Statutory Authority

For cases being prosecuted in D.C. Superior Court, Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) performs the tasks mandated under Title 23, Section 1303 (h) of the D.C. Code: "The agency shall –

  1. Supervise all persons released on non-surety release, including release on personal recognizance, personal bond, non-financial conditions, or cash deposit with the registry of the Court;
  2. Make reasonable effort to give notice of each required court appearance to each person released by the Court;
  3. Serve as coordinator for other agencies and organizations, which serve or may be eligible to serve as custodians for persons released under supervision and advise the judicial officer as to the eligibility, availability, and capacity of such agencies and organizations;
  4. Assist persons released pursuant to subchapter II of this chapter in securing employment or necessary medical or social services;
  5. Inform the judicial officer and the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia or the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia of any failure to comply with pretrial release conditions or the arrest of persons released under its supervision and recommend modifications of release conditions when appropriate;
  6. Prepare, in cooperation with the United States Marshal for the District of Columbia and the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia such pretrial detention reports as are required by Rule 46(h) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure; and
  7. Perform such other pretrial functions as the Executive Committee may, from time to time, assign.”

For cases being prosecuted in U.S. District Court, PSA performs similar tasks mandated under Title 18, Section 3154 of the U.S. Code.