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NCJ Number: 238146 Find in a Library
Title: Exploring the Role of Responsivity and Assessment with Hispanic and American Indian Offenders
Author(s): Michael Kane; Kristin Bechtel; Jesse Revicki; Erin McLaughlin; Janice McCall
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 113
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Crime and Justice Institute
Boston, MA 02116
Grant Number: 2007-MU-BX-K001
Sale Source: Crime and Justice Institute
355 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report explores the role of cultural responsivity in risk and needs assessments conducted by community corrections agencies in Hispanic and American Indian communities.
Abstract: This report contains three main sections: a description of assessment and cultural responsivity, a description of current practices in culturally responsive assessment, and detailed findings of research activities exploring whether culturally competent practices impacted the accuracy of risk and needs assessments in Hispanic and American Indian communities. Findings from a survey of 391 probation and parole departments and 28 focus groups made up of probation and parole officers, supervisors, and offenders include the following: a majority of surveyed departments used risk/needs assessment tools, with the most popular being LSI-R and CAIS; 60 percent of departments collect information on language preference and 65 percent provide some form of cultural competency and/or diversity training to employees; for both Hispanics and American Indians, pride in culture and heritage is a key component of their identities; language-appropriate services were particularly important issues for both groups; and cultural and legal differences can result in misunderstandings between officers and offenders. The primary focus of this report was to examine the role of cultural responsivity in risk and needs assessments conducted by community corrections agencies when dealing with Hispanic and American Indian offenders and their families. The findings indicate that risk and needs assessment tools used by probation and parole agencies can be valid predictors of risk for both Hispanic and American Indian offenders, and that reductions in recidivism can be seen when culturally competent practices are used by these departments. Recommendations for improving the effectiveness of risk and needs assessments are discussed. Tables, references, and appendixes
Main Term(s): Needs assessment
Index Term(s): American Indians; Correctional staff needs assessment; Cross-cultural training; Cultural influences; Hispanic; Juvenile Delinquent needs assessment methods; Offender classification; Offender participation in rehabilitation goals; Positive peer culture
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