Inter-RaterAgreement and the Use of Level of Service Inventory-Revised

Alexander M. Holsinger, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Colleen Kadleck, University Nebraska at Omaha

ABSTRACT
Over the last several years offender assessment and classification has become an increasingly important part of effective correctional processing on the systemic level and case planning and treatment intervention on the individual level. While standardized offender assessment has been part of criminal justice processing for over 70 years, "dynamic" standardized interview-based assessment has been proven to be the most effective method. One potential drawback to this method however is inter-rater reliability. This paper examines inter-rater agreement on pairs of raters using the Level of Servce Inventory-Revised to assess the same offender. The paper focuses on examining agreement by item as well as area of the LSI-R.

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