The Public Safety Assessment (PSA)

The PSA produces a score that represents the likelihood that a defendant who is released before trial will commit a new crime or will fail to appear for a future court appearance. 

The PSA examines nine factors based on a person’s age, current charge, and criminal history to produce two risk scores: one that predicts risk of failure to appear for future court appearances, and a second that predicts risk of committing a new crime if released before trial.

Type of content: Assets
Type of asset:
Big data potential
Policy domains: Justice, Legal System & Public Safety
Phase in the policy cycle:
Policy Implementation
Implementation/customisation cost
Open license availability
Ease of use
Tags: Standardisation of processes
SWOT Analysis for
The Public Safety Assessment (PSA)
Helpful Harmful
StrengthsIt can be utilised to standardise processes that are generally time consuming
WeaknessesDependent on the results of algorithms
OpportunitiesCan be customised and used in different areas
ThreatsThere is room for some errors, in need of close monitoring

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