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Core Functions

The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System carries out probation and pretrial services functions in the U.S. District Courts. The system's mission reflects its dedication to serve the community, the courts, and the people who come before the courts. Through its officers and other employees, the system works to make the criminal justice process effective and the public safe.

Our core functions are:

  • To collect, verify, and report information to the federal judiciary pertaining to the pretrial release of each individual charged with a federal criminal offense. We then recommend release conditions and supervise any defendants released into our custody.
  • To prepare presentence investigation reports for the federal judiciary, which are also used by the Federal Bureau of Prisons for designation and classification purposes.
  • To provide community supervision of persons under supervision to ensure compliance with the conditions of supervision imposed at sentencing, facilitate treatment, and protect the community from risks, both physical and financial, as well as many other significant contributions to the community.