WOULD you be surprised to learn that many imprisoned people have serious personality disorders, such as psychopathy? Probably not. But I'd confidently predict you would be surprised to find that popular methods to predict the risk of reoffending to aid decisions on sentence length and release date for such people are no better than a coin toss.
How easy is it to predict reoffending?
11 December 2013
Dr Seena Fazel in New Scientist: There are major flaws in the statistical tools for assessing whether people with serious psychological problems will reoffend.