Integrating base rate data in violence risk assessments at capital sentencing.

@article{Cunningham1998IntegratingBR,
  title={Integrating base rate data in violence risk assessments at capital sentencing.},
  author={Mark Douglas Cunningham and Thomas J. Reidy},
  journal={Behavioral sciences & the law},
  year={1998},
  volume={16 1},
  pages={71-95}
}
Prediction of violence in capital sentencing has been controversial. In the absence of a scientific basis for risk assessment, mental health professionals offering opinions in the capital sentencing context are prone to errors. Actuarial or group statistical data, known as base rates, have proven far superior to other methods for reducing predictive errors in many contexts, including risk assessment. Actuarial follow-up data on violent recidivism of capital murderers in prison and post release… CONTINUE READING