There are several reasons why someone may be unprepared for the Presentence Investigation Report. The following are some of the most prevalent reasons: The individual remained in denial because of their fears about the criminal justice system. Intense and contradictory emotions might cloud an individual’s capacity to reason logically. In many circumstances, stress may render a person immobile.
Defendants who indulge in dreams about acquitting themselves during a trial do not consider the ramifications of a conviction until it is too late. Because the Presentence Investigation occurs so soon following a conviction, the defendant did not have time to educate himself about the process’s ramifications.
The defense counsel, who may have been an excellent litigator or trial strategist, underestimated the impact of the PSI document on the imprisonment process.
Having talked to many people who are at a camp or have “Pen Points” or in other words are classified as “High” security and have not properly taken the time to prepare for the PSI documentation process, we can state unequivocally that it leads people to have the following outcomes: Not being eligible for programs that may have resulted in their early release.
Spending more time in higher-security prisons than was necessary.
Serving sentences that were tougher than they should have been.
Having limited access to the telephone, email, and visitation makes prison life more difficult.
Being misclassified resulted in unnecessary hassles and complications while serving their term.
All of which can be avoided.