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Revalidating the Federal Pretrial Risk Assessment Instrument (PTRA): A Research Summary

Volume 82 Number 2
September 2018

The authors provide a synopsis of key findings from a longer study examining predictive efficacy of the Pretrial Risk Assessment (PTRA). The revalidation component will primarily assess the PTRA's overall accuracy in predicting any forms of pretrial violations (e.g., any adverse events) as well as its capacity to predict specific pretrial violations including new criminal rearrests for any or violent offenses, missed court appearances, and pretrial revocations. Last, the authors briefly address the PTRA's capacity to predict pretrial violations across racial and ethnic groups and for males and females.