In 2009, NCCD’s Chris Baird published A Question of Evidence: A Critique of Risk Assessment Models in the Justice System. This paper identified problems with both the logic and research that support many of the risk assessment models used in the adult and juvenile justice systems.
Today, many of the same issues with risk assessment models persist. Baird’s new series, A Question of Evidence: Part Two, discusses where the field finds itself in 2017 as it strives to use evidence to support fair and equitable treatment of justice-involved people. The rise of big data has added new layers to these questions, as have conversations around ethics and predictive analytics.
Come back every week as we publish a new brief in this six-part series! You can also click here to learn more about how NCCD supports the juvenile justice field with validated risk assessments and other decision-support tools.
Briefs in this series: