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NCJ Number: 249155 Find in a Library
Title: Advancing Use of Risk Assessment in Juvenile Probation
Author(s): Laura S. Guy; Gina M. Vincent; Thomas Grisso; Rachael Perrault
Corporate Author: University of Massachuetts Medical School
United States of America
Date Published: September 2015
Page Count: 202
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
University of Massachuetts Medical School

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2011-JF-FX-0104
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative); Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This demonstration project used a quasi-experimental design to study the implementation of validated tools to assess juvenile probationers’ risk for violence and behavioral health problems.
Abstract: Juvenile probation officers at three sites in two States (Mississippi and Connecticut) were trained to use the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY; Borum, Bartel & Forth, 2006) and the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Second Version (MAYSI-2; Grisso & Barnum, 2000, 2006). Also included in the use of these instruments was a decisionmaking model for case planning that integrated information about behavioral health variables and risk for reoffending. A standardized implementation process was used to assist sites in the selection of tools, development of policies, categorization of available services and interventions, as well as the development or modification of existing case plans. Results indicate that probation staff can be trained to complete violence risk assessment using the structured professional judgment approach. This produced a high degree of inter-rater agreement, and case management decisions can take into account a youth’s risk for future offending. The study advises that in order for risk assessment to impact youths’ cases and individual outcomes, risk assessment must occur early in the judicial process. Risk assessment should be conducted before making decisions about disposition, placement, and the services to be provided. It is also recommended that States use a structured, empirically validated approach to risk assessment. A variety of inconsistencies were found in probation staffs’ use of the MAYSI-2, despite efforts to train staff to use this assessment tool. Reasons for this inconsistent use of MAYSI-2 are suggested, and recommendations are offered to address it. Study limitations and future research are discussed. Extensive tables, figures. and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Risk Factors
Index Term(s): Instrument validation; Juvenile case management; Juvenile offender classification; Juvenile processing; OJJDP final report; OJJDP Resources; Screening Instruments; Treatment offender matching
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