People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) are an often overlooked population in the criminal justice system because of a lack of identification and understanding and service gaps that prevent providers’ abilities to address their needs. At the same time, they are also often victimized by people without I/DD, which can sometimes lead to sustained involvement with the criminal justice system. Criminal justice professionals who want to effectively respond to their service and delivery needs and reduce the prevalence of people with I/DD in the criminal justice system will first need to improve their knowledge and awareness about people in this population. Then, they must commit to training that is focused specifically on ways to address their needs. This webinar will discuss the prevalence of I/DD within people in the criminal justice system and will explain the Pathways to Justice model that can be used to better understand how people with I/DD become involved in the criminal justice system. It will also feature conversations about common challenges that people with I/DD face and criminal justice professionals experience when encountering each other at each intercept point. The webinar will also highlight how The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability is supporting professionals with training and technical assistance.
Closed captioning will be available for this event.