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Accession Number PB2013-100596
Title Pretrial Release and Misconduct in Federal District Courts, 2008-2010.
Publication Date Nov 2012
Media Count 20p
Personal Author T. H. Cohen
Abstract During fiscal years 2008 through 2010, 36% of the 283,358 defendants in cases disposed in federal district courts were released prior to case adjudication. The percentages of pretrial release ranged from 12% for defendants brought into federal courts for immigration violations to 71% for defendants charged with property offenses. Nineteen percent of released defendants committed some form of pretrial misconduct, and technical violations accounted for 90% of these pretrial violations. Data for the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP) were provided by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) Office of Probation and Pretrial Services Automated Case Tracking System (PACTS). The PACTS data cover various aspects of pretrial release in federal district courts, including the decision to release or detain a defendant, the different mechanisms of release or detention, and the behavior of defendants while on pretrial release. The PACTS data analyzed for this report include defendants whose cases were disposed by the federal courts for the combined fiscal years of 2008 to 2010.
Keywords Adjudications
Criminal justice
Federal courts
Pretrial release
Statistical data

Source Agency Bureau of Justice Statistics
NTIS Subject Category 91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1305
Contract Number N/A

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