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

J Forensic Nurs. 2009;5(2):70-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-3938.2009.01037.x.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Asperger Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Asperger Syndrome / psychology
  • Autistic Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Autistic Disorder / psychology
  • Child
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Prevalence
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Social Adjustment