Bias in Risk Assessment

Three Things You Can Do To Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment


The Council for State Governments Justice Center


CSG Justice Center Staff

Recent stories in the media are raising important questions about whether risk and needs assessments are biased against people of color or women. As with all such tools, accuracy depends greatly on design and proper implementation. If your agency is using a risk and needs assessment, you should know the tool is performing and develop a plan to remediate any issues (e.g., scoring inconsistencies or low predictive accuracy) you may discover. This article details three key components agencies can use when creating risk assessments that can help prevent such bias. 

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