Pretrial Services

Mission: To honor pretrial justice

Kentucky Pretrial Services was created in 1976 as part of the Bail Bond Reform Act that abolished commercial bail bonding for profit. The Kentucky Pretrial Services program has served as a model for other states and has received national recognition for its ongoing success. Pretrial Services operates under the premise, supported by federal and state constitutions, that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty and are entitled to reasonable bail. Defendants are entitled to the least restrictive release terms possible, depending on whether they are likely to appear in court and whether they present a risk to public safety. As a defendant’s case makes its way through Kentucky courts, pretrial officers strive to perform an essential service in a fair, effective manner.