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Outcomes of Pretrial Release - Preliminary Findings of the Phase 2 National Evaluation (From Pretrial Services Annual Journal, P 141-157, 1979, by D Alan Henry - See NCJ-69868)

NCJ Number
M D Sorin; M A Toborg; D A Pyne
Date Published
17 pages
This report examined the initial findings of the LEAA-funded Phase II National Evaluation Program, which evaluated pretrial release programs.
The Phase II program evaluation encompasses three categories of analysis: outcome of pretrial release processes, delivery system which produces release decisions, and special topics. This report focuses on the outcomes analysis and presents findings from the first three Phase II sites yielding release outcomes data from arrests occurring during a 1-year period. The three sites were Baltimore, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Louisville, Ky. The data covered 1,400 defendants, 86 percent of whom were released during the pretrial period. The type of release given defendants reflected the type of charges against them. For those not released, the major cause of detention was the setting of bail amounts that could not be met. Defendant-based failure to appear rates for individual sites ranged from 6 percent to 21 percent. Little difference was found in the incidence of failure to appear by type of release. Those who failed to appear were more often unemployed and were usually nonlocal residents. The overall rearrest rate for released defendants was 12 percent. Tabular data and footnotes accompany the article.