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Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System : Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and Sex Offenses

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Written by psychologists, special educators, lawyers, and other specialists mainly from the US, the 12 essays in this volume examine sex offenses by non-violent people who have developmental disabilities, focusing on the possession of child pornography by a person with autism, to help prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and others better understand the relationship between the neurological deficits of autism and the vulnerability of this population committing the crime. They discuss the characteristics of autism, neurological and psychological deficits caused by it, and its relationship with the commission of sex crimes; a story about representing a defendant with autism; the benefits of forensic evaluation by an expert in human sexuality when the defendant has autism; sex offender registries; assumptions and problems with the war on child pornography possession; policies for sentencing and supervising federal child pornography offenders, with discussion of the Butner projects; who is accessing child pornography and whether they become “hands-on” offenders; different forms of child pornography under federal policy, the impact for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and their families, and possible responses; the perspective of an individual with autism who is on the sex offender registry; the constitutionality of sex offender registration laws; and why criminal punishment is unjust and ineffective, and appropriate responses by the legal system. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Social Science, Family + Relationships
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub
Language: English
Street Date: June 21, 2017
TCIN: 52226709
UPC: 9781785927133
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-5757
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