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Public Danger as Factor in Pretrial Release, Summary

NCJ Number
M A Toborg; J P Bellassai
Date Published
95 pages
This is a summary of a study that reviewed existing State laws pertaining to the handling of 'dangerous' defendants during the pretrial period, the implementation of these laws, and issues posed by such laws, together with pertinent recommendations for consideration by legislators and policymakers.
The review of State laws on pretrial dangerousness addresses definitions of dangerousness, the types of restrictions permitted on pretrial release, and the required procedures before these restrictions can be imposed. Perspectives on pretrial dangerousness encompass those of the public at large, State legislators and others instrumental in enacting pretrial danger laws, and criminal justice practitioners. An analysis of pretrial practices in Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Tuscon, Ariz.; assesses the ways in which defendants charged with robbery, rape, or felony crime while on bail were handled before trial. The extent of crime while on pretrial release is also assessed. The recommendations focus on ways to reduce the likelihood of crime during pretrial release while preserving defendants' civil liberties. Appended State danger laws, 144-item bibliography, and 93 footnotes.