Benefits of Pretrial Supervision
In the federal courts, Pretrial supervision is a way to monitor the actions and behavior of defendants released to the community. U.S. Pretrial Services officers provide supervision by carrying out duties to help ensure that persons under supervision obey the law and comply with the conditions set for their release. These duties include visiting defendants at home, work, checking on their attendance at court-ordered drug or mental health treatment, and much more. Supervision yields benefits for the community, courts, and defendants who come before the courts. A significant benefit is that supervision provides a cost-saving alternative to jail or prison. Supervision also potentially makes the community safer and the lives of the defendants better. The actual cases presented here illustrate some of the many benefits of supervision.
- Pretrial supervision protects the public by reducing the risk that persons under supervision will commit future crimes.
- Pretrial supervision may provide substance abuse treatment to enable defendants to cope without relying on drugs or alcohol.
- As an alternative to incarceration, Pretrial supervision allows individuals to live with their families, hold jobs, and be productive members of society.
- Pretrial supervision may provide mental health treatment to enable defendants and offenders to function better in the community.