Pretrial Release Specialist 1

Job Type

Full Time


Details: $24.04/ hr




San Francisco
United States



The primary responsibilities of the Pretrial Release Specialist I is to learn and assist the Pretrial Release Specialists II in providing accurate information to the SF Superior Court to help facilitate release decisions during the pretrial phase. The Pretrial Release Specialist I is a training classification to learn all aspects of the Pretrial Release Specialist II which is responsible for accurate and timely review, evaluation, summary, and analysis of criminal histories for submission to the Court; collection and analysis of client information, and after that analysis, provision of relevant information to the Court. In the performance of daily duties, this position regularly exercises discretion and independent judgment in providing information relied on by the Court. In order to meet this goal, the Pretrial Release Specialist I is expected to adhere to industry best practices, meet and/or exceed agency work product standards, and exercise independent discretion and good judgement in all matters related to client confidentiality and SFPDP related business.


  • Timely and accurate processing of pretrial release presentations, rebooked clients, and probable cause reviews;
  • Under supervision, collect, review, and organize all pertinent case information and efficiently organize documents to be submitted to court;
  • Understand and accurately complete the PSA (Public Safety Assessment) tool;
  • Learn to summarize Records of Arrest and Prosecution sheets and criminal histories accurately;
  • Accurately determine, apply, and document legal restrictions for pre-arraignment release eligibility;
  • Learn and utilize all SFPDP, jail, and Court management systems;
  •  Learn, understand, and apply all compliance and security regulations regarding law enforcement databases;
  • Maintain database and Online OR by efficient and accurate entry of new and updated relevant client account information as needed, evaluating what changes and information need to be included in database and notes;
  • Establish and cultivate mutually respectful relationships with clients, SFPDP staff members, and community partners;
  •  Accurately document case progress in database by thorough case note recording;
  •  Explain the criminal justice process to defendants and/or family members and answers questions regarding their status of their case in the criminal justice system;
  • Work to ensure all case related data is accurately captured in the information management system at all times;
  • Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism in regards to ethics, values, and principles of case management;
  • Adhere to all laws and regulations regarding HIPAA, confidentiality, contractual agreements, ethics, and professional boundaries;
  •  Acquire and maintain all background clearances as directed by OR Supervisor;
  • Punctuality and regular and reliable attendance as well as punctuality at all meetings, trainings, and other job-related appointments;

Other duties as directed, developed, or assigned




Education and/or Experience: Minimum High School Diploma; two or four year degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology or Psychology a plus. Three years previous paid work experience. Knowledge of Criminal justice codes for the State of California, such as the Penal Code, Vehicle Code, Health & Safety Code and other applicable California codes is a plus. Knowledge of functions and procedures of superior courts, and of legal and human services agencies, such as Probation, Social Services, Public Defender, Police and Sheriff, including jail operations is also a plus.

Language Skills: Read, write, and verbally communicate effectively and professionally with other business departments, clients, and outside agencies. Ability to diplomatically deal with difficult situations and people, while exhibiting a consistent level of professionalism.

Technical Skills: Intermediate computer skills required. Minimum 20 words per minute. Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs/sheets, Filemaker Pro, experience with office equipment and troubleshooting technical problems with copier/scanner, etc.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to think independently, to exercise independent discretion, and to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of factual situations where no specific guidelines exist. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, report or schedule form, and to use good judgment in applying that information.

Other Skills & Abilities: Maintain professional and effective working relationships with public agencies, judicial staff and peer workers. Interact effectively with people of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Must be able to work in a collaborative environment with minimum supervision, and to supervise others when appropriate Ability to work independently and exercise discretion and good judgment. Ability to multi-task. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to get along and work cooperatively with others.

Equipment/Machinery: Operate some equipment such as, but not limited to, personal computer, calculator, fax machine, copier, phone, security system, door locks. 


  • Stand and walk or sit alternatively depending on specific needs of day. Estimate 20% of time is spent on feet and 80% sitting at desk.
  • Have occasional need to perform the following physical activities: bending/stooping/squatting, climbing stairs, pushing, pulling, twisting, lifting and reaching above shoulders.
  • Have occasional need to perform standing and walking activities.
  • Constant need to perform the following physical activities: writing/typing, grasping/turning, finger dexterity.
  • Lifting/carrying up to 10 lbs frequently and 25 lbs occasionally. 
  • Vision requirements: constant need to complete forms, read reports, view computer screen. Frequent need to see small detail. Frequent need to see things clearly beyond arm's reach.
  • Hearing requirements: constant need to communicate over telephone and in person.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School