The PSIR has an
immediate purpose: to help the court determine an appropriate sentence, but it
also serves other purposes. Since the advent of the sentencing guidelines, the
importance of the pre-sentence report has increased because the document is now
designed to frame factual and legal issues for sentencing.
officer assigned responsibility for the offender's case during probation and
supervised release will use the report to make an initial assessment of case
needs and risks. Additionally, the report may be used as a source of
information for future research. The information allows changing of a sentence
subject to the Commitment Order and the judge's verdict.