Are Brain Injuries Correlated With Criminal Behavior?

The damaged incurred in traumatic brain injuries can alter a developing brain’s ability to inhibit impulses and make decisions, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Adolescent Health. The study found that approximately half of all youth prisoners, ages 16-18, suffered traumatic brain injuries before their incarceration. The recent findings will hopefully result in important policy changes in the juvenile detention system.

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“You need to train the correction officers to understand brain injuries so that when somebody may be acting rude or answering back or forgetting what they’re supposed to do, it’s not a sign of maladaptive misbehavior or disrespect, it’s a sign of a brain injury,” said the traumatic brain injury expert at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The majority of brain injuries reported were caused by physical assaults and resulted in loss of consciousness or amnesia. Despite their severity, most traumatic brain injuries often go undiagnosed due to the lack of visible symptoms. “What’s happening with many of these kids, these young adults in the criminal population, is they’re having them early in life,” said an expert on brain injuries and rehabilitation at Ohio State University.

Another study found that 60 percent of adult South Carolina inmates suffered traumatic brain injuries. Clearly, improving brain injury detection methods and treatment can have a serious societal impact by reducing prison populations. Bear in mind that not all traumatic brain injury victims are prone to criminal behavior, but many may feel an impaired decision making ability and increased impulsivity.

I Need A Lawyer That Specializes In Traumatic Brain Injuries

If the consequences of your traumatic brain injury have led to subsequent injuries due to impaired decision making ability and increased impulsivity, consult with a lawyer that specializes in brain injury cases.

Metier Law Firm, LLC – Injury Attorneys Serving Clients Nationwide

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/18/study-half-of-jailed-nyc_n_5175209.html

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