​Program Description

The Pretrial Services Program (PTS) provides verified information to the First Appearance Court Judge so that informed decisions may be made regarding bond and Public Defender representation eligibility. The Intake Unit also acts as an informational source for defendants released on "straight" Own Recognizance (O.R.) Bond, while the Supervision Unit (SOR) provides supervision for an average of 900+ individuals released from jail pending the disposition of their cases in Court.

Services Provided

Jail inmates scheduled to appear in First Appearance Court are interviewed by staff prior to the hearing. The information which is gathered is verified and presented to the Judge, while also being made available to the State Attorney and Public Defender. Interview information measures stability within the community as well as financial information used to determine whether or not the individual qualifies to be represented by the Public Defender.

Cost of Services

There is a cost to participate in this program.

Hours of Operation

Criminal Justice Complex: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Interviewing for First Appearance Court takes place 365 days per year.

Related Administrative Orders

Administrative Order  No. 4.206-1/15

 

 Contact Us

Program Manager/Director:
Jenise Link
 
Offices:
 
Room Numbers:
2.2400 (Main Detention Center)
S108 (Criminal Justice Complex)
 
Telephone Numbers:
  561-355-6308 (Main Detention Center)
 561-688-4620 (Criminal Justice Complex)
561-355-6308 (Supervision Office)

 Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Palm Beach County Pretrial Services Program?
    Answer:

    ​The Palm Beach County Pretrial Services Program (PTS) provides verified information to the First Appearance Court Judge so that informed decisions may be made regarding bond and Public Defender representation eligibility. The Intake Unit also acts as an informational source for defendants released on "straight" Own Recognizance (O.R.) Bond.


  • What services does the Pretrial Services Program provide ?
    Answer:

    ​Jail inmates scheduled to appear in First Appearance Court are interviewed by staff. That information is verified and presented to the Judge, while also being made available to the State Attorney and Public Defender. Interview information measures stability within the community as well as financial information used to determine whether or not the individual qualifies to be represented by the Public Defender.


  • Is there a cost for the services?
    Answer:

    ​No


  • Where is the program located?
    Answer:

    ​Administrative offices for the program are located at the Criminal Justice Complex, Room S108.


  • What are the hours of operation?
    Answer:

    ​Administrative office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
    Interviewing for First Appearance Court takes place 365 days per year.


  • Who do I contact if I have additional questions about the Pretrial Services Program?
    Answer:

    ​Questions about the Pretrial Services Program can be answered by calling 561-688-4620.