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Eleventh Judicial District Court


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Pretrial Services

Mission Statement

The mission of the Eleventh Judicial District Court’s Pretrial Services Program is to screen the adult pretrial felony arrestee population for release suitability and to provide the Court with factually accurate information via written report with release recommendations, and to supervise the defendants who the court considers to be at moderate risk of failure.

Goals and Objectives

The Goals and Objectives of the Eleventh Judicial District Court’s Pretrial Services Program is to maximize defendant release rates at the earliest possible time after arrest while minimizing failure to appear and danger to the community.  This is achieved through a continuous screening process and the supervision options made available to the courts.

Program Overview

The Pretrial Services Program was established as a joint effort with, and is partially funded by, San Juan County.  It has two core functions, and will, as ordered by the District Court: 1) gather and verify information from and about defendants; and 2) supervise defendants released prior to trial.  This Program provides extensive comprehensive information for the judges when considering release that other wise would not be gathered.  During the Pretrial Screening Process, the following criteria will be considered:

  • The nature and circumstance of the offense
  • Family ties, employment and financial resources
  • Character and mental condition
  • Substance abuse history
  • Length of residence in community
  • Criminal history
  • Person’s past record in appearing at court proceedings

The Pretrial Services Program provides a resource not only to the District Court, but also to the criminal justice agencies, and citizens of the community because it limits incarceration days for those defendants who can be released to the community thereby reducing incarceration costs.


The Eleventh Judicial District Court’s Pretrial Program was initiated by Judge G. Harrison and began operation in August of 1998.  It was funded by San Juan County in conjunction with the City of Farmington, New Mexico.  The method of operation and program procedures were first adopted from the Federal Pretrial Services/Probation Program.

Funding Sources

The Pretrial Services Program is currently funded by the State of New Mexico and San Juan County.

FY 2018 Stats

Pretrial Services screened a total of 251 offenders for possible Pretrial Supervision/Release from jail, and 104 of those offenders were released on Pretrial Supervision.

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