New NCCD Research on the State of Risk and Needs Assessments

June 18, 2014 | by The National Council on Crime and Delinquency

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The National Council on Crime and Delinquency completed a national, multi-site study of juvenile justice risk assessments, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This study addresses concerns raised by juvenile justice practitioners and researchers about some of the actuarial risk assessments used to classify juvenile offenders by their likelihood of future delinquency.

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency completed a national, multi-site study of juvenile justice risk assessments, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This study addresses concerns raised by juvenile justice practitioners and researchers about some of the actuarial risk assessments used to classify juvenile offenders by their likelihood of future delinquency. The study compares the predictive validity, reliability, equity, and cost of eight assessments currently in use in the field.

NCCD also released a report titled Beyond Risk and Needs Assessments. This report continues the discussion of the evolution of risk and needs assessments, including a detailed description of the approach NCCD has used to create valid and useful risk, needs, and supervision assessment systems that can effectively classify individuals who enter the juvenile or criminal justice systems.

For more information on this topic, contact Winnie Ore, senior program specialist, at wore@nccdglobal.org or (800) 306-6223.