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Women’s Risk Need Assessment (WRNA) Goes International
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The needs of justice involved women are very different than that of their male counterparts, yet most of the policies, assessments, and programs of the criminal justice system were developed with men in mind. To address this issue the National Institute of Corrections and the University of Cincinnati WRNA_GRNdeveloped the Women’s Risk Need Assessment (WRNA) in 2008. It is a gender-responsive actuarial risk assessment tool, designed to account for women’s risk factors, or criminogenic needs, associated with recidivism and future misconduct. Being gender-responsive means the assessment takes into account the unique way women enter into criminal activity, and strategies for effective treatment programs. In 2014, a new version of the assessment and trailer were released based upon updated research.

Penal Reform International recently published a blog post by Breanna Boppre and Emily Salisbury, The Women’s Risk Needs Assessment: Putting Gender at the Forefront of Actuarial Risk Assessment. The criminologists from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas write that the WRNA is being used in 22 jurisdictions in the U.S. and now other countries are interested in using it as well. With proper cultural modifications, the WRNA could be used to incorporate gender responsive strategies around the world. 


Read the blog post on Penal Reform International: here


Visit NIC’s Resources on Women Offenders for a resource guide.



This announcement is available at NIC’s Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls.  Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues.  Subscribe to the newsletter at

For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.

Posted Tue, Apr 19 2016 12:00 PM by Elizabeth
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