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... For example, a recent report of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities found that during the past clecacle, while the state population increased by 20 percent, the number of persons with developmental clisabilities in California increased by 52 percent ancl the population segment with mild mental retardation doubled (Franklancl, 19961. In aclclition, because of cleinstitutionalization ancl new legislation, particularly the Personal Responsibility ancl Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, many people with developmental clisabilities now live in un
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... of adults with disabilities live in households with a total income of $15,000 or less, compared with only 12 percent of those without disabilities (Harris, 19981. WORKSHOP IMPETUS Because of a growing concern among parents and advocates regarding possible high rates of crime victimization among persons with developmental disabilities, Congress, through the Crime Victims with Disabilities Awareness Act of 1998, requested that the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences: conduct a study to increase knowledge and information about crimes against individuals with developmental disabilities that will be useful in developing new strategies to reduce the incidence of crimes against those individuals.
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... SCOPE OF THE REPORT This report draws primarily on the papers and other presentations that were made at the October 1999 workshop. It addresses the following broad questions listed in the National Research Council's proposal: · What is known about the nature and extent of crimes against vulnerable victims, including persons with developmental disabilities, and the risk factors associated with victimization, and what more do we need to know in order to reduce these crimes?
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... Still, these studies do document a serious victimization problem among people with developmental disabilities. While we cannot draw valid comparisons with victimization rates for other groups, both the nature of the crimes directed against the population with disabilities and the level of harm these crimes inflict suggest to the paper authors and the editors of this report that better research is necessary if society is to protect these most vulnerable citizens.

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