Mitigation evaluations are forensic evaluations targeted specifically to individuals seeking a lesser incarceration sentence based on psychological or psychosocial factors that mitigate their offense. These evaluations are typically performed in the sentencing phase of the court process. Such an evaluation, done using extensive clinical interview and review of collateral materials, can address the following issues:
- Level of risk of re-offending
- Psychological and psychosocial factors that contributed to the commitment of the offense
- Recommended types and intensity of interventions that will be most beneficial in reducing risk recidivism and increasing mental health, including level of care
- Amenability to interventions;
- Responsivity factors that may impact engagement in and response to interventions; and
- Strengths and protective factors relative to the individual, as well as those that exist within family, peer, and other community support systems.