Title 12
Criminal Procedure

Chapter 13
Bail and Recognizance

R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-13-1.3

§ 12-13-1.3. Pretrial release.

(a) Unless otherwise provided, a detainee shall be eligible for pretrial release or reduced bail if he or she fails to post bail.

(b) “Pretrial release” means release of a defendant without bail but upon an order to abide by the conditions as set by the court. Release on non-monetary conditions shall be applied to secure the presence of the accused and protect the safety of the community.

(c) The department of corrections shall collect information concerning the background and circumstances of the pretrial detainee. The department’s investigation shall include the following information and any other factors as shall be appropriate to the case:

(1) Marital status.

(2) Name and address of dependents.

(3) Past and present employment, including place of employment, position held and length of employment.

(4) Whether the defendant is under the care of a licensed physician or uses medication prescribed by a licensed physician.

(5) Any physical or mental condition affecting the defendant’s behavior.

(6) Education.

(7) Prior criminal record, including facts indicating that the defendant is likely to be a danger to the community if released without restrictions.

(8) Prior court appearances and record of appearance or non-appearance.

(9) Ties to this community and to other communities.

(10) Financial resources.

(d) If, as a result of this investigation, the department of corrections concludes that the pretrial detainee is an appropriate candidate to be considered by the court for pretrial release or reduced bail, the department shall present its findings to the court.

(e) Upon a determination by the court that a defendant is suitable for release on recognizance subject to conditions set by the court, the court in its discretion may also impose the least onerous of the following conditions necessary to assure the defendant’s appearance in court:

(1) Imposition of condition of release involving field supervision with or without special conditions. Field supervision shall require notification to defendants released prior to trial of their court dates.

(2) Imposition of condition of release involving placement of defendant on intensive supervision, with or without special conditions. Intensive supervision shall require contact with the officials designated by the courts and prompt notification to the court of all apparent violations of pre-trial release conditions or arrest of persons released to its custody.

(3) Imposition of a condition of release involving placement of the defendant on community confinement pursuant to § 42-56-20.2.

(f) This section shall not be construed to preclude review by the court of a defendant’s bail status at any time.

History of Section.
P.L. 1992, ch. 430, § 1.