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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC205H5
Professor
Paula Maurutto
Semester
Winter

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Soc205: March 28 th - The most likely repeat offences are breech of conditions: breaking a condition of parole (curfew), or those who have drug addictions. - Risk of recidivism ^ these are the types of offences that result in repeating criminal offences. Risk assessment scales: - In order to measure risk and let that guide their judgement - Parole officers often use LSI – general risk tool - General risk tools are said to be effective for any kind of offender across the globe; various ethnicities, cultures, men, women and youth. - State that they can evaluate risk and crime for a broad generalization - Positivist: general perspective of crime vs. critical theories: feminist theories, labelling: these target specific aspects of criminal activity - Positivist looks at individual characteristics as opposed to social structural changes. Appeal of risk assessment: - Based on statistical analysis, they are assumed to be correct and can be used for future prediction - Standardized system: you can evaluate all offenders on same scale, decreasing bias - Tools are more accountable and reliable: if you have parole officers making decisions,
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