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: Sex Offenders with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities:A Call to Action for the Criminal Justice Community
Overview: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who allegedly violate sex act-related laws often face harsh consequences that fail to account for their disability. For criminal justice professionals and others to effectively respond to these allegations and/or violations, they must first be aware of the presence of disability and understand how it influences behavior. This paper provides effective strategies from professionals in the field and identifies remaining problems.
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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