The pre-trial process includes a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and define the issues being tried. In some cases, the system permits release of a person from custody at this time where such security has been taken.
The pre-trial release decision involves decision makers and stakeholders including the judge, jail administrator and the pre-trial release program administrator. The key decision is whether to place the defendant into a pre-trial release program.
Sentencing is the post-conviction stage of the criminal justice process when the defendant is brought before the court for the imposition of a penalty.
At the time of sentencing, decision makers and stakeholders include the judge, PSI investigator, prosecutor, defendant and victim.
Key decisions include: