The level of service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R): A useful risk assessment measure for Australian offenders?

Ching I. Hsu, Peter Caputi, Mitchell K. Byrne

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Abstract

This study examined the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) with Australian offenders. Normative statistics, offender need characteristics, and the predictive utility of the LSI-R were assessed using a sample of more than 78,000 administrations. No gender differences were apparent on the LSI-R total score, although female offenders scored higher than male offenders on the Finance and Family/Marital subscales. Significant sentence order differences (community, custodial, and a combination of community and custodial) were found, especially on the Criminal History, Education/Employment, and Companions subscales and the LSI-R total score. Bivariate correlations and logistic regression analyses indicated that different subscales were predictive of reoffending by sex and sentence orders. Overall, the assessment instrument indicated modest predictive validity, with varying results for the different offender groups. Female offenders serving combinations of community and custodial sentence orders, however, revealed unexpected findings. Discussions of the results, implications, and recommendations for further research are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-740
Number of pages13
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume36
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

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