This centennial collection of essays and original research studies captures the varied spectrum of philosophies and concerns of the Board and staff of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) over the past century . The criminological experts represented in this volume are renowned for their study and research into the far reaches of this field of study. As a chronicle of the NCCD’s development, editors Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher Baird include some of the most groundbreaking material to come out of the workings of this unique American institution.

The Relative Validity of Actuarial and Consensus-Based Risk Assessment Systems

The relative validity of actuarial and consensus-based risk assessment systems
ChristopherBaird, DennisWagner

CPS Risk Assessment Systems

The number of abuse and neglect allegations nationwide has risen dramatically over the last two decades. Most child welfare agencies have been hard pressed to respond effectively, as the new demands have outpaced available resources. The results have included lawsuits in more than 30 states, media exposés resulting from child deaths, increased concerns over worker and agency liability, and a continuous search for new strategies and resources to address the burgeoning problem.

The need for additional resources is obvious, but that is not the only issue. The increasing pressures have highlighted a problem that has long plagued human services agencies in general, and ...

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