Sonoma County Superior Court System Initiating New Pre-Trial Program

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A new pre-trial program is being initiated for the Sonoma County Superior Court system.

The Press Democrat reports that the court is getting a $5.76 million grant from the Judicial Council of California to help determine among those waiting for trial who should remain in custody and who can benefit from being released. Those released would be able to keep obligations of both family and work life while waiting for an outcome to their cases. To this purpose, the court is adding two court commissioners and a team of probation officers to focus on fast tracked evaluations of those booked in jail. Currently the Sonoma County jail system has between 1,000 and 1,100 inmates on average with 61% of those not yet convicted or sentenced.