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Doing it Right: Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice - an NJJN Webinar

Whether your agency or jurisdiction is trying to choose the right risk assessment tool, or it already has one in place, you'll find this webinar from the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) helpful.

Doing It Right: Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice

This fact sheet explains: what a risk assessment tool is; the need to use them; how to choose the right risk assessment instrument; how to implement carefully following your choice; and making sure to gather and analyze data regarding the tool.

Pretrial Risk Assessment 101: Science Provides Guidance on Managing Defendants

This brief explains how pretrial risk assessments can benefit the community by improving public safety and reducing costs. 


The Static-99 is a ten item actuarial assessment instrument created by R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D. and David Thornton, Ph.D. for use with adult male sexual offenders who are at least 18 year of age at time of release to the community.

Evaluating the Predictive Validity of Risk/Need Assessments: Recommendations for Correctional Agencies and Criminal Justice Researchers (2013)

These presentation slides should be read before anyone begins to investigate which risk/needs instrument to use in their agency or organization. 

Prisoner Recidivism Analysis Tool

This analysis tool allows users to calculate recidivism rates for persons released from state prisons.

Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment Tools: A Review

This report provides an understanding of intimate partner violence risk assessment tools and of the issues that assessors should consider.

Can Risk Assessment Improve Juvenile Justice Practices?

This study examines the implementation of risk/needs assessment tools, and what effects it had on the practices of the probation officer.

Years of Predicting Dangerously

This report looks at recent empirical evidence for clinical adjustments to actuarial-based risk prediction for sexually violent predators (SVPs).

The Role of Screening and Assessment in Jail Reentry

This brief presents the two-stage screening and assessment process to determine risk and needs levels that are a core element of the TJC model.


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