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Screening prisoners for intellectual disabilities in three English prisons

Murphy, G.H., Gardner, J., Freeman, M.J. (2015) Screening prisoners for intellectual disabilities in three English prisons. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30 (1). pp. 198-204. ISSN 1360-2322. E-ISSN 1468-3148. (doi:10.1111/jar.12224) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background Prisoners with intellectual disabilities are known to be disadvantaged in prisons and to be more susceptible to bullying, segregation, depression and anxiety than other prisoners. Method In this study, nearly 3000 new prisoners entering three English prisons were offered screening for intellectual disabilities, using the LDSQ. Results On average, 75% of all new prisoners entering prison were offered screening, and only 14% refused screening. Overall, just less than 7% were screened positive on the LDSQ and prisons made some reasonable adjustments as a result. Conclusions It is argued that it is feasible to screen for intellectual disabilities in prisons and, given the inequalities to which prisoners with intellectual disabilities are subject in prison, it is time for such screening to be rolled out to all prisons.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jar.12224
Uncontrolled keywords: CJS; intellectual disabilities; offenders; prisons; screening
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2015 13:43 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:38 UTC
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