrial Services employees:

  • Conduct interviews with the defendants
  • Check the defendant’s criminal background (if any)
  • Verify the defendant’s information with provided references
  • Conduct an assessment to determine the defendant’s release suitability
  • Contact arresting law enforcement agency for additional comments

The gathered information is supplied to the court in a written report that includes an overall evaluation and recommendation regarding whether or not the defendant should be released from jail on his or her promise to appear for future court appearances.

 

ELECTRONIC MONITORING PROGRAM

The Electronic Monitoring Program is available to the Superior Court of Los Angeles County as an alternative to custody in accordance with California Penal Code 1203.016.  Authorized by the Board of Supervisors, the Probation Department contracts with a private company to provide electronic monitoring services, as part of Los Angeles County’s Community Based Alternatives to Custody.  Eligible, post-sentenced Los Angeles County adults in custody (inmates) are screened for possible participation, including court-ordered participation.  Defendants can be referred to the program on misdemeanor or felony cases either prior to conviction as a pretrial release, or after conviction as a sentencing option.  Pretrial Services employees:

  • Conduct interviews with qualified inmates
  • Check the inmate’s criminal background (if any)
  • Verify the inmate’s information with provided references
  • Conduct an assessment to determine the inmate’s suitability for electronic monitoring
  • Report the findings to the court or Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials

If electronic monitoring is ordered the court, special conditions such as breath alcohol testing, drug testing, counseling, community service, and/or substance treatment may also be issued by the court while the defendants are electronically monitored.

 

CIVIL COURT NAME CHANGE PETITIONS PROGRAM

In January 1997, the California Code of Civil Procedure began requiring all persons seeking (petitioning) for a civil name change (applicants) to be pre-screened.  Applicants on active parole or who are sex offender registrants must be identified, because the law excludes them from legally changing their names.  The Superior Court of Los Angeles County has requested that the Probation Department’s Pretrial Services Division conduct this screening process. Click here for the form: Name Change Criminal History Assessment Form (Los Angeles County).

 The various Civil Superior Courts refer applicants to Pretrial Services employees:

  • Review and screening of the referred applicant’s information
  • Check the inmate’s criminal background (if any)
  • Report the findings to the referring court on all criminal history information found (if any)

Those applicants who fall into either of the above-mentioned exclusionary categories are identified.

 

STATIC 99 PROGRAM

The Static 99 Program is designed to:

  • Measure the risk prediction of sexual and violent reconviction of adult males
  • Who have already been charged with or convicted of at least one sexual offense
  • Against a child or a non-consenting adult

Pretrial Services employees assigned to the Static 99 Program perform a Static 99 risk assessment, and prepare a report for the court's consideration.

 

JUVENILE SEALING PROGRAM

The closing and/or removal (sealing) of a person’s juvenile records is established by law in the “California rules of the court,” rule 5.830 sealing records – former wards (persons who were under 18 years of age, and had the court makes legal decisions on their behalf), under California Welfare and Institutions Code 781.  A former ward of the court may request (petition) the court to have their juvenile records to be sealed. Determination under California Welfare and Institutions Code 781 must be made by the court in the county in which ward ship was last terminated.  To be eligible for sealing, the former ward must meet the following standards:

  • Must be age 18, or 5 years must have passed from last arrest or discharge from probation
  • Must not have been convicted, in an adult court, of any felony or serious misdemeanor, and must be able to demonstrate that they are “rehabilitated” (not engaged in criminal activity)

 

DNA / PROP 69 PROGRAM (DNA)

Pursuant to California Proposition 69 (The DNA Fingerprint, Unsolved Crime and Innocence Protection Act) and under the provisions of California Penal Code Section 296, the Los Angeles County Probation Department must collect DNA samples and palm print impressions on all adult probationers convicted of the following:

  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors with a DNA collection court order
  • Misdemeanors with a prior felony conviction
  • Misdemeanors that require collection pursuant to PC 290 and PC 457

The Department must also collect DNA samples and palm print impressions on all juvenile probationers who have been adjudicated for a sustained petition of a felony or a qualifying misdemeanor.  Pretrial Services employees collect DNA samples and palm print impressions for both adult probationers and juvenile probationers.  Live Scan machines are operational at the collection sites to ensure compliance with the palm print impression-capturing requirement of Proposition 69.  

 

Here are additional websites with more information on Pre-Trial services in California and nationwide:

California Legal Codes Search (State of California)

California Association of Pretrial Services

National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies

National Institute of Corrections

Pretrial Justice Institute

 

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