Definitions for "Pre-sentence investigation"
A document that details the past behavior, prior criminal history/convictions, family circumstances and personality of an adult and gives information about the crime he has committed. It is prepared by the Department of Corrections in order to assist the court in determining the most appropriate sentence.
The procedure after conviction during which the defendant's criminal history is investigated.
An inquiry undertaken by a designated authority at the request of a court to gather information about the background of a person convicted of an offense. This inquiry is designed to assist the court in determining the appropriate sentence to be imposed.