Study: Nearly all high-risk Denver inmates had brain trauma

Researchers have found that nearly every inmate in a high-risk unit at Denver’s downtown jail had suffered a traumatic brain injury, far higher than national average for all jail inmates.

The Denver Post reported Monday
 researchers from the University of Denver found 96 percent of the inmates in the high-risk unit had suffered a brain injury from a fight, a shooting, a car wreck or some other trauma.

National statistics indicate 67 to 80 percent of inmates have a traumatic brain injury.

High-risk inmates differ from the general jail population because they’re considered a danger to themselves and others. More than 90 percent had mental illnesses and substance-abuse problems.

The researchers obtained grants to help high-risk inmates function better by obeying instructions quickly, keeping calendars and following a routine.


Information from: The Denver Post 

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