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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, April 26, 2021

Slobogin on Risk Assessment for Legal Decisionmakers

Christopher Slobogin (Vanderbilt University - Law School) has posted A Primer on Risk Assessment for Legal Decisionmakers on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This primer is addressed to judges, parole board members, and other legal decisionmakers who use or are considering using the results of risk assessment instruments (RAIs) in making determinations about post-conviction dispositions, as well as to legislators and executive officials responsible for authorizing such use. It is meant to help these decisionmakers determine whether a particular RAI is an appropriate basis for legal determinations and whether evaluators who rely on an RAI have done so properly. This primer does not take a position on whether RAIs should be integrated into the criminal process. Rather, it provides legal decision-makers with information about how RAIs are constructed and the types of information they provide, with the goal of facilitating their intelligent selection and use.

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