Early Screening by an Experienced Prosecutor

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Recommendation

Jurisdictions should ensure that an experienced prosecutor conduct screening of criminal cases before the initial court appearance.

Description

Early screening of cases will allow for appropriate charging or timely dismissal, as well as early diversion or problem-solving court eligibility determinations. Prosecutors engaged early in the case can use the pretrial risk assessment instrument to aid in their bail arguments at the initial appearance, to include details needed to request preventive detention if available.

Resources

APA Policy Statement on Pretrial Justice
APA Pretrial Policy Statement.pdf
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Pretrial Reform in Kentucky
Pretrial Reform in Kentucky Implementation Guide 2013.pdf
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Processing Arrestees in the District of Columbia - A Brief Overview
Processing Arrestees in the District of Columbia- A Brief Overview.pdf
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