Journal article

Aboriginal prisoners with cognitive impairment: Is this the highest risk group?

Stephane M Shepherd, James RP Ogloff, Yin Paradies, Jeffrey Pfeifer

Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice | AUSTRALIAN INST CRIMINOLOGY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Early estimates point to higher rates of cognitive impairment among Indigenous Australians in custody compared to non-Indigenous Australians. This study sought to examine the prevalence of cognitive impairment in a representative sample of Indigenous offenders from Victorian prisons. Differences in mental illness prevalence, offending history and post-release recidivism were explored by presence of cognitive impairment. Results revealed an over-representation of cognitively impaired prisoners in the sample and a large minority with concomitant mental illness or disability. Cognitively impaired prisoners were more likely to re-offend, were younger at first offence, and had greater numbers of ..

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