Enhancing Tribal Probation: Risk-Need Tools

Risk-need-responsivity (RNR) tools predict the likelihood that a person will engage in unwanted behaviors, such as failing to appear in court, committing a new crime, or engaging in future violence.  

In the probation context, RNR tools are commonly used to measure a probationer’s risk of committing a new crime and to help identify their treatment and social service needs. This document will outline important principles to consider when identifying an RNR model for your probation department.