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OF94-456C-The Vulnerabilities of the Mentally Retarded Defendant to the Criminal Justice System
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Author: George S. Baroff; Ph.D., Director, Developmental Disabilities Training Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC


Persons with mental retardation can be vulnerable to forms of abuse by the criminal justice system. From arrest and questioning, to pleading, standing trial, punishment, and incarceration, the disability poses the risk of unfair treatment. The presenter will share his experiences as a forensic psychologist and an expert witness in criminal cases, often capital in nature and posing the threat of a death penalty involving retarded defendants.

Produced in 1994.