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What is a Pre-Sentence Report (PSR)?

A Pre-Sentence Report (PSR) is a report prepared by a probation officer [jump to probation] to help the judge decide what sentence to give. It is used to find out about an offender’s background.

If a judge orders a PSR, a probation officer will interview the offender, the offender’s family, friends, and employer (if they are working). A case is usually adjourned to allow a probation officer time to prepare the PSR. It usually takes between two and six weeks to prepare.