If you take an individual into custody and suspect (even remotely) the person may have autism, alert jail authorities; it is essential that the person be segregated. Additionally, contact the DA about the case for further advice or directions. These individuals do best in isolation. Seclusion from other inmates will also reduce the risk of abuse and injury by the general jail or prison population toward the autistic person. The individual should be placed on the detention facility’s mental health roster for psychiatric evaluation.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Advice to Police
People with ASD sometimes have unfortunate encounters with law enforcement. At Officer.com, Pamela Kulbarsh gives police officers some advice that may raise concerns among autism self-advocates: