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03. Presentence Report

Prisonology interviews Jack Donson, Bureau of Prisons Case Manager - Retired, on the final report submitted by U.S. Probation to the judge for consideration at sentencing.


After pleading guilty or a conviction, a U.S. Probation Officer conducts a Presentence Investigation (PSI) and submits a report to the court prior to sentencing. The resultant report is the Presentence Report (PSR) and is a influential document used by the judge to determine a prison term.  The report is also subsequently used by the Bureau of Prisons to determine a prison designation, healthcare needs and programming necessary for the defendant.  The PSR is one of the most influential documents that follows the defendant through the entire criminal justice system.

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