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An evaluation of expert reports with regard to adherence to current quality standards

Authors
Journal
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
0160-2527
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
35
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2012.02.006
Keywords
  • Evaluation
  • Quality Standards
  • Risk-Assessment
Disciplines
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract In early 2008 the penal system of Lower Saxony established a specialised department responsible for risk assessment regarding all prison inmates in that state. The department generates approximately 200 risk assessment expert reports per year, mainly on questions such as the inmates' aptitude for social therapy, relaxation of imprisonment conditions, and transfer to an open prison. Prof. Dr. Konrad and Dr. Heering (from the Charité's Institute for Forensic Psychiatry) have been accompanying the work of this department scientifically for at least 2years by offering a scientific exchange and by reviewing random samples of the risk assessments and verifying the application of current standards. It is of particular interest to examine which methods are used and which topics are discussed with the inmates during the exploration for risk assessment expert reports, whether or not standardised risk scales are applied, and finally which conclusions are drawn from the results of the exploration and the information which could be gathered from court and prison files.

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