Victim Rights in the Pretrial Process

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The program interviews Will Marling, Executive Director of the National Association for Victim Assistance and Tim Murray, the Executive Director of the Pretrial Justice Institute. The topic is victim rights within the pretrial process.

Pretrial involves decisions as to releasing a person arrested (a defendant) or incarcerating the individual in a jail until the trial date. Pretrial release may involve bail based on money ordered posted by the court to prompt a defendant’s appearance (often with minimal or no supervision) at trial or release to a pretrial services agency who will supervise and/or drug test the defendant until the date of the trial.

Release decisions are made by a judge, often with input from court officials or a recommendation from parole and probation or pretrial service agencies. The principle issues involve the defendants perceived risk to public safety, the probability of appearing for trial and risks to victims.

The discussion involved the rights of victims regarding the decision to release and the process of supervision.

The District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency (part of the administrative structure of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency) is considered to be one of the best pretrial service agencies in the country.

The website for the National Organization for Victim Assistance is The website for the Pretrial Justice Institute is The website for the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency is

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