Presentence and Mitigation Reports

A presentence report is an impartial psychological evaluation that is used to assist the courts to make informed sentencing decisions. Presentence assessments are conducted following an individual’s conviction but prior to sentencing and are often requested to examine the mitigating factors related to the individual’s offending behaviour.

These assessments include a psychological evaluation of the individual through clinical interview and psychometric testing, an investigation of the context/circumstances of their offending behaviour and their risk of reoffending, as well as consideration of their suitability for different types of sentencing. These reports also offer practical recommendations for the ongoing management, treatment, and rehabilitation of offenders with the aim of contributing to a reduction in recidivism.