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Title: Policy Implications, Limitations, and Ethical Considerations of Criminal Offender Classification Models
Author(s): H B Braiker
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Principal policy implications, practical and methodological limitations, and ethical considerations of offender classification models are discussed.
Abstract: In classification research reports, psychologists should inform policymakers of methodological limitations. The possibility of prediction error must be underscored, and information should be given about the proportion of the variance that models can account for or not explain. Psychologists must also be clear about differentiating the context of classification studies as regards basic research and policy research. Empirical classification models provide analytical frameworks for extending understanding of offender behavior (basic research). Given the just-deserts debate and the serious consequences of prediction errors, the researcher must be cautious in not prematurely extending basic research results to the formation and implementation of policy decisions. This caution is particularly crucial for research settings where work on offender classification is funded by Federal sources that promote policy applications as explicit goals of the grant. Footnotes are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies; Behavioral science research; Offender classification; Professional conduct and ethics; Psychologists
Note: Rand paper series. Paper presented at the 87th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, 'Symposium, Differential Treatment for Criminal Offenders - New Methods for Classification,' (Chairman), New York City (NY), September 1979.
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