A brief assessment tool designed for high-volume criminal justice environments is a strong predictor of recidivism as administered to pretrial defendants in New York City, according to this comprehensive validation study. The report presents findings from a validation of the Criminal Court Assessment Tool—or C-CAT—a risk-and-needs assessment developed by the Center for Court Innovation in 2014. Unlike many such short assessments, the C-CAT identifies a defendant's risk of re-offending and also ascertains the needs potentially fueling criminal behavior, facilitating referrals to effective interventions. The study also supports the importance of local validation for jurisdictions considering adopting the tool.
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