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NCJ Number: 201949 Find in a Library
Title: Should There Be Separate Justice Systems for Special Needs Populations? Results From the Penn State Public Opinion Poll
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:14  Issue:3  Dated:September 2003  Pages:322-338
Author(s): Pamela Preston
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 17
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined public support for a separate criminal justice system for special needs populations.
Abstract: As population demographics change, an aging and increasingly disabled population inhabits correctional institutions. This type of population puts strains on an already strained correctional system, especially if the Americans with Disabilities Act is applied to prison settings. The author questions whether the establishment of an entirely separate justice system for aging and disabled offenders is the most appropriate way of handling such a problem. Using data from the 2001 Penn State Poll, the author examined whether there would be adequate public support for such a measure. The dependant variables under examination included either support for or opposition to a separate justice system for each of three special needs groups: mentally disabled, physically disabled, and aging. Results of univariate, bivariate, multivariate statistical analyses revealed that the public would support a separate system for mentally disabled offenders, would provide less support for the physically disabled, and little support for the elderly population. The author also discovered a significant positive relationship between education and support for separate systems of justice, indicating that public education and information campaigns would play a critical part in garnering public support for a separate system of justice for special needs populations. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Criminal justice system reform; Special needs offenders
Index Term(s): Elderly offenders; Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; Persons with physical disabilities; Public education; Public Opinion of Corrections
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