Understanding criminal decision making

Neuropsychology has  scientific tools to measure decision making. We use those tools to identify criminal offenders most likely to commit another crime.


Develop

Develop novel, interactive software for recidivism assessment

Test

Test prisoners, parolees, probationers, and controls

Correlate

Correlate future criminal activity with test metrics


Our objective


Using tablets for risk prediction

77% of state prisoners are re-arrested and 59% are returned to prison within 5 years of release.  Today, assessors rely on a long and intensive interview with trained forensic psychologists.  Can we do better with tablet software?

Compared to the current interview-based approach to risk assessment, our tablet-based assessment is self-scoring, more precise, faster, and provides a consistent measurement of offenders.  It also offers increased comprehension due to its simplicity, game-like design, tutorial videos, audio instructions, built-in word definitions, and careful selection of vocabulary by an ESL-certified instructor.

Since 2012, we have collaborated with local probations and run more than a thousand criminal participants through interactive, tablet-based measurements of decision making traits (e.g., empathy, aggression, risk-taking, etc.) that correlate with future criminal behavior.   We have used that data — and cutting edge algorithms — to develop effective, peer-reviewed predictions of criminal reoffense.   Today, our tablet battery can identify people most likely to be offenders, non-offenders, and re-offender by their decision making profile.

Partners and collaborators

Our tablet scores empower policymakers to base sentencing decisions on direct, proven, open-source assessments of criminal propensity. Our long term goal is to foster scientifically based social policy, with the goal of diminishing rates of incarceration and providing novel, evidence-based options for assessing and managing criminal offenders.

We collaborate with local agencies where we empower mental health professionals and criminal justice personnel by not only quantifying risk but also identifying traits to target with interventions.