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NCJ Number: 133574 Find in a Library
Title: Learning Disabilities and Criminal Involvement: Prevention, Advocacy and Training
Author(s): W G McMahon
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Eric Document Reproduction Service
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The increasing numbers of offenders with learning disabilities and other special needs indicate the need for prevention, alternatives to incarceration, diversion, and advocacy.
Abstract: Prevention efforts should focus on working with local school districts to identify youth with learning problems who may eventually drop out of school. In addition, the juvenile and criminal justice systems and social service systems must cooperate with each other and provide alternatives to incarceration for learning disabled offenders, special housing for developmentally disabled persons, and diversion programs. Advocacy on behalf of individuals and systems and training and awareness for professionals are also crucial elements in addressing the problem. A training program for criminal justice and human service professionals contains the following elements: (1) sensitivity to issues related to disabled offenders; (2) education of specific groups; and (3) training in specific strategies for dealing with offenders with learning and developmental disabilities. Case histories are presented. (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Learning disabilities
Index Term(s): Educationally disadvantaged persons; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile justice reform; Multiproblem juveniles; Remedial education
Note: Paper presented to the Annual International Conference of the Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities, New York, N.Y., March 12-15, 1986
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