Risk and Need Assessment: Theory and Practice

Risk and Need Assessment: Theory and Practice

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The ASC Division on Corrections and Sentencing Handbook Series will publish at least one volume each year on topics ranging from violence risk assessment to specialty courts for drug users, veterans, or the mentally ill. By the terms of our agreement with ASC, signed last week, every division member's dues will include payment for a paperback or ebook of each handbook at a members-only price of $35. This arrangement ensures sales of approximately 500 copies of each handbook, above and beyond sales of hardbacks to the global library market and full-price sales of paperbacks for individual scholars or course adoptions. The initial term of the agreement is 3 years, with automatic renewal at 3-year intervals thereafter. Each volume will be overseen and developed by Ellen Boyne for the Routledge CJ & Criminology editorial team. The first volume covers risk assessments for individuals being considered for parole or probation. No corrections practitioner or elected official wants to release the next Willie Horton to commit further violent crimes. Evidence-based approaches to such decisions help take the emotion and politics out of community corrections.
As the US begins to back away from ineffective, expensive policies of mass incarceration, this handbook will provide the resources needed to help ensure both public safety and effective rehabilitation of offenders. Future volumes in the series may examine such important contemporary issues as: * Sentencing and Corrections in Terrorism Cases * Mental Illness in Sentencing and Corrections * Desistance * Justice Disparity * Mass Criminalization
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Product details

  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 178 x 254mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32 black & white illustrations, 64 black & white tables, 32 black & white line drawings
  • 1138927740
  • 9781138927742

About Faye Taxman

Faye S. Taxman, PhD, is a University Professor in the Criminology, Society and Law program at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and director of its Center for Advancing Corrections Excellence. She is a well-regarded scholar and researcher who serves as head of the Division of Sentencing and Corrections of the American Society of Criminology.
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Table of contents

Handbook on Risk and Need Assessment: Theory and Practice Faye S. Taxman, Ph.D., Editor * The Value and Importance of Risk and Need Assessment in Corrections & Sentencing: An Overview of the Handbook Faye S. Taxman, George Mason University Amy Dezember, George Mason University History of RNA * Risk and Needs Assessment in Probation and Parole: The Persistent Gap Between Promise and Practice William D. Burrell * The Research Director Perspective on the Design, Implementation, and Impact of Risk Assessment and Offender Classification Systems in USA Prisons: A National Survey James Byrne, University of Massachusetts Lowell Amy Dezember, George Mason University Methodological Issues in Creating and Validating RNA * Static Risk Factors and Criminal Recidivism Robert Brame, University of South Carolina * Accuracy of Risk Assessment in Corrections Population Management: Where's the Value Added? James Hess and Susan Turner, University of California, Irvine * Improving the Performance of Risk Assessments: A Case Study on the Prediction of Sexual Offending among Juvenile Offenders KiDeuk Kim, The Urban Institute Grant Duwe, Minnesota Department of Corrections * Using Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning to Improve the Accuracy and Performance of Juvenile Justice Risk Assessment Instruments: The Florida Case Study Ira M. Schwartz, Consultant and Advisor to Algorhythm Peter York, Founder and CEO of Algorhythm Mark Greenwald, Director of Research, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and Doctoral Student at Florida State University Ana Ramos-Hernandez, Data Manager, Algorhythm Lisa Feeley, Research Analyst, ICF International * An alternative scientific paradigm for criminological risk assessment: Closed or Open Systems, or both? Tim Brennan, Northpointe, Inc. Dynamic Risk Factors and Responsivity Toward Different Populations * Risk, Need, and Responsivity in a Criminal Lifestyle Glenn D. Walters, Kutztown University * Gender-Responsive Risk and Need Assessment: Implications for the Treatment of Justice-Involved Women Emily J. Salisbury, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Breanna Boppre, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Bridget Kelly, University of Nevada, Las Vegas * Advancing Sexual Offender Risk Assessment: Standardized Risk Levels Based on Psychologically Meaningful Offender Characteristics R. Karl Hanson and Guy Bourgon, Public Safety Canada * Incorporating Procedural Justice and Legitimacy into the RNR Model to Improve Risk-Need Assessment Katherine Ginsburg-Kempany, Arizona State University Kimberly A. Kaiser, Arizona State University * Adoption of Risk Tools to Employment Context Garima Siwach, University at Albany (SUNY) Shawn D. Bushway, University at Albany (SUNY) * Exploring How to Measure Criminogenic Needs: Five Instruments and No Real Answers Brittney Via, George Mason University Amy Dezember, George Mason University Faye Taxman, George Mason University RNA Implementation and Practice * Customizing Criminal Justice Assessments Zachary Hamilton, Washington State University Elizabeth Thompson Tollefsbol, Washington State University Michael Campagna, Washington State University Jacqueline van Wormer, Washington State University * Risk/Need Assessment Tools and the Criminal Justice Bureaucrat: Reconceptualizing the Frontline Practitioner Joel Miller, Rutgers University Sarah Trocchio, Rutgers University * Risky Needs: Risk Entangled Needs in Probation Supervision Danielle S. Rudes, George Mason University Jill Viglione, University Of Texas, San Antonio Kimberly S. Meyer, George Mason University Special Issues Regarding the Conceptualization for RNA * Purpose and Context Matters: Creating a space for meaningful dialogues about risk and need Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Director Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto Canadiana Gallery * Human Rights and High Risk Offenders: The Right to Rehabilitation and the Right to Fairness Mary Rogan, Barrister-at-Law, Head of Law and Assistant Head of the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology
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