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NCJ Number: 165069 Find in a Library
Title: Risk Assessment and Classification for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders (From Sourcebook on Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders, P 171-212, 1995, James C. Howell, Barry Krisberg, et. al., eds)
Author(s): R G Wiebush; C Baird; B Krisberg; D Onek
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 42
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Systems currently being used for risk assessment and classification of juvenile offenders are described, with emphasis on the problems they are intended to address, the principles on which they are based, and the procedures used at various points in system processing.
Abstract: Well-designed assessment procedures improve the ability to accurately and consistently identify youths who are or may become serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders. Carefully crafted classification systems ensure that the system's response is equitable and graduated. They also directly link the offender's need for control and services with the most appropriate intervention. Particularly promising approaches include communitywide risk assessment and prevention strategies such as those developed by Hawkins and Catalano, empirically based risk assessment tools developed for child welfare and juvenile probation/parole that are able to identify youth and families with dramatically different levels of risk, and well-structured placement and custody decisionmaking instruments that reduce inappropriate placements and link risks with program options. Sample forms, notes, and 55 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile offender classification
Index Term(s): Criminology; Dangerousness; Juvenile recidivism prediction; Treatment offender matching
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