This program was established as an alternative to the traditional bail bond system. As a service to the court, arrestees are objectively assessed for likelihood to appear for court. A standardized interview looks at issues related to stability (residence, employment/support, family ties, criminal record, community protection, etc.) is conducted at the jail. Information is verified and a recommendation is made to the court regarding release.
Release recommendations are not made when the information can not be verified, with the exception of offenders whose backgrounds include records of failure to appear, absconding from supervision and escape. For those offenders and certain others designated by policy, a bond recommendation is made.
PRETRIAL RELEASE WITH SERVICES
Release With Services (RWS) provides supervision to offenders who are released to the supervision of the Department while awaiting trial, rather than released on their own recognizance or held in jail on cash bond. Probation/Parole Officers supervise RWS offenders to help ensure that offenders meet all court appearances and to inform the Court of any actions that violate their release agreement during the pretrial period.
MENTAL HEALTH PRETRIAL RELEASE
Defendants must reside in Linn County to participate in the Pretrial Mental Health Reentry Program. This program was established under an Agreement with Linn County to provide jail diversion services for people with mental illnesses, which provides funding for one Probation/Parole Officer. Defendants must meet the following criteria to participate in the program:
- Been arrested for felony or aggravated misdemeanor offense(s), although a serious misdemeanor assaultive offense may be considered.
- Consented and completed a Pretrial Interview; scoring in the -1 to 4 range on the interview (those who score in that range are currently recommended to be held on cash bond or released with supervision to the Department of Correctional Services).
- Agree to participate in all aspects of the program, and they must agree to sign all applicable releases of information.
The Department of Correctional Services Pretrial Interviewers, the Judiciary, and the Linn County Jail staff will refer potential candidates for the program. The Department of Correctional Services assigns a Probation/Parole Officer (PPO) to this program that will:
- Contact the referred individuals to determine their interest in participating in the program.
- Conduct initial mental health screenings on the referred defendants, using the MHS (mental health screening instrument).
- Have defendant sign all applicable releases on information.
- Schedule the defendant for a full mental health evaluation to be conducted by the Abbe Center for Community Mental Health, following consultation with the program supervisor or designee.
- Act as the primary case manager/pretrial officer for the defendant until their final Court disposition or until the defendant has attained a level of stability that a lesser supervision is approved.
- Reviewing needs identified by the Abbe Center with the defendant and assisting the defendant in addressing those needs.
- Oversee and enforce defendant’s compliance with the Department of Correctional Services Pretrial Release agreement and notifying the Court of the defendant’s non-compliance with any conditions of release. (A special condition of the pretrial release agreement will be that the defendant be required to make their residence accessible for home visits.)