A Multi-site Comparison of Risk Assessments within the Juvenile Justice System, 2007-2013 [UNITED STATES] / Christopher Baird, Kristen Johnson, Theresa Healy

Ann Arbor, Mich. : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018.
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ICPSR ; 34934 [More in this series]
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These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed. This study examined the validity, reliability, equity and cost of nine juvenile justice risk assessment instruments. It was designed to provide a comprehensive examination of how several risk assessments perform in practice. This study posed the following questions: Is each risk assessment instrument sufficiently reliable (i.e., inter-rater reliability) to ensure that decisions regarding level of risk and identified service needs are consistent across the organization? What specific risk assessment items are associated with less reliability? What items are rated reliably by staff?Is each risk assessment instrument valid? Specifically, what degree of discrimination is attained between assigned risk levels? Could the instrument be improved by adding or deleting specific factors and/or altering cut-off scores? Is each risk assessment instrument valid for population subgroups: White/Caucasian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, females, probationers, and youth in aftercare status? Could equity be improved by adding or deleting specific factors or altering cut-off scores?What costs are associated with each risk assessment instrument?
Title from ICPSR DDI metadata of 2018-03-22.
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Geographic coverage
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Nebraska
  • Oregon
  • Virginia
Funding information
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 2010-JR-FX-0021
Methodology note
Youth involved in the juvenile justice system in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, Oregon, Virginia and Solano County, California.
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