‘People don’t like you when you’re different’: exploring the prison experiences of autistic individuals

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Vinter, L., Gayle Dillon and Belinda Winder 2023. ‘People don’t like you when you’re different’: exploring the prison experiences of autistic individuals. Psychology, Crime & Law. 29 (3), pp. 243-262. https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316x.2020.1781119
AuthorsVinter, L., Gayle Dillon and Belinda Winder
Abstract

There is little research regarding the prison experiences of individuals diagnosed with autism. Extant literature suggests that prison presents numerous challenges for autistic prisoners. This research explored the experiences of seven autistic men in a UK prison that houses individuals who are serving sentences for sexual convictions. Participants were interviewed using semi-structured interview schedules. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed with an applied inductive thematic analysis. The latter explicitly focuses on generating commonalities that emerge from the data that have practical (applied) utility. The analysis generated three superordinate themes: ‘Interacting with others’, ‘Being in prison’, and ‘My autism’. Participants described both helpful and challenging aspects of the prison experience, and the findings give rise to important implications and considerations regarding the prison experience of autistic individuals. This paper concludes by outlining practical recommendations for prisons to improve the management and support of autistic residents.

Keywords Autism; Sexual offending; Qualitative; Thematic analysis; Prison; Autism spectrum condition
Year2023
JournalPsychology, Crime & Law
Journal citation29 (3), pp. 243-262
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1477-2744
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316x.2020.1781119
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2020.1781119
Output statusPublished
Publication dates16 Mar 2023
Online19 Jun 2020
Publication process dates
Accepted23 Mar 2020
Deposited22 May 2023
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