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About Pretrial Services

About Pretrial Services


Law and Justice

Pretrial Services monitors compliance and provides case-management to assure that defendants released on personal bond report to court and successfully comply with all conditions of bond.

Currently, Dallas County Pretrial Services offers the following four functions:

  • Pretrial Release – Pretrial Release provides individuals who have been arrested on a Class A, and B Misdemeanors and some felonies with an alternative to Lew Sterrett Jail while awaiting disposition of their case. 
  • Bond Supervision Unit (BSU) – 3 staff members supervise defendants released on bond with a statutory or court ordered requirement to have an alcohol monitoring device as a condition of release.
  • Electronic Monitoring (ELM) – The Electronic Leg Monitoring (ELM) Programs provide an opportunity for Defendants to be out of Jail under House Arrest and if allowed by their Judge they can go to Work and/or School while under intensive ELM supervision.
  • Alternative Sentencing Program (ASP) – The Alternative Sentencing Program (ASP) was the first ELM program offered by the Department of Criminal Justice in 2009. It was designed to offer an alternative for those Defendants with County Jail sentences when the County Work Release programs were shut down.