Felony Pretrial Intervention Program

The Felony Pretrial Intervention Program is an alternative to traditional court prosecution. The main goal of the program is to reduce recidivism by requiring defendants to complete treatment programs that are targeted to their individual needs. Participation in this program can produce better outcomes for our community while also managing taxpayer funds more efficiently.

Public safety is paramount. For that reason, violent offenders and others who pose a substantial risk to reoffend will not be allowed to participate in this program.

Crime victims will receive restitution faster than with traditional court prosecution.

Defendants will be selected based on numerous factors, including the current charges, their overall criminal history, the amount of loss they caused in the current crime, the input and views of the crime victims, and evidence-based risk assessment tools.

"Thinking For a Change" Program

The "Thinking For a Change" Program which is used by criminal justice organizations around the country - including the Maricopa County Probation Department and the Maricopa County Jails - will be the core curriculum for the cognitive treatment component of this program.

This program will be "user-funded," which means that individuals who will get the most benefit from the treatment program - the defendants - will bear the costs of the program. Research has demonstrated that people are more successful in treatment programs if they have a financial stake in their treatment.

The program will be assessed and evaluated on a regular basis to ensure that the primary goal of reducing recidivism is being achieved and that justice is being done in individual cases.

Benefits for Participants

In addition to benefiting the victims of crime through the prompt payment of restitution and the community by reducing recidivism, the individual participants also benefit by having the opportunity to complete significant treatment programs that are based on scientifically proven rehabilitation strategies. Successfully completing the program also allows the offender to avoid a felony conviction. Once a person successfully completes the program, the criminal case will be completely dismissed.