Pretrial services (PS) programs can be valuable resources for making significant improvements in the criminal justice system because they are used in the early stages of the criminal case process. This report provides a review of issues & practices in the PS field. It describes how pretrial programs operate, discusses key policy issues, & outlines issues & challenges for the future. It pays particular attention to how PS programs obtain & convey information relevant to the pretrial release/detention decision. Describes how PS agencies, the court, & other criminal justice system agencies can work together to minimize the risks of nonappearance & pretrial crime.Mahoney, Barry is the author of 'Pretrial Services Programs Responsibilities And Potential', published 2004 under ISBN 9780756720735 and ISBN 0756720737.