Northpointe has developed an automated risk and needs assessment specifically for juvenile offenders. COMPAS Youth is designed to take advantage of recent research on the predictors and needs factors most strongly linked to juvenile delinquent behavior. It incorporates a theory-based approach to assessment designed to incorporate key scales from several of the most important theoretical explanations of crime and delinquency including Social Bonding and Control Theory, Strain Theory, General Theory of Crime, Criminal Opportunity/Lifestyle Theories, Moffitt's taxonomy of juvenile offenders and Bandura’s cognitive model of moral development. Extensive measurements assess the key areas of family, school and peer contexts, in addition to individual personality and cognitive characteristics of youth. It also incorporates the "strengths perspective" and contains many critical factors that may protect the high-risk youth from serious delinquency.
COMPAS Youth includes our Detention Screener decision support tool designed to assist in determining the appropriate level of placement at initial arrest – from Secure Placement to Release to Family. Point and click question responses guide the user through the decision tree to the recommended placement. In addition to the COMPAS integrated case plan module in the COMPAS Suite - and to assist in compliance with federal funding requirements, COMPAS Youth includes a fully automated Title IVE Case Planning module. COMPAS Youth assessment results and other data auto-populate the plan to eliminate redundant data entry.
COMPAS Youth also includes: Northpointe’s "typology" assignment report assigning the youth to the "best fit" delinquent prototype - assisting in recognizing frequently recurring case-types you have often seen before.
As with all COMPAS titles the length of the assessment can be adjusted by agency staff to fit their workload and intervention/explanatory needs by selecting various scale combinations from any of 32 criminogenic and needs scales. A computer-generated graphic report is used to pinpoint the critical problem areas of each youth and to provide decision support for case planning, treatment, supervision and placement decisions.
All COMPAS titles also include a simple to use reporting feature for quick charting your population’s various risk/need profiles across all offender populations and caseloads.