Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Criminal Justice System: A Review for Caregivers and Professionals

Jerrod Brown, Bethany Hastings, Laura Cooney-Koss, Deb Huntley, Dawn Brasch

Abstract


Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. Characterizations can include: impaired social skills, disordered communication abilities, and repetitive or obsessive behavior. Symptoms may place individuals at greater risk for involvement in the criminal justice system. Parents, defense attorneys, and other advocates must actively educate criminal justice professionals (e.g., judges, prosecutors, and probation officers) about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Successful advocacy may minimize the likelihood of adverse consequences and prolonged involvement in the criminal justice system.
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), criminal justice system, legal professionals

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