Risk Assessment Paper

1871 WordsNov 7, 20118 Pages
Risk Assessment An important and critical development in the juvenile justice system over the last few decades is the implementation of the assessment tools to classify youth by their risk to re-offend (Chambers, 2009). Research has shown that juvenile offenders are more likely to return to the justice system the more they are in contact with the system; therefore, interventions need to be different depending upon whether youth are classified as low, medium or high risk. Furthermore, indicates keeping lower-risk youth out of detention, and results in lower incidence of crime. In the following risk assessment paper, two juvenile offender’s cases have been computed using both the Missouri, and Washington Risk Assessment models. This paper will discuss [Clearer writing suggestion: Avoid anthropomorphisms (attributing human characteristics to nonhuman or inanimate objects). Consider: papers cannot "discuss"] the comparison of the results obtained for each individual from the two different assessments and advise of the additional information needed to implement a more accurate risk assessment and recommend a potential strategy for each juvenile offender. Comparison of Risk Assessments The Risk Assessment process requires youthful offenders and their parent(s) to be interviewed regarding a set of risk factors that are associated with the juvenile’s delinquency history and life circumstances (Missouri Risk Assessment, 2003). “The information obtained via interview is used to derive a risk scale score and risk category that represents the relative probability that the youth will re-offend. The youth’s risk category is used in conjunction with the severity of the present offense to identify the appropriate sanctions.” (Missouri Risk Assessment, 2003) Colleen’s Risk Assessment Missouri Colleen is a 15-year-old Caucasian girl with two prior misdemeanor

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