The Pretrial Intervention Program is a program that takes defendants (first time
offenders) and allows them the opportunity to serve the community by constructive
and supervised service rather than undergoing the traditional criminal justice
process. Instead of being prosecuted they can experience an alternative legal
process, pursuant to 5 V.I. Code Ann. § 4612.
The Legislature of the Virgin Islands
has determined that the interest of protecting
society and rehabilitating individuals charged with violating criminal laws can be
best served by creating new and innovative alternatives for treatment and supervision
within the community. In many cases it is found that society can best be served by
diverting the accused into a voluntary community-oriented correctional program.
Such reassignment can be accomplished in appropriate cases without losing the general
deterrent effect of the criminal justice system. Further, in accordance with the
statute, the Legislature finds that the retention of the deferred charges will serve
both as a deterrent to committing further offenses and as an incentive to complete
rehabilitative efforts. Alternatives to institutionalization which provide for the
educational, vocational and social needs of the accused can equip him to lead a lawful
and useful life.