Pretrial Services

 Program Overview

Kitsap County Pretrial Services works with individuals facing criminal prosecution in Kitsap Superior Court a division within the Department of Human Services, a designated "neutral agency" as described by the Washington State ethics decision. By offering a person-centered approach, pretrial services is able to leverage resources available through the department of human services to address a variety of needs and barriers many defendants may experience, in addition to navigating the pretrial process. Pretrial services has 3 main goals guiding the work we do:        
  • To ensure Kitsap Superior Court is provided with accurate unbiased information on defendants so that the court can make informed pre-trial release decisions. 
  • To create and implement programs that will help increase defendants' successful completion of the pretrial phase of their case.
  • To connect defendants to services and programs that will promote positive lifestyle changes to break the cycle of incarceration. 

 What is the Pretrial Phase of a Court Case?

The pretrial phase of a case is the time between the initial arrest to sentencing. Pretrial Services works with individuals during this crucial phase in their criminal cases to help connect them to resources in the community to support and increase a defendants success. Learn more about efforts nationwide to provide supportive pretrial services and the impact on the justice system

Check out the video below, former Kitsap County Commissioner Robert Gelder and Will Basler from Pretrial Services sit down to discuss the program.

 Need help?

Kitsap1 is your first call for County services and questions.

Call (360) 337-5777 or email

 What We Do

  • Conduct bail studies
  • Public defender financial eligibility screening
  • Furlough requests
  • Social services referrals
  • Court date reminders

 Pretrial Success

​Pretrial success is defined as an individual attending all their court dates and a defendant not re-offending during the pretrial phase of their case. 

Our goal is to develop equitable access to services and tools that provide education and support throughout, and beyond this process for positive outcomes.

Questions? Contact Will Basler, Program Specialist by email at or call (360) 337-4457, please note the number will display on caller ID as "Superior Court."

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