Who are paralegals and what do they do in relation to pre-trial detention?

Paralegals are people with some legal training who offer basic legal advice, education and assistance, especially to those who have been arrested and are held in police stations, or those who are awaiting trial in prison. The work of paralegals is often focussed on securing the release of persons detained pre-trial, whether on bail, bond, via surety, or unconditionally. This they do by providing practical assistance, for example, by tracing friends or family who may be able to stand surety or post bail, and by offering advice, for example by explaining how to apply for bail.
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