ERIC Number: EJ1106552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Brief Report: Judicial Attitudes Regarding the Sentencing of Offenders with High Functioning Autism
Berryessa, Colleen M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n8 p2770-2773 Aug 2016
This brief report presents preliminary data on the attitudes of judges on the sentencing of offenders with High Functioning Autism (HFA). Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with twenty-one California Superior Court Judges. Interviews were qualitatively coded and constant comparative analysis was utilized. Findings revealed that judges consider HFA as both a mitigating and aggravating factor in sentencing, and knowledge of an offender's disorder could potentially help judges understand why a criminal action might have been committed. Judges voiced concerns about the criminal justice system being able to effectively help or offer sentencing options for offenders with HFA. Finally, judges reported that they are focused on using their judicial powers and influence to provide treatment and other resources during sentencing.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Severity (of Disability), Semi Structured Interviews, Judges, Telephone Surveys, State Courts, Court Litigation, Qualitative Research, Juvenile Courts, Juvenile Justice, Decision Making
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: California