Serving Safely: Victims, Witnesses, and Defendants with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are over-represented in every part of the criminal justice system, including as victims and suspects or defendants. Prosecutors, who may encounter individuals with I/DD in a variety of ways, do not always have a full understanding of these types of disabilities or their potential impact on resolving cases. This webinar provides an overview of I/DD, prosecutors’ legal obligations when interacting with the disability community, and concrete strategies to effectively serve this population using real-life case scenarios. The presenters are part of the Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities team — a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Vera Institute of Justice, and partners in the fields of policing, mental illness, I/DD, crisis intervention, peer advocacy, emergency medicine, technology development, and prosecution.

Vera Institute of Justice
Resource Type: 
Training Delivery - Webinar
Justice Topic: 
Crime Prevention
Justice Information Sharing
Law Enforcement
Mental Health