Practice Guide

Risk screening evaluates arrested minors to see if they need secure lock up.  The risk assessment instrument (RAI) used by Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) assures objectivity and uniformity for this process. This report reviews current risk-screening technology in the United States through the detention reform lens of JDAI sites. It is a practical guide to develop an objective risk-assessment instrument for those concerned about the quality of care and protection provided to children in the justice system. 

December 9, 2006

JDAI Practice Guides Collection

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Specific recommendations on how to design, test and implement detention risk-screening instruments.

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    9 JDAI steps to developing an RAI.

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    How to troubleshoot the RAI if measurements aren’t working.

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    Who to include in creating local risk assessments.

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    What types of Juvenile Detention Risk Screening technology is available.

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    How to customize the RAI using examples from local jurisdictions.

Key Takeaway

risk assessment instrument

The average time frame to develop an objective risk assessment instrument is about six months. 

The risk assessment instrument (RAI) is a triage device, designed to orient the entire screening process toward detention goals.

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