To provide pretrial services to defendants in the Dane County Criminal Courts. As Agents of the Court, we strive to increase public protection through the supervision of bail conditions, referrals to community resources and support, and opportunities for positive change. We are committed to providing quality services in a respectful manner to our diverse client population.
- Defendants in Pretrial Services have been charged with alleged crimes and are pending trial. Defendants may have misdemeanor and/or felony charges pending. Defendants have to be referred to the program by a judge or court commissioner. The court provides the defendant with Pretrial Services, as an alternative to cash bail, or in some cases as a condition of them posting cash bail, while their case is pending.
- If ordered into the program, defendants are required to report to the Pretrial Services office (211 S Carroll St Suite 210, Madison) (Map-English) (Map-Spanish) as directed by the court.
- Defendants in the program must comply with all of their bail conditions. If there is a bail violation, this may result in termination from the program, cash bail being reinstated, a warrant for their arrest, returning to the jail, or a hearing with the judge. Pretrial Services may also impose additional rules as a condition of release.
Eligibility Requirements for Acceptance into Pretrial Services and Release from Jail
- Homelessness is not an automatic exclusion to being accepted and released from the jail into Pretrial Services, but will be considered as a variable on a case by case scenario.
- Defendant may not have a probation/parole hold, detainer from another jurisdiction, or a commitment/sentence to serve. Any of these holds prohibit the defendant’s release from custody.
- Defendant must voluntarily agree to participate with all rules/requirements of Pretrial Services and comply with all other court orders and conditions of bail.
Other Factors Considered for Program Eligibility:
- Recidivism risk and success with previous supervision programs.
- Available community resources and support to meet defendant’s needs.
- Assessment of current bond conditions to determine if the defendant may be appropriately supervised in the community under those conditions.
- Cooperation and truthfulness of the defendant.
- Defendant’s willingness to follow all rules of supervision.
Pretrial Services Minimum Supervision Requirements
- Defendant will report to the Pretrial Services' office at a frequency deemed appropriate by the social worker, which may be weekly.
- Defendant will be subject to random urinalysis (UA) to screen for controlled substances when a bond condition of “shall not possess or consume controlled substances or drug paraphernalia” is ordered.
- When a no alcohol condition is ordered by the court, Pretrial Services staff will evaluate whether a remote breath (Alcohol Breathalyzer) will be required and the frequency of testing.
- Defendant will be placed on GPS monitoring for geographical ordered conditions and curfew ordered monitoring only if ordered by the court.
- Defendant will follow all other bail conditions as ordered by the court or social worker.