People with disabilities are overrepresented at all stages of the criminal justice system, from jail and prison to probation and parole. Compared to 15% of the United States general population, 40% of people in state prisons have a disability. While cognitive disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and learning disorders impact about 1/4 of incarcerated people, visual, hearing, and ambulatory disabilities are not uncommon, and individuals with these disabilities are often overlooked and subject to inhumane treatment.
On this page, the Prison Policy Initiative has curated all of the research that we know of about disability issues in the criminal justice system. For research on other criminal justice topics, see our Research Library homepage.
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