Release Options and Resources

Revised COPY OF Court Process Flowchart

Services Offered & Release Options

Release options

  • Personal recognizance: Requires the signature of the individual being released and their promise to appear in court, as well as to abide by any conditions set by the court.
  • Sponsored recognizance: Requires the signature of an individual or organization that can provide support to the person being released and ensure court appearance while their case is pending.
  • Cash bond: Requires a set amount of cash or a percentage of a set bond to be paid before a detained person can be released from custody. If said person does not appear in future court dates they are liable for the full amount of cash bond. Currently the Cashier’s Office does not accept check or money order. For more information, you can contact the Cashier’s Office at 314-613-4436.
  • Property bond: Requires a property owner with the deed present. Contact the Pretrial Office for more information specific to the case when a property bond is ordered.


  • Automatic court reminders: Did you know that court notification systems are among the most effective pretrial interventions?* The Pretrial Office offers participants a free service that will automatically call, text, and/or email them their next court date ahead of time. To sign up for this service, call 314-622-4440 or visit Pretrial in Room 108 of the Carnahan Courthouse. (* National Institute of Corrections (NIC)) CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.
  • Weekly check-ins: When ordered as a condition of release, pretrial staff speak with participants each week to confirm their contact information, monitor interaction with law enforcement, and remind them of their next court date. We also use these check-ins as opportunities to provide information about community resources and services.
  • Community partner direct referral: We have partnered with Mission: STL to screen interested participants for programming that includes job readiness and training, parenting classes, budgeting skills, resources for victims/witnesses of crime, domestic violence support, and connection to healthcare.

    We refer individuals requiring mental health and substance use recovery to Places for People to be screened for programming focused on psychiatry, counseling, and personalized case management. Pretrial staff coordinate with case managers to ensure the success of participants with unique needs.

    Finding safe, affordable housing can be a challenge for people with ongoing legal cases. Our partnership with St. Patrick Center centers on individuals needing both emergency housing and mental healthcare.
  • Screen for diversion: The Circuit Attorney’s Office offers some opportunities for case diversion based on criteria such as the nature of the charge and any victims involved, as well as past convictions. Pretrial staff flag individuals as pre-eligible for diversion so they and their attorneys can choose the option that is best for their defense.
  • CourtFact location monitoring: When ordered as a condition of release, this program uses a participant’s smartphone technology. Location monitoring is captured in real time, and data is received at the time of check-in, typically weekly. Automatic court reminders are built into the application. The application is $3.50/day for self-pay, or costs can be waived by court.
  • GPS monitoring: Standard location monitoring is continuous and around the clock. Violations are addressed the following business day. Costs for GPS ankle monitoring can be up to $300 per month, or costs can be waived by court. 24/7 location monitoring is continuous and 24/7. Exclusion zone violations are addressed in real time by a remote monitoring center. Violations can escalate to non-emergency police contact. This option can be utilized to enforce house arrest, a condition that judges use to ensure that someone stays at a residence unless given explicit permission to leave. Costs for GPS ankle monitoring can be up to $300 per month, or costs can be waived by court.