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This text examines the significance of the concept of risk in criminal justice policy, and in the role of criminal justice agencies and crime prevention initiatives. Particular features of the book include its use of practical examples, coverage of previously unpublished research, and a full review of current risk assessment tools for use with offenders. It is designed with undergraduate courses in mind.;The identification, assessment and management of risk has become a central theme of criminal justice policy. For some penal policy commentators this represents a ""sea-change"" in crime management to a new era of ""actuarial justice"", that is the management of crime opportunities and risk distribution rather than the management of individual offenders. By drawing on key areas of criminal justice practice such as policing, probation and crime prevention, this book examines the actual extent of this change and reviews the case for a new risk-based penology.;The book combines a review of current theories on actuarial justice with a detailed examination of current practices in key frontline agencies. The result is a useful text for criminology students and trainee professionals in criminal justice.