Assessing Risk Among Young Offenders

Paula Maurutto, University of Windsor

The paper examines the use of risk assessment scales, in particular, the Youth Level of Supervision (YLSI), among the young offender population in Canada. In 1990, Ontario was the first Canadian province to use such scales with young offenders. Soon after, the popularity of the scales proliferated throughout the country. The main objectives of the paper are to a) examine the development and proliferation of such scales; b) explore the validity of the YLSI*; and c) examine how case managers make use of these scales in determining levels of supervision.

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