Lack of support for autistic people in criminal justice system

The Independent has a feature on why the criminal justice system needs to be more informed about autism and to offer better support to autistic people. The article discusses the communication and sensory difficulties that autistic people may encounter while in prison, and highlights research which suggests that autism prevalence rates are higher among prisoners than in the general population. The report looks at Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institute (HMYOI) Feltham, the only prison to be awarded autism accreditation, and calls for better autism awareness throughout the criminal justice system, including court proceedings.

Date added: 29 January 2018