The process by which a federal sentence is pronounced goes in the following steps: a sentencing range is calculated by the probation officer and put into their full report to the judge. This report is called a Pre-sentence Investigation Report (“PSI” or “PSR”). Then the defense reviews the PSI for errors and submits objections to the judge.
Finally, the presiding judge reviews both the PSR and the defense objections and decides if he wants to sentence the defendant below, within, or above this sentence recommendation.
We wrote an entire series on how federal sentencing calculations are done, which give the policy-recommended ranges for any federal criminal case. Start with Federal Sentencing Explained in Plain English to begin reading the 3-part series and get a decent education in how this process all works.
What Happens After Sentencing?
You can read about the process and procedures of the events that comes after sentencing in our blog post about just this subject. Click here to read it.
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