Josh and Joel discuss the problems with indigent defense and pre-sentencing investigations.
When I discuss Pre-Sentencing Investigations with other formerly incarcerated folks, they had similar experiences to the ones we discuss. PSI’s are incredibly under-covered in the criminal justice literature. This CJCJ overview does a good job of covering the basics.
This St. John’s Law Review article talks about many of the prejudicial elements in a pre-sentencing investigation.