Risk-Needs Assessments Appropriate for Women Offenders
Author: Erika Kates, Ph.D.
Year Published: 2012
How relevant are available risk-need assessment instruments for women? Massachusetts administrators and policymakers are asking these questions because they understand that these assessments are used to make key decisions in criminal justice agencies and that women’s circumstances must be reflected in these instruments. Further, the national emphasis on applying evidence-based criminal justice tools to policy and practice requires the use of gender-responsive assessment instruments.