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Autism in the criminal justice detention system: A review of the literature

Cashin, Andrew RN, MHN, NP, Dip App Sci, BHSC, Cert PTT, MN, PhD, FACMHN1; Newman, Claire RN, Dip Mental Health Nursing2

Journal of Forensic Nursing: June 2009 - Volume 5 - Issue 2 - p 70–75
doi: 10.1111/j.1939-3938.2009.01037.x
Original Articles

Little is known about the experience of people with autism in custody. A review of the literature that explored the relationship between autism and criminality and the criminal justice detention system was conducted. Literature suggests that people with autism are potentially overrepresented within the criminal justice system. There is little research that has examined the experiences of people with autism spectrum disorders in custody. There is very little to guide service design to develop autism support services for people in prison.

1Professor of Nursing, Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia

2Research Nurse, NSW Justice Health Nursing professorial Unit, The University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Health and NSW Justice Health, New South Wales, Australia

Received: May 23, 2008; accepted: July 21, 2008


Andrew Cashin, Professor of Nursing, School of Health and Human Sciences, PO Box 157, Lismore, NSW, Australia, 2480. Tel: 0400-594-047; E-mail:

Author note:

There was no research funding for this paper, and there is no conflict of interest.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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