SVP evaluations carry heavy consequences, this study evaluates the reliability of these evaluations in California from 2012 to 2017.
Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) assessments are conducted in different ways in different states. However, in all states, the results of these evaluations carry heavy consequences. Evaluators are often left making SVP opinions based on vague statutes and non-uniform evaluations. Often, different evaluators come to differing conclusions for the same individual based on the same information, thus calling into question the reliability of these evaluations.
This study sought to address the reliability of SVP evaluations in California.
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