Validating the Level of Service Inventory-Revised: A Gendered Perspective

Michael Ostermann, Bryn A. Herrschaft

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This study addresses the validity of the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) as a predictor of recidivism for women. We analyzed all female parolees that were released in New Jersey in 2006 (n = 450) as well as a randomly selected group of male parolees. Results indicate that the LSI-R was a valid predictor of rearrests, reconvictions, and technical parole violations, but that the instrument was problematic in accurately predicting true positives both across genders as well as outcome types. It is likely that this lack of specificity is due to local-level policies regarding the use of the instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-312
Number of pages22
JournalThe Prison Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


  • Level of Service Inventory-Revised
  • corrections
  • females
  • gender
  • parole
  • recidivism
  • reentry

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