Intellectual Disability and the Criminal Justice System

List Price: $39.50

Add to Cart
About the author:
William Packard lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts with his wife Lola where he maintains a private practice and consults with area service providers. He is a licensed clinician holding a doctorate degree in psychoanalysis, a discipline he has successfully integrated with a cognitive behavioral approach. He has devoted a significant part of his thirty-five year career to the fields of intellectual disability and forensic mental health. Dr. Packard is one of the original founding members of the Community Crisis Intervention Team in Massachusetts where he continues to play an active role. He can be contacted through email: or Website:

Intellectual Disability and the Criminal Justice System

Solutions through Collaboration

Authored by William B. Packard Ph.D.
Edition: 1

This book discusses the plight of individuals with low or marginal intelligence who become involved in the criminal justice system. They appear no different than anyone else but they are much different - more prone to being exploited and frequently manipulated to engage in uncharacteristic, illicit acts without fully understanding the implications. Their better judgment is overshadowed by their need to be accepted as normal and achieve a sense of belonging.
These individuals are usually the first to be stopped and questioned by police and they are often arrested simply for being in the wrong place (or with the wrong people) at the wrong time. Without their disability recognized, police treat them as anyone else, not affording them special protections and accommodations as guaranteed by law. They often self-incriminate when being interrogated,or worse, confess to a crime they haven't even committed. And they do this without truly understanding their legal rights.
The criminal justice system has been ill-prepared to handle the sudden inundation of challenging cases. These defendants are lost in a system they don't understand and one that certainly does not understand them, which partially explains the high conviction rate and frequent travesties of justice.
The book discusses these problems but more importantly, it provides readers alternative solutions, diversion strategies that can be enacted
at every point of encounter, preventing entry or further penetration into the "system". Building on years of firsthand experience, the author provides a useful guide for others working in the field, using many case illustrations, and specific steps to help communities develop a jail diversion program that is right for them.

Publication Date:
1489591389 / 9781489591388
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Social Science / Human Services

Site Help Order Help Policies Contact