Traumatic Brain Injury Almost Universal In High Risk Jail Inmates

A recent study found that 96% of inmates in a high risk unit of the Denver jail have a history of traumatic brain injury. By comparison, 67%-80% of all jail and prison inmates, nationally, have a history of traumatic brain injury, and 6%-8.5% of the general population has suffered from a traumatic brain injury.  While an above average rate of traumatic brain injury had been expected, the near universal history of traumatic brain injury among high risk inmates was not.

In the Denver high risk jail unit, 100% had a prior criminal history, more than 90% had a history of mental illness and more than 90% had a history of substance abuse.  More than 77% of the inmates in the high risk unit had all four risk factors.

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via Denver News

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