Monday, February 27, 2023
4:00 - 5:00PM
The US does not follow a coherent set of guidelines on the development and use of risk and needs assessment and most states and counties have not tested their tools for accuracy and fairness across race, ethnicity, and gender. Many jurisdictions do a poor job at being transparent about what the instrument was designed to do and do not have a clear plan to effectively communicate about the tools and how they are being used to system stakeholders and those directly impacted by their use. With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the CSG Justice Center developed an advisory group of 28 national experts in the field to create a set of 13 specific guidelines and a suite of practical materials that are aimed at different audiences, including criminal justice practitioners and leaders and legislators. This workshop will focus on the aspects of the Guidelines that are directly relevant to officers in the field and explain how utilizing the Guidelines can improve the use of risk and needs assessment for decision-making.
Jennifer Kisela is a Deputy Program Director at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, providing technical assistance to states that are engaged in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and overseeing special projects. In her role, she provides content expertise in the areas of evidence-based practices in community supervision, risk assessments, quality assurance, correctional programming, and parole board decision-making. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she worked for 15 years in community corrections with her most recent position as the Research and Continuous Quality Improvement Administrator at Oriana House in Ohio where she implemented and oversaw the training and coaching of staff on the use of effective interventions. In addition, Jennifer has provided training and coaching services as an independent contractor to community corrections agencies throughout the U.S. Jennifer holds a BA in Justice Studies from Kent State University and an MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.