State by state, and even on a more micro municipal level, we are seeing the conversation around justice and corrections evolve and transform daily. As philosophical, political, policy, and practical debates take shape, what can you look to as your "north star" when setting the course for success within your agency?
As the creators of the COMPAS, a widely used and trusted Risk and Needs Assessment, it’s important to us to be part of the conversation. There are some common myths in play, and we want to address those - but more importantly, we want to share more about who Northpointe is and speak plainly on the issue of bias in our criminal justice system.
You’ve heard that risk/needs assessments can provide plenty of benefits: these tools support criminal justice professionals as they make decisions related to pretrial release, inmate classification and programming, supervision case management, and treatment needs.
Every day, we make life-altering recommendations and decisions, from pretrial release to probation conditions to reentry and parole. There’s no lack of available information about tools and evidence-based principles, all intended to help supervision professionals align our practices with the EBP body of research.
Northpointe, Inc. d/b/a equivant, issues the following in response to the article in the January 17, 2018 Science Advances online open access journal article titled “The accuracy, fairness, and limits of predicting recidivism”.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 that the State of Wisconsin can continue to use COMPAS to aid judges with sentencing decisions. The court concluded that "...if used properly, observing the limitations and cautions set forth herein, a circuit court's consideration of a COMPAS risk assessment at sentencing does not violate a defendant's right to due process".
Qualitative approaches for identifying and characterizing women’s pathways to crime are being augmented by quantitative methods. This study applies quantitative taxonomic methods in disaggregating a large sample of women offenders from a prison population to identify diverse pathway prototypes.
The Practitioner's Guide provides an overview of the COMPAS Core Module in the Northpointe Suite. The Northpointe Suite is an integrated web-based assessment and case management system for criminal justice practitioners.
Join us as we talk to Dr. Tim Brennan, Northpointe [...]