Practical Guide to Youth Risk and Need Assessments in Latin America and the Caribbean
Risk Need Assessments (RNA) are standardized tools to help determine the likelihood of recidivism. Using these tools can help to improve decision-making and outcomes. Despite empirical support for their use, relatively few jurisdictions in Latin America and the Caribbean have adopted these tools.
Commissioned by USAID and supported by American Institutes for Research and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, this interactive practical guide is designed for people who work with criminal justice or juvenile justice involved youth. The focus of this guide is on identifying and implementing tools that help to assess and manage the risk of future delinquency and criminal behavior, including violent behaviors. This guide is specifically focused on assessing the risk of reoffending for use in tertiary prevention settings.
For more information contact Deborah Koetzle, PhD, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.