Pretrial Pilot Program

Program Overview and Purpose

As part of the Budget Act of 2019, the Legislature is considering the appropriation of $75 million in one-time funding to the Judicial Council to fund the implementation, operation, and evaluation of programs or efforts related to pretrial decision-making in at least 10 courts.

Each of the selected pretrial pilot projects will operate under existing law and incorporate judicial officer release decisions prior to arraignment (or at arraignment if a hearing is required) that are informed by a risk assessment conducted by county probation departments.