The aim of all specialist “forensic” services for people with learning disabilities is to ensure the best possible quality of life with the least possible restrictions’ (Kingdon, 2005: 213).
- The nature of the relationship between a learning disability and offending behaviour is significantly influenced by societal conditions.
- Many people with learning disabilities and a history of offending have spent inordinate amounts of time detained in conditions of security.
- People with learning disabilities are overly-represented in certain areas of crime, though our understanding of why this may be so is limited.
- The social background of offenders with learning disabilities is hugely significant as an indicator of the likelihood of a future engagement in offending behaviour.
The relationship between crime and learning disabilities is a long ...