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NCJ Number: 119283 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Adjustment of Youthful Mentally Retarded Prison Inmates (From Issues in Correctional Training and Casework, Volume 4, P 13-16, 1988, Bruce I Wolford and Pam Lawrenz, eds.)
Author(s): C Smith; B Algozzine; W B Crews
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America

Eastern Kentucky University
Dept of Correctional Services
105 Stratton
Richmond, KY 40475
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the adaptive behavior of youthful mentally retarded and nonretarded inmates within the prison system of a large southeastern State.
Abstract: The mean number of disciplinary reports for five infraction categories was compared for both groups. The group of mentally retarded inmates included 170 cases considered to be representative based on sex, age, and commitment offense. The matched group of nonretarded inmates also included 170 cases. A comparison of disciplinary reports revealed two major findings. Youthful mentally retarded and nonretarded inmates did not adjust to incarceration in a similar manner, and behavior in prison was significantly different across infraction categories for mentally retarded and nonretarded inmates. It is speculated that adaptive behavior deficits of mentally retarded individuals will result in poor overall adjustment by incarcerated youth. 16 references, 1 table. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Adjustment to prison
Index Term(s): Juvenile mental health services; Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; Youthful offenders
Note: Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Correctional Symposium, Lexington, Ky., and at the Third Annual National Correctional Trainers Conference, Pittsburgh
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