Brain Injury, Criminal Justice & Reentry - Part 3

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - August 15, 2013.

According to the Brain Injury Association of PA, when people involved in the criminal justice system have a brain injury, the effects of the brain injury can appear to be a lack of cooperation or disrespect. The client may exhibit:

* failure to respond quickly to directives

* inconsistent attention

* difficulty following directions

* difficulty learning routines

* difficulty expressing needs

* impulsivity and emotional dyscontrol

As a result, these clients are especially in need of connections to supports in the community.

For case managers, parole officers and others who work with clients who may have experience a brain injury, the Brain Injury Association of PA makes the following general recommendations about working effectively with the client:

Brain Injury, Criminal Justice & Reentry - Part 2

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - August 08, 2013.

According to "Traumatic Brain Injury and the US Criminal Justice System", published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, October, 2011: 

"The overall estimate of TBI prevalence in the adult offender population is approximately 60%. Unlike certain infectious diseases, like HIV, hepatitis and TB, screening at intake or within correctional facilities for TBI is not a routine standard of care. Even if TBI is identified, inmates often lack access to care and services that would help them manage symptoms and successfully re-enter society . . . .  

Brain Injury, Criminal Justice & Reentry

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - August 01, 2013.

A young man, in his mid-twenties, hospitalized in a mental health unit, was admitted with the following complaint, "There is something wrong with my head and I can't keep a job." During a clinical interview, he revealed that his father had not been in his life for almost twenty years. His father had been physically abusive and he was subsequently hospitalized for broken bones. When he was school age, he was hit by a car, resulting in hospitalization for multiple injuries. He was placed in Special Education, as he had trouble learning and controlling his behavior in class. As an adolescent, he began using multiple drugs as well as alcohol. While still a teen, he was involved in another incident, resulting in hospitalization for several days. Thereafter, his ability to concentrate, remember, and control his temper became even worse . . .