Referral patterns for offenders with intellectual disability: a 20-year study

William Lindsay, Fabian Haut, Lesley Steptoe

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    Following deinstitutionalisation, people with intellectual disability living in the community have had access to ordinary, local services including criminal justice services. This study reports a 20-year review of 309 referrals to a community forensic intellectual disability service. There were significant increases across time periods in referrals from criminal justice services and significant decreases from community services. These results may reflect changes in society whereby the courts are becoming more comfortable with defendants with intellectual disability and services more willing to involve the police when there are incidents of offending behaviour.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)513-517
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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