ERIC Number: ED089494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
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A National Survey of the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mentally Retarded Offenders in Correctional Institutions Project CAMIO, Volume 8.
Haskins, Jimmy R.; Friel, Charles M.
Surveyed were the correctional systems of 45 states and the District of Columbia to assess the levels of diagnosis and treatment of mentally retarded (MR) offenders in correctional institutions as part of Project CAMIO (Correctional Administration and the Mentally Incompetent Offender), a Texas study to determine the incidence of criminal incarceration of the MR and to identify laws, procedures, and practices which affect the prosecution and imprisonment of the MR offender. Findings indicated that approximately 90% of correctional systems employed psychometric means to determine the intelligence level of prisoners, that approximately 4% of prisoners were identified as MR persons, and that 10% of state systems did not provide any form of special treatment of MR offenders. Findings showed improved treatment for MR offenders over the last ten years and suggested that a court decision ordering state correctional systems to either provide appropriate treatment or release the MR offender would have less impact than in years past. (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.