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BARBONI PEKMEZIAN, Lucía  and  BONILLA ARMADA, Natalia. Psychological assessment in the forensic field: early release in the Uruguayan context. Cienc. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.12, n.2, pp.285-292. ISSN 1688-4094.

A review of conditions of Uruguayan prisons as well as of imprisonment and its consequences shows that a gradual process of change in the penitentiary system has begun, aimed at the promotion of respect for human rights of people deprived of their liberty. Given the relevance of applied Psychology in the legal context as a discipline accompanying such process, the aim of this paper is to inquire, based on a documentary review of data arising from early release reports in our country between 2013 and 2017 and characteristics thereof, about the role of psychologists in this matter and about assessment instruments mostly used in research on this issue, in order to provide professionals with joint diagnostic criteria as well as to optimize resources and results. Overall, given the lack of specific formal protocols that guide assessment procedures, there is a need to implement guidelines and protocols that guarantee professional practices as well as to use diagnostic tools that enable the unification of assessment criteria, optimizing results obtained

Keywords : hazard; risk assessment; forensic assessment; psychological expertise; prison.

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