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Our Mission

The United States Pretrial Services Agency is committed to providing the Court with complete, accurate, and timely information vital to making appropriate pretrial release decisions; assisting our clients in meeting their obligations to the Court; protecting the public; assisting the Court in the fair administration of justice; and, treating all people with dignity and fairness.


The U.S. Pretrial Services Agency was originally established by the Speedy Trial Act of 1974, in which 10 pilot federal judicial districts were allowed funding to create Pretrial Services Agencies. The primary goal of the act was to reduce jail overcrowding thru the implementation of alternatives to detention and minimize both the risk of flight and danger to the community of those on bail.