Authority to provide the services offered by Utah Sentencing Alternatives and the requirements that due consideration is given to the information provided are outlined in:
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure – Rule 32 (i)(4)(A)(ii) (in relevant part) permit the defendant to… present any information to mitigate the sentence.
U.S. Code Title 18 PART II Chapter 227 Subchapter A § 3552(b) (in relevant part) the court… may order a study of the defendant. The study shall be conducted in the local community by qualified consultants… The study shall inquire into such matters as are specified by the court and any other matters that the professional consultants believe are pertinent to the factors set forth in section 3553 (a)… the professional consultants shall provide the court with a written report of the pertinent results of the study and make to the court whatever recommendations the… consultants believe will be helpful to a proper resolution of the case. The report shall include recommendations of the… consultants concerning the guidelines and policy statements, promulgated by the Sentencing Commission pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994 (a), that they believe are applicable to the defendant’s case.
U.S. Code Title 18 Part II Chapter 232 § 366 – No limitation shall be placed on the information… a court of the United States may receive and consider for the purpose of imposing an appropriate sentence.