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| Chris Baird

In this final brief, Chris Baird summarizes the major problems identified throughout the series regarding risk assessment models, then goes on to suggest four steps toward remedying those problems. 

| 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.

| 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.

| 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 of assessment, much of what is advocated combines the roles of group data and the actual treatment needs of the individual. This brief also discusses the appropriate role of needs assessment in case planning and service delivery.

| 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 Risk Assessment Models in the Justice System. According to Baird, the issues addressed in his earlier paper “remain in force today, further complicated by increased expectations emanating from new methods of analysis.

| NCCD

The January 2017 issue of NCCD News includes a video of the keynote address by Dr. William C. Bell at the 2016 NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families; new staff to focus on community violence prevention; a new juvenile justice project in Texas; and more. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

| 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 goes on to discuss the promotional strategies that led to widespread acceptance of the “generations” terminology and associated claims.

| NCCD

This is the third semi-annual report issued by the Monitors, which covers the monitoring activities that have taken place during this reporting period and describes our observations as to the progress of Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in meeting the requirements of the Settlement Agreement for the Antelope Valley. This report is primarily focused on work undertaken between July 2016 and December 2016.

The 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award: Making a Murderer

| NCCD

NCCD CEO Kathy Park presents the 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award to Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, creators of Netflix’s Making a Murderer, followed by an interview.

Dr. William C. Bell, President and CEO of Casey Family Programs, at the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families

| NCCD

Dr. William C. Bell delivers the keynote address at the 2016 NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families.

Kathy Park, CEO of NCCD, at the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families

| NCCD

CEO Kathy Park delivers opening remarks at the 2016 NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families, discussing ethical and effective approaches to child welfare.

| NCCD

Girls and women represent growing segments of the justice-involved population. Justice-involved girls and women have distinct challenges—such as high levels of trauma, abuse, family issues, substance use, and mental health issues—that need specialized treatment and intervention.