FASD and the Criminal Justice System: What Can We Do?
2019-05-22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adolescents and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, yet evidence remains limited regarding the best approaches for addressing this problem. Key identified needs include further education for professionals working in criminal justice contexts, and ensuring that policy shifts are evidence-informed.
Through a series of presentations, an interdisciplinary panel, and round table discussions, this interactive event will:
highlight the diagnostic process for FASD and key clinical characteristics that may lead to problems with the law;
describe how to identify individuals with FASD within the criminal justice system;
summarize the empirical data available including a review of the prevalence of FASD in criminal justice contexts, justice-based screening challenges, and evidence from a research and practice perspective related to adverse outcomes, unique risks, as well as needs and responsivity factors in adolescents and adults with FASD in the criminal justice context;
discuss how to improve sharing of relevant information regarding FASD across disciplines within and outside the justice system.
Recognize key clinical characteristics that place individuals with FASD at risk of problems with the law
Gain knowledge in screening and identifying individuals with FASD within the criminal justice system at various levels
Recognize the state of the science concerning adolescents and adults with FASD in the criminal justice system
Summarize key challenges inherent in undertaking research on FASD in criminal justice contexts
Gain strategies to improve the sharing of information regarding FASD across disciplines
Obtain a broad perspective on the practical issues related to FASD and the justice system through discussion with colleagues from a variety of disciplines
Discuss policies related to FASD and the justice system and realize the need for research in this area to inform change.