Pretrial Intervention Program

Definition - What does Pretrial Intervention Program mean?

A pretrial intervention program is one that allows a defendant in a criminal case to avoid a conventional trial and everything that it entails. Although specific provisions vary by state, the program generally caters to first-time offenders.

Successful completion of the program often results in the removal of charges from the defendant's record. On the other hand, a defendant who doesn't follow the rules faces removal from the program and then conventional prosecution.

Justipedia explains Pretrial Intervention Program

Many states have pretrial intervention programs with varying requirements.

In New Jersey's program, for example, the emphasis is on rehabilitation and deterrence rather than punishment. The program specifically addresses the factors that caused each individual to commit the crime with which they have been charged.

Although participation is open to anyone who faces potential indictment, enrollment is limited to adults. Participants are supervised for one to three years, and must abide by the conditions imposed upon them in order to remain in the program for the duration. Conditions can include random drug tests, community service and making financial reparations.

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