The Kansas Sentencing Commission adopted new risk and needs assessment tools for use with adult offenders beginning July 1, 2021.
K.S.A. 74-9101(b)(21) requires the Kansas Sentencing Commission to periodically review statewide supervision and placement cutoff decisions based on risk levels and needs of offenders. The Women’s Risk Needs Assessment (WRNA) replaced the LSI-R for females. The Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI) assessment replaced the LSI-R for males.
The Kansas Sentencing Commission released a memorandum, New Probation Placement Tools and Criteria, which has useful information for administering these new tools.
To prepare for the change, court services officers participated in training to learn about these new tools, as well as gender-responsive and trauma-informed care. Court services officers now use the new risk-needs tools with people who commit crimes on or after July 1, 2021.As a result of this change, the Supreme Court amended Rule 110B, now renumbered to Rule 1802.
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