EDITOR'S CORNER

Corrections takes a page from the insurance industry's use of risk assessment in this week's article about an agency's use of statistical analysis to understand the probability of its parolees re-offending.
Jim, Corrections.com editor



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Risky business

By Ann Coppola

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As gas prices rise to seemingly unlimited new heights and stocks plunge to cringe-worthy lows, the one word that seems to be on the lips of anyone watching the United States economy is “risk.” According to recent comments from the Federal Reserve, the U.S. “can reduce risk in the financial system” by following a four-point plan that predictably requires an economics degree to understand. One thing, though, is clear: risk assessment is a vital tool during volatile times. The calculation of risk affects almost every aspect of our lives, whether it’s a financial or personal matter, or even one of public safety.

“We are in the risk management business,” says Calvin Johnson, director of research and evaluation for the District of Columbia’s Court Services and Offenders Supervision Agency. CSOSA is using statistical data analysis to take its supervision of more than 15,000 parolees, supervised releases and probationers to the next level. Read this week's full story.

READER FEEDBACK

Regarding The doctor is out, 5/27/08

Great call to bring attention to this issue. Probably the highest risk condition in corrections today. There are numerous war stories across the U.S. about corrections transports gone wrong.

I agree, part of the solution is medical technology. Also, there are some fine examples of hospitals and corrections working together to shape future expansion of facilities to include a secure, forensic intake unit at the hospital.
Gene Atherton, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center Institutions Program Manager, Colorado

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