Violence Risk Assessment
The VRAG is the most commonly-used actuarial violence risk assessment tool in the world. Designed to estimate the likelihood that a male criminal offender or forensic psychiatric patient will commit a new violent or sexual offense, the VRAG produces an estimated recidivism rate for different lengths of follow-up. Replication studies have established the VRAG scheme’s ability to accurately predict violent recidivism in a variety of settings as well as with sex offender populations and non-violent offenders.
Attorneys commonly use this assessment to strengthen Alternative Pre-Sentence Investigations, at revocation hearings, and to support bail arguments.
Each assessment involves the following:
In-person interview and assessment with client (at facility of incarceration if in custody)
Written summary report of findings
Appearance at one (1) hearing or sentencing to provide testimony related to assessment results
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Pre-Sentence Investigations, Polygraph exams, Behavioral Assessments, Focused Sentencing Memorandum, ATR Investigations