The review suggests that in general, risk assessments do a good job in predicting recidivism across racial/ethnic groups for diverse populations inside and outside the United States.
Risk needs assessment
Risk assessment algorithms used in criminal justice settings are often said to introduce “bias”. But such charges can conflate an algorithm’s performance with bias in the data used to train the algorithm and with bias in the actions undertaken with an algorithm’s output.
This publication covers: risk and needs assessments limitations, definitions, theoretical foundation, two approaches to administering risk/needs assessments: the actuarial approach and the structured professional judgment approach, examples, and outcome evidence.
Risk/needs assessments are standardized tools that help practitioners collect and synthesize information about a youth to estimate that youth’s risks of recidivism and identify other factors that, if treated and changed, can reduce the youth’s likelihood of reoffending (p. 1).
Myths & Facts - Using Risk and Need Assessments to Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
This package includes a one-page list of myths and facts along with a research-based supporting document.
This collection of documents explains how the Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment (NPR) was developed.
This study examines the relationships among race, risk assessment (the Post Conviction Risk Assessment [PCRA]), and future arrest.
This paper includes a list of myths and facts along with a research-based supporting document to show the effectiveness of community corrections.
Pretrial Risk Assessment in the Federal Court for the Purpose of Expanding the Use of Alternatives to Detention
Those federal criminal defendants who are most suited for pretrial release predicated on participation in an alternatives to detention program are examined.