Recommendations for Addressing Racial Bias in Risk and Needs Assessment in the Juvenile Justice System

Publication Date:

January 14, 2020

Research indicates that justice interventions and heightened levels of supervision can increase the likelihood of future offending for low-risk populations and reduce the likelihood of offending for high-risk youth. Therefore, identifying who is low-risk—and then limiting the types of justice interventions used for this population—is critical for keeping the public safe while minimizing the level of harm associated with state involvement in a youth’s life. Risk and needs assessments are implemented to assist with the proper identification of a youth’s risk level and to guide decisions on how to best intervene with a youth to prevent recidivism.