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DYRS Risk Assessment and Structured Decision‐Making: Validation Study & System Assessment Summary Report

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Report Prepared by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and The Annie E. Casey Foundation for the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services

Through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) and in collaboration with AECF and DYRS, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) performed a risk assessment validation and review of the Structured Decision Making system. The primary goals of this study were to measure the effectiveness of DYRS’s placement methodology and offer suggestions for improvement. This report focuses primarily on key findings and recommendations from the validation study.