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
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
- 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,