Colorado Technical University Pretense Investigation Discussion

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The discussion assignment for this week includes a review of the Key Assignment Outline completed by one of your classmates, as well as a substantial response to at least 1 other student.

Primary Task Response: Your first task is to post your own Key Assignment Outline to the discussion area so that other students are able to review your plan. Attach your document to the main discussion post, and include any notes that you feel are appropriate. The purpose of this assignment is to help improve the quality of the Key Assignment Draft that you will complete next week.


Begin by reviewing IP 1 from Week 1 to ensure that you understand the entire project.

Part 1

Research what a presentence investigation is, what purpose it serves during the sentencing process, and how it is used to inform the sentencing process. Then, address the following in a Word document that is 750–900 words in length:

  • What is a presentence investigation report, and what kind of information does this document typically contain?
  • Why is this information collected, and how does this information relate to an offender’s sentencing?
  • What relationship exists, if any, between the presentence investigation and other aids to sentencing, such as sentencing guidelines and a victim impact statement?
  • Compile your responses to the above questions into your final Word document.
  • The content of the paper must be 750–900 words in length.
  • You must reference at least 3 outside sources, and all sources must be referenced using APA style.

Part 2

Despite your best efforts to guide John McMahon away from drugs and crime, he has incurred a new arrest. Specifically, he was arrested in the 800 block of Greenview Drive in Lynchburg, Virginia after plainclothes officers observed him make what appeared to be a drug transaction. He was cooperative during the arrest, and a search of his person turned up 3.5 grams of a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine. Mr. McMahon was read his rights and transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. During questioning, he admitted that he had purchased the drugs for his own personal use moments before his arrest. In a Word document of 1,000–1,200 words, create a presentence investigation report for Mr. McMahon that includes all of the information that would ordinarily be included in such a document. You may find it useful to create section headers in your document to separate the different elements of the report. Feel free to make up information that is not specifically stated, provided that doing so is not likely to impact the sentencing outcome. You will want to reference and include material taken from the Phase 2 individual projects and the Phase 3 individual project.

For the purposes of this assignment, assume the following:

  • Mr. McMahon’s underlying charge of possession of cocaine (the one he was placed on probation for in the first place) represents his only prior conviction.
  • Mr. McMahon’s parents were married at the time of his birth and remain so to the present day.
  • Mr. McMahon has 2 younger brothers, both of whom still live with his parents.
  • Mr. McMahon is in good overall physical health and has no history of mental health or substance abuse treatment aside from any that was ordered in the context of his current probation case.

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Presentencing Investigation
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During the trial and sentencing processes, there is a lot of information required to
make the final decision. One of these is the presentence investigation report. The harshness of
the sentence may be enhanced by the criminal courts depending on the individual's history in
terms of committing crimes. Such investigation helps in strengthening the charging document
and providing more proof of criminal conduct that is important in deciding the kind of
sentencing to offer some individuals. Such a report is prepared by the probation officer
assigned the duties by the court. The history investigated in this kind of report includes the
levels of education and historical criminal records. The probation officer may also be tasked
to understand the family and social background of individuals convicted of the crime.
The primary purpose is to get an in-depth perspective of the in...

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