Pre-Sentence Investigation Unit

The Presentence Investigation Unit was created in response to Illinois Statutes requiring the preparation of offender background reports for the judiciary prior to a sentence being imposed. The reports include: (1) investigation of the offender’s criminal history, including previous terms of community supervision or incarceration, past or present gang involvement, and history of violence and use of weapons; (2) the offender’s personal information, including family of origin, current residence and family relations, educational and employment histories, financial situation, and military history; and (3) the offender’s health information, including physical health, mental health, drug and/or alcohol addiction histories, and any previous treatment history. The officers analyze the data they have collected and make specific recommendations as to the potential for rehabilitation, risk to the community, and sentencing options available to the Courts.