A classic case of test envy in sex offender risk assessment
Boer, D.P. (2002). A classic case of test envy in sex offender risk assessment. Crime Scene, 9(2), 5-8.
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The SORAG, SVR-20, VRS-S0, STATIC99, SONAR, STABLE (see below for references), and other relatively similar risk prediction tools (RSVPTs) are just a few of the currently available risk assessment measures designed for use with sexual offenders. These instruments all purport to do a similar job – providing estimates of likelihood to recidivate – and most of the associated authors claim that their test, or their type of test, does a better job at risk assessment than the competition. This same debate exists among the experts of risk assessment for non-sexual violent offenders and the discussion from this paper can be extended to risk assessment in general.
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