Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
County of Allegheny
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.