Alternative Pre-Sentence Investigations (APSI)
The advent of Northpointe's Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) in 2012 has had a significant impact on the approach to and content of PSI's produced by the DOC in Wisconsin. It appears that community corrections staff assigned to produce these documents believe the process has been "automated" by COMPAS and no longer requires a significant, in-depth, investigation. This is far from the truth.
The APSI can be one of the most important documents submitted to the court in a criminal matter and should be vigorously investigated. The following are just some of the factors that distinguish our APSI's from others:
An investigator appears for all sentencings and can provide testimony at defense counsel's discretion.
The document provides the court with an "About the Author" cover memorandum that outlines the author's education, experience and specialized training/certifications. Further, the total time dedicated to the APSI (often >20 hours) is noted.
All available historical information is sought from social services, community supervision, criminal complaints, etc. A synopsis of this information is provided and cited throughout the document.
The investigator meets clients at a location convenient for them. If in custody, the face-to-face meeting will be at the facility of incarceration. For out of custody interviews, the client can choose to meet at their residence, a 3rd party public location (library, cafe, etc.), or the sponsoring attorney's office.
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