On the Autism Spectrum and In Prison
Date:  11-04-2020

Autistic people who can’' understand prison rules have a harder time in prison and are more vulnerable to exploitation
From The Marshall Project:

When Drew Harrison was in prison, just sitting in his cell overloaded his senses. To dim the fluorescent lights, he covered the bulbs with toothpaste or paper. To mask overwhelming odors, he wrapped his uniform around his head. Once, when he asked to stay longer in the prison yard, Harrison, who has autism, said he was told he was being insubordinate and was put in restrictive housing.

Another time, he said he requested placement in solitary confinement so he wouldn’t have to interact with people, which he found stressful.

After two and a half years, Harrison, who had been convicted of sexually assaulting an ex-girlfriend, thought he would get out more than a month early from Greensville Correction Center in Virginia, because of good behavior. But because he had failed to sign up for a job while incarcerated earlier at another Virginia prison, he had forfeited his chance at early release, according to documentation from the Virginia Department of Corrections. Continue reading >>>