Bail Services | Bail Investigative Unit
The primary function of the Bail Investigative Unit is to assess risk of defendants
charged with criminal offense(s) in Allegheny County. The Bail Unit identifies those
who are eligible for bond and makes recommendations to judicial authorities based
on the risk assessment for release conditions. The Bail Investigative Unit is located
in the Allegheny County Jail and all defendant interviews are done face-to-face.
The information received from the defendant and the prior criminal history is verified
and entered into the risk assessment tool that is then provided to the Court for
assistance in making release decisions.
The Bail Investigative Unit sees both adult and Act 33 juvenile defendants with
new criminal charges in Allegheny County. Defendants with active bench warrants
who are arrested and lodged in the Allegheny County Jail are also interviewed by
the Bail Investigators at which time those cases are prepared to be heard in the
Court of Common Pleas Motions Court within 72 hours. All defendants who are processed
through the Allegheny County Jail on new criminal charges, or defendants who are
apprehended on active failure to appear warrants must be available, able and willing
to be interviewed by the Bail Unit investigator.