Intellectual Disabilities In The Juvenile Court System

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People with intellectual disabilities represent 4 to 10% of the offenders in the court system and it is higher in the juvenile court system (Davis, 2009). People with intellectual disabilities are at risk in the justice system evidenced by the way Brendan Dassey was treated when he was in custody and the treatment that he received as the trial progressed. Those with intellectual disabilities tend to be taken into custody, incarcerated, and then mistreated while in prison (Davis, 2009). Once this occurs, they tend to not get parole and may stay incarcerated longer (Davis, 2009). Another issue with the treatment of the intellectual disabled within the court system is that there is no federal standard for what IQ is defined as being intellectually

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