Have you heard about the PATTERN Risk Assessment?
Take a look at the survey that the Bureau of Prisons created to “scientifically” determine each person’s risk of recidivism. Take the test yourself and see what you think about the questions…and your responses!
Below you can see the overview of the intentions of the First Step Act.
Pretending to have a crystal ball that sees into the future of a person…as if they do not change (constantly, like we all do) and as if they are the same as an average of people in the past, completely unrelated to that person. It is the easiest tool to garner both support and fear and to reduce questioning with circular rhetoric that dismisses the value in the growth and change of the individual and their goals.