Responsivity Principle

According to the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) model, the effectiveness of correctional rehabilitation programing is a function of a program’s level of adherence to the model’s three central principles: Risk, Need, and Responsivity. The Risk principle addresses who should receive correctional treatment services (i.e., high-risk offenders). The Need principle answers the question of what should be the focus of correctional treatment services (i.e., criminogenic needs). The final principle in this model, known as the Responsivity principle, answers the question of how correctional treatment services should be provided by identifying the types of interventions that are effective at reducing criminal recidivism among criminal justice populations. According to the Responsivity principle, interventions that address criminogenic needs among high-risk offenders will be most effective when the style and mode ...

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