ARC: Association for Real Change

‘People with Learning Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System’: A Guide for Carers and Learning Disability Services

‘People with Learning Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System’ is an ARC project funded by the Big Lottery Fund. People with Autistic Spectrum Conditions are seven times more likely to come into contact with the Police than the general population. Fifteen per cent of young people in custody are on the autistic spectrum. Young people with learning disabilities are ten times more likely to find themselves in custody than the general population and represent 30% of people in custody. Ten per cent of the prison population has a diagnosed learning disability (that’s 8000 people in England and Wales), and 60% of prisoners have difficulties with ‘communication skills’.

This free guide talks you through: What happens when people get into trouble • What you can expect • What rights people have • Where to go for help. The guide looks at all stages of the Criminal Justice System, from Police custody through to Courts, Prison and Probation.

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About ARC

The Association for Real Change is a membership organisation supporting anyone who is involved in the planning or delivery of support or services for people with a learning disability.
Address: ARC House, Marsden Street Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1JY 

Email:   [email protected]

Telephone:   01246 555 043

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