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Parsons, Sarah; Sherwood, Gina – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
At least 20-30% of offenders within the criminal justice system (CJS) have learning disabilities or difficulties. This creates significant challenges in relation to meeting their information needs about rights, entitlements, processes and procedures. We report a pilot project where widgit Symbols were used to create more accessible information…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions
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Hyun, Elly; Hahn, Lyndsey; McConnell, David – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
The aim of this review is to synthesise findings from research about the experiences of people with learning disabilities who have faced arrest and jail time. After an extensive search of the literature, four relevant articles were found. The first-person accounts presented in these four studies were pooled, and a thematic analysis was undertaken.…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Crime, Law Enforcement, Criminals
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Boodle, Anna; Ellem, Kathy; Chenoweth, Lesley – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
People with an intellectual disability in prison can be at increased risk of victimisation, segregation and isolation (Mullen ). Prison systems usually have very few resources to cater to this group's particular needs, and many people may re-enter the community with little or no rehabilitation, poor social connections, poor mental health and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, Mental Retardation
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Henson, Teresa – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2009
This article discusses some of the clinical and practical issues in relation to sex offender treatment in prisons and compares, through the experience of one offender who has been called Sam, how the experiences may differ between offenders with and without learning disabilities. It gives a brief overview of how programmes have developed in…
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Correctional Institutions, Learning Disabilities, Institutionalized Persons
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Paterson, Philip – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2008
This article is based on a study undertaken in 2005. It was conducted under the supervision of Professor Carolyn Kagan and with the approval of an ethics committee from the department of psychology and speech pathology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Case examples are explored of two male young offender prisoners who have Asperger syndrome…
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Asperger Syndrome, Coping, Case Studies
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Hayes, Susan – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 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,…
Descriptors: Welfare Services, Criminals, Learning Disabilities, Correctional Institutions
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Hayes, Susan; Shackell, Phil; Mottram, Pat; Lancaster, Rachel – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2007
Over-representation of people with learning disability in prisons has been demonstrated in many Western jurisdictions. This was the first comprehensive research in a UK prison. The research used a random 10% sample of a prison population (n = 140). A semi-structured interview, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-III (UK version) and the Vineland…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Incidence, Intelligence, Learning Disabilities
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Hayes, Susan Carol – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2007
Of the 4000 women and girls in custody in England and Wales, an unknown proportion will have a learning disability. Most research on the plight of offenders or accused persons with a learning disability has focussed on men because women form a small proportion of the prison population, and women with learning disabilities are an even smaller…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Sexual Abuse, Mental Disorders
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Talbot, Jenny; Riley, Chris – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2007
The prevalence of offenders with learning difficulties and learning disabilities is not agreed upon. What is clear, however, is that, regardless of actual numbers, many offenders have learning difficulties that reduce their ability to cope within the criminal justice system, for example, not understanding fully what is happening to them in court…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Incidence, Criminals, Justice