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Actuarial and Clinical Assessment of Criminogenic Needs: Identifying Supervision Priorities Among Federal Probation Officers

NCJ Number
239891
Journal
Journal of Crime and Justice Volume: 35 Issue: 2 Dated: July 2012 Pages: 239-248
Author(s)
J. C. Oleson; Scott VanBenschoten; Charles Robinson; Christopher T. Lowenkamp; Alexander M. Holsinger
Date Published
July 2012
Length
10 pages
Annotation
This research examines the need for a new third-generation tool developed on U.S. Federal probation clients, by examining the ability of probation officers to identify criminogenic needs.
Abstract
The science and methodology of offender assessment have undergone distinct and increasingly rapid changes over the last several decades. The field of corrections is currently well into the 'third generation' of actuarial assessment development, and instruments that utilize both static and dynamic predictors are commonplace. Despite the existence of some well-established risk/need assessment tools, improvements can be made regarding predictive validity (not to mention predictive strength). In addition, work needs to be done regarding the application of these tools. Regardless of how well these instruments work in the 'laboratory', tests need to be done to insure that they really are aiding practitioners in the identification of the relevant need factors for targeting and intervention. The current research examines the need for a new third-generation tool developed on U.S. Federal probation clients, by examining the ability of probation officers to identify criminogenic needs. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.