An important factor in determining punishment is a presentence investigation. Some states require a presentence report and some states also leave it up to a judge’s discretion whether or not there should be such an investigation.
- What data do you think should be included in the presentence report?
- Is there any information you think should not be allowed to be included.
- Do you think the report should be available to the defendant?
- Should this report be public record? Why or why not?