Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury


NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults.

That's according to a new study by New York City doctors that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

The findings were published this week in The Journal of Adolescent Health. Experts say they could lead to better training for guards on how to deal with the symptoms of such trauma, which include problems with impulse control and decision-making.

The study found nearly 50 percent of both boys and girls reported traumatic brain injuries that resulted in unconsciousness and/or amnesia. And they said 55 percent of those injuries were caused by assaults.

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