In an editorial printed in the San Francisco Chronicle on November 11, the paper argues for increased use of intelligent pre-trial realease programs. In these programs, much more effort is made to determine an accused's threat level to determine if they are a threat to others or a flight risk. If the individual scores low in an objective threat assessment he will be released without bail pending trial.
Often these programs include strict conditions and supervision. In San Francisco, pretrial release programs match defendants with support services, such as drug, alcohol, or anger management classes. According to Garry Herceg, director of Santa Clara Office of Pretrial Services, 87% of their released defendants attend their court dates, only 3 percent re-offend, and the program saves $32 million a year.
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