ERIC Number: ED425557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
People with Mental Retardation in the Criminal Justice System. ARC Q&A #101-47.
Reynolds, Leigh Ann
This fact sheet uses a question-and-answer format to summarize issues related to people with mental retardation in the criminal justice system. Questions and answers address the following topics: the number of people with mental retardation in the criminal justice system (2 to 10 percent of the prison population is mentally retarded); whether people with mental retardation actually commit crimes more often than other people; the types of crimes people with mental retardation are commonly charged with (misdemeanors and less serious felonies); disadvantages faced by people with mental retardation in the criminal justice system (such as pretending to understand when they do not); the death penalty and people with mental retardation (many major organizations urge abolishing the death penalty for people with this disability); people with mental retardation are more frequent victims of crime; and ways to protect the rights of someone with mental retardation. (Contains 15 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Capital Punishment, Civil Rights, Compliance (Legal), Crime, Criminals, Criminology, Incidence, Mental Retardation, Punishment, Victims of Crime
Arc National Headquarters, 500 E. Border St., S-300, Arlington, TX 76010; Tel:: 817-261-6003; TDD: 817-277-0553.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arc, Arlington, TX.