Application and Implementation of Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice for the Courts. The Science of Aggression and Violence in the Courts

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Application and Implementation of Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice for the Courts. The Science of Aggression and Violence in the Courts

April 20, 2015
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This paper was written specifically for judges and court personnel to describe the benefits and costs of using risk assessment to aid disposition decisions and case planning

Use of risk assessments to determine the likelihood of a youth reoffending or posing a risk to public safety is becoming a common practice in juvenile justice, particularly in probation. Adoption of routine risk assessment procedures can lead to a reduction in the use of costly services, out-of-home placements, and intensive supervision while still protecting public safety by accurately identifying and targeting youth at only the highest risk of reoffending. However, this requires use of a valid or evidence-based risk assessment tool and sound implementation efforts that includes training in risk-need-responsivity practices for case management. This article describes how to select a valid risk assessment tool, how to use it to guide case management, the research evidence on what works and what does not, and pointers for judges in the interest of maintaining checks and balances on the process.

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Peer-reviewed article
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