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Indiana Risk Assessment System

NCJ Number
Date Published
April 2010
117 pages
This Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS) contains five separate instruments for use at specific stages of criminal justice processing in order to identify an offender's risk of reoffending and his/her criminogenic needs.
The agency with primary case management responsibilities for an offender at each processing stage is responsible for ensuring that the appropriate IRAS instrument and reassessment are completed according to the policies presented in the table provided in this document. For each tool, the table explains its purpose and best practices recommendations; policy when used in the criminal justice system; the case plan required; and reassessment policy. The "pretrial" tool assesses an arrestee's risk for failure to appear and risk of reoffending while on pretrial supervision. The "community supervision screener" quickly identifies low-risk offenders and determines whether a full risk-assessment should be completed. The "community supervision tool" assesses an offender's risk to reoffend and identifies criminogenic needs, so as to assist in making decisions regarding community supervision. The "prison intake tool" assesses an offender's risk to reoffend and identifies criminogenic needs in order to assist in making decisions regarding services. The "reentry tool" is administered shortly before release from prison in order to determine an offender's risk to reoffend after his or her release from prison. The interview and scoring guides for each tool are provided.