Presentence Investigation Report Questionnaire

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PresentenceInvestigation Report Questionnaire

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PresentenceInvestigation Report Questionnaire

  1. Family

(Thissection will help the probation officer understand if the defendantbehavior is caused by family issues, if they are influenced by theirchildhood or what kind of neighborhood the defendant grew up thatcould have impacted his current behavior.)

  1. Describe Your Childhood Briefly

  1. Immediate Family Members

    RELATIONSHIP

    ADDRESS

    PHONE NUMBER

  2. Partners and Spouses

Currentspouse name:

Areyou legally married?

Howlong have you been together?

Doyou live together?

FormerPartners and Spouses

ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER

IF KNOWN

HOW LONG WERE YOU TOGETHER?

  1. Children

    DOB

    SEX

    AGE

    ADDRESS

    WHO IS THE LEGAL CUSTODIAN

  2. Do You Have Any Other Dependants?

RELATIONSHIP

ADDRESS

PHONE NUMBER

  1. EDUCATION

(Thissection will help the probation officer ascertain how educated thedefendant is and if he or she can make rational decisions. Thissection also tells us if the defendant is aware of the consequencesof his actions.)

  1. What is your highest level of education?

  2. Highest grade completed: ____ __

  3. Do you have a high school diploma: No ( ) Yes ( )

IfYes: school: _ ____Year:

  1. Do you have your GED: No ( ) Yes ( )

  2. Did you attend College? No ( )

Ifyes: school: _____ Yearscompleted:___

  1. Do you have a College Degree: No ( ) if yes: Type of Degree:_

  1. WORK EXPERIENCE

(Thissection will help understand if the defendant interacts well with thesociety and people around him or her. It will also tell us how thedefendant relates with others that are close to him or her and hissocial skills)

  1. Are you currently: Employed Yes ( ) No ( ) If employed how long:

  2. Unemployed Yes ( ) No ( ) if unemployed how long:

  3. Reason if not employed:

  4. Current employer: _

Address:__ Phone #:___

Jobtitle: Hours per week:_

Salary: Per month Date hired: ___ Date terminated:

Reasonfor leaving: ___

  1. Former Employers

Employer:

Address:___ Phone #:_

Jobtitle: Hours per week: _

Salary: Per month Date hired: ___ Date terminated: _

Reasonfor leaving: ___

Employer:__ ___

Address:___ Phone #:_

Jobtitle: Hours per week:_

Salary: Per month Date hired: ___ Date terminated:_

Reasonfor leaving: __

  1. NATURE OF THE OFFENSE

(Thissection will enable the officer to know if the defendant is regretfulof his or her actions. This section will also tell the officer theperspective of the defendant on the current case and his or herexpected outcome)

  1. Briefly describe the offense you committed?

  1. Why did you commit this crime?

  1. Thinking back would you have done differently? __

___

  1. How do you think this crime affected the victim? _ _

___

  1. How did this crime affect you? ___

___

  1. PREVIOUS CRIMINAL HISTORY

(Thiswill help the officer to know if the defendant can be trusted tonever repeat the offence again in the future. It will also tell theofficer if the defendant can be rehabilitated if he or she has notrepeated any of his past crimes. If he she has repeated the offenseagain, it means that he she is not regretful of his or her actions)

  1. Have you ever been involved in criminal activities? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes explain:

  1. Have you ever been incarcerated? Yes ( ) No ( )

  2. Have you ever been prosecuted? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes why?

  1. Do you believe that your past crimes were justified? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes explain:

  1. Do you believe your past crimes haunt you? Yes ( ) No ( )

  1. PREVIOUS INCARCERATION

(Thissection will help the officer to know if the defendant understandswhat he or she is facing. It will also enable to determine if thedefendant can be given parole)

  1. Have you ever been on adult probation: No ( ) Yes ( )

Location: _ Phone Number:___

Nameof last supervision officer:___

Typeof discharge:__

Didyou have any violations while on probation: No ( ) Yes ( )

Ifyes explain:

___

  1. Have you ever been in prison: No ( ) Yes ( )

Dates:_ Name of Prison and State:___

Dates:_ Name of Prison and State:__

Dates:__ Name of Prison andState:__

  1. Have you ever been on adult parole: No ( ) Yes ( )

Location: _ Phone number:

Nameof last supervision officer:

  1. Did you have any violations while on parole: No ( ) Yes ( )

Ifyes explain:_

_

  1. Have any members of your immediate family ever been in prison or on probation?

No( ) Yes ( )

  1. If Yes explain: (Please include: who, when, where and for what crime) ____ ___ __ __

  2. Are you in a gang, or do you socialize with gang members: No ( ) Yes ( )

Ifyes, what is the gang name and your moniker:__?

