A growing number of juvenile justice experts are suggesting that an effective approach to reducing recidivism is to evaluate a youth’s risk of reoffending, then match services to his or her specific risk factors.
Research and Publications by Faculty and affiliates of the Center of Excellence relevant to Specialty Courts.
The primary purpose of this guide is to provide a structure for jurisdictions, juvenile probation or centralized statewide agencies striving to implement risk assessment or to improve their current risk assessment practices.
The paper provides the results of a study of juvenile probation officers from six departments regarding the benefits, barriers, and use of risk assessment in their case management following a standardized implementation of risk assessment tools.
This study using the SAVRY indicated that dynamic risk factors are critical to include in the risk assessment of youth, and that risk assessment maintains sound predictive validity across developmental periods.
This paper reports the results of a multi-site, quasi-experimental study of the impact of a comprehensive implementation of risk assessment in juvenile probation for dispositional planning on youth processing.
Each year, more than 2 million children, youth, and young adults formally come into contact with the juvenile justice system, while millions more are at risk of involvement with the system for myriad reasons (Puzzanchera, 2009; Puzzanchera & Kang, 2010). Of
A growing number of juvenile justice experts are suggesting a new, potentially more effective approach to reducing recidivism: first identify a youth’s risk of re-offending; then match services to his or her specific risk factors and responsiveness to specific types of interventions.
This study determined that juvenile probation officers can be trained to conduct a structured professional judgment risk assessment tool (SAVRY) with good to excellent reliability
This field validity study of the SAVRY used with a juvenile detention sample indicated that dynamic risk factors were crucial for predicting violent reoffending, and its predictive accuracy for violent reoffending was equivalent for White, Black, and Hispanic youth.
This article reports national norms for juvenile justice-involved youths’ symptoms of mental health problems by race/ethnicity and gender.