Sentencing evaluations consist of an assessment of the individual's need for treatment. The status of the offender in terms of psychopathology, substance abuse, intelligence, adaptive functioning, vocational ability, and interpersonal skills is delineated. Information considered when forming conclusions about the offender's level of functioning in these areas include the offender's motivation, the family/environmental situation of the offender, past treatment attempts, past offense record, and the need for external control. This type of evaluation is the forensic evaluation that is closest to the clinical evaluations often completed by psychologists in mental health settings. Relatedly, both projective and objective psychological tests are often administered as part of the evaluation so that the psychologist can formulate a detailed understanding of the psychological status of the defendant.

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