Pathways through services for offenders with intellectual disability: A one-and two-year follow-up study

William R. Lindsay*, Tony Holland, Jessica R. Wheeler, Derek Carson, Gregory O'Brien, John L. Taylor, Lesley Steptoe, Claire Middleton, Karen Price, Susan Johnston, Steven J. Young

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The pathways through services for offenders with intellectual disability were reviewed. Participants were 197 offenders with intellectual disability accepted into three types of community and three types of secure forensic intellectual disability services. They were first compared with 280 participants referred but not accepted into services and were then followed-up for 2 years to review pathways through services. Those accepted into services had a higher charge rate than did those who were referred (46% and 25%, respectively). The greatest diversity in pathway was seen in participants in community forensic intellectual disability and inpatient services. Individuals in secure settings showed the least diversity over time, and, similarly, a relatively high percentage of those accepted into generic community services remained in these services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-262
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010
Externally publishedYes


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