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Criminal Recidivism Risk Assessment Guidelines in the States  

Author:  Roslyn K. Myers, Ph.D., J.D..

Source: Volume 19, Number 03, April/May 2018 , pp.35-37(3)

Sex Offender Law Report

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This article summarizes risk assessment guidelines presents excerpts from an array of state policies and laws. The provisions selected are geared toward probation and parole decisions, because a release from prison is the first opportunity to employ meaningful decisions about the threat to public safety presented by a given offender. The California Review Committee for sex offender policies, for example, emphasizes the need for the use of assessments to “inform decisions concerning conditional release, and allow community supervision officers to tailor conditions to a person’s specific strengths, skill deficits, and reintegration challenges.”

Keywords: Policies by Committee; Offender Characteristics; Risk Assessment Methodology

Affiliations:  1: John Jay College and Fordham Law School.

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