IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

IN AND FOR POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2-12.1

PRE-TRIAL RELEASE PROGRAM
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WHEREAS, it has become necessary to implement additional measures to prevent serious prisoner overcrowding in the Polk County Jail; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Polk County has appropriated public funds for the Court to implement a Pre-Trial Release Program;

It is necessary to define the role and scope of such program. Therefore, it is ORDERED as follows:

That the Pre-Trial Release Program will be under the direction of the Court Administrator, and supervision of the program will be by the Pre-Trial Services Committee members, which are appointed by the Chief Judge.

That the overall goal of the Pre-Trial Release Program is to return to society those individuals who, with a high degree of certainty, will return to Court at the specified time, thus helping to contribute to the prevention of serious inmate overcrowding in the Polk County Jail.

That a Director of the Pre-Trial Release Program will be appointed by the Chief Judge and shall serve at the pleasure of the Court. The director will be assisted with sufficient staff as funded by the Board of County Commissioners. The Court Administrator will provide administrative assistance for the Program.

That the Pre-Trial Release staff, once they have completed the daily interviews with selected jail inmates, will present release recommendations to the judge assigned to preside over First Appearance Hearings. In the event that judge is not available, the recommendations shall be presented to any available judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

That the principal duties and routine of the Pre-Trial Release Director and staff are essentially those stated in Attachment 1. This attachment may be revised from time to time.

That a monthly Pre-Trial Release Activities Report detailing the activities of each month will be completed by the Director no later than the tenth of the following month and provided to the Chief Judge and the Court Administrator.

Administrative Order No. 2-12.0, entered April 13, 1982, is hereby VACATED.

DONE AND ORDERED on this 16th day of April 2004.

RONALD A. HERRING, Chief Judge