ADULT PROBATION DEPARTMENT
Presentence investigations are written to assist the court in making sentencing decisions. Probation officers conduct interviews and use collateral sources to gather and verify background information regarding a defendant's criminal record, drug and alcohol use, employment history, financial stability, education level, family situation, mental health history and peer associations. The information is summarized in a report that provided to the court. For probationable offenses, reports include recommendations about probation programs and special conditions that may be suited to a defendant's individual risks and needs.