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Sex Offender Risk Assessment: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

Sex Offender Risk Assessment: Where Are We and Where Are We Going? Purpose of Review Risk assessment is one of the most ubiquitous tasks in the criminal justice system, informing virtually every decision made about offenders. This review, intended for researchers and practitioners, outlines some of the most important recent advances, emerging issues, and recommendations in sex offender risk assessment. Recent Findings The underlying nature and purpose of risk scales is reviewed, with implications for how we should evaluate them. Limits of recidivism probability estimates are discussed, and efforts to advance a common language for describing risk levels are highlighted. Advances in risk communication and field validity are summarized. The utility of protective risk factors in risk assessments is debated. Emerging areas in assessing offender change and assessments with child pornography offenders are discussed. Summary Despite critical advances in the last few years, there are still important gaps in knowledge, particularly for risk communication, field implementation, offender change, and child pornography offenders. . . . . Keywords Risk assessment Sexual offenders Recidivism Prediction Offender assessment Introduction Following Meehl’sdefinition [6], actuarial scales include ex- plicitly identified empirical risk factors combined mechanical- Risk assessment is an evaluation of an offender’s likelihood of ly into a total score or risk category, which is linked http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Current Psychiatry Reports Springer Journals

Sex Offender Risk Assessment: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

Current Psychiatry Reports , Volume 20 (6) – May 19, 2018

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry
ISSN
1523-3812
eISSN
1535-1645
DOI
10.1007/s11920-018-0909-8
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Abstract

Purpose of Review Risk assessment is one of the most ubiquitous tasks in the criminal justice system, informing virtually every decision made about offenders. This review, intended for researchers and practitioners, outlines some of the most important recent advances, emerging issues, and recommendations in sex offender risk assessment. Recent Findings The underlying nature and purpose of risk scales is reviewed, with implications for how we should evaluate them. Limits of recidivism probability estimates are discussed, and efforts to advance a common language for describing risk levels are highlighted. Advances in risk communication and field validity are summarized. The utility of protective risk factors in risk assessments is debated. Emerging areas in assessing offender change and assessments with child pornography offenders are discussed. Summary Despite critical advances in the last few years, there are still important gaps in knowledge, particularly for risk communication, field implementation, offender change, and child pornography offenders. . . . . Keywords Risk assessment Sexual offenders Recidivism Prediction Offender assessment Introduction Following Meehl’sdefinition [6], actuarial scales include ex- plicitly identified empirical risk factors combined mechanical- Risk assessment is an evaluation of an offender’s likelihood of ly into a total score or risk category, which is linked

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Current Psychiatry ReportsSpringer Journals

Published: May 19, 2018

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