Validating the Dynamic Risk Assessment for Offender Re-Entry (DRAOR) in a Sample of U.S. Probationers and Parolees

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Chadwick, Nicholas Christopher




The foundation for effective case management is rooted in the use of a validated risk assessment. The present study sought to validate the Dynamic Risk Assessment for Offender Re-entry (DRAOR) among a sample of probationers and parolees (n = 391) in the state of Iowa. Scores across the DRAOR domains were able to differentiate between recidivists and non-recidivists when examining technical violations and any recidivism, although were unable to differentiate between those offenders who were re-arrested and those who remained crime free. An examination of the psychometric properties of the
scale suggested that the DRAOR is a valid risk assessment tool. Additionally, Stable dynamic risk factors represented the strongest predictor of technical violations, although were unable to predict rearrest. The predictive utility of the various domains (i.e. Stable, Acute, and Protective) suggested that case managers would benefit from utilizing the DRAOR in the everyday supervision of offenders.


Psychology - Experimental




Carleton University

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