Jennifer Kamorowski

Jennifer Kamorowski
Plymouth State University | Plymouth · Department of Criminal Justice

JD PhD

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Introduction
Jennifer Kamorowski is a legal psychologist, an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice and a licensed attorney. Her current research projects focus on the influences of cognitive bias in the use of risk assessment instruments and forensic decision-making.
Education
September 2017 - August 2020
Maastricht University
Field of study
  • Legal Psychology
August 2014 - December 2018
George Mason University
Field of study
  • Criminology, Law and Society
August 2007 - June 2010

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Publications (10)
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Previous research has shown that mock and actual jurors give little weight to actuarial sexual offending recidivism risk estimates when making decisions regarding civil commitment for so-called sexually violent predators (SVPs). We hypothesized that non-risk related factors, such as irrelevant contextual information and jurors’ information-processi...
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The use of structured risk assessment instruments (SRAIs) has increased significantly over the past decades, with research documenting variation between countries. The use of SRAIs, their perceived utility and potential for mitigating bias in forensic risk evaluations (FREs) was investigated in a survey of Dutch forensic mental health practitioners...
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The use of structured risk assessment instruments (SRAIs) has increased significantly over the past decades, with research documenting variation between countries. The use of SRAIs, their perceived utility and potential for mitigating bias in forensic risk evaluations (FREs) was investigated in a survey of Dutch forensic mental health practitioners...
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Structured risk assessment instruments (SRAIs), such as the Historical Clinical Risk Management (HCR-20V3) are increasingly used to inform criminal justice decision-making, highlighting the significance of examining the potential for bias when using these measures and effective strategies to mitigate it. In this experimental study, we examined the...
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Previous research has shown that mock and actual jurors give little weight to actuarial sexual offending recidivism risk estimates when making decisions regarding civil commitment for so-called sexually violent predators (SVPs). We hypothesized that non-risk related factors, such as irrelevant contextual information and jurors’ information-processi...
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The current research applies a cumulative disadvantage framework to clarify the intersectionalities of race, socioeconomic status, and recidivism risk factors, as well as the interactive relationship risk factors have with one another. This integrative literature review examines risk domains commonly measured in risk assessment instruments and the...
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Risk assessment tools are structured instruments that assist professionals tasked with assessing the risk of future criminal behavior in convicted offenders. These tools provide risk estimates demonstrated to be more accurate than unstructured professional judgment. However, research indicates that completion of structured instruments in practice c...

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This study examines whether jurors' perceptions of the likelihood of sexual reoffending are affected by irrelevant contextual information in sexual offender civil commitment hearings. Further, we examine whether there is evidence that jurors exhibit skepticism towards Static-99R information when it conflicts with their previously held beliefs based on either positive or negative information about the offender. The research questions are as follows: 1. Are jurors’ perceptions of the likelihood of sexual reoffending affected by irrelevant contextual factors in sexual offender civil commitment hearings? 2. Is there evidence of asymmetrical skepticism towards actuarial risk assessment information? 3. How is asymmetrical skepticism related to jurors’ adjustment of their perceptions of the likelihood of sexual reoffending?
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1. Are jurors’ perceptions of the likelihood of sexual reoffending affected by irrelevant contextual factors in sexual offender civil commitment hearings? 2. How much do jurors adjust their perceptions of the likelihood of sexual reoffending when presented with Static-99R information? 3. Does a person’s level of need for cognition affect their willingness to adjust their estimates of the likelihood of sexual reoffending once they have formed an initial opinion? 4. In the presence of factors that are relevant and irrelevant to the likelihood of sexual reoffending, which factors are most likely to influence jurors’ perceptions of risk and recommendations for civil commitment?
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To gain insight into the uses and perceived utility of risk assessment tools by forensic mental health professionals in the Netherlands, as well as practitioner perceptions of potential bias in their evaluation practices.