The Courts<br />Carla J. McCoy<br />Unit 4 Group Project – CRJ101<br />March 5th, 2009<br />American InterContinental University<br />Reference Checklist Processing Requirements<br /><ul><li>Officers must Conduct a Pre-Trial Service Investigation
Gathering and Verifying important information about defendant and defendant’s suitability for pretrial release.
When officers are notified that defendants have been arrested, this is when the Investigation begins
The Arresting agent will place a call to the Pretrial service office with information about the defendant, and the circumstances surrounding the arrest.
This is done to Determine defendant’s source of support, activities, living situation, and employment
Prior to the Interview a criminal history check will be performed, the Officer may need to speak to the Assistant U.S. Attorney about the charges and government’s position for a decision to be made in deciding to release or detain the defendant.
The Interview must take place in the U.S. Marshal’s holding cell, local jail, pretrial services office, or law enforcement agency’s office.
Officers speak to defendants in private and must remain objective during the interaction.
The Officer Explains that information will be used to determine defendant’s release or whether or not he/she is detained.
Officers must never discuss alleged offense, guilt or innocence and does not provide legal advice or recommend an attorney.
Verify Information received from the Defendant(s)
Any information the Officer receives could confirm what defendant has said, contradict it, or provide something more.
Items that can be collected are documents, collateral sources from other people, and online research. Officer’s research may involve contacting defendant’s family members and associates in order to confirm background information.
Employers may verify employment, law enforcement agencies may retrieve a criminal history, and financial institutions may obtain for the officer a bank or credit card statement.
Sometimes officers must wait for arresting agents that make the defendant available or for the U.S. marshals in order to finish processing the defendant.
There are also times when the Defense counsel will interview the defendant and tells the defendant not to answer any officer’s questions.
Sometimes the officer will wait for an interpreter or for an interview room.
There are also times when verifying information becomes difficult due to the defendant giving false information or giving a false identity. Another thing that may slow things down is when people who are verifying information are not available. (U.S. Courts, 2009)
Does not include the inspection of reports, memoranda, or other internal government documents made by an attorney for the government or other government agents in connection with investigating or prosecuting the case.
This rule does not authorize the discovery or inspection of statements made by prospective government witnesses.
(Ministry of the Attorney General, 2007)</li></ul>References<br />Ministry of the Attorney General, (2007) Report of the Criminal Justice Review Committee<br /> Access to Justice retrieved on March 6th, 2009 at http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/pubs/crimjr/<br />Commission on Capital Punishment, (2002) Pretrial Proceedings Ch. 8, retrieved on March 6th, <br />2009 at http://www.idoc.state.il.us/ccp/ccp/reports/commission_report/chapter_08.pdf<br />U.S. Courts, (2009) The Pretrial Services Officer’s Role Pretrial Services Officers retrieved on<br /> March 6th, 2009 at http://www.uscourts.gov/fedprob/system/pretrial.html<br />