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The Delivery of Pretrial Justice in Rural Areas: A Guide for Rural County Officials

“This is a guide for elected officials seeking to enhance existing or develop new pretrial justice practices in rural areas. By identifying the characteristics, strengths and challenges in rural jurisdictions and combining these factors with the lessons and experiences of urban, suburban and rural pretrial justice programs, national standards and best practices, this guide offers a set of recommendations to enhance local policies and practices within the context of rural settings” (p. 3). Sections cover: pretrial justice today-the evidence for enhancing pretrial justice, and pretrial justice policy statements and standards; applying the elements of pretrial justice in rural counties-pretrial justice program functions, and policies affecting pretrial justice; and recommendations for elected county officials in rural areas.