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Advancing Fairness and Transparency: National Guidelines for Post-Conviction Risk and Needs Assessment

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New Opportunities to Implement the National Guidelines for Post-Conviction Risk and Needs Assessment

March 7, 2023, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm , Eastern

Hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance 

In partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center worked with a group of 26 national experts, including researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, to develop practical guidelines that advise criminal justice agencies on the use of post-conviction risk and needs assessment. The guidelines prioritize accuracy, fairness, and transparency in the communication and use of risk and needs assessment. The guidelines’ associated resources were developed with a variety of audiences in mind, including legislators, administrators, practitioners, and researchers. This webinar introduced the 13 guidelines, provided an overview of the suite of resources available, and announced new opportunities available for states to receive support with implementation of the guidelines.


  • David A. D’Amora, Senior Policy Advisor, CSG Justice Center
  • Dr. Sarah L. Desmarais, PhD, President, Policy Research Associates 
  • Charles Robinson, Deputy Chief, Probation and Pretrial Services Office Administrative Office of the United States Courts 
  • Dr. Heather Tubman-Carbone, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Stevyn Fogg, Director, Governance & Strategic Initiatives, Correctional Leaders Association 
  • Veronica Ballard Cunningham, Executive Director/CEO, American Probation and Parole Association 
  • Anne L. Precythe, Director, Missouri Department of Corrections 
  • Lahiz P. Tavárez, Project Manager, CSG Justice Center 
  • Brian Mirasolo, Massachusetts Deputy Commissioner Probation Service

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-ZB-BX-K002 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.