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Presentence report is defined as a report prepared by a court's probation officer, after a person has been convicted of an offense, summarizing for the court the background information needed to determine the appropriate sentence.
United States Courts Glossary
Another presentence report definition is a report prepared by the probation department for the judge when sentencing a defendant. Describes defendant's background: financial, job, and family status; community ties; criminal history; and facts of the current offense. A presentence report must be done in felony cases and may be requested in misdemeanor cases.
Judicial Council of California. “Self-Help Glossary” (2016)
Written report prepared by the probation department containing the family and personal history of the accused, evaluation of the crime and its ramifications, and recommendations as to sentencing. Required in all felony cases. Assists the judge in determining sentence.
Michigan Judicial Institute. “Handbook of Legal Terms” (2015)