Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Implementing the SPIn Risk Assessment Tool at the Point of Release for Illinois Prisoners

This cost-benefit analysis examines the Illinois Department of Corrections' risk assessment system for offenders leaving prison and being put on Mandatory Supervised Release. The scenario the authors modeled indicates that the implementation of the risk assessment will produce from $95.4 million to $235.3 million in net benefits over five years. They find a reduction in the rate of recidivism and monetized the decline, which accounts for net benefits over the years.


Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2015-003
  • Author(s): Virginia Andersen, Chris Babal, Sierra Fischer, Brianne Monahan, John Staskunas, and Hannah Vogel
  • Client Name: Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council