United States Pretrial Services Agency

Eastern District of Michigan

Charter for Excellence

We, the members of Probation and Pretrial Services of the United States Courts, are a national system with shared professional identity, goals and values. We facilitate the fair administration of justice and provide continuity of services throughout the judicial process. We are outcome-driven and strive to make our communities safer and to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve. We achieve success through interdependence, collaboration, and local innovation. We are committed to excellence as a system and to the principles embodied in this Charter.

We are a unique profession.

Our profession is distinguished by the unique combination of:

  • A multidimensional knowledge base in law and human behavior;
  • A mix of skills in investigation, communication, and analysis;
  • A capacity to provide services and interventions from pretrial release through post-conviction supervision;
  • A position of impartiality within the criminal justice system; and
  • A responsibility to positively impact the community and the lives of victims,defendants, and offenders.

These goals matter most

Our system strives to achieve the organizational goals of: Upholding the constitutional principles of the presumption of innocence and the right against excessive bail for pretrial defendants by appropriately balancing community safety and risk of non-appearance with protection of individual liberties;

Provide objective investigations and reports with verified information and recommendations to assist the court in making fair pretrial release sentencing, and supervision decisions;

Ensuring defendant and offender compliance with court-ordered conditions through community-based supervision and partnerships;

Protecting the community through the use of controlling and correctional strategies designed to assess and manage risk;

Facilitating long-term, positive changes in defendants and offenders through proactive interventions; and

Promoting the fair, impartial, and just treatment of defendants and offenders throughout all phases of the system.

We stand by these values

Our values are mission-critical:

  • Act with integrity
  • Demonstrate commitment to and passion for our mission.
  • Be effective stewards of public resources.
  • Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Promote fairness in process and excellence in service to the courts and the community.
  • Work together to foster a collegial environment.
  • Be responsible and accountable.