Interactions of Individuals with autism spectrum disorder with the criminal justice system: influences on involvement and outcomes

Neil Brewer, Robyn L Young

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Abstract

This chapter considers whether individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are likely to be over-represented in general or particular types of criminal activity, and whether their involvement with the criminal justice system is necessarily linked to the presence of ASD. It examines those social‐cognitive and behavioral characteristics of ASD that we believe, given enabling environmental conditions, are potential risk factors for involvement in criminal activity. The chapter argues that the consequences of the deficits and difficulties that have been identified may, given an unfortunate alignment of environmental conditions, be exaggerated by the individual's repetitive interest or behavior, or by some sensory sensitivity. It is believed that a combination of several characteristics of ASD is likely to heighten the risks associated with internet interactions. The incredible growth in the extent and variety of interactions conducted over the internet has obviously led to an enormous array of problems and incidents for many individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Handbook of Memory, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the Law
EditorsJonni L Johnson, Gail S Goodman, Peter C Mundy
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
Chapter12
Pages231-244
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781119158431
ISBN (Print)9781119158264
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • criminal activities
  • ASD
  • internet

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