Recommendations for addressing racial bias in risk and needs assessment in the juvenile justice system


Research indicated 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 youth to prevent recidivism.