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Jan 2023
Friday
Juvenile risk assessment tools are becoming increasingly popular among probation officers and behavior therapists as a way to reduce the risk of recidivism and improve outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.   Juvenile probation ...
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Dec 2022
Thursday
Criminal justice risk and needs assessment tools help courts, corrections agencies, and other justice system stakeholders make informed decisions about an individual’s risks of reoffending and their needs for intervention. The purpose of these ...
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Nov 2022
Wednesday
Risk and needs assessments are standardized tools that help justice system professionals estimate a person’s likelihood of recidivism and identify factors that contribute to maladaptive behavior. These instruments are also used for case planning and ...
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Oct 2022
Thursday
Juvenile justice risk and needs assessments are used to estimate the likelihood a young person will become involved with the justice system and to identify service needs for developing case plans. These helpful tools aid court personnel (probation ...
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Sep 2022
Thursday
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an intervention tool used to reduce delinquency and recidivism rates. It is based on the theory that our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors are intertwined. Put simply, CBT assumes our thoughts ...
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Aug 2022
Thursday
Motivational Interviewing (MI) helps people to connect with their own desires, needs, abilities, and reasons for change and make commitments and take steps to actualize positive behavioral change. This approach uses a client-centered, empathetic ...
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Jul 2022
Thursday
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is still the most commonly used and abused drug of choice for youth under the age of 21. In fact, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) estimates ...
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Jun 2022
Thursday
Ruben Saldana was only 12 years old when he joined a gang in Florida and by the age of 13, he was a leader. In a city with record gang affiliation, it can be hard to avoid the violence the gang organizations bring. But gang activity is not confined ...
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Jun 2022
Thursday
The Opioid Epidemic’s Effect on Children Elizabeth’s baby was due in June, and that’s exactly when she came— on the very morning of her due date, a new little girl entered the world. Elizabeth was ecstatic to become a mother, sharing the special ...
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May 2022
Thursday
This May, we acknowledged National Mental Health Awareness Week, which helps to shine a light on the importance of mental health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data shows that the mental health of youth in particular seems to be suffering ...