The purpose of Pretrial Services is to investigate and assess the potential risk of flight and/or danger to the community of defendants entering the federal system. Upon the release of a defendant to pretrial supervision, officers monitor compliance with the conditions of release as set by the Court, notify the Court and U.S. Attorney of alleged violations, make recommendations regarding release or detention following violation conduct, and control risk of nonappearance and community safety.
U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services is the community corrections arm of the federal judiciary. As federal law enforcement officers we hold the responsibility to investigate and supervise persons charged and convicted of crimes against the United States. As part of the U.S. District Courts, we are key players in the federal criminal justice process at both the pretrial and post-conviction stages.
U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers are considered the "eyes and ears" of the Federal Courts. We gather and verify information about persons who come before the Courts and prepare reports that the Courts rely on to make release and detention decisions. Officers may be designated to monitor defendants if released to pretrial supervision, after they are charged and are awaiting trial. We may refer persons released to conditions of pretrial supervision to services which may include, but not be limited to, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, medical care, training, and employment assistance.