Pre-Sentence Investigation Writer-Minot, ND

State Of North Dakota Minot , ND 58702

Posted 6 days ago

Summary of Work

Work involves conducting and coordinating investigations as assigned.

This is a part-time, on-going temporary position. Hours and work are based on pre-sentence investigations being requested by the District Courts. Most work will be in the Minot, ND area, however, candidate may be required to do some traveling to complete job assignments. Overnight travel may be required on a case-by-case basis.

Duties and Tasks

Unify ND DOCR pre-sentence investigations and procedures/training related to those investigations

  • Receive and evaluate pre-sentence investigation requests.

  • Identify and pursue leads to obtain evidence.

  • Gather and document evidence by interviewing involved parties, obtaining statements, reviewing and analyzing records and files, etc.

  • Gather criminal history, police reports, victim impact statements, criminal complaints and information and review prior to interview with offender.

  • Inform crime victims of their rights.

  • Assist the victim advocates in coordinating victim requests for offender information; victim issues such as recovery from injury, financial losses, or victim mediation; preparation of victim impact statements and reports; communicate offender progress and victim assistance to various local, state, and federal officials, and to treatment staff.

  • Conduct offender criminal history checks, warrant inquiries, and driver's license abstract checks. Compile and maintain history and case records.

  • Inform offenders of their rights, responsibilities, and purposes of the pre-sentence investigation process.

  • Interview offenders required by the courts to have a pre-sentence investigation completed.

  • Utilize PSI interview guide and the Criminogenic Domains of Criminal History, Education/Employment, Financial, Family/Marital, Accommodation, Leisure/Recreation, Companions, Alcohol/Drug, Emotional/Personal, and Attitude/Orientation.

  • Complete various extensive assessment tools to gauge offender risk and needs.

  • Collect PSI fees.

  • Coordinate investigations with other law enforcement agencies, regulatory agencies, and other relevant entities.

  • Confirm information gathered during interview.

  • Communicate with ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (ND DOCR) staff, other state agencies, related organizations, other entities, volunteers, and the public to provide information, referral services, technical advice and consultation regarding PSI.

  • Communicate with Courts, attorneys, law enforcement, and other agencies involved in a court-ordered pre-sentence investigation.

  • Document interview and investigation as directed by ND DOCR.

  • Prepare investigative reports and recommend administrative, legal, and/or sentencing action.

  • Present evidence to prosecutors, legal staff, or courts.

  • Prepare and present testimony as required for legal proceedings or administrative hearings.

  • Report offender compliance with the presentence investigation to courts.

  • Summarize information gathered during investigation and interview into the ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation pre-sentence format.

  • Make sentencing recommendations based on ND Century Code sentencing guidelines and a thorough analysis of criminal history, offender risks, resources, and ND DOCR evidence based practices.

  • Ensure the report is distributed according to ND Century Code standards.

  • Monitor programs for compliance with state and federal laws compliance.

  • Gather, compile, and maintain statistics for required and requested reports.

  • Investigate and confirm information on offender release plans or interstate compact investigations.

  • Maintain working knowledge of DOCR programs and community bases programs that are available for offenders.

  • NOTE: The duties listed are not intended to be all-inclusive. Duties assigned any individual employee are at the discretion of the appointing authority.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor's degree and two years of work experience in investigations, law enforcement, or closely related field. The appointing authority shall designate specific degree and experience requirements pertinent to the position at the time of recruitment.

Must be able to meet strict deadlines, manage time independently to meet deadlines, and have proficient oral and written communication skills.

Application Procedures

All applications for open DOCR positions must be made via the Careers site. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Application materials must be received by 11:59 PM on the closing date listed above. All potential applicants must attach and/or upload the following documents:

  • Letter of Interest

  • Resume

  • Transcripts

Application materials must clearly explain how experience and education are related to the minimum qualifications and job duties.

Applicants who are residents of ND and eligible to claim veteran's preference must upload a Form DD214. Claims for disabled veteran's preference must include a current statement of disabled status from the Veteran's Affairs Office.

Contact Meagan Miller, Human Resource Officer at 701-667-1465 or mmmiller@nd.gov for additional information or assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. 23-12-10.


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Pre-Sentence Investigation Writer-Minot, ND

State Of North Dakota