Virginia Non-violent Risk Assessment

Virginia Non-violent Risk Assessment (NVRA) is a method for diverting 25 percent of non-violent offenders into sanction programmes other than jail and prison, such as rehabilitation outpatient drug or mental health programmes. The risk assessment aims to identify the lowest risk offenders.

Developed by the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission (VCSC), the system was introduced in 2002, partly in order to avert a 'fiscal collapse' of the state prison system, partly to 'expand alternative punishment/treatment options for some non-violent felons.'

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Operator: Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission (VCSC)
Developer: Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission (VCSC)

Country: USA

Sector: Govt - justice

Purpose: Identify low risk offenders

Technology: Risk assessment algorithm
Issue: Bias/discrimination - race, ethnicity, age

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Risks and harms 🛑

Virginia Non-violent Risk Assessment has been criticised as unfair and discriminatory.

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Investigations, assessments, audits 🧐

Page info
Type: System
Published: March 2023