Although structured assessments have helped standardize juvenile court processes by systematically measuring risk for recidivism, it has been argued that some assessments lack the ability to perform as a brief screener. This study explored the potential for the original 42-item Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) risk assessment to perform as a brief screener for a sample of first-time juvenile offenders in a mid-western, industrialized county. Results indicated that the original and shortened version of the YLS/CMI significantly predicted two-year recidivism for male and female offenders. Implications for situationally targeted forms of risk assessment are discussed.
Keywords: Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory; intake; risk assessment; screener; short form.