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Question:   You are a probation officer who has been directed to prepare a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) report. Remember, you are   providing the judge with a complete picture of this individual offender, and what may have caused him or her to break the law.   You also want to tell the judge about the current criminal offense, so you need to ask the offender about the specifics of the   incident. The judge is relying on the information you provide in the final report to determine sentencing and rehabilitative   measures. It is up to you to ask the right questions and to elicit responses that provide an accurate depiction of the offender, how   much of a threat the offender poses to society, and how best the offender can be rehabilitated or treated.   Resource: See Attachments!   Prepare a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) report guide in questionnaire format for offender interviews by completing the   following:   Develop a list of questions (at least 5, per category) that you would ask an offender if you were required by a criminal court to   write a pre-sentence investigation report. Consider the following areas of interest regarding the offender:   Family life   Education   Work experience   Nature of the offense   Previous criminal history   Previous incarcerations   Medical conditions   Psychiatric treatments and/or medications   Counseling   Prior institutionalizations   Remember that you are providing the judge with a complete picture of who this individual offender is and what may have   caused him or her to break the law. You also want to tell the judge about the current criminal offense so you need to ask about   the specifics of the incident. The judge is relying on the information you provide in the final report to determine sentencing and   rehabilitative measures. It is up to you to ask the right questions and to elicit responses that provide an accurate depiction of the   offender, how much the offender poses a threat to society, and how best the offender can be rehabilitated or treated.   Include the following as a subset of each area of interest:   A 100–200 word summary under each area of interest stating why the questions placed there are relevant and important to the   final outcome of the report.   Include a discussion of how at least six of the ten elements express culture to give an overall picture of the criminal, since   culture informs beliefs of right and wrong..   What are the cultural expectations for behavior? How are they expressed?   Conclude the report with a listing, and brief description, of the types of documents you will need to review in order to verify the   information gathered through the questionnaire

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