Dr Nick Bowden talks to Radio New Zealand’s Nine To Noon programme about a new study, funded by A Better Start National Science Challenge, which looks at how young people with autism are treated by the criminal justice system. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE

Researchers studied 150,000 young adults, and found that those with autism were much less likely to be charged with crimes than non-autistic people.

However among those charged with an offence, people with autism were more likely to be charged with a serious offence, punishable by two or more years in prison.

Nine To Noon host Kathryn Ryan speaks with lead author Nick Bowden and co-researcher Joanne Dacombe about the study.

The study also featured in a story on Stuff. Read here

Read the paper here – Criminal justice system interactions among young adults with and without autism: A national birth cohort study in New Zealand