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Recently Released from PEW: Risk-Needs Assessment 101: Science Reveals New Tools to Manage Offenders
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Published on September 20, this PEW Center on the States report summarizes key information about powerful risk/needs instruments and explains how they can help classify offenders and target interventions to most effectively reduce recidivism, improve public safety and cut costs.

Key Findings cited from the Report are:pewreport.jpg

  • Risk/needs instruments measure an individual’s risk of reoffending and identify the specific risk factors that, if addressed, can reduce the likelihood of future criminal behavior.
  • Risk/needs assessment tools are used at many points in the corrections process by courts, probation and parole agencies, prison and jail systems and parole boards to inform decisions about offender management.
  • Differentiating offenders by risk level is important—intensive programming can work well with higher-risk offenders but can actually increase recidivism rates among lower-risk offenders.
  • Research has shown that a comprehensive evidence-based approach—assessing risk, matching supervision and treatment to an offender’s risk level and targeting criminal risk factors with proven programs—reduces recidivism.

View the Full Report.




Posted Tue, Oct 4 2011 8:24 AM by Susan Powell

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