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Case Classification for Juvenile Corrections: An Assessment of the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI), Executive Summary
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Pub. Date:
May 2003
Y-LSI assessments were completed for samples of youth in three Ohio juvenile corrections settings. Follow-up data on case outcomes were collected 2 years later. Also, correctional staff in the three settings were surveyed to obtain their perceptions of the value and use of the Y-LSI. Analyses tested the predictive validity of the Y-LSI. The results indicate that the Y-LSI is generally a valid predictor of case outcome across the three correctional settings. The overall Y-LSI score was significantly related to case outcomes for both males and females and for White and non-White juveniles. This report advises, however, that if the correctional agency wishes only to perform an initial risk classification, the Y-LSI may not be an appropriate instrument. Few components of the total Y-LSI score contribute to overall risk-prediction accuracy, and the requirements for completing the assessment (over 1 hour of staff time) do not support the use of the Y-LSI for simple risk classification; however, if an agency wishes to assess needs and to use need assessment information to develop and deliver effective intervention, the data from this study indicate the Y-LSI is a useful tool. Optimal value from the use of this instrument can be achieved with full implementation, including validating the instrument on the target population. source
NCJ 204006
United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
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Washington, DC

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