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NCJ Number: 98309 Find in a Library
Title: Mentally Handicapped Offender
Author(s): G McDonald
Corporate Author: Sam Houston State University
Criminal Justice Ctr
United States of America
Project Director: G Kercher
Date Published: 1978
Sponsoring Agency: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77340
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 76-ED-06-0012
Sale Source: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Sam Houston State University
Criminal Justice Media Ctr
Huntsville, TX 77341
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This police training video cassette provides facts on mentally handicapped persons, distinguished by attributes of mental retardation (MR) and mental disturbance (MD), and instructs trainees in identifying MR and MD persons based on observed behavior as well as how to respond appropriately in incidents involving such persons.
Abstract: Facts on persons with MR and MD cover percentage in the general and incarcerated populations, causes, and distinguishing characteristics. The four classes of mental retardation -- mildly, moderately, severely, and profoundly -are described. Those having 'mild' retardation are indicated to be the greatest percentage of MR persons. Such persons are capable of holding regular jobs and living independently in the community. Dramatizations are used to test trainees on their ability to distinguish between MR and MD persons based on observed behavior. Dramatizations are also used to stimulate discussion about how officers should respond to incidents that involve MR and MD persons. The intent of the training is to prepare officers to identify MD and MR persons and manage them according to their needs and limitations.
Index Term(s): Mentally ill offenders; Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; Persons with cognitive disabilities; Police training for persons with disabilities; Police-citizen interactions; Videotapes
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