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

Take Action

The National Guidelines for Post-Conviction Risk and Needs Assessment provide concrete direction for improving the accuracy, fairness, transparency, communication, and use of risk and needs assessment instruments. Interested in how you can take action NOW to improve risk and needs assessments in your jurisdiction? Below are some quick and easy ways. 

Request Free Technical Assistance 

Become a national leader: This technical assistance is designed to help state, local, or Tribal jurisdictions promote the implementation of the guidelines, gaining status as national leaders along the way. Participants will also have priority access to peer connections and ongoing engagement, tailored support, and the opportunity to provide input on additional resources for the field. Learn more about available technical assistance.

Get Involved


  • Review the FAQ for Legislators  
  • Request a briefing on the National Guidelines for Post-Conviction Risk and Needs Assessment 
  • Connect an agency in your state to the project team  


Agency Administrators and Practitioners 

Advocates and Members of the Public 

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For media inquiries, please contact Kevin Dugan at [email protected]

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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.