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An empirical study on the relationship between intellectual ability and an understanding of the legal process in male remand prisoners

Parton, Felicity, Day, Andrew and White, Jack 2004, An empirical study on the relationship between intellectual ability and an understanding of the legal process in male remand prisoners, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 96-109.

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Title An empirical study on the relationship between intellectual ability and an understanding of the legal process in male remand prisoners
Author(s) Parton, Felicity
Day, Andrew
White, Jack
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 96
End page 109
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2004-06
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Summary Research conducted in Australia and around the world in the last decade has shown that people with significant intellectual impairments are over-represented in all areas of the criminal justice system. They are particularly over-represented in remand populations appearing before court. Previous research has suggested that as many as one-quarter of offenders facing sentencing in court have difficulty in understanding court procedures and it is suspected that a majority of these individuals suffer a significant intellectual impairment. The purpose of this study was to establish whether remandees with significant intellectual impairments (IQ < 70) have an accurate understanding of the court system. Seventy-four remand prisoners took part in the study. Remandees with an IQ of less than 70 demonstrated a significantly poorer understanding of the court system than those remandees with an IQ of 70 and above. The implications of these results are discussed in relation to the need for law reform and diversionary practices for this population of remandees.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2004, Australian Academic Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020624

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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