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FAQs - Pretrial

The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office thrives on professionalism and hold its officers to the highest of ethical standards, as noted within our Judiciary Code of Conduct. If your experience is to the contrary, we would like to hear from you. Please direct all complaints of unethical behavior by U.S. Probation Officers and/or other employees to the Deputy Chief, by contacting our main office at 612-664-5400. You may also submit your complaint, in writing, to the following email address: All complaints will be reviewed and addressed accordingly.


Q: I have been sentenced and am waiting to be told where to report to serve my sentence. Do I report to my U.S. Probation Officer until I am assigned to a prison?
Q: What is the role of the U.S. Pretrial Services Officer?
Q: What is the mission of U.S. Pretrial Services?
Q: Who decides if a defendant is detained or released?
Q: How long is a defendant on pretrial release before he/she is sentenced?
Q: What conditions of supervision can a defendant expect if released?
Q: What happens if a defendant violates conditions of release?
Q: Will compliance with pretrial release conditions reduce a defendant's sentence?