Attitudes and Practices of Federal Probation Officers Towards Pre-plea Trial Investigative Report Policy
Criminology & Penology
Federal courts rely on information contained in pre-sentence investigations to determine sentence length. However defendants do not have access to this prior to entering a plea. Thus many offenders have received sentences longer than what was anticipated during plea negotiations. The authors surveyed chief federal probation officers (n = 96) to measure the feasibility of pre-plea reports being prepared. The 68% response rate provided strong indication of practices and attitudes. Despite the increased work associated with such a system, some support does exist for the concept. Further; most respondents acknowledged that such a system would be beneficial to defendants.
Crime & Delinquency
Lanier, M. M., Miller, C. H. (1995). Attitudes and Practices of Federal Probation Officers Towards Pre-plea Trial Investigative Report Policy. Crime & Delinquency, 41(3). doi: 10.1177/0011128795041003006