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Letters Autism in prisoners

Management of prisoners with autism is not perfect but is improving

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 14 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4881
  1. Alexandra H Lewis, consultant forensic and child and adolescent psychiatrist1,
  2. Clare Hughes, criminal justice manager2,
  3. Mo Foster, head of young people and services3,
  4. Kim Turner, lead speech, language and communication therapist1
  1. 1Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, Camlet Lodge, Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield EN2 8JL
  2. 2National Autistic Society, London EC1V 1NG, UK
  3. 3HMYOI Feltham, Feltham TW13 4ND, UK
  1. alexandra.lewis{at}

Ashworth draws welcome attention to the difficulties experienced by autistic prisoners.1

The Autism Act placed a duty on the government to produce strategies to help autistic people. These contained actions for the criminal justice system (CJS) and the Ministry of Justice to set up a cross government group.

The National Offender Management Service commissioned the National Autistic Society (NAS) to conduct a …

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