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ERIC Number: EJ819934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1547-0350
Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System and Implications for Transition Planning
Smith, Tammy; Polloway, Edward A.; Patton, James R.; Beyer, Julia F.
Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, v43 n4 p421-430 Dec 2008
The focus of this manuscript is on the challenges faced by individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities within the criminal justice system. Prevalence data are cited and these data are interpreted in light of possible rationales for the disproportionate number of individuals with disabilities present within the system. Then the specific challenges faced by individuals with disabilities are discussed within the context of three key elements of the criminal justice system: interrogation and arrest, prosecution, and sentencing and disposition. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of this information for life skills instruction and transition planning. Specific recommendations are provided in terms of curriculum and instruction as well as community advocacy. (Contains 1 table.)
Division on Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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