It is hard to be in the Criminal Justice field without hearing the term “risk assessment” at nearly every turn, but do we really understand what risk assessments measure and how they should be used? What do the results mean for the practitioner, and how can a long-term risk and needs assessment be useful to jurisdictions providing pretrial services? In this presentation, you will learn about the evolution of risk assessments as it applies to the criminal justice field and when and how to use them to improve your current criminal justice practices. You will understand the difference between various types of risk assessments, static versus dynamic risk factors, and the limitations on the use of these assessments. We will discuss how to weave the LSI-R & LSI-R:SV into the pretrial process and how the results can aid in improving your outcomes.
The presentation will also concentrate on the “Milwaukee Model” and provide participants with lessons we have learned as we implemented these very systems. Hopefully, our progress in our system will be helpful to all participants as you look to advance your practices in the criminal justice system so that we can accomplish our overarching goal: to create a more just and fair system.
Vicki Lupo, MS
JusticePoint - Director of Quality Management
Vicki ensures compliance with all internal and external program standards and promotes continuous quality assurance and improvement for all agency programs. She oversees implementation and evaluation of program goals, outcomes, and requirements as defined externally by funders and contracts and internally by program management teams. Additionally, Vicki implements effective agency-wide data collection and reporting systems and coordinates training and staff development in evidence-based practices and pretrial services.
Ms. Lupo started her career 2005 as a Case Manager and served in a variety of capacities throughout the years until becoming the Pretrial Program Director in 2010. Vicki was responsible for the management of all of Milwaukee County’s Pretrial Services, including the implementation of several Criminal Justice initiatives such as furthering the use of risk assessments for pretrial, re-designing pretrial supervision services, the expansion of Early Interventions, and the development of a new database system.
Vicki has served on several of the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s subcommittees and attended the National Institute of Corrections Pretrial Executive training. She is also certified as a Pretrial Services Professional through the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies. Ms. Lupo earned her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Daniela Imig, MS
JusticePoint - Director of New Initiatives
Daniela is responsible for managing the implementation of all new programming, including determining and deploying all necessary agency resources for new programs such as training and quality management. She is the lead hiring recruiter for all staff required for new programs. A key component of Daniela’s role is assisting system stakeholders with program design and startup and making necessary adjustments to program policies/practices as needs arise during the implementation process. Daniela is centrally responsible for facilitating communication between JusticePoint and local stakeholders to promote the smooth execution of new evidence-based JusticePoint programming.
Ms. Imig began her career as a Substance Abuse Counselor in 2009 and later was the Administrator over a $5 million Court Services division which included oversight of several Pretrial, Post-Conviction, Mediation, Day Reporting, and Juvenile programs. Ms. Imig completed the National Institute of Corrections Pretrial Executive training and is trained as a Technical Assistance Provider for jurisdictions implementing the Public Safety Assessment. Daniela earned her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). In addition to her work at JusticePoint, Daniela is an Adjunct Lecturer at UWM where she teaches several Criminal Justice courses.
At the end of this training you will be able to…
- Identify ways to utilize risk assessments at various points within in the Criminal Justice System.
- Discuss the different types of risk assessment and at which stages they can be utilized.
- Describe the road map for implementation of risk assessments in your jurisdiction.
- Identify potential roadblocks or objections to use of risk assessments in your jurisdiction.