OWN RECOGNIZANCE (OR)

The O.R. Project provides the following services:

PROBABLE CAUSE REVIEW
The O.R. Project provides crucial assistance to the Superior Court in processing Probable Cause reviews. As a result of the US Supreme Court Decision, Maclaughlin v. Riverside, every person booked into the San Francisco Jail for an on-view charge (either misdemeanor or felony) must have his/her/their case reviewed by a judge within 48 hours of arrest. This review determines whether sufficient Probable Cause existed for the arrest. If the judge decides that Probable Cause was warranted, then the defendant remains in custody. If the judge does not find Probable Cause, then the defendant is ordered released. Each day, including weekends and holidays, the OR Project gathers the necessary police reports for the judge to review.

PRE-ARRAIGNMENT O.R. REVIEW
The O.R. Project will review criminal history reports, conduct Public Risk Assessment analysis, and provide police reports for judicial review.  Based on the essential resources compiled and disseminated by O.R. staff (known as an O.R. workup), judges will consider the degree to which defendants carry a risk of failure-to-appear, a risk of reoffense, and a risk imposed on public safety.  If the judge grants the defendant pretrial release., the O.R. Project will process the judge’s order. Pre-arraignment O.R. review means that a judge can review O.R. release applications from eligible defendants prior to any charging decision by the District Attorney.

ARRAIGNMENT O.R. REVIEW
Defendants whose O.R. applications were denied by the duty judge and defendants who are not eligible for pre-arraignment O.R. review may have their applications reviewed by the judge at their arraignment. At arraignment, the judge will review the O.R. workup and may choose to release the defendant on Court O.R. or refer their case to Assertive Case Management for additional consideration.

PRETRIAL RELEASE SUPERVISION
Our philosophy is that clients should receive the least possible restrictive conditions of release  to ensure responsible, law-abiding behavior. Subsequently, we can be more efficient with our resources, we can focus more intently on higher-needs clients, and we can prevent needless hindrances to lower-risk clients who are fully capable of independent court compliance. O.R. staff attend to two of the three levels of pretrial release:

OR-No Active Supervision (OR-NAS): These clients are released by judges with the understanding that they hold negligible risk of reoffense or failure-to-appear at future court dates. To avoid over-supervision of clients with fewer societal barriers, our staff’s interaction with OR-NAS clients is restricted to court reminder calls.

OR-Minimum Supervision (MS): These clients are required to contact our office twice per week by phone. At each contact, staff ensure that clients know all relevant court information, staff confirm the client’s contact information, and a general check-in is performed.

For clients released on either OR-NAS or OR-MS, no other conditions are introduced by SFPDP unless imposed by the Court.

SURRENDER WARRANTS
Persons who have outstanding felony and certain misdemeanor warrants may contact the O.R. Project and apply for pre-approved O.R. This means that a judge will review the O.R. workup and determine whether or not an O.R. release will be granted (thus avoiding pretrial incarceration). These O.R. workups require additional processing. For more information on eligibility, please contact the O.R. Project.

ATTORNEY REQUESTS AND JUDGES REQUESTS
The attorney of record or the judge may request that the O.R. Project submit an O.R. workup to the court. These requests require a two day notice.

CONTACT
Public Information Line: 415-552-2202
(every day from 8:30am – 4:00pm)

Client check-in number (24 hours a day message line): 415-552-1497

O.R. Project Office at County Jail 1: 415-568-9671
O.R. Project at 115 10th Street: 415-552-1495

O.R. Project Fax: 415-431-3658

For more information visit:
San Francisco Superior Court web site:
California Association of Pretrial Services
www.pretrialservicesca.org