Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) Report

Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) Report

Before imposing sentence or granting probation, court staff conducts a
pre-sentence investigation and generates a report in accordance with

N.J.S.A. 2C:44-6. The purpose of the pre-sentence report is to give
the judge as much concise relevant information about the offender and
the offense to assist the judge in determining the appropriate sentence.
The report shall be furnished to the defendant and the prosecuting
attorney. In cases in which the death penalty may be imposed, a pre-
sentence report is not required.

The pre-sentence report includes an analysis of the circumstances
surrounding the commission of the offense, the defendant's history of
delinquency or criminality, family situation, financial resources and
debts (including any amount owed for fines, assessments or
restitution). It should include employment history, personal habits,
the disposition of any charge made against any co-defendants and may
include a physical and mental condition report.

The report should include any compensation paid to the Violent
Crimes Compensation Board (VCCB) and an assessment of the effect
and gravity of the crime on the victim and/or his/her family.


PROMIS GAVEL, is the mainframe computer system maintained by the
Administrative Office of the Courts to support the Criminal Division of the
Superior Court of New Jersey. The Criminal Division also uses other
Judiciary systems: Automated Traffic System/ Automated Complaint
System (ATS/ACS), Family Case Tracking System (FACTS),
Comprehensive Automated Probation System (CAPS), County Correctional
Information System (CCIS), Central Automated Bail System (CABS).


PROMIS GAVEL is the case management and information system for
the Criminal Division and serves as the Criminal Court's official
docket. PROMIS is jointly used by Judiciary staff and Prosecutors
and provides local and statewide inquiry access to law enforcement
agencies and court personnel. PROMIS allows users to record and
inquire about criminal case and defendant information including
charges, warrants, arrests, bail, sentences, and scheduled events.

PROMIS has information about schedules for prosecutors, judges and
defense attorneys and generates calendars, notices, statistical and
management reports.

B. County Correctional Information System (CCIS)

The County Correctional Information System (CCIS) contains
information about inmates housed in county correctional facilities.
CCIS provides statewide inmate inquiry access to local, state and
federal law enforcement agencies and court personnel. CCIS allows
users to record and inquire about inmate identification, charges, bail,
court events, custody status, detainers, sentences, discharge, legal
counsel, visitor information and commitment summary data.

C. Central Automated Bail System (CABS)

The Centralized Automated Bail System (CABS) was designed to
centralize twenty-one separate county bail accounts into one statewide
bail escrow account. Defendant and surety information is entered into
CABS when bail is posted. When bail refund information is entered
into CABS a check is issued to the surety from the State Treasurer.
CABS allow users to record and inquire about bail postings, refunds,
forfeitures, reinstatements, liens, transfers and disbursements. CABS
also produces related journals, notices and financial reports.

D. Automated Traffic System / Automated Complaint System

ATS/ACS is the case management system of the municipal courts. It
is important to the criminal process because it generates all indictable
complaints in New Jersey and is a system of record for all disorderly
persons (DP) dispositions whether they originated as a DP or as a
downgrade by the Prosecutor’s Office. The data is essential to the
preparation of a complete prior record in a pre-sentence report.

E. Family Case Tracking System (FACTS)

FACTS is used by report writers to prepare pre-sentence reports. It is
the primary source of juvenile delinquency information and Domestic
Violence cases.

F. Comprehensive Automated Probation System (CAPS)

CAPS is the system used by the Probation Division to track
individuals sentenced to probation and community service.