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Description

Article explores the challenges faced by individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities within the criminal justice system by citing and interpreting prevalence data in light of possible rationales for these individuals' disproportionate representation within the system.  Additionally, specific challenges faced by individuals with disabilities are discussed within the context of the three key phases of the criminal justice system: interrogation and arrest; prosecution; and sentencing and disposition. The article concludes with specific recommendations for improving instruction as well as community advocacy for individuals with these disabilities.

Citation

Smith, T., Polloway, E. A., Patton, J. R., Beyer, J. F. (2008). Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system and implications for transition planning. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 43(4), 421-430.

Publication Year

2008

Audiences

Attorneys
Law Enforcement
Teachers

Populations

Adolescents
Adults

Topics

Criminal Justice System - General
Intellectual Disabilities
Professional Practice
School Applications/Issues
Treatment/Intervention/Instruction