Autistic Adults who break the law.

They have closed the hospitals.
If it is true that Autistic people cannot help their behaviour some Autistic people who break the law might need to be locked up but not be put in an ordinary prison.
Many Autistic people land in prison for anti social behaviour which is not accepted for Adults but children do it. Autistic people often do not grow out of deviant behaviour.

If there is no point punishing an Autistic person and a normal prison might kill an Autistic person.
The answer might be to have secure homes for Autistic people.
In the homes Autistic people should be able to pursue their interests and perhaps be taken out with staff althought society would be protected the inmates would not be locked in cells.

The object of course should be to keep Autistic people free with support in the community for as a large proportion of Autistic people.

I know Secure Homes for Autistic people might be considered prisons under another name.
David Shamash
London.
  • CRUEL AND UNUSAL PUNISHMENT OF AN AUTISTIC MAN IN VIRGINA WASHINGTON POST. He is kept in SoLItary 24 House a day because he got into a fight with a Policeman. The Police wer called because he was waiting outside the Libary and looked frightning. When the Police man questioned him he got violent. He cannot be put in an ordianry prison as he cannot cope with prison life. There is funding to put him in a Mental Hospttal where the public would be protected and he would get treatment.
    I hope people will reply to show the Americans that we care about Autistic people being ill treated byt he Criminal Justice System. Iin diferent parts of the world.
    David Shamash
    LONDON.
    PLEASE REPLY I AM DOING THIS E MAIL ALTHOUGH IT IS PAST MIDNIGHT IN LONDON.
  • often, I question where our freedom and liberties start and end. Looking frightened doesn't make one become a suspect. This is somebody who is indeed not causing any harm to himself or others. Why the interrogation? It is poor judgement and lack of education for such a sporadic reaction by the law enforcement that is supposed to protect the society. The criminal justice system should incorporate mental health education in their training to better serve the population.
  • Which Country are you in.? I know that the USA and the UK have more people per head than other countries in the so called free world. Many people in prison although guilty as charged should not be in prison but have Non Custodial sentences. There is also a large proportion of people in prison who have Mental Illlness or Learning Difficulties Developmental Difficulties such as Autism. They should be kept in a different kind of secure facility to a prison. The idea is although they would be kept somewhere so they are not a risk to the public they would not be punished. In other words may be locked up in the house but not in cells.
    Some of them should be in Mental Hospitals or Homes.
    The ttrouble is many Mental Hospitals have been closed. so many mentally ill people land in prison.

    David Shamash.
    London.
  • I think the Police knew more about mental illness over SEVENTY years ago in 1940 than what they know now. My Cousin Eric got agressive with his land lady when she offered him drinks while he was studying. She called the Police.and Eric screamed take me back to Vienna to join my Mother. That was impossibel as there was a war and in Vienna he would have been murdered for being Jewish as his parents were. The Police said yes we will take you to Vienna instead they took him to a Mental Hospital where Eric stayed until he died in 1983 aged sixty-eight. Eric a lot of the time was free in Hospital to come and go as he pleased. Eric regarded the Hospital as a home. If it had happened now he might have been arrestee and charged.with something. There might not have been mental hospitals to look after my sick Cousin who had Schizophrenia and TB.
    I visited my Cousin in Hospital as he was in Epsom West Park Hospital not far from where we lived. That Hospital has now closed down.
    David Shamash LONDON.

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  • In reply to Jahki Brown:

    Jahki Are you still on this Network.? I was not able to log in for a long time. David Shamash London
  • In reply to Jahki Brown:

    Wow! Disgusting behavior!

  • In reply to Jahki Brown:

    And you're a therapist? Lol!
  • In reply to Jahki Brown:

    I lived in England and it's infested with Africans and Muslim Indians. They're disrespectful and stink! I only lasted a year and came back home to USA.
  • In reply to Funnyface34:

    Funnyface34, I would appreciate it if you express your comment from today in less racist language. You could simply say that you didn't like the neighbourhood in England that you were in; I'm sure you could have lived in a neighbourhood more to your liking, with people from whatever race who are respectful and who don't stink. There are Africans and South Asian Muslims who are quite handsome in appearance and demeanour, and there are whites who are not nearly as appealing. The United States, too, has entire neighbourhoods in which the people aren't as appealing; some of these folks are people of colour, and some are white.
  • Hi I help educate law enforcement and emergency responders on autism. I had a meltdown in a hospital 3 years ago. After they were told I was Autistic, the emergency room people came into the room and surrounded my bed and started telling my mom that I was a threat to the population and that I should be incarcerated with people like me. I got up and took the IV out myself. The nurses called police and I was slammed on the floor and injected haldol. So my job now is to educate them on what and what not to do. How they can help and stuff.
  • Hi I help educate law enforcement and emergency responders on autism. I had a meltdown in a hospital 3 years ago. After they were told I was Autistic, the emergency room people came into the room and surrounded my bed and started telling my mom that I was a threat to the population and that I should be incarcerated with people like me. I got up and took the IV out myself. The nurses called police and I was slammed on the floor and injected haldol. So my job now is to educate them on what and what not to do. How they can help and stuff.