Pretrial Risk Assessment Information System for Texas
The Office of Court Administration is developing a web-based objective risk assessment tool to assist judges in making pretrial release decisions. The tool is called the Pretrial Risk Assessment Information System for Texas (PRAISTX). PRAISTX calculates risk scores based on nine objective factors about each arrested individual—factors shown to correlate with a defendant’s failure to appear or commit a new crime. No defendant interview is required with PRAISTX, however, data regarding each arrestee must be entered into the online tool.
Risk scores are based on the following factors:
- Current offense
- Pending charges at time of current offense
- Age at current arrest
- Prior misdemeanor conviction(s)
- Prior felony conviction(s)
- Number of violent convictions
- Number of pretrial failures to appear in last two years
- Pretrial failures to appear in cases older than two years
- Previous sentences to jail or prison greater than 14 days
PRAISTX is not a substitute for the application of judicial discretion, and the risk scores it generates are not intended to be used to automatically detain or release a defendant. PRAISTX does not generate recommendations about conditions of pretrial release a judge may want to impose.
PRAISTX Pilot Sites Needed
OCA is currently seeking jurisdictions to participate as pilot sites to further test the tool before it is made available for statewide use.
For more information about PRAISTX, to discuss your jurisdiction’s readiness to initiate pretrial reform strategies, or to discuss what is involved in being a pilot site, please contact Scott Griffith, OCA’s Director of Research and Court Services at 512-463-1625, or firstname.lastname@example.org.