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Brennan Center’s Public Comment on the First Step Act’s Risk and Needs Assessment Tool

The Brennan Center submitted a public comment to the National Institute of Justice detailing our concerns with PATTERN, the First Step Act’s Risk and Needs Assessment Tool.

Published: September 4, 2019

On Septem­ber 3, 2019, the Bren­nan Center sent a letter to the Director of the National Insti­tute of Justice express­ing our views on PATTERN, the First Step Act’s Risk and Needs Assess­ment Tool. The letter details three key concerns with the tool, specific­ally around the defin­i­tion of recidiv­ism, the poten­tial for creat­ing signi­fic­ant racial dispar­it­ies, and a perceived under­valu­ing of dynamic factors.