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So far equivant has created 33 blog entries.

Ensuring Safety Starts at Intake

By |2019-03-25T15:57:57+00:00March 25th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, COMPAS Classification|

When an accused offender arrives in your booking room, unknown factors abound. It’s your job to get a handle on the situation as quickly as possible, to book and house individuals appropriately, and to ensure the safety of everyone in your jail.

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Your Guide to Managing Overrides

By |2019-03-11T22:35:12+00:00March 11th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, Northpointe Suite|

If you’re using trusted, validated risk/needs assessment tools, then you may ask, why override the recommendations it makes? It’s a good question. Statistically, it’s more effective to trust the tool than to override it.

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equivant Presents: AI and Human Decision Making

By |2019-03-12T15:19:47+00:00March 11th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, Northpointe Suite, Resources, Videos|

Artificial intelligence is everywhere: our phones, our cars, even our doctor’s offices. But does it belong in criminal justice? Hear from Dr. Tim Brennan, Northpointe co-founder and expert criminologist, with a quick refresher on the decision making process and how AI is already revolutionizing evidence-based practice and improving outcomes.

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The 5 Traits of Effective Restrictive Housing Systems

By |2019-03-11T22:24:18+00:00March 11th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, COMPAS Classification|

Managing inmates who are disruptive and/or violent. Protecting inmates who are vulnerable. Maintaining order. Respecting rights and dignities. Your job isn’t easy.

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Overwhelmed by Inmates with Special Needs? You’re Not Alone

By |2019-03-12T17:36:32+00:00February 26th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS|

Justice professionals and mental health professionals agree: Jails aren’t equipped to effectively treat mental illness, yet they do it every day. Jail staff and administrators have been asking for help for decades, and you and your peers undoubtedly spend a great deal of time trying to get appropriate resources to those who need the

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How Alternative Screenings Boost Success

By |2019-03-02T03:38:16+00:00February 21st, 2019|Blog, COMPAS|

“But what about … ?” How many times have you looked at a supervision plan and thought something wasn’t quite right? How many people in your population have a special circumstance or need that makes their case just a little different?

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Are Validated Assessments Worth the Hype?

By |2019-03-02T03:25:59+00:00February 13th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, Northpointe Suite|

Justice professionals make life-altering decisions every day, and the consequences of these decisions ripple throughout our communities. Sound decision making is critical to ensuring public safety and a just system, and it begins with having accurate information.

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Buy -vs- Build: Striking a Balance

By |2019-02-28T19:22:29+00:00February 11th, 2019|Blog, JWorks|

When it comes to investing in court case management systems, the buy-or-build debate rages on. Historically, courts tend to go all-in one way or the other, purchasing a monolithic CMS from a single supplier or building every piece of functionality themselves. How about some middle ground?

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Prevent Litigation with Better Classification

By |2019-02-28T19:18:39+00:00February 5th, 2019|Blog, COMPAS, COMPAS Classification|

It’s easy to fall into a defeatist mindset around inmate litigation. Even the most dedicated justice professionals can become jaded over time, and for good reason. Some inmates arelitigious. Some lawsuits are frivolous. Yet many issues spring from a legitimate complaint that can be easily addressed by your agency before spiraling into lawsuit status.

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