Archive 10/09/2019

Probation Officers: their impact on the PSR and final prison placement

Probation officers representing the court will:

  • Receive and evaluate pre-sentence investigation requests.
  • Identify and pursue leads to obtain evidence.
  • Gather and document evidence by interviewing involved parties, obtaining statements, reviewing and analyzing records and files, etc.
  • Gather criminal history, police reports, victim impact statements, criminal complaints and information and review prior to interview with offender.
  • Inform crime victims of their rights.
  • Assist the victim advocates in coordinating victim requests for offender information; victim issues such as recovery from injury, financial losses, or victim mediation; preparation of victim impact statements and reports; communicate offender progress and victim assistance to various local, state, and federal officials, and to treatment staff.
  • Conduct offender criminal history checks, warrant inquiries, and driver’s license abstract checks.
  • Compile and maintain history and case records.
  • Inform offenders of their rights, responsibilities, and purposes of the pre-sentence investigation process.
  • Interview offenders required by the courts to have a pre-sentence investigation completed.
  • Utilize PSI interview guide and the Criminogenic Domains of Criminal History, Education/Employment, Financial, Family/Marital, Accommodation, Leisure/Recreation, Companions, Alcohol/Drug, Emotional/Personal, and Attitude/Orientation.
  • Complete various extensive assessment tools to gauge offender risk and needs.
  • Collect PSI fees.
  • Coordinate investigations with other law enforcement agencies, regulatory agencies, and other relevant entities.
  • Confirm information gathered during interview.
  • Communicate with the appropriate Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff, other state agencies, related organizations, other entities, volunteers, and the public to provide information, referral services, technical advice and consultation regarding PSI.
  • Communicate with Courts, attorneys, law enforcement, and other agencies involved in a court-ordered pre-sentence investigation.
  • Document interview and investigation.
  • Prepare investigative reports and recommend administrative, legal, and/or sentencing action.
  • Present evidence to prosecutors, legal staff, or courts.
  • Prepare and present testimony as required for legal proceedings or administrative hearings.
  • Report offender compliance with the presentence investigation to courts.
  • Summarize information gathered during investigation and interview into the pre-sentence format.
  • Make sentencing recommendations based on sentencing guidelines and a thorough analysis of criminal history, medical and mental healthcare history allowing for continuity of care, medication availability, offender risks, resources, and evidence-based practices.
  • Ensure the report is distributed according to Applicable Code standards.
  • Monitor programs for compliance with state and federal laws compliance.
  • Gather, compile, and maintain statistics for required and requested reports.
  • Investigate and confirm the information on offender release plans or interstate compact investigations. Maintain working knowledge of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR) programs and community bases programs that are available for offenders.

Note: The duties of probation officers listed above are not intended to be all-inclusive.