Pretrial Services

"Our voluntary Pretrial Screening program allows me to offer persons accused of committing certain offenses with the opportunity to participate in a Risk Assessment and Needs Screening before arraignment. The results permit all interested parties in the criminal procedure to make the best informed decisions as well as providing the defendant with information about local service providers to assist with specific needs."

—Youth Services Pretrial Monitor

Our Pretrial Services were first started in 2015 after the passage of Act 195.  It recognizes that many people entering the criminal justice system have underlying factors that lead to the criminal misconduct.  It is designed to screen for the presence of substance abuse or mental health issues to inform the criminal justice system about whether alternative paths at rehabilitation may be more effective than the traditional criminal justice system.