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Risk Assessment

Christopher Slobogin

in The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730148
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730148.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Risk Assessment

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This article examines risk assessment, which is defined as the identification of “risk” and “protective” factors that make involvement in crimes more or less likely. It lists the available risk assessment methodologies, the empirical research on their legitimacy, and the ethical and legal issues related to their use. It considers the importance of risk assessment to sentencing, and then identifies the types and accuracy of risk assessment. This article also shows some uses of formal risk assessment in sentencing. Several concerns related to risk assessment are also addressed.

Keywords: risk assessment; methodologies; legitimacy; ethical issues; legal issues; sentencing; accuracy; formal risk assessment

Article.  8657 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Corrections ; Prisons and Jails ; Courts and Procedure

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