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ERIC Number: ED155855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 78
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of the Criminal Justice Personnels' (Police, Lawyers, Judges) Understanding of Mental Retardation and of the Mentally Retarded Offender.
Schilit, Jeffrey
The study involving 100 police officers, 75 lawyers, and 35 judges was designed to investigate and analyze the criminal justice system (CJS) personnel's understanding of mental retardation and the mentally retarded (MR) offender. Among findings obtained from responses to questionnaires were the following: 65% of the respondents indicated they understood the concept of mental retardation; 90% indicated that they felt the MR were law-abiding citizens; the populations were evenly split as to whether MR individuals should be held accountable in the same laws as normal individuals; and 84% of the CJS populations indicated an interest in attending a 1-day seminar on mental retardation and the MR offender. Included with the study report are a review of the literature, implications of the results, sample questionnaires and cover letters, and sample questionnaire responses. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo.
Note: Appendix G, Frequency Distribution of Responses for the Total Sample Population, and Appendix H, Crosstabulations: Status by Q6 to Q19, are available from the author: Department of Exceptional Student Education, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida 33432 ; Best copy available