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Dialogue about Risk/Needs Assessments and Race

"A recent ProPublica story on risk and needs assessment asked some important questions about a particular risk and needs assessment tool and the broader implications of its use. As the national discussion continues about the use and value of risk and needs assessment, The Council of State Governments Justice Center offers the following comments on risk and needs assessment as it relates to racial disparity and bias in the criminal justice system." - CSG. Read the original ProPublica story on racial bias in risk assessments here. This will surely be an ongoing dialogue, as risk assessments are increasingly used in the criminal justice system and eliminating racial disparity throughout the system is a priority of many reform efforts. Read full article

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