Note: Regarding the scoring of the SORAG and the item pertaining to the Cormier-Lang score for criminal charges for violent offenses prior to the index offense, the first edition of the book assigned a SORAG score of -2 for a Cormier-Lang score of zero (0). In the second edition, this was altered to -1 because either was consistent with the data for the development sample and the latter was more conservative.
Unfortunately, the first printing of our book has a couple of errors.
The first example should read (corrections in boldface):
For example, suppose an offender is scored on the VRAG. Items 10 (Meets DSM-III criteria for any personality disorder), and 11 (Meets DSM-III criteria for schizophrenia) are scored as -2 and -3 as substitutions obtained by using DSM-IV diagnoses. Items 9 and 12 are unavailable. The offender obtains a score of -2 on the first 8 items of the VRAG scored according to the scoring criteria outlined in Appendix A. The total possible negative score for these items is -15. Thus, the offender obtained 2/15 or .133 of the available negative points for the 8 items that could be scored according to the scoring criteria outlined in Appendix A. The available negative points for the missing items (9 and 12) is 6. Multiplying .133 times 6 gives .798. Thus, the offender's total score including prorating is -2 (score on the 8 items scored by the scoring criteria in Appendix A), plus -.798 (the addition for prorating), plus -5 (for the substituted items) = -7.798. This number can then be rounded to the nearest whole number, in this case, -8.
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