A Simple but Compelling Tool for Sentencing and Dispositions

Diversion of drug possession and DUI offenders from incarceration to community-based programs is increasingly common at the state and local level. Yet decision makers lack a rational, evidence-based system to guide placements in ways that protect public health and safety without straining budgets.

Science is now pointing the way. Rigorously grounded in scientific evidence, the Risk and Needs Triage is a decision support tool for judges and other criminal justice decision makers. The various versions help court officials by matching offenders to the optimal level of supervision and treatment.