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PRETRIAL SERVICES RECEIVES FCAC ACCREDITATION

PIO Number: 14-3-11                                                                                    Date: March 7, 2014 

The Broward Sheriff’s Office Pretrial Services, a division of the Department of Community Programs, received full accreditation status from the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, receiving a 100% compliance score.  Broward is the sixth Pretrial Services Division to be accredited by FCAC in Florida.

Accreditation is synonymous with best practices.  It is evident by their perfect score that management and staff perform at an optimal level each and every day.   

The Pretrial Services Division is designed to divert criminal defendants from pretrial incarceration. It provides complete, accurate and non-adversarial information to the judges of the 17th Judicial Circuit to improve the release/detention decision process in compliance with Florida Statutes and the Rules of Criminal Procedures. Additionally, the program supervises pretrial defendants in the community in partnership with law enforcement and outside agencies, ensuring that mandated conditions and court-ordered special requirements are satisfied.

The process begins with the program's Interview and Investigation Unit, which screens and interviews defendants for release consideration based on stringent criteria. Specialists conduct personal interviews prior to the magistrate process, verify and confirm background information through a number of databases and provide judges with relevant information to assist in the release and detention decisions. Defendants who are deemed qualified for release are recommended to the magistrate court judge for consideration. If granted release, defendants are then placed into one of BSO's supervision programs, where they are required to abide by stringent program and special court-ordered conditions and are held accountable for their behavior and compliance.

Please join us in congratulating Assistant Director Major Dan Sokol, Division Manager Brett Gibson, Quality Assurance Coordinator Jodie Marsigliano and all of the staff at Pretrial Services in this monumental achievement. 

 

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