As the juvenile justice system has evolved, the use of statistics and data to inform decision-making have become commonplace. Risk assessment in the juvenile justice system is widely used across the United States to predict whether a youth is likely to recidivate. Typically, risk assessments are structured interviews conducted by court personnel (e.g. probation officers) that provide a score to indicate a youth’s risk of reoffending. Risk assessments are generally grounded in the Risk Needs Responsivity model of offender rehabilitation, which argues for justice systems to match treatment programming to address criminogenic needs according to an offender’s risk to reoffend.
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