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Presentence Investigation

Every person on trail by the American judicial system is entitled to a fair trial; regardless of the crime they are being tried for. In saying this, members of the judicial system must ensure that the defendant's rights are carried out based on their Constitutional rights in order to uphold fair treatment. Judges often use presentence investigation (PSI) in order to ensure that defendants are properly tried in accordance with their crimes and laws. Discuss the purpose for presentence investigation as well as the types of the information that are included in the PSI and how they are collected.

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The presentence investigation is fundamental for criminal cases and members of the court in order to establish a profile of the case and offender. In many instances, the PSI is very in depth for cases involving non-serious violent crimes against individuals and/or society as a whole. The PSI is defined as a report detailing the background of a convicted offender, including criminal history, social background, education, employment, mental and physical health, and other factors valuable to consider in the ...