Understanding criminal decision makingTablet Games

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


The SciLaw NeuroCognitive Assessment

77% of state prisoners are re-arrested and 59% are returned to prison within 5 years of release.  Risk assessments can be biased, subjective, unreliable, and expensive. Can we improve on the risk assessment process by turning to neuroscience?

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 probation departments and run participants through interactive, tablet-based measurements of decision making traits (e.g., empathy, aggression, impulsivity, etc.) that correlate with future criminal behavior.  We have used that data, and machine learning – to develop effective, peer-reviewed predictions of criminal reoffense.  According to our latest peer-reviewed research, our tablet battery can identify people most likely to be rearrested by their decision making profile as well as other risk assessments – without using race, education, or criminal histories as factors.

Partners and collaborators

The NCRA empowers policymakers to base sentencing, bail, or release, decisions on direct, proven, open-source assessments of criminal propensity. Our mission 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 quantifying risk and identifying traits to target with interventions.