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The Treatment of Criminals with Disabilities: An Ongoing Debate
by Shunk, Cynthia, M.L.S., The University of Toledo, 2008, 52; 10835867
Abstract (Summary)

This project examines the treatment of people with disabilities during criminal legal processes and incarceration in the United States and Northwest Ohio. I am interested in what accommodations the accused and criminals with disabilities receive in court and in prison and how decisions about accommodations are made.

There are relatively few studies of how the legal and prison systems deal with people who have disabilities. The studies that do exist tend to be contradictory or confusing. To investigate how decisions about accommodating people with disabilities are made in the criminal justice system, I surveyed judges, prosecutors, and jail and prison directors in Northwest Ohio. This study of a small number of decision makers explores their experiences with the accused and criminals who have disabilities. My study addresses the following issues: the types of disabilities criminals have, the accommodations they receive, awareness of existing laws which mandate how prisoners with disabilities would be treated, and what decision makers believe needs to be done to improve treatment of criminals with disabilities in the future.

Indexing (document details)
Commitee: Case, Patricia, Chesney, Barbara, Van Hoy, Jerry
School: The University of Toledo
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Law, Sociology, Criminology
Keywords: Ada, Americans with disabilities act, Criminally accused, Disability, Prisons
Publication Number: 10835867
ISBN: 978-0-355-97044-9
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