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NCJ Number: 76599 Find in a Library
Title: Dealing With the Mentally Retarded Offender (From National Conference on Juvenile Justice - 8th, 1981 - See NCJ-76585)
Author(s): A Foster; D Broussard
Date Published: 1981
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The characteristics and handling of mentally retarded juvenile offenders are discussed at the 1981 National Conference on Juvenile Justice.
Abstract: A consultant on mental retardation explains that about 3 percent of the total population is mentally retarded and that the recognition of retarded juvenile offenders is often difficult. Many remain unidentified and are treated as normal youths in the justice system. Some of the common characteristics of such offenders are reviewed. A participant in Houston's Criminal Justice Project (Texas), which aims to identify and to arrange for the treatment of mentally retarded juvenile offenders, reviews further characteristics, such as an inability to determine the future consequences of an action. She explains that careful evaluation is required to recognize the problem. Different resources available to help in treatment of the offender are reviewed, including family members and church and social organizations. Although treatment in the home can be effective, short-term placement is often beneficial. A table of contents is included.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Juvenile processing; Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; Workshops and seminars
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