Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Special Education (Education of Mentally Handicapped)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Mary Johanna Flanagan, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

People with mental disabilities; Mentally ill offenders


It is understandable, then, that a retarded citizen may, indeed, have the tendency to act contrary to a law or accepted standard of be­havior as he attempts to operate successfully in an alien society. When he does break the law, he becomes known as the " mentally retarded offender". This paper will attempt to examine a number of problems facing this mentally retarded offender: 1. When arrested, what happens to him under the law? 2. Does he receive special treatment because he is retarded, and if so, is it better or worse treatment? 3. If he is given preferential treatment, is it fair or discriminative? 4. Why should he or should he not receive special consideration? 5. What is best for him and, ultimately, what is best for society?


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