Criminal Justice System Risk Assessment Models

$10.00 | CE Hours:2.00 | Beginning

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CE Course Description

Much of what has been published in the risk assessment field over the last 15 to 20 years is based on suspect logic and poorly conducted research.  This CE course focuses on adult and juvenile justice assessment models currently in use and clarifies issues facing those responsible for selecting risk assessment models.

Author:  Baird, C.  A Question of Evidence, Part Two.  (2017, January).  National Council on Crime & Delinquency.

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Knowledge and consent by NCCD should be obtained prior to any assessment tool learned from this course being used.

CE Course Objectives

1.  Conclude what the review of efforts to promote the generation-3 and generation-4 instruments uncovered.

2.  Describe which measure should be used to establish the validity and utility of risk assessment systems.

3.  Explain how risk factors are related to recidivism.

4.  Identify which generational assessment provided the best results.

5.  List three factors that most often have the highest relationship to recidivism.

6.  Recognize which instruments contain factors with little or no relationship to recidivism.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Introduction

2.  The Generations Myth

3.  Criminogenic Needs

a.  Problem 1: Some needs assessed in various risk instruments have little or no relationship to recidivism.

b.  Problem 2: A general statistical relationship between a need and recidivism does not mean that need is “criminogenic” for an individual offender.  Still, several models link these needs directly to case planning for individual offenders.  Such inference conflates the appropriate use of individual and group data.

c.  Problem 3: There are flaws in the logic used to assert that criminogenic needs represent the most powerful predictors of recidivism.

4.  Developing and Validating Risk Assessment Instruments for Justice Agencies

5.  Structured Professional Judgment Models

6.  Recommendations



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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 2018-12-30

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