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ERIC Number: ED465905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 62
Abstractor: N/A
Doing Justice? Criminal Offenders with Developmental Disabilities. Detailed Research Findings.
Petersilia, Joan
People with cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities are a small but increasing portion of offenders in the criminal justice system. People with developmental disabilities are estimated to comprise 2-3% of the general population, but 4-10% of the prison population, and an even higher percentage of those in juvenile facilities and in jails. Officials believe the problem is likely to worsen, as the prevalence of cognitive disabilities in the general California population is increasing. This report features the findings of a California Policy Research Center-funded study on this topic. The study was an exploratory effort to understand the nature and extent of the problems people with disabilities face in the criminal justice system, and what legislation and programs the state is formulating to address them. Research methods included use of personal interviews and existing data to explore the particular problems, their prevalence, and possible remedies. Findings indicate that California has few programs or policies to accommodate the special needs of people with developmental disabilities, who often lack access to the legal protections that exist for others. Findings lead to the conclusion that the justice system often fails individuals with developmental disabilities, usually because it fails to identify or accommodate their uniqueness. Finally, suggestions are offered concerning how to better accommodate people with cognitive disabilities in the justice system. (Contains 87 references and 6 tables.) (GCP)
California Policy Research Center, 1950 Addison St., Suite 202, Berkeley, California 94704-1182 ($15). Tel: 510-643-9328; Fax: 510-642-8793; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. California Policy Research Center.
Identifiers - Location: California