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Prisoners with neurodevelopmental disorders

Lisa Underwood (Post‐doctoral research worker at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK)
Andrew Forrester (Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK and South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)
Eddie Chaplin (Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK and Research and Strategy Lead at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)
Jane McCarthy (Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK and Clinical Director at St Andrew's Healthcare, Mansfield, UK)

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour

ISSN: 2050-8824

Article publication date: 1 January 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review the evidence on providing services to people with neurodevelopmental disorders in prisons, with a focus on those prisoners with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Design/methodology/approach

Electronic databases were used to search for literature specifically on ASD in prisons. The literature was supplemented with the authors’ experiences of carrying out research on ASD in prison.

Findings

The searches only identified four articles and therefore the broader literature on people with ASD and other developmental disorders was reviewed in relation to the prison context.

Originality/value

The paper highlights the current limited evidence base on prisoners with autism spectrum disorders.

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Citation

Underwood, L., Forrester, A., Chaplin, E. and McCarthy, J. (2013), "Prisoners with neurodevelopmental disorders", Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 4 No. 1/2, pp. 17-23. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIDOB-05-2013-0011

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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