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Probation and Parole Study Guide
Regina is responsible for selecting a new assessment tool for her community corrections agency. The primary use the agency will have for the assessment tool will be risk and classification into supervision levels during community supervision. Which of the following generations of assessment tools best addresses the goals for the community corrections agency?
Vicky is a reentry officer that works in a minimum-security prison. As part of her job, Vicky administers a questionnaire that predicts the reoffending behaviors amongst inmates transitioning back into the community. The questionnaire that Vicky uses has been developed using existing data on reoffending amongst actual released offenders. What type of assessment is Vicky using with the questionnaire?
Trisha is using a form that allows her to gauge how likely a parolee is to experience a drug relapse. What kind of tool is Trisha using?
Risk and needs assessment
Why are data-driven techniques generally preferred over professional experience in assessment tools?
There is no preference between data-driven and experience-driven assessments
They minimize personal bias
Data-driven techniques rely on the assessor’s expertise and experience
It is easier to gather data than use one’s experiences
Paula uses an assessment form to, among other things, determine what kinds of programming her parolee will require while under community supervision. During the assessment meeting with a parolee, Paula finds out that the parolee does not have a high school diploma or GED. This has been shown to create problems for parolees in the community in previous research. What is the lack of education referred to in assessment?
What is the process of executing departmental policy and/or procedure (such as carrying out and using assessment tools)?
Talia is a probation officer that assigns supervision classification levels to new probationers. She uses a preset form to gather general information about the probationer. Then, based on her professional experience and “gut” impressions, Talia assigns a supervision level to each probationer. What type of assessment is Talia using here?
Based on the Bonta (2002) article, which of the following is not one of “the Big Four” factors for predicting future criminal behavior described by Andrews and Bonta (1998)?
Social support for crime
Reggie is a licensed social worker who conducts interviews with new probationers to diagnose potential substance abuse disorders. Using these interviews, Reggie uses his training and professional experience to assess the likelihood of substance abuse in the probationers he meets with. What type of assessment is Reggie using with his interviews?
What do we call the process of carrying out and using assessment tools as they are intended?
When is clinical/judgment useful in assessment, according to the lecture/readings?
As a standalone assessment
As a supplement to actuarial assessment
When society is experiencing high levels of economic insecurity
When we want to understand criminogenic needs
Which of the following is a kind of program that can help community corrections agencies efficiently use resources in training personnel on assessment tools?
Train the trainer program
Justice reinvestment programs
Organizational participatory programming
Tyler uses a data-driven assessment tool that has many questions to be answered that give Tyler information about the offender’s risk levels, criminogenic needs, and guidance for case management strategies. Based on the available information, what generation of risk assessment tool is Tyler using here?
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