Improving the Performance of Risk Assessments , ,

A Case Study on the Prediction of Sexual Offending among Juvenile Offenders

Authored by: KiDeuk Kim , Grant Duwe

Handbook on Risk and Need Assessment

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138927766
eBook ISBN: 9781315682327
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Actuarial risk assessments for predicting criminal behavior have existed for decades (Burgess, 1928). In recent years, the growing enthusiasm for evidence-based practice in criminal justice has increasingly fueled efforts to develop and validate risk assessment tools. In particular, state policymakers across the country have passed legislation that requires courts and criminal justice agencies to manage offenders based on risk and needs assessments. As actuarial tools offer actionable, objective information about the level of risk offenders pose to the community, the field of criminal justice has increasingly relied on them over clinical judgment (Lowenkamp, Latessa, … Holsinger, 2006).

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