PRESENTENCE INVESTIGATIONS

The presentence investigation is primarily a tool to assist judges in determining appropriate sentence alternatives that most effectively serve the offender, wisely utilize correctional resources and protect public safety. The report submitted to the district court includes an extensive history of the defendant’s criminal, social, family, education, employment and psychological background. Sentencing recommendations are presented to the court, based on the investigation. This department also provides criminal record checks to the courts for the judge’s consideration in sentencing.

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