The Nassau Pre-Trial Services was established in
1972 in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist
Church. The goal was to demonstrate a new approach
to the criminal justice system. It was intended to
be an alternative to the bail system which tends
to discriminate against the poor and minority groups.
Past surveys of the inmate population of the Nassau
County Correctional Center indicate that the greatest
number of inmates are young, black or Hispanic. An
inordinate number of inmates are in jail because
they are unable to post bail while awaiting trial.
A large number of these individuals have not been
proven guilty of committing the crimes for which
they have been incarcerated, after they are finally
brought to trial.
The Nassau Pre-Trial Services advocates for the
inmates and, where possible, secures their release
on bond with monies from various sources or into
the custody of Nassau Pre-Trial Services. In addition
to securing their release, if appropriate, the individuals
are given supportive counseling and assistance in
finding meaningful job opportunities.
For Further information you may contact Nassau
Pre-Trial Services at (516)-571-5977 or (516)571-3662.