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Sentencing: Presentence Report

Origins Of The Psi, Content Of The Psi, Psi Case Law, Defense-based Presentence Reports

Considered among the most important documents in the criminal justice field, the presentence investigation report (PSI) has been the central source of information to sentencing judges since the 1920s. Its original purpose was to provide information to the court on the defendant's personal history and criminal conduct in order to promote individualized sentencing. With the advent of more punitive sentencing policies in recent years, the PSI has become more offense-focused and less individualized. Despite current trends, the PSI will likely remain a critical component of the American criminal justice system.



Gregg v. United States, 394 U.S. 489 (1969).

Minnesota v. Murphy, 465 U.S. 420 (1984).

United States v. Schipani, 435 F.2d 26 (2d Cir. 1970).

Williams v. New York, 337 U.S. 241 (1949).

Williams v. Oklahoma, 358 U.S. 576 (1959).

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