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Minnesota Sex Offender Screening Tool–Revised (MnSOST-R)

The MnSOST-R was one of the earliest validated, actuarial risk assessment tool for sexual offenders. This entry describes the development and validation of the MnSOST-R in the context of evolving risk assessment strategies and methods, which are essential for effective decisions in the criminal justice system.

Risk Assessment With Sexual Offenders

Determinations of risk occur across the criminal justice system. From decisions for setting bail, to sentencing, to establishing custody level, to determining conditions of release—implicit or explicit judgments about risk must be made. This has been true throughout modern correctional history.

Sexual offenders present even more challenges to the legal system because of additional risk assessment to inform additional high-stakes decisions unique to them. These include registration, community notification, and civil commitment.

In 1994, the U.S. Congress passed ...

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