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Predicting Institutional Misconduct Using the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory

NCJ Number
American Journal of Criminal Justice Volume: 30 Issue: 2 Dated: Spring 2006 Pages: 267-284
Alexander M. Holsinger Ph.D.; Christopher T. Lowenkamp Ph.D.; Edward J. Latessa Ph.D.
Date Published
18 pages
This study examined the validity of the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) in predicting institutional misconduct.
Analysis of the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) revealed support for the YLS/CMI composite score as a predictor of institutional misconduct. Results indicate that the YLS/CMI effectively differentiated between two levels of offender risk/need related to outcome using several different statistical techniques. However, the limited number of study cases inhibited the incorporation of further statistical control. In addition, future research should ideally incorporate other outcome measures that may be considered more important to long-term correctional goals. The YLS/CMI is an offender assessment tool that was designed for use with the juvenile offender population. It measures 42 items that cover 8 criminogenic domains, such as criminal history, family circumstances/parenting, peer relationships, substance use, and personality characteristics and is currently used in a variety of different correctional settings. Research investigating the predictive validity of the YLS/CMI has been limited. This study investigated the YLS/CMI using a sample of 80 incarcerated young offenders, sentenced to a correctional facility for youth. References