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ERIC Number: EJ774550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Missing Out: Offenders with Learning Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System
Hayes, Susan
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v35 n3 p146-153 Sep 2007
Whilst there has been an increase in research and clinical attention relating to the accused person or offender with a learning disability in the criminal justice system, some major areas require further inter-agency effort. These areas include: better identification of this group, increased education and training for criminal justice personnel, more opportunities for diversion from the criminal justice system, and better services in the community and secure units or prisons, to meet their needs. This paper reviews the current situation and literature in each of these important areas. It also refers to systems for improving recognition of the individual with a learning disability in the criminal justice system, better coordination between agencies and sharing of information and more education for police and other criminal justice agencies. The advantages and disadvantages of diversionary options are reviewed, along with other areas of need which must be addressed, including the individual's physical and mental health, therapeutic interventions, specialist programmes, education and welfare services.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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