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.
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 2013
Keywords: Intellectual disabilities; Prison; Autism spectrum disorder; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Attention‐deficit hyperactivity disorder