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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 9/2012

01-09-2012 | Original Paper

The Prevalence of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Criminal Justice System

Auteurs: Catherine A. Cheely, Laura A. Carpenter, Elizabeth J. Letourneau, Joyce S. Nicholas, Jane Charles, Lydia B. King

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 9/2012

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Abstract

Past surveys have reported high rates of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system, however, little research has examined the frequency with which youth with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are in contact with law enforcement. Using records linkage with the Department of Juvenile Justice and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Program (SC ADDM), this study compares the frequency, type, and outcome of criminal charges for youth with ASD and non-ASD youth. Youth with ASD had higher rates of crimes against persons and lower rates of crimes against property. Youth with ASD were more likely to be diverted into pre-trial interventions and less likely to be prosecuted than comparison youth. When compared to the overall SC ADDM sample, charged youth were less likely to have comorbid intellectual disability.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Prevalence of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Criminal Justice System
Auteurs
Catherine A. Cheely
Laura A. Carpenter
Elizabeth J. Letourneau
Joyce S. Nicholas
Jane Charles
Lydia B. King
Publicatiedatum
01-09-2012
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 9/2012
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-011-1427-2