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Overview of the Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument

An Overview of the Proposed Risk Assessment

The Proposed Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument will operate solely as an indicator if additional information should be provided to the Court for certain offenders; it does not recommend any increase or decrease in sentencing.  Additionally, the instrument is self-populating based, eliminating any end user burden.

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Act 95 of 2010 mandates the Commission develop a risk assessment instrument to assist the court at sentencing. Specifically, Act 95 requires that the Commission:

  • Consider the risk of re-offense and threat to public safety;
  • Help determine if offender candidate for alternative sentencing programs;
  • Develop an empirically based worksheet using factors predicting recidivism; and
  • Have guidelines adopt a risk assessment instrument to be used at sentencing.

To address these new mandates, the Commission initiated a research study in 2010 to build the foundation for a Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument.  Through research and working with four pilot counties (Allegheny, Blair, Philadelphia, and Westmoreland), the vision evolved and the Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument was developed.  Additional analysis is underway to review the factors being used and to further refine the scales.

Interim Reports (Phase I and Phase II) document research and policy considerations.

Proposed Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument

 

 


 

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