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Forensic Use of Actuarial Risk Assessment, Part II: How a Developing Science Can Enhance Accuracy and Accountability  

Author:  Eric S.  Janus.; Robert A.  Prentky.

Source: Volume 05, Number 06, October/November 2004 , pp.75-77(3)

Sex Offender Law Report

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Part I of this article, which appeared in 5 SLR 5, introduced the concept of secondary intervention, which focuses on mitigating or reducing the risk posed by known sex offenders. Part II, below, continues the discussion about the resistance to using actuarial risk assessments and its potential problems in the courtroom. The authors argue against suggestions that actuarial risk assessments create prejudice and define its practical benefits when compared to other forms of assessment. Precisely how the expert opinion came about, what it rests upon and how the weight of often voluminous information was combined is often starkly invisible.


Affiliations:  1: William Mitchell College of Law; 2: Justice Resource Institute.

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