Risk assessment is the exercise of determining the probability of re-arrest and revocation. It helps in determining how best to assist an offender about to be discharged from serving his term. Often, these convicts have underlying problems that may lead him in getting involved in illegal activities that may get them rearrested. In resolving this issue, correction centers must identify means of assessing the risk of his involvement in such activities and help in minimizing the risk where possible (Kroner, Mills, Reitzel, Dow, Aufderheide, & Railey, 2007).
Most risk assessment formulas use certain criteria to determine the level of risk involved. The criteria involve the determination of movement over a specified period before he was arrested, percentage of employed time before the arrest, alcohol and drug usage, motivation to change, age at first arrest, number of previous probation periods and number of prior probations or parole revocations. Also considered are the criminal record and assault offenses. These are then used to determine the conditions of release of a convict to the society. Those found to have a bad criminal record are considered to be high risk cases while those who were serving their first sentence were considered low risk (Harris, 2006).
This method of assessment is ineffective for the most. It fails to cater for those offenders who are able to keep off from police custody for long. They are, therefore, in most cases, even released without supervision. New entrants of crime are also not nabbed since their criminal records appear clean. This method should be modified by assessing the level of crimes committed, mental health and attitude to ensure that future arrests are avoided through crime evasion (Seiter, 2011).
such assessments may contribute towards an easier
re-entry into the community, it fails to nab
those who need
the most help.
The most help
should be accorded to both ends; new entrants
and seasoned criminals. This is because seasoned criminals
have a leadership role in the crime
world and may assist the authorities
to curb crime if convinced. New
entrants are easier to convert hence reducing
the level of crime (Seiter, 2011).
Harris, A. (2006). Risk Assessment and sex offender community supervision: A context-specific framework. Fed. Probation, 70, p.36.
Kroner, D. G., Mills, J. F., Reitzel, L. R., Dow, E., Aufderheide, D. H., & Railey, M. G. (2007). Directions for Violence and Sexual Risk Assessment in Correctional Psychology. Criminal Justice and Behavior. doi:10.1177/0093854807301559
Seiter, R. P. (2011). Corrections: An Introduction (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.
You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.Read more
Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.Read more
Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.Read more
Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.Read more
By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.Read more