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Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) 2.0

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $600,291)

The Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) provides opportunities to increase community corrections agencies’ ability to assist in reducing crimes committed by those supervised in the community.

The goal of the FY 2018 ISI is to improve the capacity and effectiveness of community supervision agencies to increase probation and parole success rates and reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision. Such efforts would reduce crime, admissions to prisons and jails, and save taxpayer dollars. ISI is part of BJA’s Innovations in Public Safety portfolio, also known as the “Innovations Suite.”

The Innovations Suite of programs invests in the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies that are effective and economical. This data-driven approach enables jurisdictions to understand the full nature and extent of the crime challenges they are facing and to direct resources to the highest priorities. The Innovations Suite of programs represents a strategic approach that leverages innovative applications of analysis, technology, and evidence-based practices with the goal of improving performance and making America safer. Successful partnerships between practitioners and researchers require investments of planning, time, communication, complementary skills, and adequate resources.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will use their 2018 ISI funds to to develop an Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) 2.0 to include the revalidation of the current ORAS tools to evaluate their accuracy in predicting nonviolent and violent recidivism, and an examination of additional factors that are theoretically and clinically relevant to predicting an
offender’s likelihood to commit violent recidivism.


Date Created: August 31, 2018