Forensic Psychiatry and the Extremist: A Review of the Recent Violence Risk Assessment Tools for Offenders Convicted of Terrorism Offences

The reliability of violence risk assessment tools is the subject of contention in psychiatric research. However, their utility in keeping assessors focused on the most important risk
factors, rather than being distracted by “risk”, seems to be less contentious. This paper assesses literature on “existing approaches to the risk assessment of common violence”,
and asks whether they can be applied to ascertain future levels of violence (i.e., risk) in convicted extremists. To be clear, this analysis is exclusively focused on risk assessment
at the post-conviction stage.

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