What is COMPAS?

The Northpointe fourth-generation (4G) risk–need assessment system, COMPAS (Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions) is an empirically developed tool that focuses on predictors known to affect recidivism. It includes dynamic risk factors in its prediction of recidivism, and it provides information on a variety of well validated risk and needs factors designed to aid in correctional intervention to decrease the likelihood that offenders will re-offend.

COMPAS has two primary risk models:
General Recidivism Risk and Violent Recidivism Risk.

COMPAS has two measurement scales:
Dynamic risk (criminogenic factors) and Static risk (historical factors)

Eau Claire County and the Department of Corrections uses the Northpointe COMPAS assessment, allowing us to streamline defendant information from pretrial to probation.  This actuarial risk assessment system contains offender information specifically designed to determine their risk and needs and inform dynamic case plans that will guide the offender throughout his or her lifecycle in the criminal justice system. 

Evidence Based Practices clearly state that having a sound assessment that accurately identifies an offender’s risk to reoffend is the cornerstone of effective supervision. Without a proper assessment, appropriate interventions and services cannot be delivered.