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Risk Assessment Landscape

Public Safety Risk Assessment Clearinghouse
Description

This interactive data visualization shows what risk assessments are used across the country at various decision points in the criminal justice system. The map can help policymakers and practitioners understand what tools and policies are used in neighboring jurisdictions or peer agencies.

Policy Brief - Scan of Practice

Risk assessments are widely used across various criminal justice decision-making points

The Clearinghouse compiles information from state agencies to provide an overview of current practice and policy in the use of risk assessments related to pretrial, prison, jail, release, parole, and probation.

  • Pretrial tools inform decisions about pretrial release/detention and supervision levels
  • Prison tools inform case planning and programming in prison
  • Jail tools inform case planning and programming in jail
  • Release tools inform parole or discretionary release
  • Parole tools inform case planning, programming, and supervision for parole or other post-prison community supervision
  • Probation tools inform case planning, programming, and supervision levels Where feasible, the state-by-state chart lists which risk assessment instrument is used to inform these criminal justice decisions. If you see missing or out-of-date information, please feel free to contact us.

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About the Decision Points 

Used to inform decisions on pretrial release/detention, supervision levels, and conditions.

Used to inform case planning and programming in jail.

Used to inform case planning and programming in prison.

Used to inform parole or discretionary release.

Used to inform case planning, programming and superivison levels for parole/post-prison community supervision.

Used to inform case planning, programming and superivison levels probation.