APPF is dedicated to providing pretrial practitioners with the tools needed to expand, educate, and enhance their programs. If you are in need of pretrial information and cannot locate what you are looking for on our site, please let us know and we will do everything possible to provide you with the information you are seeking.

Sincerely, Sherry Munroe
APPF President



Our Mission is to promote pretrial justice through education and collaboration.

Our Vision is to enhance professionalism through training and utilization of evidenced based practices that promote non-secured release and public safety.

The Association envisions providing members the opportunity to fully realize individual and collective professional abilities by exhibiting a commitment to excellence and service to the courts and to the community by fostering creativity and innovation in the area of pretrial investigation, jail diversion and community supervision.

The first pretrial services program in the country, the Manhattan Bail Project, was established in New York City in 1961. The purpose was to assist judges in making release decisions that were more consistent and less dependent on release through financial means.

The experiences of the Manhattan Bail Project launched what became known as the Bail Reform Movement, during which statutes across the country were rewritten to emphasize a preference for releasing arrestees on their own recognizance pending final disposition of their charges. For this change to occur, verified information about the arrestee was deemed critical and pretrial screening and supervision programs were created to respond.

Pretrial agencies are designed to intervene and work with defendants at any point from arrest through final disposition and differ depending on the county and agencies operating them. Many pretrial agencies are operated by the courts, sheriff\’s offices and probation departments, and are proven cost-effective ways to assist courts and law-enforcement officials.

Pretrial agencies’ services may include but are not limited to the collection, verification and investigation of demographic and criminal history information, assessment of risk and need for defendants facing criminal charges, determination of indigence for appointment of counsel, presentation of compiled information to the court to aid in the release decision, review of non-sentenced defendants for release or resolution of the case for jail management, monitoring of cases from arrest to disposition, enforcement of conditions during the pretrial stage with violations reported to the court, court date reminders to reduce failure to appear rates, early identification of eligible defendants for diversion programs and management of cases to facilitate early disposition and  timely case closure.