ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.
The pre-sentence investigation refers to the investigation conducted by the Probation Office into the history of the convicted person. This investigation can include interviews with the defendant and their family, friends, and/or employer. This investigation occurs before sentencing to determine if there are aggravating or mitigating circumstances for the judge to consider before a sentence is imposed.
The judge will review the pre-sentence report before sentencing a defendant. The judge will also consult the “sentencing guidelines” to determine the minimum jail/prison sentence for the crime committed.
For more information about justice system procedures, visit the ASERT Navigating the Justice System page.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.