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February 21, 2017 |  by Chris Baird

Brief five of six discusses the research behind structured professional judgment (SPJ) models, a less structured approach to risk assessment favored by the justice field. In this brief, Chris Baird addresses concerns with the validity, reliability, equity, and utility of SPJ models. Read the...

February 13, 2017 |  by Chris Baird

This brief explores the research behind many current models, discusses methods commonly used to measure “predictive power,” and outlines what is required to measure the efficacy of various approaches to risk assessment. Read the full piece...

February 6, 2017 |  by Chris Baird

The third brief in this series by Chris Baird identifies flaws in the logic employed to support the use of criminogenic needs (or dynamic risk factors) in risk assessment. While assessing needs is a critical component...

January 27, 2017 |  by Chris Baird

The second piece in Chris Baird’s six-part series explores the origins of claims that each succeeding “generation” of assessment models in the justice field offers greater “predictive” capacity to its users. Baird...

January 27, 2017 |  by National Council on Crime and Delinquency

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...

January 27, 2017 |  by Chris Baird

In the first of his six-part series of briefs titled A Question of Evidence, Part Two, Chris Baird explains his reasons for revisiting the topic of his 2009 paper, A Question of Evidence: A Critique of...

December 6, 2016 |  by Ryan Berg

Youth homelessness in the United States is an underreported crisis. The statistics are truly startling. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 1.6 million children are presently homeless.1...

November 22, 2016 |  by Kristin Gourlay, Rhode Island Public Radio

Child welfare agencies across the country are struggling, but early last year it became clear to me that Rhode Island was an outlier.

A series of reports, including one from a group of state lawmakers, and another from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, revealed serious problems at Rhode...

November 17, 2016 |  by Global Action Project

Global Action Project (G.A.P.) provides some of New York City’s most socially engaged and effective media arts programming to young people from low-income, new immigrant, and LGBTQ communities. Working with professionally trained artist-educators, youth collaborate to make...

November 10, 2016 |  by Robert V. Wolf, Director of Communications, Center for Court Innovation

The Center for Court Innovation brings together experts from a wide range of fields to make positive real-world changes in justice. In a recent push for change, we have made a significant investment in making courts more procedurally just.

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