Dating someone with tbi
One study using the Traumatic Brain Injury Questionnaire conducted among 998 incarcerated men in Minnesota found that 83 percent of them had sustained one or more head injuries during their lifetimes.Gang members, in particular, were susceptible to these injuries.
In one study, a high percentage of female prisoners described having 10 or more concussions prior to incarceration, often the result of domestic violence.
If we don’t bother to test defendants soon after they have been arrested, we may be ignoring their rights and violating the spirit of our laws.
Four states — Idaho, Kansas, Montana, and Utah — have abolished the affirmative defense of mental defect, meaning defendants in those states don’t have the opportunity to introduce evidence of brain injuries or mental impairment to disprove their guilt.
Head injuries can be positively and objectively identified through CT scans and no one has to rely on the self-report of someone who’s at risk of losing a good part of his or her life to incarceration and may be motivated to malinger.
Moving the CDC’s screening recommendation earlier in the prosecutorial process — say when an individual is formally indicted — would help defendants get the health care they need.