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After an offender has been adjudicated guilty for a felony criminal offense, a presentence investigation (PSI) is usually ordered by the judge. The presentence investigation plays a very important role in how long and the type of sentence an offender will receive. For this discussion board answer the following questions:

  • How would you explain the importance of using a presentence investigation?
  • What do you think is the most important information in a PSI and why?
  • If you were the sentencing judge, what aspects of the PSI would be the most useful in helping you determine the type of sentence and length an offender should receive?