Transition from prison for people with intellectual disability: a qualitative study of service professionals

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 528
9 December 2016

People with intellectual disability face a range of challenges on their release from prison due both to their own needs and the complexity of the service delivery system, which can make effective service delivery difficult. This difficulty is exacerbated by the sometimes combative nature of relationships between service providers. These issues could be addressed, at least in part, by improved training and stricter guidelines for those working in the sector.

Representatives of disability and justice-related agencies in Queensland and Western Australia were interviewed for this research. The findings will be useful to policymakers and those who work in corrections, disability support and related sectors.

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Jesse T. Young, Kate van Dooren, Fernanda Claudio, Craig Cumming, Nick Lennox, 2016, Transition from prison for people with intellectual disability: a qualitative study of service professionals, Australian Institute of Criminology, viewed 01 May 2017, <http://apo.org.au/node/71913>.

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