Chapter 1 Neurodisability and the criminal justice system: a problem in search of a solution
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This introductory chapter outlines the purpose of the book in demonstrating the extent and complexity of the neurodisability experience in the criminal justice systems of selected jurisdictions. The over-representation of persons with various forms of neurodisability including traumatic and acquired brain injury, fetal alcohol syndrome and intellectual disabilities in such systems, is discussed in relation to the chapters of the book. The editors refer to both the number of international studies confirming the high prevalence rates of mental illness, intellectual, cognitive and developmental disorders in custodial settings and the fact that less attention has been paid to the elements of the system itself that perpetuate the involvement of this cohort in the system. While highlighting the context of each chapter’s contribution, the editors confirm that the book is solutions-focused, prioritizing what needs to change in criminal justice systems to better accommodate the specific needs of person living with neurodisability.

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