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Assessments are utilized to determine specific criminal risk factors and needs. They may be used by courts, probation, community corrections, institutional facilities, and can be used to assist with determining pre-trial release, sentencing, supervision intensity, and treatment needed (i.e. cognitive behavioral, mental health, and substance abuse.)

“Assess Actuarial Risk/Needs” is the first of the 8 Principles of Effective Intervention (from National Institute of Corrections) and it provides a foundation for the other principles to build from.

Assessment for Responsivity Factors

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