  1. MEDICAL CONDITIONS

(Thissection will enable the officer to determine the health of thedefendant and if the defendant will need any medical assistance if heor she is incarcerated)

  1. Do you believe you are healthy? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes explain:

  1. Do you have any medical conditions? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes explain:

  1. Do you have any recurring illness such as allergy? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes explain:

  1. Have you ever abused any drug? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes which and why:

  1. Do you believe you are mentally healthy? Yes ( ) No ( )

  1. PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENTS AND / OR MEDICATIONS

(Thissection will enable the officer determine if the defendants actionscould have been influenced by mental illness or if an event triggeredthe defendant to committing the offence)

  1. Do you have any mental illness? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes explain:

  1. Have you been under any psychiatric medication? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes explain:

  1. Are you currently under any medication? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes explain:

  1. COUNSELLING

(Thissection will enable the defendant to determine if counseling thedefendant will help improve his mindset)

  1. Have you undergone any counseling? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes explain:

  1. Do you believe in counseling? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifno why:

  1. Do you believe sharing problems with others helps? Yes ( ) No ( )

  2. Have you ever undergone a counseling session? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes for what:

  1. What was the experience like in the session?

  1. PRIOR INSTITUTIONALIZATION

(Thissection will help in determining the effectiveness of mentaltreatment on the defendant. This section will also tell the officerif previous institutionalization could have caused the defendantsactions)

  1. Have you ever been in a psychiatric institution? Yes ( ) No ( )

Ifyes explain:

  1. Which institution were you in?

  2. What condition were you treated for?

  3. What is your opinion of the facility?

  4. Do you believe mental illness can be treated?

SUMMARY

Thefamily section will help the probation officer understand if thedefendant behavior is caused by family issues, if they are influencedby their childhood or what kind of neighborhood the defendant grew upthat could have impacted his current behavior

Theeducation section will help the probation officer ascertain howeducated the defendant is and if he or she can make rationaldecisions. This section also tells us if the defendant is aware ofthe consequences of his actions

Thework experience section will help understand if the defendantinteracts well with the society and people around him or her. It willalso tell us how the defendant relates with others that are close tohim or her and his social skills

Thenature of the offense section will enable the officer to know if thedefendant is regretful of his or her actions. This section will alsotell the officer the perspective of the defendant on the current caseand his or her expected outcome

Theprevious criminal history section will help the officer to know ifthe defendant can be trusted to never repeat the offence again in thefuture. It will also tell the officer if the defendant can berehabilitated if he or she has not repeated any of his past crimes.If he she has repeated the offense again, it means that she is notregretful of his or her actions (Kridle,Conner &amp Ruppel, 2014).

Theprevious incarceration section will help the officer to know if thedefendant understands what he or she is facing. It will also enableto determine if the defendant can be given parole.

Themedical conditions section will enable the officer to determine thehealth of the defendant and if the defendant will need any medicalassistance if he or she is incarcerated.

Thepsychiatric treatment and medication section will enable the officerdetermine if the defendants actions could have been influenced byprior mental illness or if an event triggered the defendant tocommitting the offence (Matejkowskiet al., 2014).

Thecounseling section will enable the probation officer to determine ifcounseling the defendant will help improve his mindset and view ofthe world at large.

Theprior institutionalization section will help in determining theeffectiveness of mental treatment on the defendant. This section willalso tell the officer if previous institutionalization could havecaused the defendants actions

Elementslike family, education, criminal history, psychiatric treatment,previous incarceration and prior institutionalization play a big rolein shaping the behavior patterns of the defendant as well as hisculture. Culture is gained from interactions with other individuals.How and where the defendant was raised will influence his decisionmaking in the future. The level of education of the defendant willalso determine what influences his decision making and evaluating theconsequences of that decision (Pike,2014).Previous incarceration and criminal history would point towards thedefendant having interacted with other offenders which could haveinfluenced his behavior. Psychiatric treatment and priorinstitutionalization means that the defendant might not be mentallystable and this would mean that the defendant may not have been awareof his or her actions. The defendant’s environment and interactionswill shape the cultural expectations of behavior of the defendant(Ellis,2014).

Theprobation will require several documents to verify the informationprovided by the defendant. The officer may request medical records ofthe defendant to ascertain his medical conditions as well asunderstand what the defendant was treated for in institutions. Theofficer may ask the defendant to provide certificates to ascertainhis or her level of education. The officer can also acquire thepolice records of the defendant to confirm his previous crimes andincarcerations. The officer can also contact family members providedby the defendant as well as previous employers of the defendant toascertain information provided by the defendant.

References

Ellis,A. (2014). Federal Presentence Investigation Report.&nbspCrim.Just.,&nbsp29,48.

Kridle,B., Conner, C., &amp Ruppel, S. (2014). Impact of PresentenceInvestigation Report Types and Gender on the Sentencing ofOffenders.&nbspGeorgeManuel and Dr. Cole Cheek Spartanburg Methodist College,192.

Matejkowski,J., Fairfax-Columbo, J., Cullen,S. W., Marcus, S. C., &amp Solomon, P. L. (2014). Exploring thepotential of stricter gun restrictions for people with serious mentalillness to reduce homicide in the United States.&nbspTheJournal of Forensic Psychiatry &amp Psychology,&nbsp25(3),362-369.

Pike,J. (2014). Summary of Sasser v. State, 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 41.