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Myths & Facts: Using Risk and Need Assessments to Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Community Corrections Collaborative NetworkAlthough major strides in the development and use of risk and need assessments have provided decision makers more objective and validated risk information, their use is not without controversy. This paper from the Community Corrections Collaborative Network seeks to identify and dispel three specific myths regarding the use of risk and need assessments within the criminal justice system. Relevant research to dispel each myth is provided.