Risk and Need Principles


Experts Agree on Standard System to Understand and Reduce Risk of Recidivism

Although risk and needs assessment instruments are all intended to measure the same things, the field has not set standards or specifications about the terminology used to describe risk and needs categories across all of these instruments. Recently, the NRRC has facilitated efforts to standardize the terminology and improve the interpretation and application of risk and needs assessment results in correctional settings.

Risk and Needs Assessment and Race in the Criminal Justice System

A recent ProPublica story on risk and needs assessment asked some important questions about a particular risk and needs assessment tool and the broader implications of its use. As the national discussion continues about the use and value of risk and needs assessment, The Council of State Governments Justice Center offers the following comments on risk and needs assessment as it relates to racial disparity and bias in the criminal justice system.