Assessing risk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders: considerations for forensic practice

Day, Andrew, Tamatea, Armon J., Casey, Sharon, and Geia, Lynore (2018) Assessing risk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders: considerations for forensic practice. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 25 (3). pp. 452-464.

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Abstract

Forensic professionals and courts have frequently expressed concern about the susceptibility of contemporary risk assessment tools to cultural bias. Furthermore, progress in the development of valid methods of assessment for offenders who identify from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural backgrounds has been slow. This paper considers how cultural perspectives on risk are essential to the development of assessment methods that have greater validity and acceptance by both courts and the community. This will involve considering the social, cultural and political determinants of risk in each cultural group and the identification of those risk factors that are most relevant to forensic decision-making.

Item ID: 55084
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Aboriginal; Torres Strait Islander; culture; forensic psychology; Indigenous; risk assessment; structured professional judgement; violence
ISSN: 1934-1687
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2018 01:51
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 100%
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