There are more than 25,000 incarcerated individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the United States, and between 12.5 and 36 percent of the individuals with an IDD who undergo evaluations are found to be incompetent to stand trial (IST). In the face of the disproportionate involvement of people with IDD in the criminal justice system, the current competency system is lacking IDD-specific evaluations, restoration programs, and resources to provide appropriate assessments and supports for this population.
This webinar will discuss considerations related to the IDD population regarding raising the question of competence, competency evaluations, and competence restoration processes. Our presenter will provide information to help attorneys and other criminal justice professionals more appropriately distinguish between IDD and competency issues related to mental disorders and advocate for necessary supports for this population. This webinar will also present ways that competency restoration programs may be tailored for individuals with IDD to meet their specific needs.
Pretrial Justice Institute200 East Pratt Street, Suite 4100Baltimore, Maryland 21202