skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 119098 Find in a Library
Title: Managing Intellectually-Disabled Offenders (From Current International Trends in Corrections, P 163-170, 1988, David Biles, ed. -- See NCJ-119079)
Author(s): S Hayes
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia
Sale Source: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
71 Johnson Street
P.O. Box 45
Annandale, NSW 2038,
Australia
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: If the principles of normalization, integration, and the least restrictive alternative are to be implemented in a realistic management plan for intellectually-disabled offenders, there must be a reorganization of existing priorities and resources.
Abstract: The key is in providing a range of options for sentencing or placement. This involves the use of small, flexible units or programs in prisons, community-based residential environments, or supervised community activities, all of which can make use of existing resources in health, education, employment, housing, and vocational training. The intellectually-disabled offenders constitute one of the potentially most fertile areas of rehabilitation. In most cases, the offense of the intellectually disabled offender is a violent offense unlikely to be repeated or the culmination of a series of nuisance actions. With such offenses, the opportunities for behavioral change are more promising than with offenders entrenched in criminal peer group involvement. Even if the cost-benefit advantages did not exist, society's concern for the humane management of intellectually-disabled offenders dictates a massive change in present systems, which seldom provide the management appropriate for encouraging the kinds of skills that would assist the intellectually-disabled person to live as a law-abiding citizen. 8 references.
Main Term(s): Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
Index Term(s): Corrections policies; Prison management
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=119098

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.