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Neurodisability and the Criminal Justice System

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Neurodisability and the Criminal Justice System

Comparative and Therapeutic Responses

9781789907629 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Gaye T. Lansdell, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Bernadette J. Saunders, PhD, Adjunct Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Anna Eriksson, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Australia
Publication Date: September 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 762 9 Extent: c 240 pp
This thought-provoking book highlights the increasing recognition of the prevalence of neurodisability within criminal justice systems, discussing conditions including intellectual, cognitive and behavioural impairments, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and traumatic and acquired brain injury. International scholars and practitioners demonstrate the extent and complexity of the neurodisability experience and present practical solutions for criminal justice reform.

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This thought-provoking book highlights the increasing recognition of the prevalence of neurodisability within criminal justice systems, discussing conditions including intellectual, cognitive and behavioural impairments, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and traumatic and acquired brain injury. International scholars and practitioners demonstrate the extent and complexity of the neurodisability experience and present practical solutions for criminal justice reform.

Examining the growing body of evidence which illustrates the significant over-representation of neurodisability amongst prison and juvenile justice populations, this critical book explores the challenges faced by people with a neurodisability who come into contact with the justice system. These challenges include: difficulty understanding interactions with police, navigating court processes, comprehending sentencing orders, and coping with prison and post-release life, which can lead to repeat victimisation and criminalisation. Overall, this book establishes that justice systems are often unable to meet the specific needs of people with a neurodisability and that there is a significant lack of appropriate support within the community aimed at prevention and diversion.

Providing broad interdisciplinary insights, this timely book will prove a vital resource for scholars and students of criminal law, law and society, criminology, neuroscience and social work. It will also be of value to legal practitioners, law enforcement, prison employees and welfare professionals engaged with individuals with a neurodisability.
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‘Neurodisability may profoundly impact upon behaviour and cognition but remains invisible or misunderstood in many legal contexts. This volume is an essential resource for lawyers who represent people with neurodisability, advocates and judges. With rich, interdisciplinary research from international experts, the book addresses access to justice for people with conditions such as acquired brain injury, fetal alcohol syndrome and autism. The authors integrate recent insights on neurodisability with analysis of international legal developments to provide vital, concrete guidance for optimum advocacy. Many, many people and their advocates will benefit from this superb resource.’
– Professor Kate Diesfeld JD, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

‘Neurodisability and the Criminal Justice System is a worthwhile book that will be very helpful to those who are working in the court system with cases that involve these difficult issues. The chapter authors are first rate and diverse giving a global perspective. It is the first book that should be consulted on the subject.’
– Judge Eugene M. Hyman, Superior Court of California, US, Retired
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Contributors include: Rebecca Bunn, Prathiba Chitsabesan, Anna Eriksson, Sharynne Hamilton, Kathryn Hollingsworth, Nathan Hughes, Hope Kent, Shauneen Lamb, Gaye Lansdell, Hayley Passmore, Amanda Pustilnik, Bernadette Saunders, Leigh Schrieff, Frances Sheahan, Pauline Spencer, James Tonks, Penny Weller, Huw Williams, Joseph Wszalek

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