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

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 528

Jesse T Young, Kate van Dooren, Fernanda Claudio, Craig Cumming and Nick Lennox
ISSN 1836-2206
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, December 2016

Foreword | 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.