Impact: Feature Issue on the Justice System and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities
Individuals with IDD can face unique challenges, sometimes with potentially serious consequences, when involved with the juvenile or criminal justice systems. Community encounters with law enforcement, courtrooms, detention centers, or prisons can be especially challenging when individuals may be have difficulty answering questions, explaining what happened, or understanding and following directions. Behaviors of individuals with IDD may be misinterpreted by justice professionals as intent to harm others, an admission of guilt, or defiance when the person is actually expressing fear, distress, or lack of understanding. This issue of Impact offers justice professionals, people with disabilities and their families, and other disability professionals with leading-edge articles that help communities work together to address these challenges and support equal access to justice for all.