Risk and Needs Assessments. For many years, criminal justice practice was based primarily on normative ideas and principles. Now, with the benefit of decades of research, there exists strong, empirically-based knowledge of how to reduce recidivism. Collectively, this research has led to the development of evidence-based practices, which are rooted in several key principles, including assessing actuarial risk, enhancing intrinsic motivation, and targeting interventions.
See the Vera Institute’s report on Risk and Needs Assessments