Brain injury and crimes

BBC News reports: “Young people who sustain brain injuries are more likely to commit crimes and end up in prison, research suggests.”

“…A survey of 200 adult male prisoners in Britain found 60% claimed to have suffered a head injury, it notes.”

“…It says a large number of young people in custody in England tend to have a significant degree of neurodevelopmental disorders, and problems related to such issues, compared to the general population.

This could lead to communication and learning difficulties and emotional and behavioural problems, it says.

Many young offenders are said to have a reading age below that of criminal responsibility, which is aged 10 in England and Wales.

Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England, calls on government, the judiciary and others in the youth justice system to identify neurodevelopmental conditions in young people more rapidly.”

In my book I have outlined the connection between brain development and crime and how it also accounts for racial disparities.

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