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Nevertheless, misunderstanding of the unique nature and implications of mental retardation remains widespread. When a person with mental retardation confronts the criminal justice system, they are uniquely unable to take advantage of legal safeguards and to protect their constitutional rights. What is mental retardation?
Mental retardation is a lifelong condition of impaired or incomplete mental development. According to the most widely used definition of mental retardation, it is characterized by three criteria: Subaverage intellectual functioning Intelligence quotient I.
The vast majority of people in the United States have I. To be diagnosed as having mental retardation, a person must have an I. If a person scores below 70 on a properly administered and scored I.
Although all persons with mental retardation have significantly impaired mental development, their intellectual level can vary considerably. An estimated 89 percent of all people with retardation have I. That is, he cannot perform intellectual tasks beyond the capacity of a typical ten-year-old.
According to a psychologist who evaluated Mata, "his ability to express himself and his ability to recognize the meaning of common words were at the level of a nine- to ten-year-old child He lacked basic understanding of familiar processes.
He did not know the function of the stomach, where the sun sets, nor why stamps are needed on letters Arithmetic abilities were limited to addition and subtraction with the help of concrete aids such as fingers. Limitations in adaptive skills Mental retardation entails significant limitations in two or more of the basic skill areas necessary to cope with the requirements of everyday life, e.
He or she may have trouble sitting or standing still, or may smile constantly and inappropriately. Limitations in everyday coping skills may be more or less severe, ranging from individuals who can live alone with intermittent support, to individuals who require extensive hands-on assistance and guidance, to individuals who require constant supervision and care.
For most people with mental retardation, limited adaptive skills make ordinary life extremely difficult unless a caring family or social support system exists to provide assistance and structure.
Offenders with mental retardation who have been convicted of committing capital crimes typically grew up poor and without networks of special support and services -- often without even a supportive, loving family.
They functioned as best they could without professional assistance, often required to fend for themselves while still teenagers. If they were able to work, it was at basic menial tasks. After being hired as a kitchen dishwasher he was fired when he could not learn to operate the dishwasher.
Family members reported that "if one told Billy exactly what to do and took him to the place where it was to be done [he] could do some work. If he were left on his own and not specifically guided, he could not do it.
It can be caused by any condition which impairs development of the brain before, during, or after birth. The causes are numerous: Down's syndrome ; poor prenatal care; infections during pregnancy; abnormal delivery; illness during infancy; toxic substances e.
Regardless of the cause, part of the definition of mental retardation is that it manifests itself during an individual's developmental period, usually deemed to be birth through age eighteen.
Many psychiatrists argue that the age before which signs of retardation must become manifest should be raised from eighteen to twenty-two, to reflect the difficulties in obtaining accurate age records for many people with this disability and the differing rates at which people develop.
An adult may, for reasons related to accident or illness, suffer a catastrophic loss in intellectual functioning and adaptive skills, but this would not make him or her "mentally retarded," since by definition mental retardation starts during childhood.
One implication of this is that mental retardation is virtually impossible for an adult to fake: Early diagnosis can help the person with mental retardation obtain access to appropriate special education, training, clinical programs, and social services during important developmental years -- as well as through life.
With help from family, social workers, teachers, and friends, many mentally retarded people succeed in simple jobs, maintain their own households, marry, and give birth to children of normal intelligence. There is no "cure" for mental retardation. Characteristics and Significance of Mental Retardation Although mental retardation of any degree has profound implications for a person's cognitive and social development, it is a condition which in many cases is not readily apparent.
While some of the mentally retarded, such as those whose retardation is caused by Down's syndrome or fetal alcohol syndrome, have characteristically distinctive facial features, most cannot be identified by their physical appearance alone. Unless their cognitive impairment is unusually severe e.
Many capital offenders with mental retardation did not have their condition diagnosed until trial or during post-conviction proceedings. A person with mental retardation, according to one expert, "is always the least smart person in any group. This leads to fear, dependence and an experience of terrible stigma and devaluation.
They may wrap themselves in a "cloak of competence," hiding their disability even from those who want to help them, including their lawyers.
At times, even competent lawyers who are anxious to help their clients may fail to identify their clients' retardation or may be unable to access funds for a psychological evaluation.
Cruz nonetheless insisted to reporters that, although he was perhaps "slow in reading, slow in learning," he was not mentally retarded.The Baha'i faith is in favor of capital punishment. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the central book of the Bahá'í Faith written by Bahá'u'lláh, includes death by immolation as a potential punishment for murder or arson, along with life imprisonment.
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