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Are Pretrial Services Officers Reliable in Rating Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools?

Volume 82 Number 2
September 2018

Pretrial risk assessments have been developed and used to help ensure that recommendations for pretrial release or detention are fair and consistent. The author investigates the inter-rater reliability of the Ohio Risk Assessment Tool  (ORAS-PAT) in a sample of 21 pretrial services officers, finding that officers demonstrated "good" to "excellent" inter-rater reliability on all 7 items, the total score, and the summary risk classification of the ORAS-PAT.