You’ve been indicted, found or plead guilty and are facing prison – now what?
Some defendants being detained and facing prison do not have sufficient financial means. Once detained they can be held for days—or years—before they ever see a courtroom. For all defendants:
- Getting a criminal defense attorney is paramount.
- If access to medications or medical devices (such as a CPAP, eyeglasses, etc.) is necessary, PSR documentation cannot be overstated.
- When entering prison for the first time, it may be helpful to know what medications are available (on formulary vs. non-formulary), or are just not available. If medications are not available, the defendant may receive a different/similar medication at the discretion of the BOP. Further, if not available this could be brought up at the sentencing hearing
- Who are medically healthy, but have never seen a doctor, now is the time to see a physician for a full physical, and if warranted a mental healthcare evaluation.
- Who are camp eligible: Federal Prison Camps (FPC) are different than satellite camps as the latter are associated with higher security facilities.
The importance of an advocate is crucial when facing prison. The PSR and Prison Match™ can help be that advocate. If it’s not included in the PSR it will not be noted to the court upon sentencing, and definitely will not be provided once the defendant is incarcerated.
Upon preliminary completion of the PSR by the legal defense team, probation officers will investigate and perform a Presentence Interview (PSI) of the defendant. This is then followed by submitting their report, possibly with placement recommendations to the judge.