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February 6, 2017 | 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…
January 27, 2017 | 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…
January 27, 2017 | 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 earl…
January 27, 2017 | NCCD
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…
December 6, 2016 | 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 In Minnesota, where I am a youth worker, it was recently estimated that 4,080…
November 22, 2016 | 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 Island’s Depart…
November 17, 2016 | 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 powerful media that amplif…
November 10, 2016 | 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. Procedural justice is an idea that emerged in academia—its a…
November 4, 2016 | NCCD
NCCD has worked with child welfare and juvenile justice agencies for decades, always keeping our values at the forefront. We use these values and our experience to guide the development of effective research-based tools. These include the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model, which provides a res…
November 3, 2016 | Soraya Shockley
Youth Radio's investigative series Unlocked shines a light on the juvenile justice system: what's working and what's not. For more than four months, I worked alongside a team of reporters and producers to report these stories for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. We highlighted three…