For over half a century, various clinical and actuarial methods have been employed to assess the likelihood of violent recidivism. Yet there is a need for new methods that can improve the accuracy of recidivism predictions. This study proposes a new time series modeling approach that generates high levels of predictive accuracy over short and long periods of time. The proposed approach outperformed two widely used actuarial instruments (i.e., the Violence Risk Appraisal Guide and the Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide). Furthermore, analysis of temporal risk variations based on specific time series models can add valuable information into risk assessment and management of violent offenders.

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Law and Human Behavior
School of Mathematics and Statistics

Bani-Yaghoub, M. (Majid), Fedoroff, J.P. (J. Paul), Curry, S. (Susan), & Amundsen, D. (2010). A time series modeling approach in risk appraisal of violent and sexual recidivism. Law and Human Behavior, 34(5), 349–366. doi:10.1007/s10979-009-9183-y