Juvenile Justice & Assessment/Ongoing Projects

Title: Designing a Failure to Appear Risk Tool
6/30/2012 - 6/30/2013
Funder: Massachusetts Department of Youth Services 
Funding: $31,000
PI: Gina Vincent, Ph.D.

Description: This is a prospective study where we will aid the Department of Youth Services, Juvenile Court, and Worcester Juvenile Probation in creating and validating a research-based, risk assessment tool for failure to appear. The tool will be used by probation officers to help them determine which arraigned youths are not likely to show up for their court adjudication date and, therefore, may warrant pre-trial detention. The goal is to have research-based and structured decisions for which youth are placed in pretrial detention.


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