Module 6: Module Objectives

In Module 5: Targeted Intervention Strategies, you learned about the 11 tasks outlined in the Targeted Intervention Strategies section of the TJC Implementation Roadmap and the importance of using the risk-need-responsivity model to determine the appropriate strategies to address an individual's criminogenic factors pre- and post-release.

In this module you will have the opportunity to explore the second and third Targeted Intervention Strategies tasks of the TJC Implementation Roadmap, which highlights the importance of screening and assessing pretrial and sentenced individuals during incarceration and upon their return to the community.

Task 2. Apply screening instrument to all jail entrants to identify inmates of varying levels of risk.

Task 3. Apply a comprehensive risk/needs assessment instrument(s) to selected higher risk jail entrants.

This module has five sections:

  1. The Need for Screening
  2. The Need for Assessment
  3. Selecting Screens and Assessment Tools
  4. The Logistics of Screening and Assessment
  5. Terms Used in the Field

By the end of this module, you will be able to

  • Explain the purpose and importance of using screens and assessment tools.
  • Select screening and assessment instruments that will identify the level of risk and needs within your jail population.
  • Create a structure to apply screening and assessment tools in your facility or agency.
  • List the basic requirements of training staff to administer the instruments.

Figure 1: Targeted Intervention Filter

Targeted Intervention Filter

Figure 1 summarizes the relationships among screening, assessment, transition planning, and jail and community interventions and their usual ordering in time. Note that individuals identified as high and medium risk during screening are tracked to assessment, unlike those screened as low risk.  Whether interventions will begin in the jail or in the community will depend on length of stay (LOS)