risk scales & Handbooks
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Colorado Actuarial Risk Assessment Scale (CARAS)
The Division of Criminal Justice is mandated by statute
to develop actuarial risk assessment instruments for use by the
state parole board when it considers inmates for release to parole
supervision. Over the years, the Colorado Actuarial Risk Assessment
Scale (CARAS) has been revised many times to accommodate changes
in the characteristics of prisoners. The CARAS applies to both men
Accompanying is a brief description of the current
version (5) of the CARAS, external reviews by criminologists Christopher
Baird and Gerald Gaes, an overview of the CARAS in PowerPoint presentation
format, and the scale (with item weights and scoring categories).
Version 5: Brief Description 149KB
CARAS Ver. 5: Reviews
by criminologists 241KB
CARAS Ver. 5:
PowerPoint Overview 3.3MB
CARAS Ver. 5: Instrument
Colorado State Board of Parole Administrative
Release Guideline Instrument
Pursuant to 17-22.5-107(1), C.R.S., the Colorado
State Board of Parole is mandated to work with the Division of Criminal
Justice (DCJ), to develop an administrative release guideline instrument
for use by the Board in evaluating applications for parole.
Below is a link to the document, Overview: The Colorado State Board
of Parole Administrative Release Guidline Instrument. This document
includes a description of the instrument, the items and advisory
decision matrix that provides an advisory recommendation for each
release application hearing conducted by board members.
State Board of Parole Administrative Release Guideline Instrument
Sex Offender Risk Assessments (SORS, SVPASI, and the SOMB Checklist)
The General Assembly also mandated that DCJ develop
a risk assessment tool to assist in the determination of sexually
violent predators (SVPs). An offender's score on the Sex Offender
Risk Scale (SORS) is one of four criteria identified by the state
Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) to be included in the recommendation
to the court regarding the SVP designation for offenders whose crime
qualifies for possible SVP status, per Colorado Revised Statute
18-3-414.5(1). The SORS, then, is incorporated into a larger decision-making
tool (the Colorado Sexually Violent Predator Assessment Screening
The SORS was developed using actuarial methods and
cannot be modified without additional empirical research. The non-SORS
SVP designation criteria were developed by an expanded membership
of the SOMB that convened for the purpose of explicitly defining
the statutory criteria. The non-SORS criteria may change over time
should policy makers decide to reconsider the current screening
Each of the seven dynamic items in the SOMB Checklist
(three of which are included in the SORS) statistically correlated
with problems in treatment and supervision within the first 12 months
following sentencing. The instrument was developed and tested without
instructions, yet reliability rates for each item were very high.
It has the capacity to be used over time to document an offender's
changes in each of the domains.
Accompanying are the handbooks, instruments, and
additional resource material.
The Colorado Sex Offender Risk Scale (SORS)
This can also be found in Part 3B of the Sexually Violent
Sexually Violent Predator Assessment Screening
Instruments (SVPASI) (2010 revision)
(This form has been revised to allow
editable fields) 200KB
SOMB Checklist Instrument
SOMB Checklist Instrument
Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Adult
Sex Offender Risk Assessment Screening Instrument
Progress Report 1.a (June 1999)
K. , Retzlaff, P. , & Kleinsasser, D. (2002) The Colorado
Sex Offender Risk Scale. Journal of Child Abuse, 11, 77-96.