Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Static 99 : These 10 Little Questions Can Mean Life Behind Bars (in Virginia’s Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation-VCBR) But How Accurate is It? The Static 99 is as Reliable as a Magic 8 Ball for Predicting Future Dangerous Behavior!

I wouldn’t have found this great article if it wasn’t for Dr. Karen Franklin’s blog that I follow. Science reporter delves into shadowy realm of civil commitment, May 3, 2015 

Mary Devoy

These 10 Questions Can Mean Life Behind Bars, April 22, 2015
A short checklist called the Static-99 weighs facts about a sex offender’s past in order to predict the likelihood of future crimes. Many legal and scientific experts worry that the way the test is often used — to make high-stakes decisions about an individual’s liberty — is critically flawed.
By Peter Aldhous

Hersey Lelaind knew he was in trouble — just not how much trouble. He and a housemate had been on a drive, and Lelaind had been smoking pot. When they returned to their home in Vacaville, California, the sheriff’s department was waiting. 

“We pull into the driveway. They draw down guns on us and tell us to get out of the car,” Lelaind said in an interview with BuzzFeed News last May. Both men were living with other parolees in a house that had been targeted for a sweep to check for violations. The cops led Lelaind, handcuffed, through the front door of the house, which had already been searched. They made him give a urine sample.