Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Special Education

First Committee Member

Rebecca Nathanson

Number of Pages



Children and youth with disabilities are over represented in the juvenile justice system. Studies show that a lack of compliance, monitoring and enforcement of the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) exists. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship, if any, of the over representation of children and youth in the juvenile justice system and a deficiency in providing special education supports and services as mandated by the IDEA. The files of children and youth presently involved in the juvenile justice system were reviewed for this study and the available educational records, of those identified to receive special education services, were examined. The existing records were utilized to assess the special education services that were or were not provided. Results revealed a number of non-compliance issues pertaining to the mandates of the IDEA, in the areas of identification, evaluation, placement and the provision of related services.


Children; Disabilities; Justice; Juvenile; System

Controlled Subject

Special education; Criminology

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1392.64 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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