White Paper Series
Pathways to Justice™: Barriers and Solutions
NCCJD’s White Paper Series highlights current issues, research, and promising practices from around the country regarding people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the criminal justice system. The series will include three white papers covering the following topics: crime victims with disabilities, people with disabilities suspected of sexual offenses and juveniles with disabilities.
NEW: Justice-Involved Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Call to Action for the Juvenile Justice Community
Although there is a decline in juvenile crime and incarceration overall, there is an accompanying rise in incarceration rates for youth with I/DD. NCCJD worked with experts and advocates in the fields of both juvenile justice and disability to highlight emerging issues and promising practices from across the country including:
- Preventing involvement in the juvenile justice system
- Strategies for parents and advocates
- Exclusionary discipline in schools
- The school-to-prison pipeline
- Restraint and seclusion in schools
- Special education in juvenile hall
- Promising practice: The Arc of the Capital Area’s Juvenile Justice Services Program
This easy-to-use tool can be used to inform criminal justice professionals – law enforcement, victim service providers and attorneys – about the need for effective disability-related training in your state or community!
NCCJD’s new “Pathways to Justice™” video highlights challenges faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system. This powerful tool educates criminal justice professionals, including law enforcement, victim advocates, legal professionals and others in the criminal justice system about cracks in the system that can have devastating effects. Only 4 minutes long, it’s a great conversation starter to use with local police departments, victim advocacy agencies, prosecutor’s and public defender’s offices and others to introduce the topic and explain why effective, ongoing training is needed.
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