ERIC Number: ED089487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
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Strategies for the Care and Treatment of the Mentally Retarded Project CAMIO, Volume I.
Haskins, Jimmy R.; Friel, Charles M.
Presented are the summary and recommendations of Project CAMIO (Correctional Administration and the Mentally Incompetent Offender), a Texas study to determine the incidence of criminal incarceration of the mentally retarded (MR) and to identify laws, procedures, and practices which affect the prosecution and incarceration of the MR offender. Noted is the study's investigation into seven areas of concern: a review of theories on criminality and MR, the legal status of the MR offender, incidence and characteristics of the MR in adult and juvenile correctional institutions, the delinquent in a state residential facility for the MR, juvenile court handling of the MR offender at the community level, and a national survey of the diagnosis and treatment of MR offenders in correctional institutions. Identified are assumptions of the study such as the lack of a causal relationship between MR and commission of criminal acts. Discussed are 31 recommendations in the areas of education and training, research and development, administrative and procedural changes, and cooperative agreements. An example of a recommendation is amendment of the Texas criminal code to allow all incompetent defendants to be eligible for release from confinement whenever they do not require confinement for protection of themselves or others. (DB)
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Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Mental Retardation.
Authoring Institution: Sam Houston State Univ., Huntsville, TX. Inst. of Contemporary Corrections and the Behavioral Sciences.; Texas State Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Mexica. Mexica State School.
Identifiers - Location: Texas