Prisoners with neurodevelopmental disorders

Lisa Underwood*, Andrew Forrester, Eddie Chaplin, Jane McCarthy

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to review the evidence on providing services to people with neurodevelopmental disorders in prisons, with a focus on those prisoners with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Design/methodology/approach: Electronic databases were used to search for literature specifically on ASD in prisons. The literature was supplemented with the authors' experiences of carrying out research on ASD in prison. Findings: The searches only identified four articles and therefore the broader literature on people with ASD and other developmental disorders was reviewed in relation to the prison context. Originality/value: The paper highlights the current limited evidence base on prisoners with autism spectrum disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Prison


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