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Competency 6: Legal Issues

Legal Issues Related to Individuals with an FASD

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It is difficult to know how many people in the criminal justice system have an FASD. Data are limited, and populations vary by State. In addition, few systems conduct any screening, and diagnosis is difficult. However, researchers at the University of Washington estimate that 35 percent of individuals with an FASD have been in jail or prison at some point. They also estimate that more than half the people with an FASD have been in trouble with the law.1

The number of people with an FASD in the criminal justice system is thought to be high. In the United States, approximately 3 million people are in jail or prison. Based on estimates of FASD in the general population, it is likely that there are many inmates who could have an FASD.2

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