A presentence investigation report (PSIR) is a legal term referring to the investigation into the history of person convicted of a crime before sentencing to determine if there are extenuating circumstances which should ameliorate the sentence or a history of criminal behavior to increase the harshness of the sentence. The PSIR has been said to fulfill a number of purposes, including serving as a charging document and exhibit proving criminal conduct, and is said to be akin to a magistrate judge’s report and recommendation.
The report has an immediate purpose: to help the court determine an appropriate sentence, but it also serves other purposes. Since the advent of the sentencing guidelines, the importance of the presentence report has increased because the document is now designed to frame factual and legal issues for sentencing. Thereafter, if a defendant is incarcerated, the Bureau of Prisons or State Department of Corrections will use information in the report to designate the institution where the offender will serve the sentence and determine the offender’s eligibility or need for specific correctional programs. Also, depending on the jurisdiction, the presentence report can be used to calculate the release date. The probation officer assigned responsibility for the offender’s case during probation and supervised release will use the report to make an initial assessment of case needs and risks. Additionally, the report may be used as a source of information for future research. The information allows changing of a sentence subject to the Commitment Order and the judge’s verdict.
Dr. Freiden offers All pre-sentence and Pre-Disposition related sexually offended and Sex Offender risk evaluations.This includes a detailed risk assessment and other research based risk and protective factors. The following are key examples of justice–driven assessments that we provide: Pre–sentence investigations/pre–disposition reports; Intake/classification assessments; and Assessments to develop initial supervision or case management plans.