Judicial Technology and Automation Committee
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste. 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Director and Counsel for Trial Court Technology
The Judicial Conference of Indiana is charged with developing a standard Presentence Investigation (PSI) Report to be used by all courts in Indiana. [IC 11-13-1-8(b)(4)] Indiana statute also requires a Probation Officer to complete a PSI Report on all felony cases, except D felonies where the PSI option may be waived. [IC 35-38-1-8] During 2010 and 2011, the Probation Officer Advisory Board, under the direction of the Indiana Judicial Center, worked to revise the standard PSI Report in order to incorporate new information, primarily risk assessment details.
These changes were made as a result of new statewide policies, implemented by the Indiana Judicial Conference Board of Directors and the Indiana Department of Correction, to mandate the use of the electronic version of the Indiana Youth Assessment System (IYAS) and the Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS) for juvenile and adult offenders, both of which are housed in the INcite Risk Assessment Application. The PSI Report and the associated risk assessment are intended to provide the sentencing judge with information about an offender’s potential risks and needs, allowing the trial court to provide an appropriate sentence, supervision plan and treatment services.
In mid-2011, JTAC began developing the new PSI Report as an INcite Application. The Judicial Conference Board of Directors adopted the revised PSI Report for use in the INcite Application in June. In November, the PSI application was deployed in a pilot phase to five Indiana probation departments, including Marion, Tippecanoe, Monroe, Dearborn, and Blackford counties. On January 3, 2012, the PSI Application was made available statewide to over 850 probation department staff.
Once a presentence investigation is ordered by the court, the probation officer will schedule an interview with the defendant. The Indiana Judicial Center has provided a PSI Worksheet that can be used as a guide to help ensure appropriate interviewing techniques are followed, ultimately promoting more accurate scoring of the risk assessment tool and proper completion of the PSI Report. Upon completion of the interview, the probation officer will score the assessment using the new Risk Assessment INcite application. The probation officer should then continue on to the PSI Report. Following these steps will ensure the officer can digitally associate a completed risk assessment to the PSI Report they are preparing.
Users also have the ability to attach external documents to the PSI. For example, the user can attach probable cause affidavits, statements from the defendant, as well as statements from the victim. After completing the PSI Report, the probation officer can then print an official copy that will be filed with the court.
The next phase of JTAC’s project will include the development of a digital version of the Abstract of Judgment. The Abstract of Judgment is a Department of Correction (DOC) form required by statute to be completed whenever a defendant is sentenced to DOC. The court will have the ability to attach the Judgment of Conviction and Sentencing Order to the Abstract of Judgment and the PSI Report. All of these documents will then be made available to the DOC via INcite. A central repository of these documents enables DOC staff to have all information needed to expedite the processing of a person who has been sentenced to the Department. [IC 35-38-1-14]
If you would like more information about the PSI Application project, please email Lisa Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317.234.6586 or (toll free) 888.275.5822.
Example chart from PSI Application. The defendant's overall risk assessment level and the level for each domain section is included in the PSI Report.